Betty spends many days hanging out at Meyer Auto Service on Walnut Street, greeting customers, keeping family members company or sleeping.


But on Saturday, Betty stepped up to represent the city as Miss Hesperia 2012 in the 8th annual Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach.


"This is about having a lot of fun," owner Megan Pike said. "The judges are beauty pageant winners themselves."


The pageant is a fundraiser for spaying/neutering and animal adoption and rescue services in Long Beach.


"We've done this once before, when she was much smaller," Pike said. Of course, Betty isn't all that big, even today: The four-year-old French bulldog which is small for her own breed is dwarfed by the other dogs in the family.


"She was raised with a Great Dane and a border collie and she'd never seen any of her breed before," Pike said.


The pageant had about 40 French bulldogs and many more English bulldogs and pugs. Betty competed under the title "Miss Hesperia 2012," and her supporters wore buttons with the photo and title on it. Alas, Betty didn't end up winning the crowd.


"'Most of the judges were blonde,'" Pike quoted one supporter, who felt the shop's bulldog got robbed, "'so they picked blonde dogs.'"


Despite that, Pike says they'll likely go back again some time.


"Had fun. Had so much fun," she said. "It was literally just a field of bulldogs."


For more information on the Bulldog Beauty Pageant, visit Facebook.com/BulldogBeautyContest or BulldogBeauty.com.


Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.