HANFORD, Kings County (CBS / AP) – When a beloved pet dies, good manners usually dictate saying something nice about the departed companion.

And for a recently deceased dog named Yoda, it was a compliment to say she sure was ugly.

Yoda won the 2011 World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair for her short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs.

>>Photo Gallery: World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

The Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died in her sleep Saturday. She was 15.

Her owner, Terry Schumacher, told the Hanford Sentinel that she would miss “her funny little ways.”

Schumacher found the abandoned 1.8-pound pooch behind an apartment building and first mistook her for a rat. The two have gone on to international fame, bagging a $1,000 prize and a trophy 15 times the size of the winner.

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Comments (3)
  1. tn says:

    Judging by the dog owner’s calf, ankle and feet, I’d say 2 trophies should’ve been awarded. Hope the dog had a good life.

  2. David says:

    Heavens gain is our loss. Yoda if you only knew how beautiful you really were, you gave us all unconditional love, we can ALL only wish to be as beautiful as you. Rest in peace, and thank you for sharing your life with us.

  3. Martha says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. As a “mom” of 4 chihuahuas I feel your pain. May you have comfort in knowing that Yoda was loved, taken care of and you will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge!

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