Polite applause and a smattering of cheers greeted Miss P as she strutted a final lap before the judge who would crown the Best in Show at Westminster.
The 15-inch Beagle was clearly an underdog. The Madison Square Garden crowd loudly let it be known that their favorites were Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, and Charlie, a Skye Terrier. Another crowd-pleaser was Matisse, a Portuguese Water Dog, listed by Las Vegas odds makers as the 4-to-1 favorite to become top dog (Miss P was a 15-to-1 bet).
Best in Show judge David Merriam seemed to relish the suspenseful build-up, carefully examining each of the seven finalists, having them parade the ring a second time, giving each a final assessment before turning to the judge’s table to record his decision.
For the tri-colored Miss P, the Westminster trophy marked her 20th career best in show prize. It was her second showing at Westminster.
“She never let me down,” handler Will Alexander told news reporters at the event. “She didn’t make any mistakes. She was wonderful out there.”
The 4-year-old Miss P is a grandniece of Uno, who in 2008 became the first Beagle to win at the nation’s most prestigious dog show. The charismatic Uno sparked a wave of “Beaglemania” after his Westminster win.
As a young puppy in 2011, Miss P won nine puppy groups and one best puppy in show award. She boasts 75 Group one wins in Canada and in 2012 was selected as the AKC Eukanuba Best of Variety. In 2013, she achieved her Grand Championship (GHC) and earned multi-group placings in the U.S.
Miss P, formerly known as Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble, is owned by Lori Crandlemire and her daughter Kaitlyn of Enderby, British Columbia, Brody Cavanaugh and Eddie Dzuik. They intent to retire Miss P from competition.
As the reigning Westminster champion, Miss P embarks upon a media tour that includes a stop at the Empire State Building, steak lunch at a Manhattan restaurant and a walk-on part in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.”
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