The results are in! Beth has won the Third Annual Portland Pet Pageant 2020, presented by DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital!
We are very excited to now hold the prestigious title of "Ultimate Supreme Pet champion" here in our home town of Portland, Oregon.
"Sure, Bethanee Hamilton's is mighty fancy—a sparkling family heirloom belonging to her owner, Lindsay Van Bramer. And one look at her Instagram page tells you the 7-year-old French bulldog is living the lush life of an internet celebrity.
But all that glamour was hard-earned...
Discovered on the streets outside Portland as a puppy, Bethanee nearly died during a routine spaying operation. Then, after the discovery of cancer in her back left paw, she had to have the leg amputated.
Shortly after surgery, Van Bramer adopted the little "tripod." Naming her after surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack, the freelance web designer started an Instagram account (@pardonthyfrench) to document Bethanee's recovery—while also dressing her up in wigs and silly costumes.
Gradually, her follower count ticked upward. And though the account is full of Portland quirk—Hipster Santa and strippers from Devils Point have made cameos—she's earned fans from around the world.
No wonder, then, that Bethanee ran away with the votes in Willamette Week's third annual Pet Pageant, to become this year's Ultimate Supreme Pet.
But with great fame comes great responsibility, and Bethanee hasn't shrunk from hers. She makes frequent appearances at nursing homes and charitable events, and has partnered with DoveLewis Animal Hospital to support the Velvet Assistance Fund, a financial aid program for families experiencing sudden pet emergencies."