Puppy once destined to be euthanized crowned at bulldog pageant at Drake University

Bow-Z of Pella, Iowa, donned the cape and crown as winner of the 39th annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University on April 22, 2018.

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 re-routed 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. See photos.

The Drake Relays began on Thursday and wrapped up on Saturday.