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    >> it gives me goose bumps . that was the big moment at the sonoma-marin fair in california. yoda is here with us this morning along with her owners, teri and nicole. my heartfelt congratulations. let's give the backstory. this was kind of a sad thing. wasn't this dog found in a bag in kind of a lot?

    >> yeah.

    >> so someone clearly didn't want yoda .

    >> yeah, i guess not. they never claimed her.

    >> but it's a story with a happy ending. when you first laid eyes on yoda , did you see big things in her future in terms of ugly dog competitions?

    >> no. when i first laid eyes on her, i saw big things in terms of getting her to the doctor.

    >> you thought yoda was a rat at first, right?

    >> there's all kinds of -- i thought she was bringing me a dead field rat.

    >> nicole, when your mom said, put the dog down -- well, she didn't know what it was, but what did you -- why did you insist on keeping it?

    >> i don't know.

    >> you were just a little girl .

    >> i was little and i was, like, crying. i wanted her. i don't know why.

    >> why does yoda keep her tongue out like that, by the way?

    >> she always has-now that she's gotten older, she has no teeth.

    >> oh, so it just falls out. there's nothing to hold the tongue in. so you hear about this competition, and you entered. did you think you were a shoo-in or that you were going to face tough competition?

    >> honestly, i was going just for the experience, more or less. i figured maybe she might get a ribbon and that would be nice.

    >> and you got more than a ribbon. you got this trophy here that's, what, about ten times -- well, more than that, i think, bigger than she is. and also i think you got some time of monetary award as well. and you got to be on the "today" show. so if i gave you a coupon that said you could have a free jill rappaport makeover for yoda so she would no longer be the ugliest dog , would you take that coupon? or do you like her as she is?

    >> we love her just like she is.

    >> that's good because i don't think you could do anything with her. jill's pretty good, but i'm not sure. anyway, what's in the future? are you going to enter more competitions?

    >> i'll definitely go to next year's.

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