My dog went from cute to ugly
What a difference a year makes.
When Faye Klysz chose a super cute Chihuahua puppy as a gift from her husband at Christmas last year, she imagined being the envy of her friends in trendy Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Fast-forward 12 months and the picture is very different, with pals branding Busby “the ugliest dog on Instagram”. With more than 2,800 followers on social media, @BusbyTheRatDog is gaining a fan base for all the wrong reasons.
Faye said: “I picked Busby when he was two days old because he was really cute. He was all smooth-haired and beautiful. His mum and dad were both stunning; real show dogs.
“But, by the summer, his hair had completely taken over and become completely freaky!”
Busby has left his new family and even the experts baffled as to his bizarre appearance.
“Busby is from a litter of five and all the others are as beautiful as the mum and dad with their lovely smooth hair,” said Faye. “The breeder said they’ve never had a dog like Busby and even the vet said they’d never come across one like him from such pretty parents.
“He’s a complete throwback; a bit of a freak of nature.”
While his owner thought her pint-sized pup would draw attention for his good looks, quite the opposite has become true.
“People stop me in the street to ask what he is,” said Faye, who also has a Boxer dog called Benson. “They even say ‘oh isn’t he pretty’ and I reply ‘no he’s not, he’s really ugly’! He is really cute, but only because he is so ugly.
“A friend suggested I set up an Instagram account for him and within a couple of months he has attracted almost 3,000 followers. I’ve got friends with business accounts who say they can’t achieve anywhere near that kind of following. I try and take one or two photos a day of him to post and he’s creating quite a stir on social media.
“He’s absolutely gorgeous to me. He’s a showstopper, that’s for sure.”