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 by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club.

At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno. In 2008, the immensely popular hound barked and bayed his way to becoming the only previous beagle to win at 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, a breed known as "big beagles," 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 that's a cousin of President Barack Obama's family pet Sunny, was the top-winning male in show dog history. Swagger the old English sheepdog finished second at Westminster in 2013 and 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 who 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.

There's no prize money for winning Westminster although the prestige lasts forever in dog circles, plus 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, met with Donald Trump, had lunch at Manhattan restaurant Sardi's and 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, a co-owner of Uno. Her other co-owners are Lori Crandlemire and daughter Kaitlyn.

Uno turns 10 in May. The pooch now lives in Texas with owner Caroline Dowell. Her ranch is across the street.

"Uno has his own television set," Dowell said by phone after Miss P's win. "I assume he was watching."

Dowell said Miss P was "delightful," albeit a bit quiet.

"She's not quite the showman that Uno is. But I'm a little prejudiced," she said. "There aren't many dogs that are. Uno could go in the show ring right now and do what he did up there at Westminster."

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

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COMMENTS (113)
  • zarab-Orv
    2/23/2015 - 12:48 p.m.

    This article was good because this beagle won a famous dog show. For some re sun I got confused about the story. The title asked you if you think this is the best dog in the world in my opinion I say no. What do you think?

  • rubenb-DiB
    2/23/2015 - 01:00 p.m.

    Beagle wins award at a contest at Madison square garden in 2008. There's no prize money for winning the contest...why are there no Pugs in this??

  • annari-Sch
    2/23/2015 - 01:57 p.m.

    The opinion, that she is one of the best dogs in the world. The fact is that there isn't any prize money involved.

  • madisonm-Sch
    2/23/2015 - 02:06 p.m.

    The fact of this story is that Miss P became America's top dog by winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. The opinion is that she is the "Best" dog. Not everybody is going to agree that Miss P is the best dog. The connotation is that the author says that the beagle is soft-spoken. He doesn't really mean that she is soft-spoken, he means that she is sort of a quiet dog. She doesn't howl as loud as others.

  • mckennas-Sch
    2/23/2015 - 02:07 p.m.

    The fact is, the dog's name is Miss P. The opinion is, Miss P was wagging her tail a mile a minute. the connotation is, a half hour after the show that Miss P known as "the big breed" had won, she started making noises. Only because her owners were giving her treats.

  • 01Lyndsi-May
    2/23/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    Wow that's pretty interesting, but it didn't really talk about one certain dog it talked about many dogs. Not a beagle...... It did a little, but not much, which it should've had because it is an article of a beagle who some say is the best dog in the world. I just think this article should've talked abut this beagle more. But it was interesting for the other dogs of how interesting they were. If this article wanted to talk about many dogs in dog shows then, they should've named this article "Amazing Dogs In Dog Shows" or something simular.......This article is about A dog not Dogs! I don't mean to complain, but that doesn't make sense.

  • dimitrik-DiB
    2/23/2015 - 04:50 p.m.

    This dog is amazing, I love how she was able to keep calm and not make a sound. I can hardly keep quiet for 30 min. Plus she came in first in show, that is awesome. Finally she past her examine. Now that amazed me.

  • evanb-Orv
    2/23/2015 - 06:16 p.m.

    The author emphasized that the winning beagle was "soft spoken" because the beagle hardly barked at all during the competition until thirty minutes after she won she barked because she got a treat.

  • CameronS-2
    2/23/2015 - 06:50 p.m.

    This article is about what is potentially the best dog in the world. This is simply a opinion not a fact.This dog might be the most talented beagle but the best dog in my opinion is the one that is most loving.you know it is a very talented dog but I would still save her a dog more lovable than more talented.

  • APangaro-1
    2/23/2015 - 07:07 p.m.

    Miss P, a soft, four year old beagle won best in show in the Westminster Kennel Club. Many people were surprised because beagles normally bark, but Miss P. didn't make a peep in the ring. A judge had said, "She never let me down, she didn't make any mistakes." Miss P. made appearances on morning TV shows, met Donald Trump, ate lunch at Sardi's, and also made an appearance in a Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots." I think that Miss P. deserved to win this dog show. Just in the picture above shows her intelligence.

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