Uno, the playful Beagle who won hearts as Westminster’s first Beagle Best in Show, will retire to South Carolina, his handler announced last week.
Uno’s trainer Aaron Wilkerson says he and Uno’s four owners had originally planned to seek 17 more Best in Show wins for the dog, for a career total of 50. But now “we just can’t compete with [the Westminster win],” says Wilkerson in an interview with The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C.
But retirement doesn’t mean Uno, who turns 3 in May, will be sitting around the Lugoff, S.C., home he shares with Wilkerson. The Beagle visits the President at the White House next month, then heads to St. Louis to run out the first ball at a Cardinals game. He’ll also appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and possibly visit The Oprah Winfrey Show.
“Let his legacy be running around the Garden with the crowd giving a deafening roar,” says David Frei, host of the Westminster television coverage, to the Associated Press. “It was louder than anything I’ve heard in 19 years of doing the show. Let people remember Uno that way.”