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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (KARK) --Ty Opelt didn't have to put very much work into his dog to make her ugly. She's just that way.

Opelt however, calls it "beautifully ugly" and says she can teach all of us an important lesson.

Ellie Mae is an 8-year-old Chinese Crested Hairless and can't get very far without turning heads.

Opelt, with Ellie Mae by his side, is on his way to California for "The World's Ugliest Dog Contest".

While he's really hoping for a win he says the attention his dog is getting now is well deserved as she's helped quite a few people cope with their inner insecurities with their outer beauty.