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Buddy the ‘beautiful bulldog’ is great at sleeping and snoring 最靚牛頭犬巴迪 最擅睡覺和打呼

Buddy and George DuBois at the 29th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 21, 2008.
上個月二十一日,巴迪和喬治.杜伯伊在愛荷華州迪莫伊參加第二十九屆牛頭犬選美大賽。
照片:美聯社

PHOTO : AP

Buddy is a sleeping beauty. He’s usually asleep on his back, snoring loudly with his large tongue hanging out.

He was wide awake last week, though, when he won a “Beautiful Bulldog” contest.

“He’s been lying around all winter,’’ said George DuBois from Ankeny, Iowa, US, who owns Buddy with his wife, Cindy. “In the last 10, 15 days we’ve done some walking. We’ve been getting in shape for this.”

The DuBois’ three-year-old dog was among 50 bulldogs who came to compete.

“I’m so excited. I didn’t think he had what it took to get it,” Cindy DuBois said.

Buddy didn’t wear a costume when he walked down the “dogwalk,” unlike many of the other dogs. They dressed up as fairy princesses, rock stars and even cheerleaders.

Buddy panted heavily as he sat on his throne. He was wearing a crown and a cape.

His owner doesn’t think winning the contest will go to Buddy’s head.

“I don’t think he really wants attention all that much,” George DuBois said.

(STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)

巴迪是一個睡美人,牠常常四腳朝天地睡覺,打呼聲超大,舌頭還掉在外面。

但牠上個星期贏得「最靚牛頭犬」選美大賽時則清醒得很。

巴迪的飼主喬治.杜伯伊和他的太太辛蒂來自美國愛荷華州安克尼市,杜伯伊說:「牠整個冬天都躺著不肯起來;過去十到十五天,我們做了一些走路訓練,為了參賽健身一番。」

杜伯伊養的這隻三歲的牛頭犬,從五十隻參賽者中脫穎而出。

辛蒂.杜伯伊說:「我非常興奮,我原以為以牠的條件不會獲勝。」

巴迪沒有特別打扮就走上伸展台,不像其他許多參賽者那樣打扮成童話故事中的公主、搖滾明星,甚至啦啦隊員。

坐在得獎者寶座上氣喘吁吁的巴迪身披斗篷,頭戴皇冠。

牠的飼主說,巴迪應該不會因為獲獎而得意忘形。

喬治.杜伯伊說:「我不認為牠想吸引那麼多眼光。」

(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. contest n.

競賽 (jing4 sai4)

例: What can you win in the contest?

(你贏了這個比賽的話可以得到什麼?)

2. costume n.

造型服飾 (zao4 xing2 fu2 shi4)

例: Did you get a Halloween costume yet?

(你準備好萬聖節要穿的服裝了嗎?)

3. pant v.i./v.t.

喘氣 (chuan3 qi4)

例: Jenny was panting at the end of the race.

(珍妮跑完賽跑後氣喘吁吁。)

4. crown n.

皇冠 (huang2 guan4)

例: The princess is wearing a beautiful crown.

(那位公主戴了一頂漂亮的皇冠。)


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