The dogs came from all over the country in hopes of being crowned the most “Beautiful Bulldog” in America, but there could be only one winner and his name is Tank.
The winner was a local Iowa Bulldog who loves eating snow and watching turtles.
The 2-year-old canine from Des Moines named Tank won the 36th annual Beautiful Bulldog contest on Sunday at Drake University. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Tank, a two-year-old bulldog from Iowa won Drake University’s 36th annual “Beautiful Bulldog” contest Sunday.
2. Tank, who enjoys eating snow and watching turtles, will now serve as mascot of this year’s Drake Relays.
For his achievement, Tank received top honors as well as a crown and a cape.
He will be presented later this week to more than 16,000 fans at the university’s Drake Relays to be honored as the event’s mascot, according to the contest’s website.
The canine beauty pageant, which featured 50 contestants, is the kickoff event for the Drake Relays track meet. Tank’s owner, Duane Smith, said:
He’s funny. He’s a real good one.
3. Here, Tank enjoys a rub from his owner, Duane Smith, after winning the 36th annual contest.
4. The tongue-in-cheek beauty pageant, which featured 50 dogs, is the kickoff event for the Drake Relays track meet.
The pageant’s organizers narrowed a field of more than 100 hopeful dogs by a lottery held last month.
What judges were looking for in the canines were the slobber, drool and bulging, bloodshot eyes synonymous with English Bulldogs.
And that is precisely what they got from Tank who shares his house with a Pomeranian and a few turtles, after his owner found him on Craigslist a year ago.
In the event Tank is unable (or unwilling) to fulfill his mascot duties as the Drake Relays, fellow Des Moines Bulldog Steve will step in.
Steve came in second, even though at first he was so shy about the makeshift catwalk set up on Drake’s basketball court that his owner was forced to pick him up and put him down on it, much to the delight of the few thousand fans looking on.
5. Ronnie Sussman, of Union, N.J., walks her dog Bex across the stage during the contest as part of the Drake Relays.
6. The moment Tank is crowned America’s most beautiful Bulldog.
Source: Drake University.
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