DES MOINES, Iowa – A 2-year-old pup once destined to be euthanized was crowned the winner of Sunday's Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University.
The 39th annual tongue-in-cheek pageant for English bulldogs, Drake's mascot, is the unofficial start to this week's Drake Relays track meet.
This year's champion, Bow-Z, hails from nearby Pella, Iowa. She was set to be put down as a puppy because of various physical ailments but was rerouted to a no-kill shelter instead.
Bow-Z beat a field of 40 slobbering bulldogs – most of which were decked out in outlandish costumes – with names like Rocky, Tucker and Beau.
The Drake Relays begin Thursday and wrap up on Saturday.