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SushiRSPCATired of traditional ‘breed standards’ that prioritise looks over welfare, the RSPCA is celebrating alternatives with its own rival dog show to Crufts.

To challenge the traditional beauty pageant style dog shows, which judge dogs primarily on looks, ‘Ruffs’ celebrates them for the right reasons – their welfare and happiness – whether they are pedigrees, crossbreeds, rescues or otherwise.

This year Sushi from Isle of Wight is one of the finalists in Perfectly Imperfect category. Her heartwarming story touched the hearts of the judges and now it is up to the public to decide whether she will be crowned the winner.

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Ruffs organiser, Violet Owens said:

“Three legged dog Sushi is a happy healthy dog now but life hasn’t always been easy for her. Sushi used to live on the streets until she was was knocked over by a car and left for dead in the streets of Romania. Thankfully, someone found her in time and took her in but sadly her leg could not be saved.

“In her life she’s had babies at some point and until last year had never known love, had a home or not had to worry about finding food. Her new Mum Deborah says she is the most forgiving, loving, joyful dog that she has ever met.”

Last year was our first ever Ruffs and it was overwhelming how the public responded to this competition – with hundreds of thousands of people voting throughout the week.

Voting for Ruffs opens tomorrow (Monday). Each category will go up in an album on the RSPCA Official Facebook page from 10:00.

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Voting will be open to the public via ‘likes’ and the winner (by total likes) in each category will be through to the ‘Best in Show’ final on Sunday, with the overall winner announced that day.

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