Can a bulldog be beautiful?
Lucey is a slobbering 18-month-old pooch. Her human family dreams of making her a therapy dog.
Lucey beat out 49 drooling competitors to take this year's "Beautiful Bulldog" pageant. The not-too-serious event kicks off the weeklong Drake Relays. The Relays are an internationally renowned track and field meet in Des Moines.
"She's just very calm and she loves people," Tiffany Torstenson, of Waukee, Iowa, said. "She loves the attention."
Tiffany is a doctor at the Mercy Katzmann Breast Center. She often takes Lucey to work. Lucey's attitude around doctors and patients makes Tiffany think that she'd make a perfect therapy dog. She will soon start training to become one.
Lucey was certainly a hit with the crowd at Drake's Knapp Center. She beat a pair of boys named Lord Nelson and Zuul.
"She's very docile and she doesn't get really excited," Tiffany said. "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."
Monday marked the 35th anniversary of the Beautiful Bulldog event. It was started in 1979 to find a real dog to represent the school's mascot, the Bulldogs.
The pageant is meant to honor English Bulldogs . The event has become so popular in recent years that a lottery was needed to winnow the field from over 100 bulldogs down to 50.
Competitors from as far away as South Dakota and Kansas made the trip to Des Moines to find out which pup would be voted the prettiest.
But no one could touch the simple pink tutu and award-winning smile of Lucey.
Lucey received a crown, a cape and a cake for winning the event. She'll be honored at Drake Stadium later this week.
"She's good with kids. She's good with adults. She's just been a great dog," said Lucey's owner, Toby Torstenson.