Haute Dog! Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach

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The last of the Confederate dogs
The last of the Confederate dogs
Adam Gropman

By Adam Gropman

Former Alabaman Justin Rudd is a dog lover, pet photographer, long distance runner, professional singer, creator of the "30 Minute Beach Cleanup," founder and director of the non-profit organization Community Action Team (CAT) and, did I mention dog lover? Among Rudd's many admirable pursuits and accomplishments, he's organized a "Haute Dog Pageants and Pet Adoption Fair"- which includes a "Bulldog Beauty Contest"- in a pleasant coastal park in his current home of Long Beach.  

While it's called the "Bulldog Beauty Contest" - and has separate categories for French and English bulldogs, the contest also has categories on the red carpet for pugs and "senior dogs" - canines over eleven. The spirited event had the feeling of a mini "dog Woodstock" or "pup-alooza" of sorts. Scads of diverse, good-natured folks brought their leashed dogs with them and enjoyed fellowship with other "dog people," the chance to peruse the many portable booths selling every pet-related product you might think of, from doggie clothes to special artificial grass and, of course, the down and dirty, high-powered raw competition of a big time dog contest! These animals may not be quite as elite as supermodels, but they are probably a lot less high-strung and undoubtedly eat better. 

There is no rule against wheeled transportation in the competition
There is no rule against wheeled transportation in the competition
Adam Gropman
A distinguished family... and their humans
A distinguished family... and their humans
Adam Gropman
All hail the new dog royalty! Bow down and kiss her paw!
All hail the new dog royalty! Bow down and kiss her paw!
Adam Gropman

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