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.”
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.