And no, I am not referring to the ravishing Barbara Bel Geddes, the character actress who portrayed “Miss Ellie” Ewing on Dallas. That woman was the epitome of beauty, class and dignity right up until her death in 2005 – at which point she was still eminently boneable (amirite?) – at the age of 82 from lung cancer in 2005.
No, I am of course referring to Miss Ellie, the Chinese Crested Hairless dog who won the 2009 World’s Ugliest Dog competition. Sorry to break the news, but Miss Ellie sadly passed away at the ripe old age of 17.
An obituary of sorts, courtesy of the Paw Print Post:
She starred in shows at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge , Tenn., and also had a worldwide following. She appeared on The Animal Planet cable show “Dogs 101.”
Pigeon Forge Mayor Keith Whaley proclaimed Nov. 12 as “Miss Ellie Day” for her efforts to raise money for the local humane society. Over the years, Ellie helped raise more than $100,000 for the Sevier County Humane Society. She appears in this video supporting that cause.
According to this story in the Asheville, N.C.’s Citizen Times, Miss Ellie was rescued when she was 7 years old and brought to live with her owner, Dawn Goehring, and 13 other rescue dogs. In her final days, Miss Ellie was continually working on raising awareness and money for rescue animals. She was entered in the 2010 World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., and had planned to travel to California next month to compete one more time.
It’s always refreshing to realize an ugly ass dog accomplished more with her life than you have with yours. Sigh.
Be that as it may, it has been a difficult week for celebrity deaths. First it was Gary Coleman, then Rue McClanahan shuffled off this mortal coil, now Miss Ellie? Who’s next? But now is not the time to worry about such trivial things – it is now Miss Ellie’s time to shine. Take it away, Christina Aguilera.
World’s ugliest dog passes away at 17 [Paw Print Post]