Is this the best dog in the world?
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)
Is this the best dog in the world?
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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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  • KayleighB-Phe
    2/25/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

    I was whatching this show . this dog is really cute

  • santij-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:28 p.m.

    I like the part were the dog show and juges choses about the winner.I like the puppies because they are so cute

  • aaronm-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:29 p.m.

    that dog was the best dog and rich very rich and a good dog and the best in the dog show
    and wow

  • sherrm-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:30 p.m.

    I like that one of the dogs never braked and all the dogs are asome

  • obeida-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:31 p.m.

    I like about the dog is the dog is allways never give up and i like the dog

  • mayj-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:31 p.m.

    i like how miss p dos'e what ever you say i also like that she dos'e not bark

  • willek-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:31 p.m.

    The two things I really liked alot is the dog alot! It was such a fun story! I also liked all the funky words you know what I`m saying! I think that dog should be in the hall of fame! all I can really say is that it is just a great book! Does any one wanna know why it is because I love animals alot!

  • whitec-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:32 p.m.

    The two things I like about the story is the dogs and the dog show

  • fettep-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:33 p.m.

    i like dogs becouse thy are cute. And mrs.Ps dog won

  • mccraa-Nim
    2/26/2015 - 03:33 p.m.

    I like the story becouse I like dogs.Miss p won the show

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