Saturday 21 April 2018

Lucey wins Beautiful Bulldog event

Tiffany Torstenson kisses her dog Lucey after it was crowned the winner of the 35th annual Beautiful Bulldog contest (AP)
Tiffany Torstenson kisses her dog Lucey after it was crowned the winner of the 35th annual Beautiful Bulldog contest (AP)
Jasmine Josephine loses her wig as she walks across stage during judging at the 35th annual Beautiful Bulldog contest (AP)
Linus the Love Bug walks across the stage of the Beautiful Bulldog competition (AP)

Lucey, an 18-month old pooch, has beaten 49 drooling competitors to take this year's Beautiful Bulldog pageant.

The tongue-in-cheek event is designed to kick off the week-long Drake Relays, an internationally-renowned track and field event in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lucey's owner, Tiffany Torstenson of nearby Waukee, Iowa, is a surgeon and said she often takes her pet to work.

She said Lucey's demeanour around doctors and patients helped convinced her human family that she would make a perfect therapy dog.

Lucey was certainly a hit with the crowd at the event, besting a pair of boys named Lord Nelson and Zuul to take the top honours.

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