Can a bulldog be beautiful? Tiffany Torstenson, of Waukee, Iowa, kisses her dog Lucey after it was crowned the winner of the 35th annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest
Can a bulldog be beautiful?
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Lucey is a slobbering 18-month-old pooch. Her human family dreams of making her a therapy dog.

Winning a pageant before her second birthday should boost the Iowa bulldog's hopes of joining owner Dr. Tiffany Torstenson in the health care industry.

Lucey beat out 49 drooling competitors Monday 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," Torstenson, of Waukee, Iowa, said. "She loves the attention."

Torstenson, a breast surgeon at the Mercy Katzmann Breast Center, said she often takes Lucey to work. Lucey's demeanor around doctors and patients helped convince her human family 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, to capture top honors.

"She's very docile and she doesn't get really excited," Torstenson 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, which was started in 1979 in an effort to find a real dog to represent the school's mascot, the Bulldogs.

The pageant is meant to honor English Bulldogs and all the slovenly traits that have endeared the breed to so many. 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.

Costumes and props are strongly encouraged, and a dog named Capone from Center Point, Iowa, got the crowd going by taking part of his turn on the catwalk on a skateboard. The runner-up, Zuul, was named after a character in the iconic '80s film "Ghostbusters." He and his dad, Dan Phelps of Marengo, Iowa, wore costumes inspired by the movie.

But no one could touch the simple pink tutu and award-winning smile of Lucey, whose reign will last until next year's pageant.

Lucey received a crown, a cape and a cake for winning the event, and 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.

Critical thinking challenge: Why did Drake choose bulldogs for their beauty pageant? Why didnt they pick a more attractive breed?

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COMMENTS (133)
  • ma6fc
    4/23/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    I think they chose bulldogs becuase it proves that nyab redd which symbolizes like ay person no matter how they look has many amazing qualities about them.

  • TheAlex33301
    4/23/2014 - 08:49 a.m.

    This is a great article on this bulldog. I really enjoyed this article. And, Yes I think bulldogs can be beautiful. If you want to read a good article this one is the one.

  • Dynasty22
    4/23/2014 - 09:53 a.m.

    Dogs are dogs, so I wouldn't intentionally say that they are not beautiful because everything is beautiful in its on way. With that being said, I think that Drake choose bulldogs because they are very friendly and polite. She also choose bulldogs so that they could pick a dog to represent the school's mascot, bulldogs.

  • SD1dancer
    4/23/2014 - 12:58 p.m.

    This was a cute story because i am an animal person so i love all animals, and its nice people are noticing the beauty in all animals.

  • Jamaiya1.2.3.4
    4/23/2014 - 02:56 p.m.

    Dogs are dogs, there is no one or anything that isn't beauiful. Everyone is beauiful in its own way and is special. So I believe a dulldog can be beauiful in its own way. Some people may think their ugly but others may think their beauiful, everyone have a different opinion.

  • 17jfanara
    4/23/2014 - 07:02 p.m.

    I have never heard of a pageant for dogs, just dog shows. But I think this is actually a pretty cool thing, and I would love to go to one to see all the dogs in their cool clothes and doing their unique talents. Bulldogs, who not the most elegant of dogs, I guess don't have a great reputation for being 'pretty.' But they are smart and lovable and I think this bulldog pageant helps to prove that point.

  • bc31food
    4/24/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    All dogs can be beautiful, just because they aren't small or aren't the most adorable, doesn't mean they can't have the best personality, i feel like every dog has their own personality with a certain person and they are all beautiful

  • jh09013smiles
    4/24/2014 - 08:39 a.m.

    Each dog is beautiful in their own way, it doesn't matter what breed it is. Some of them are great for therapy and others aren't. That's that.

  • briona0311
    4/24/2014 - 09:56 a.m.

    I think that its considerate of Drake to have a bulldog beauty pageant. Bulldogs are jest as attractive as any other breed of dog.

  • caileym-Dou
    4/24/2014 - 11:15 a.m.

    yesss! A bulldog can be beautiful. Well that's what I think because if you dress one up it might be beautiful if you dress it up that way.

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