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Okay, I’m just not that into beauty pageants – for humans, that is. When the contestants are canines, on the other hand, it eliminates a lot of what I see as the pageant downside.
Dogs don’t have walk around in swimsuits or evening gowns and high heels, they don’t have to twirl flaming batons or play flute solos, and there’s no danger of them giving incomprehensible answers to questions about Americans’ knowledge of geography, or lack thereof.
That’s why I was thrilled to hear about the sixth annual Long Beach, CA, Bulldog Beauty Contest, which took place recently in the Queen City and featured competitions for French and English bulldogs and senior bulldogs of all varieties, in addition to a pug pageant (even though pugs actually are closer relatives to Pekingese than bulldogs, if we’re going to be sticklers about genetic lineage).
Our intrepid correspondent Woody Woods reports that the competition attracted about 450 dogs. The Top English Bulldog was Winston, a two-year-old male, whose human companion, Darryl Sheaffer, brought him down from Big Bear Lake for the event. Winston is such a strikingly buff specimen of bulldog-hood than he stands out even among this bevy of gorgeous young women.