IN PICTURES: It didn’t rain till the tail end of the ‘Best Bulldog Butt’ contest • Long Beach Post

Heavy rain stayed away for most of the Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium, Sunday. The downpour didn’t hit until the “Best Bulldog Butt” contest, at the tail end of the event. Fortunately, all 19 of the dog day afternoon and morning events were contested.


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Coming away with the top honor was Mary Clarkebrown’s four-year-old, Sparkie, who will reign supreme as 2019’s most beautiful English bulldog.

“He’s such an amazing spirit, it’s almost creepy,” Clarkebrown said.  “Everybody loves him. Even people who don’t like dogs.”

This is the 15th year that Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team (CAT) has put on the show. The dreary weather didn’t keep too many bulldogs away from the contests. More than 200 people and their pets were registered.

“That shows how important this competition has become to Long Beach,”  Rudd said.

He said that the event is the largest gathering of English bulldogs in the world.

Thor, Peanut, Lucky, Daisy, Rio, Bella, Hercules and Jimmy Dean and dozens more made their way down a red carpet runway and were judged by area beauty queens including Miss Long Beach, Alicia Diaz.

But, in the end, it was Sparkie that took home the blue ribbon. The dog has been through more than his share of health problems but Clarkbrown said he has conquered them all.

“He’s a wonderdog,” she said. “Maybe St. Francis is watching over him.”

Fidget is a bulldog owned by breeder James Allen. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Bulldogs walk along the path at the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

This bulldog may just be over it. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Two dogs play at the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog waits for the start of the Costume division. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A golden retriever checks out a passing bulldog. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog gets its photo taken as it walks down the runway. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Two bulldogs check each other out before the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

This bulldog seems a bit reticent during her walk down the runway. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

This bulldog wore a tie for Costume/Outfit competition. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog walks the red carpet at the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

This bulldog was dressed as Charlie Brown during the Best Costume competition. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Melissa Davies, who is legally blind, gives a smooch to her pooch Marvin who serves as her guide dog. They competed in the Disability Dog category at the 15th annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog puppy rests in his owner’s arms. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog takes a walk down the path during competition. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sparkie, a dog owned by Mary Clarkebrown won first place in the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty competition at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Mary Clarkebrown’s bulldog Sparkie won first place in the Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog gets a belly scratch during the judging at the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Sean Krondak gets emotional as his dog Hercules is announced as the second place winner at the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog decides to take a rest during the walk down the runway. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Spectators take in the competition at the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

This bulldog gets a greeting from a fan during a walk down the runway. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Bulldog and spectator regard each other. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog gets a scratch behind the ears as he walks the runway. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A bulldog gets a greeting during competition at the 15th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Ruby Miller picks up her dog Hagrid. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A Bulldog takes a walk down the runway. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

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