Is this the best dog in the world? Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, and handler William Alexander, compete in the Best in Show group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (AP photos)
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A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.

Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America's top dog. She won best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club.

At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno. In 2008, that hound barked and bayed his way to becoming the only previous beagle to win. Westminster is the nation's most prominent dog show.

Miss P, however, didn't let out a peep in the ring.

"She is a princess," handler Will Alexander said.

A quiet one, too. Not your normal, everyday, vocal beagle, as most owners can attest.

Instead, it was the packed crowd at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night that seemed to loudly gasp when judge David Merriam picked her.

It was a dog show world shocker.

Only a half-hour after her win did the 15-inch Miss P start making a noise. And that was only because her people were giving her treats.

The best-of-seven final ring was full of favorites.

Matisse, a Portuguese water dog, is the cousin of President Barack Obama's family pet Sunny. Matisse was the top-winning male in show dog history. Swagger, the old English sheepdog finished second at Westminster in 2013. That dog clearly drew the biggest cheers.

A Skye terrier came in second this time. A standard poodle, a shih tzu and an English springer spaniel also made it to the last ring.

Miss P was the one that charmed Merriam. He is a retired California trial-courts judge. He has spent more than 50 years with dogs. But this was the first time he'd judged a best in show.

"She never let me down. She didn't make any mistakes," Alexander said of Miss P.

There's no prize money for winning Westminster. But the prestige lasts forever in dog circles. There also is the possibility of lucrative breeding rights.

The tri-colored Miss P also earned a full day Wednesday. The canine made appearances on morning TV shows. She met with Donald Trump and had lunch at Manhattan restaurant Sardi's. She even had a walk-on part in the Broadway hit musical "Kinky Boots."

It was the 20th best in show win in the United States for the Canadian-born Miss P. The dog lives in both Milton and Enderby, British Columbia. Her call name is short for Peyton. Her official champion's name is Tashtins Lookin for Trouble.

One of her owners is Eddie Dziuk. He is a co-owner of Uno. Her other co-owners are Lori Crandlemire and daughter Kaitlyn.

Critical thinking challenge: Why did the author emphasize that the winning beagle was soft-spoken?

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COMMENTS (24)
  • kaylal-Hyl
    2/23/2015 - 11:55 a.m.

    I love this article. I love how her real name is Payton. I would perfer that people call her Payton then have shortened it to Miss P. I love how miss p is a beagle because that's my favorite kind of dog. That is why i like this article.

  • robertd-Hyl
    2/24/2015 - 12:03 p.m.

    I never knew that dog shows existed but I did know about Miss p because my sister said that Miss p is a well trained beagle. Also I wonder if Miss p chases cats and cars like other dogs do. Just remember that dogs deserve respect like Miss p.

  • caitlynnk-Hyl
    2/24/2015 - 12:08 p.m.

    I can not believe that she was quiet. My uncle has a beagle and she is loud. I also cant believe she was on talk shows and she was even on Broadway. That takes a lot for a dog to be on stage or a live show with actors because what if they miss behave at the wong time and everyone sees it. It also takes a lot of courage for a dog to get up on stage and with all the lights and cameras and other dogs and all the people it might be distracting for a dog. Also i cant believe her great uncle uno has his own television set i don't even have my own. Also the owner or some one would have to know if he as watching because some one would have to change the channel. But i can not believe that that dog was quiet with all that distraction. This was a amazing atrial.

  • LandenM-Phe
    2/25/2015 - 08:35 a.m.

    I think this dog is a good dog but the second best dog

  • JessicaI-Phe
    2/25/2015 - 08:45 a.m.

    I think this passage is very good. And this beagle is very well trained. I would recommend this passage to other people because the passage is full of history.

  • TannerS-Phe
    2/25/2015 - 08:46 a.m.

    I thank this beagle is the best dog in the world because he was the first beagle to win the Westminster kennel club. I thank this passage is also really good because it talked a lot about a little cute beagle. Also I liked because it had a lot of interesting parts in it that I never knew about so I found pretty cool and fun. I also liked where they told who was miss P owners and co-owners and where told how many owners counting co-owners in all there was.

  • matthewn-Wre
    2/25/2015 - 10:30 a.m.

    Most people think there dog is the best but really a beagle is the best

  • AlishaJ-Phe
    2/25/2015 - 10:58 a.m.

    I like this story.i have a dog a her name is zac.

  • ashleighb-Hyl
    2/25/2015 - 11:56 a.m.

    I really loved this article. It was interesting that Miss.P is the grand niece of Uno the show dog. Wow I couldn't believe that Miss.P didn't bark much! Beagles normally bark a lot. Wonder why she has 3 co-owners instead of 1 full owner? I thought this article was very interesting.

  • peytoni-Hyl
    2/25/2015 - 12:02 p.m.

    The author emphasize that the winning beagle was ''soft-spoken'' because it was the first time a judge pick an beagle for the dog show in Westminster Kennel Club. Also, Miss P did not make a peep in the ring.

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