Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center hosted an ugliest dog contest this past Friday.
Residents of the nursing home came outside the main entrance, where the three contestants were shown, and then residents were allowed to vote on which dog was the ugliest. First, second and third place ugliest dogs got to take home prize baskets. Snow cones and popcorn were also given out during the event.
The winner of the event was 15-year-old Chinese Crested Sierra Rose. Sierra Rose’s owner, Wanda Jimenez, had to hold her most of the time and brought her around for the Briarcliff residents to take a look at her. Jimenez, who lives in Shreveport, said Sierra Rose was born in a puppy mill in Alaska, and she got her from somebody when she was 4-months-old. Ramirez said that it feels great to have the winning dog, but that she thinks Sierra Rose is beautiful.
“She has been a joy for nearly 15 years,” Ramirez said. “She’s had a lot of health problems, being a puppy mill dog, but she’s had a great vet who’s kept her alive for nearly 15 years.”
Ramirez said her niece heard about the contest on Facebook, and so they brought Sierra Rose as well as Ramirez’s younger Chinese Crested, Buddah Belly. Buddah Belly won third place in the contest.
The second place winner was Snowball, a Maltese-poodle mix who wore a shark fin. Snowball was shown around by 6-year-old Ty Register, who’s great-grandmother is a resident at the facility and encouraged them to come and bring their dog.
“We won’t tell him he’s second ugliest,” owner Jennifer Register said with a laugh.
The contest started about five years ago, although they missed doing it last year, Marketing Directer Shona Guenther said. They got the idea after hearing about an ugliest dog contest someone else did in the north, Guenther said.
“We just enjoy it,” she said. “It’s all about the residents and seeing the smiles on their faces. I mean there’s nothing that will make a resident at Briarcliff smile more than kids and dogs, and so we had both today. So it was a good day at Briarcliff. And it’s really fun to see everybody come out and vote and just get to experience, get outside, and I mean, it’s hot, but it’s still fun. We had a good time.”