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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Yoda, world’s ugliest dog, dies

Alas, poor Yoda. The beautiful-on-the-inside mangy Chinese crested-Chihuahua mix who was named 2011’s Ugliest Dog died in her sleep Saturday at the age of 15, according to the Associated Press. Her owner, Terry Schumacher of Hanford, Calif., said she will miss “her funny little ways.”

A judge evaluates Yoda during the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif. (Noah Berger - AP)

Schumacher adopted Yoda when she found her abandoned behind an apartment building, and mistook her for a rat. Yoda won the top honors of World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, competing against severe overbites, eyes clouded with cataracts, and missing patches of fur to win for her bat ears, protruding tongue and spidery, hairless legs. The rest of her short life was filled with fame, fortune and pampering: TV appearances, a trophy, photo shoots and a $1,000 prize.
Yoda prepares to compete in the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest. (Noah Berger - AP)

There are lessons to be learned from Yoda’s short life, of course: Primarily, that taking care of a helpless animal or person, regardless of appearance, is a truly beautiful thing. Some may remember Yoda this way, while others will remember her as an Internet meme, if at all.

But all dogs go to heaven, according to the popular 1989 animated film. If that’s the case, is Yoda chasing bones with Seamus, the other dog in today’s news? One hopes.

Yoda looks on during the 23rd Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair. (Justin Sullivan - GETTY IMAGES)

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