Zsa Zsa, the English Bulldog whose long, floppy tongue and protruding underbite earned her the title of 2018's "World's Ugliest Dog" last month, died on Tuesday, her owner says.
"I'm in shock still", Brainard told CNN sister network HLN.
"She is just so ugly, she's attractive", Brainard told The New York Times last month.
Courtois to decide on his Chelsea future after the World Cup
The Blues shot stopper is facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge with less than 12 months remaining on his current deal. Courtois made 154 appearances for Chelsea , and has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup.
"I picked Zsa Zsa up and took her outside and laid her down in the grass", Brainard told the outlet. "It's probably going to be the same with her passing".
On June 23, Zsa Zsa won the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Petaluma, Calif.
After her big win, Zsa Zsa's family said, "We are so excited for her, she deserves this". "We were all saying our goodbyes".
Brainard and the rest of Zsa Zsa's family hosted a ceremony for her in their back yard to honor the pup. Brainard named the sweet, lovable pup after the Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor, because the pretty pooch enjoyed lounging on the couch "like a lovely model".