This week in pet news we celebrate the newest champion in the dog world, we offer our advice for where to enjoy the beach with your dog this summer, and we learn of a new tech-enabled tool for service dogs.1. A Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha was crowned the world’s ugliest dog over the weekend. This 125 lb rescue pup was blind when first rescued but regained her eyesight after several surgeries. Martha’s title as world’s ugliest dog of 2017 marks a change of direction for the competition. Winners over the last 4 years have all been smaller breeds. 2. Summer is in full swing and beach goers are flocking to beaches along the east coast. Until recently, Fido would have to stay home for these trips. Beaches in and around New York City are now doing their best to become more dog friendly. We recommend 8th Ave beach in Asbury Park, NJ where the sands are dog friendly from 6 pm — 8:30 am every day.3. Service dogs may soon have technology at their disposal to further enable them to protect their owners. Researchers at the FIDO (Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations) at Georgia Tech are working on a tablet that will allow service dogs to call or text emergency responders when their owners are in distress. The technology is still under development, but we are excited at the possibilities.That’s your week in pet news.