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I'm what you call an "easy keeper" in the dog show world

February 26, 2008 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
A big scratch behind the ears for this year’s winner at the Westminster Dog Show, Uno, the 3-year-old beagle who beat all odds and won out among 2,627 entries and 169 breeds.

Thanks to this delightful little beagle, I now know that I would be referred to as 'an easy keeper' in the dog show world.  Uno is known as ‘an easy keeper’ which means he easily puts on weight. Uno, my little kindred spirit, loves food. I too share the same love. Don’t we all.

Uno also loves people and life itself, which is one of the reasons neither he nor any other beagle has ever won the hound group since 1939. The best in show award has been presented 100 times by the Westminster Kennel Club and a beagle has never won partly they claim because the breed has too much of an engaging, friendly nature. Pampered, prissy balls of fur fare much better a chance.

Despite his lack-luster, star appearance, little Uno, whose official name is “K-Run's Park Me in First”, bested 12 other entries in the 15-inch category. Beagles also come in the 13-inch variety, (both types can come from the same litter). In the show world, Uno is considered a "big beagle”, perhaps why his handlers moniter his diet, much like I should my own.

In addition to best in show, our little Underdog also earned the unofficial title of noisiest in show at Madison Square Garden.  Barking and howling and sounding off every chance he got he quickly became the crowd favorite.

Hmmmm, I’m wonder if they’d ever consider allowing humans to contend? I’ve got the ‘easy keeper’ thing going for me,  I bet I could handle a couple of laps around the show ring, I've often been told I need a handler... and I can be quite merry at times (perhaps those are the times when I needed the handler?)....

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