Pets & Animals

Bulldog beauty pageant features tiaras, tutus and slobber 

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Lucey sits on the throne after being crowned Monday the winner of the 35th annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest.

These beauties will have you drooling.

Fifty canine contestants competed in the 35th annual Beautiful Bulldog pageant, a slobberfest that takes place at Drake University’s campus in Des Moines, Iowa.

This year’s title went to Lucey, an 18-month-old pooch.

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Lucey, the winner!

"She's is very docile, and she doesn't get really excited," her owner, Tiffany Torstenson, told The Associated Press. "Every room we go into, she's in that room. She likes to sleep in the bed, and hog the bed. And she loves cheese."

Torstenson, a breast surgeon, thinks Lucey will make a perfect therapy dog and will start training to become one, she told The AP.

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Stella gets excited during judging.
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Jasmine Josephine loses her wig as she walks across stage during judging.

The pageant held Monday originally began as an effort to find a dog to represent Drake’s mascot, the bulldog.

In addition to “most beautiful,” other awards include “farthest from the dog house,” “best dressed,” “congeniality,” and “Porterhouse people’s choice.”

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Gracie struts her stuff.
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Miss Congeniality winner, Baby, is carried across stage by owner John Jacobson, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

It takes a lot of work to look this gorgeous!

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Colleen Kelley, of Iowa City, Iowa, fixes the hat on her dog, Bruce.
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Linus the Love Bug walks across the stage.