Mugly, crowned the “World’s Ugliest Dog” back in 2012, has won the title of “Most Heroic Hound” for his therapy work with children and disabled adults.
The 12-year-old Chinese Crested dog was recognized for his work at the annual SuperDogs awards at the National Pet Show in London held last weekend, and owner Bev Nicholson couldn’t have been more proud of his accomplishment.
“Mugly is a therapy dog, and he won because of the amount of work he does with children, people with sensory loss and the adult disabled,” she told the Express.
“He has this ability to know when someone needs him, I don’t know how he does it,” Nicholson told the news outlet. “I’ve got five dogs and none of them can do what he does with people.”
The former World’s Ugliest Dog winner (the current winner is Quasi Modo, who scored the honorific in 2015) has been working as a therapy dog for the last six years, helping children to learn to like dogs instead of fear them and even helping a blind and deaf man overcome his shyness.
“When he first met Mugly he explored every inch of him, even smelling him,” Nicholson told BuzzFeed News. “He [became] animated and [told] stories of his memories as a small child before he lost his sight, remembering his naughty family dog. [They were] buried memories from over 40 years [ago].”
“Him winning ‘World’s Ugliest Dog 2012’ was great fun,” she added, “but the Heroic Hound award means so much more.”