Photos: It's pugs gone wild!

Photos: It's pugs gone wild!
The 12th Annual Oregon Humane Society Pug Crawl was held on Sunday, May 20, 2012. A pug dressed up as an eagle won the top prize and was dubbed 'President of Pug Nation.' Photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com Producer/Reporter.

PORTLAND, Ore. - It was pug mania outside a local tavern on Sunday as folks and their lovable little pooches got together to have a little fun and help out the Oregon Humane Society.

The annual Pug Crawl attracts hundreds of pug lovers every year. MacTarnahan's, located at 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue, hosted this year's event. All of the proceeds from the crawl (admission was $10) will directly benefit animals at the Oregon Humane Society.

The highlight of the Pug Crawl is a parade where costumed pooches strut their stuff to try to wow the judges. Creativity is the key to winning.

Since 2012 is an election year, the theme was 'Pug Nation: A Better Pug for a Better America!' Around 85 pugs competed for the title of President and Vice President of Pug Nation.

Judges carefully picked out the top five candidates and crowd applause determined the two winners out of the five. A pug dressed up as an eagle (pictured above) won out for President and 'Rosie the Riveter' (pictured below) came in second to earn a nod for Vice President.

KATU Reporter Anita Kissee (pictured below with the microphone) was this year's Grand Marshal. She was joined by her pug, Sigmund, a past Pug Crawl winner. This year he came to the event as 'Occupug.'