February 18, 2015
Best in Show at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Goes to…
Congratulations to Miss P, a 15-inch Beagle, who beat over 2,700 dogs to win the top prize – Best in Show – at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Miss P, a four year old female from British Columbia, Canada, is only the second Beagle to win Best in Show at Westminster. She is the grandniece of Uno, the other Beagle Best in Show, who won in 2008.
Despite her 19 Best in Show wins at other events, Miss P (whose full name is “Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble”) was not the favorite going into the final round. Many predicted that Matisse, a Portuguese Water Dog who is related to one of President Obama’s two Porties, Sunny, would win Best in Show, having made it to the finals three years in a row and winning a remarkable 238 Best in Show titles throughout his illustrious career. Miss P also triumphed over the crowd favorite, a magnificently coiffed Old English Sheepdog nicknamed Swagger. Rounding out the finalists were: Rocket the Shih Tzu owned by heiress Patricia Hearst, Flame the Standard Poodle (always a popular breed at dog shows), Liz the English Springer Spaniel named after Elizabeth Taylor and Charlie the Skye Terrier who took the Reserve Best in Show title.
Now that she’s won, it’s time for Miss P’s victory lap. She visited the Today show this morning (see clip below), along with her handler Will Alexander and David Frei, the announcer of last night’s show. Miss P’s Westminster Best in Show will be her last, as Alexander announced, for the pup is retiring after this year’s show. “She’s going to go be a mother soon. And that will be a great thing for the breed and for her,” he said.
Congratulations to Miss P, and to all of the dogs who competed this year!
Photos from Westminster Kennel Club Facebook Page