This was the first time that a beagle had ever won the title, which prompted the capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden to give the confident little hound a standing ovation.
The crowd embraced Uno from the start. He showed he was a compact package of personality and knew how to work the crowd. He barked, bayed and wagged his tail and seemed to have his own secret conversation going with handler Aaron Wilkerson throughout the performance.
“Weather wise, it was certainly a dark and stormy night at the Garden, and Snoopy would have been very proud of his canine brother winning such fame and fortune for just being charismatic and good looking,” said James Benton, Trenton, N.J.
"He's perfect, he was a 10," said judge J. Donald Jones. "He does cuteness well."
The judge is absolutely correct. The seasoned show dog is only three years old, but he has already mastered the art of working a crowd. Cute could be his middle name.
The crowd got their money’s worth in entertainment value — and it was just as well because many played hooky to attend the show.
“I save my frequent flyer miles so that I can come to Westminster every year,” said Caroline Bent, Charleston, S.C. “This year I called in sick. So I hope my boss doesn’t read this.’
“I was hoping Uno would make it,” said Jane Smith, San Diego, Calif. “I have been watching the show on TV for years and this year I decided to come. It was definitely the right year because I love beagles.”
“I never had a favorite beforehand,” said Nicholas Lord, N.Y. “I just walked around and looked at the dogs. I really liked the Tibetan Mastiff.”
That breed made its Westminster debut this year and earned roaring crowd approval when it came on to the carpet.
It can be a very long day for handlers and other canine groupies. Having the crowd coming around to admire the dogs helps break the monotony.
For Jan Simpson and Cheryl Snedaker-Sims of Madison N.H., sitting amid the cacophony was too much. Once their longhaired Dachshunds had finished in the breed ring, they hired bodyguard John Rice to doggy sit so that they could walk around and shop for show souvenirs and memorabilia.
“It’s $206 well spent for peace of mind,” Snedaker-Sims said. And no one in their right mind would even consider messing with Rice. With shoulders measuring three feet wide (no kidding, we measured with a six-foot dog leash), he took up position and hovered over his three charges, who were only too happy to snooze in their crates unaware of the beefcake watching over them.
Despite Uno’s success, many people were convinced that this was going to be the year of the poodle. Both a white pouffed standard poodle and a white miniature version of the breed made it on to the best in show green carpet and earned great crowd approval.
The nation grieved for those hurt, killed and affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. After one of the suspects was caught on Friday — following a day-long lockdown and manhunt — sports returned to Boston over the weekend.
Uno is now about to embark on a year of canine celebrity. He will have to get used to people pawing him and begging for favors. His newly acquired top dog status means that his hotel accommodation during Westminster week is complimentary, and his pawdigraph will soon to be a hot-seller on eBay.
In the next couple of hours the whole world will be introduced to him as he sets off on a world media tour that will take in all the top TV talk shows in New York City and a stop to greet the pupperazzi at Grand Central Station.
Soon he will no doubt discover what dog-tired really means …
An inside look at some of the pooches and their handlers in the 132nd Westminster Dog Show.
Take a look at some past Best in Show winners at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.