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Apr 22, 2014 12:42 PM by NBC News

Bulldog Beauty On Display

A cape and a crown came in handy at Drake University Monday.

Being beautiful isn`t easy. While some dogs can't commit to their costumes, Ella Harban is ready to commit her life to her dog Gary.

"He's so handsome," Ella says.

Huckleberry has already dedicated a year to Drake University as the 2013 most Beautiful Bulldog.

But no beautiful bulldog has put in more face time than the famous Porterhouse. "I don't think he had any idea how big of a deal he was," said Porterhouse's owner Erin Bell.

Porterhouse won the contest in 2009, but he stuck around as Drake`s living mascot. "This is where porterhouse shined and we definitely miss having him a lot today," said Bell.

Porterhouse died unexpectedly last December. "I don`t think there will ever be another Porterhouse," said Porterhouse.

In honor of this irreplaceable dog is a new award, the Porterhouse People's Choice Award.

As Stanley takes home the Porterhouse People's Choice Award, Lucy walks away with the coveted crown.

Gary the groom didn't win any awards, but his wife Ella thinks he's a winner.

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