WATCH ABOVE: Miss P, the Canadian beagle, was crowned “Best in Show” at the Westminster Dog Show, but how is the prized pooch celebrating? Allison Vuchnich finds out.
Miss P, a beagle from Enderby, B.C., was named best in show at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The beagle earned top honours after winning the hound category on Tuesday night in New York City.
Miss P, who was bred by Lori Crandlemire of Enderby’s Tashtin Kennels, is the grandniece of Uno, the only other beagle to ever be named best in Show at the prestigious dog competition.
The best-of-seven final ring was full of favourites.
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 with 238. 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 owned by Patty Hearst and an English springer spaniel also made it to the last ring.
There’s no prize money for winning Westminster. Instead, there’s prestige forever in the dog circles, plus the possibility of lucrative breeding rights.
Miss P also earned a full day Wednesday – appearances of morning TV shows, a meeting with Donald Trump, lunch at prominent 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. Her call name is short for Peyton, and her official champion’s name is Tashtins Lookin for Trouble.
WATCH: Miss P pulled off an upset as her name was announced as the winner.
One of her owners is Eddie Dziuk, a co-owner of Uno, who now lives on a ranch in Texas.
Merriam 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.
-with files from Associated Press