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By Alison Schwartz
Congrats, Miss P!
The beagle from the hound group ran off with the prestigious Best in Show title Tuesday at the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Miss P (formal name: Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble) beat out six other fierce furballs: the Patty Hearst co-owned Rocket (toy group), Flame (non-sporting group), Swagger (herding group), Liz (sporting group), Matisse (working group) and Charlie (terrier group).
Miss P has 19 U.S. best in shows under her belt. As if she could get any more impressive: She’s only the second of her breed to win at Westminster.
“There are seven beautiful dogs. It was a tough lineup,” handler William Alexander said post-win. “I’m speechless.”
It runs in the family, after all, for Miss P, who’s a grandniece to 2008 champ Uno.
Next up? She’s ready to retire and have some pups of her own, said Alexander.
Charlie earned honors for Reserve Best in Show.
More than 2,700 dogs entered the annual show, which came to a close at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.