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K-Run's Park Me In First

Ch. K-Run's Park Me In First, also known as Uno (May 5, 2005 – September 20, 2018)[1] was a 15-inch (380 mm) beagle from Belleville, Illinois, who won Best in Show in the 2008 Westminster Kennel Club dog show. He was the first beagle to claim the top prize at Westminster and the first beagle to win the hound group since 1939.

Ch. K-Run's Park Me In First
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K-Run's Park Me In First aka Uno
Other name(s)Uno
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
BreedBeagle
SexMale
Born(2005-05-05)May 5, 2005
Belleville, Illinois
DiedSeptember 20, 2018(2018-09-20) (aged 13)
Austin, Texas
Nation fromAmerican
Notable roleConformation show dog
TitleBest In Show at the
Westminster Dog Show
Term2008
PredecessorCh. Felicity's Diamond Jim (English Springer Spaniel)
SuccessorCh. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee (Sussex Spaniel)
OwnerCaroline Dowell

Early lifeEdit

Uno was born amongst a litter of four puppies in the garage of the house of Kathy Weichert in Belleville, Illinois.[2]

Show careerEdit

In 2008, Uno was entered in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City having been ranked the sixth best dog based on show results in the United States during 2007. While at the competition, he was handled by Aaron Wilkerson,[3] and competed against a field of 2,626 other dogs.[4] Uno won his breed group, and subsequently became the first beagle of any size to win the Hound Group since 1939. Judge Ralph Lemcke said that Uno was "one of the best hounds I've ever seen".[3]

This qualified Uno for the Best in Show round at Westminster, where he was competing against a toy Poodle, a standard Poodle, a Sealyham Terrier, an Australian Shepherd, an Akita and a Weimaraner. The judge, Dr. J. Donald Jones, took three minutes to make his decision and pointed to Uno, naming him the first beagle to ever become Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.[5] This was ahead of Uno's third birthday during the following May.[5]

Post Show CareerEdit

Following his win at Westminster, Uno was retired from show competition as there were concerns that small show judges might deliberately overlook him for best in show prizes because of his victory.[2] Instead the intention was to use him to breed, but this was temporarily postponed by his owner because of the level of attention that Uno was receiving from the press and the public.[2]

Uno and his owner were invited to the White House to meet President George W. Bush. While there, he was given a collar by First Lady Laura Bush. Uno was the first Westminster champion to be invited to celebrate victory with the President.[2]

Uno was at Miller Park on July 12, 2008, to participate in the first pitch during a matchup between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds.[6] He also attended a home game for the St. Louis Cardinals, again to help throw the first pitch. He attended that year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; where he rode in the Snoopy float.[2]

In honor of Uno's historic victory at Westminster, his home state of Illinois named a day in March in the dog's honor.[2]

Uno became a therapy dog following his retirement from the show ring.[7]

ControversyEdit

In 2016, Uno was scheduled to appear live from Madison Square Garden on CNBC as part of the network's coverage of the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. However, Uno had not been registered to attend the event and, after security personnel learned of his presence at the arena, he was barred from appearing on CNBC and was asked to leave the premises.[8]

Later, the producer of Westminster's broadcasts called the issue a "misunderstanding".[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Despite the intention to use Uno to breed, he turned out to be sterile and ultimately never sired any puppies; his owner Caroline Dowell said "it was a blessing in disguise. I just wanted him as a pet".[7] When not traveling, the dog lived with his owner in a property near Dowell's ranch near Austin, Texas along with 40 to 50 beagles, most of which are rescued from kill shelters. She kept Uno in a small group of beagles in order to protect him, as she didn't want him hurt by the more boisterous dogs in her care.[2][7]

In 2015, a relation of Uno's became the second beagle to win Best in Show at Westminster. The dog, called Tashtins Lookin For Trouble, otherwise known as Miss P, is Uno's grandniece.[9] Prior to the 2015 event, television host David Frei described Uno as "easily the most popular Westminster winner in my 25 years".[7]

Uno died at the age of 13 of cancer on September 20, 2018.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Walker, Ben (September 22, 2018). "A dog's life: Uno, beagle who wowed Westminster, dies at 13". WBFF. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Sandomir, Richard (November 26, 2008). "Beagle Proves to Be Dog Show's Best Friend". New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (February 12, 2008). "Beagle Is Top Hound at Westminster Dog Show". New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Walker, Ben (February 13, 2008). "You ain't nothing but the best hound dog". The Independent. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (February 13, 2008). "Beagle, a Breed Long Unsung, Wins Best in Show". New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "American Kennel Club champion "Uno" to make Miller Park appearance". Milwaukee Brewers. July 9, 2008. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d Walker, Ben (February 10, 2015). "Why Uno's still No. 1 at Westminster dog show". CTV News. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (February 16, 2016). "Former Champion, Uno, Ejected from Madison Square Garden". New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Boardman, Madeline (February 18, 2015). "Beagle Miss P Takes Best in Show at Westminster Dog Show 2015: Cute Photos of the Winner". US Weekly. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  10. ^ Walker, Ben (September 21, 2018). "A dog's life: Uno, beagle who wowed Westminster, dies at 13". AP News. Retrieved September 24, 2018.

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