Welsh dog in final of worlds ugliest dog.
A toothless and almost hairless dog from Wales is officially the third ugliest dog in the world. Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese crested mix, who lives with his owner Storm Shayler, 49, in Cimla, won bronze in the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog competition. What is Autism Awareness Week and how can you get involved? Despite his new title, the pet, who acts as her assistance dog, means the world to Storm. Storm said: ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I was gobsmacked when they were calling out the winners.’ Rescued from a puppy farm, Chase won the competition in California for his cataract and crab-like walk.
Chase with owner Storm Shayler (Picture: South Wales Evening Post) But the dog has helped Storm overcome post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety after losing her mother in a road accident when she was just 18. She said: ‘You can’t get a better dog because absolutely nothing fazes him. ‘I have suffered PTSD, social anxiety and incredible insecurity where you’re always second guessing yourself, but having a dog with me always gave me little bit more confidence.’ Storm added that she often feels exhausted ‘putting on a happy front’ while doing everyday tasks. ‘If a sound, sight or smell brings back one of the traumas I’ve experienced and I’m out and I’ve got a dog, I can stop and cuddle a dog, talk to a dog and focus.’ The pet has a cataract and walks sideways like a crab
(Picture: Media Wales) And Chase will join as Storm’s plus-one to her best friend’s wedding later this month. She added: ‘Most people don’t invite me anywhere without my dog.’ Mum’s mission to find one night stand Welshman who fathered her daughter Storm, who works at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, witnessed her mother’s death as they drove home from work on motorbikes. ‘The first thing I witnessed was her having CPR. So my insecurity and anxiety went through the roof as it was just me and mum,’ Storm said. Storm was still at college and worked as a glass collector at a nightclub, with her mother, one night a week. He has helped Storm gain confidence in her day-to-day life She added: ‘I was legally an adult so there was no assistance in any way. I had rent to pay. It was a struggle.’ Chase lost to Martha the Mastiff, from California, who was crowned the winner. Storm said: ‘There’s so many amazing animals out there that people don’t like but other people think are gorgeous. ‘It’s just a title and most people absolutely loved them.’…read more…