What a difference a year can make in the life of a courageous canine.
Nine months ago, a scrappy English bulldog was found wandering the streets of West Des Moines with no place to call home. He landed in foster care, and three months ago found a forever family with Meredith and Chad Green of Des Moines.
Recently — that 60-pound pup, now named Vincent — outshined 44 other English bulldogs from around the United States to be named winner of the 37th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University.
An audience of 1,400 people watched in the Knapp Center, with another 500+ watching online, as Vincent donned the ceremonial cape and crown.