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World's ugliest dog rescued in Auburn

By: Gus Thomson, Media Life
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Fred Clark a Placer star You may not have heard of him but mid-20th century character actor Fred Clark has a Hollywood Walk of Fame star at 1713 Vine St. for his pioneering TV work on “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.” Lesser known is that Clark, the son of Placer County’s agriculture commissioner, was born in Lincoln in 1914, grew up in the orchard belt between Lincoln and Auburn, and graduated from Lincoln High School. As far as Media Life can tell, Clark’s the only Placer County native to have a star on the Walk of Fame. Clark’s sometimes-blustering, sometimes-menacing features can be seen in film classics such as “Flamingo Road” and “White Heat” from 1949, “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953) and “Sunset Blvd.” from 1950. TV viewers from the 1950s and 1960s might remember him as well for his potato-chip ads or guest appearances on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and other situation comedies. While Clark appears to be the lone Placer County native to be honored, the foothills has called home to at least one other Walk of Fame star. Maxene Andrews, one of the singing Andrews Sisters, is on the Hollywood walk with her siblings. She lived in Auburn for several years before her death in 1995. Ugliest Dog’s Cinderella tale began in Auburn Pabst, a take-charge boxer with a prominent underbite, recently won the global title at the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma. While Pabst and owner Miles Egstad live in Citrus Heights, the story of the dog’s somewhat meteoric rise to fame has Auburn origins. A buoyant Egstad, 25, happily explained after returning home from the competition that Pabst – named after the beer brand – was adopted from a mobile adoption unit at the Roseville PetSmart on Douglas Boulevard but was rescued in Auburn. That was in October 2005 and Egstad said he’d like to give back by donating some of the dog’s winnings to the rescue group that found the then-6-month-old pup running loose in the foothills city. At the time, Pabst was going by a couple of names – Bobo and Winston. Pabst got his name because it’s one of the 25-year-old millwright’s favorite brands of beer. Shelter staff he talked with before adopting Pabst said they’d had the unusually betoothed dog for a month and believed he was abused as a puppy. The dog came home to Citrus Heights with a burn mark on his stomach, missing a toe and a shy temperament that took a while to overcome. “He was nice and calm but shied away from people,” Egstad said. “Now he’s loving life and this house is his house.” As for that “ugly” tag, Egstad views Pabst’s look as more of a scary one. But once people get over their initial reaction, they learn to love the imperfectly perfect pooch, he said. Egstad and Pabst have already been filmed for the Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101” segment and are getting some bites to appear on a major network’s morning show. A big “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” fan, Egstad said his ultimate goal would be to appear on that program and spread the word about pet adoption. After all, even the ugliest dog can find a home – and worldwide fame. And to think, it all started on an Auburn street, with a lonesome pup alone and abandoned. Only in America.