By Lauren Burton

Lola reigned supreme at last year’s Bluegrass Pugfest Queen, and she’s going for the title again!

If you’ve been to Newberry Animal Clinic, chances are you’ve met Lola. This one-eyed beauty goes to work with her human mom, veterinary assistant Priscilla Crist, and spends her time getting and giving love to staff and visitors alike.

Lola was crowned the Pugfest Queen at last year’s festival thanks to the votes of all her family and friends. No pug has ever won the Queen title twice, but Lola is determined to be the first.

Lola’s voting profile reads: “Lola is a one-eyed special lady that brings smiles and happiness to every person and animal she meets. Even with a bum leg and one eye she enjoys life to the fullest. Her grandma Shirley Bugg loves to watch her every Saturday. Lola makes all her neighbors happy, from the young kids to the elderly and their furry friends. Please help Lola be 2024 Bluegrass Pugfest Queen.”

To vote for Lola, visit (case sensitive). There is a $1 per-vote fee, and all proceeds go toward paying medical bills for rescued pugs. Last year’s contest raised over $11,000; this year’s goal is $15,000.

Voting is open now through 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. First place male and female pugs will be named King and Queen, second place will be named Prince and Princess, and third will be Duke and Duchess.

Winners will be announced at the 2024 Bluegrass Pugfest celebration in Louisville, KY, June 1-2.

To learn more about the Pugfest, visit

Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity.