Saturday, October 30, 2010

Uno's got that "It" factor say's Oprah Magazine

“He’s got that It factor” says a story in the October issue of Oprah Magazine. Martha Beck (“O’s resident life coach”) is writing about Uno, Westminster’s Best In Show Beagle from 2008, in a story about charisma.

“Whatever he’s doing – striding past paparazzi, greeting a cheering crowd, or licking a reporter – Uno the Beagle embodies pure charisma,” she writes. “…I’ve come to believe that there’s no better way to amp up your charisma than to follow his example.”

Uno's been up to a few other activities as well..

Uno and Friends attended the opening of the new purina event center!

RED CARPET TREATMENT: 5-year-old Beagle, Uno, the 2008 Westminster Best in Show Winner arrives at the opening of the USD 10 million Nestlé Purina Event Center.

August 20, 2010

A new state-of-the-art USD 10 million Nestlé Purina Event Center was officially opened in the United States this week.
The 84,000-square-foot facility – based at Gray Summit in the Midwestern American state of Missouri – first began construction in April 2009.
Designed for dog shows, the center features a 45,000-square-foot Great Hall, a 13,500-square-foot benching and grooming area, banquet area, catering services and visitor parking, including 74 full service Recreational Vehicle (RV) hookups.
The red carpet event was attended by six champion dogs who each triumphed at the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog shows from 2001-2010. The prestigious canine event had crowned various Nestlé Purina Pro Plan-fed dogs as winners in each of their categories – including a 5-year-old Beagle, Uno (pictured), the 2008 Westminster Best in Show Winner.
Oak Grove Training center Hosted a fund raiser for the American Red Cross Disaster relief for Haiti in Haughton Louisiana in March of 2010 The star of the fund raiser was Uno!

Uno also made a visit to the Conroe Texas 4-H show where he posed with children involved in the 4-H dog Project


Leaving a trail of SMILES everywhere he goes!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Still Number One!

Its been quite a while since I updated Uno's blog that I felt it was time with the 2 year anniversary of his BIG win at Madison Square Garden. It seems Uno is still a crowd favorite no matter where he goes and his fans sure haven't forgotten about him!

Recently Uno was seen in NYC at the "AKC Meet the Breeds" spectacular along with his successor "Stump" the sussex spaniel. Also, On his recent visit to New York City, Uno, got to match Best In Show credentials with Hollywood's version of Westminster.

photo Mary Bloom

Michael McKean, who played Shih Tzu owner Stefan Vanderhoof in the hit movie, "Best in Show," met up with the famous Beagle at the Music Box theatre, where Michael is performing on stage in "Superior Donuts." In addition to his "Best In Show" role, Michael has a long list of credits, among them the role of Lenny in the long-running "LaVerne and Shirley."

Michael McKean and Uno, along with Westminster's David Frei
(Photo credit:

Look who showed up on the front page of the St. Louis Post Dispatch today (September 24)? That's right, it's Uno, Westminster's 2008 Best In Show-winning Beagle. The illustration was part of a story about the St. Louis Cardinals needing just one more win to clinch first place in Major League Baseball's National League Central Division.

I'll be attending WKC this year and hope to have more to update about Our boy "Uno" in the weeks to come.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Memorable Afternoon with 5 Westminster winners

Saturday Feb, 7th 2009 something exciting happened! 5 former Best in show winners from Westminster Kennel club and their People enjoyed a early dinner at the Angel on a leash fundraiser dinner. Never before has there been a get together of 5 former BIS winners from WKC.

In attendance are: Rufus 2006, Spice 2002, James 2007, JR 2001, and Uno 2008.

More later with a report from Some friends in attendance..

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Big Show!

Its that time of year again! Westminster kennel clubs Big show is upon us and for those who follow this blog I thought I might mention a few of the places in NYC this week you can see Uno who is visiting New York City to hand over the reigns to a new winner.

Today Feb 5th 2009 you can see uno at:
capital bank in Grand Central station at 10:30am
Gallery 225 at 5-8pm

friday Feb 6th at:
Saks 5th Ave 8th floor home decor from 3-5pm paw-printing and signings of the Westminster official poster with Artist Trish Biddle. You may also have a professional photograph taken with Uno for a small donation to Angels on a leash.

Saturday Feb 7th.
Angels on a leash is holding a benefit dinner with 7 BIS winners of the Wesminster Kennel club including, Uno(2008) James(2007) Rufus(2006) Carlee(2005) Mick(2003) Spice(2002) JR(2001)
for more information on this benefit dinner visit

Monday Feb 9th.
Take the Lead to Westminster. Club bar and grill, Madison Square Garden 11pm following group judging. Late night celebration,light supper. purchase tickets in advance by calling 800-814-1123 or visit

Sunday, January 11, 2009

LA times

As dog shows go The Westminster Kennel club Dog show held each February is one of the most prestigious. Since Uno won it last year and PETA is once again trying to make a fuss about not airing this wonderful event on TV with its comments to the LA times. Our own Kathy weichert breeder of Uno was asked to give an interview to the "Times" in rebuttal. here is a link to that article.

Most of us involved in the dog show world know that PETA is nothing more than a front for animal rights extremists hoping to end the ownership of animals as pets,food,fur,etc. While they seem to have lofty intentions what they really are, are hypocrites! PETA kills more dogs and cats than they ever adopt to loving homes. The kill rate for animals they "save" is 90%. Many of these dogs and cats are very adoptable. You'd think with the over 30 million this organization brings in each year that they would put some of it to good use in re-homing adoptable animals.

We are a little more than Angry that PETA has chosen our beloved UNO and the Westminster kennel club as a target for their hateful accusations about the health of purebred dogs and their anti-breeder mantra.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Thanksgiving Beagle

by: Richard Sandomir
New york Times

Nine months into his reign as the first beagle to win the Westminster Kennel Club Show, 3-year-old Uno is not fading away. He is the show's busiest best-in-show titlist ever.

He was the first to be celebrated as a champion at the White House in May and wears the red, white and blue collar that first lady Laura Bush gave him.

He has thrown out - O.K., he fetched - the first pitch before major league games at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Miller Park in Milwaukee.

His home state of Illinois declared a day in his honor.

He has met the family of Charles Schulz, the "Peanuts" comic strip creator who sired Snoopy, Uno's ink-on-paper beagle forebear.

Now, the dog-show ace is preparing for another first for a Westminster winner: on Thursday, he will be aboard the "Peanuts" float, a rendition of Snoopy's doghouse, at the Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. In March, he starred at the Macy's Petacular, a fashion show for animals, and signed his paw print to his official photograph.

"There was a huge line for him and he stayed so calm," said Orlando Veras, a spokesman for Macy's. "We knew he'd behave on the float."

Uno will be joined on the float by David Frei, the Westminster club's director of communications and analyst on its USA network broadcasts. But Frei plays a more important role for Uno as his squire to events in New York and nationwide and maître d'hôtel at his apartment in Manhattan.

"I'm his foster father," Frei said Tuesday night, in the one-bedroom apartment that he shares with his wife, Cherilyn, two Brittanys - Teigh and Belle - and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Angel. Uno's red crate sits in the living room, between the television and an oversized communal dog pillow.

Uno's fame was secured with five words by Dr. J. Donald Jones, the best-in-show judge at Westminster:
"May I have the beagle?"
But even before Jones's final judgment, Uno seemed to capture the crowd. They chanted his name as he trotted around ring, with his handler, Aaron Wilkerson, leading him. At strategic points, Uno bayed at Jones - "Ah-roo! Ah-roo!"- as if to declare that the green carpeted ring was all his.

Afterward, the cheers for Uno - formally named Ch. K-Run's Park Me in First - were louder, Frei said, than in the 19 years he has been the broadcast's expert commentator.

Uno's appeal seems to hinge on several factors.
He is a beagle, a perennially popular dog. The breed ranked fifth in registrations in 2007 in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club.

The beagle is an everyday pet - a sort of Joe the Dog - that many more people can relate to than, say, a Newfoundland or a standard poodle, with its intricate topiary coif. And no beagle has ever advanced at Westminster beyond a hound group winner - in 1939.

As the floppy-eared embodiment of popular culture icons like Snoopy and Underdog, Uno seems to possess charm, if not charisma, and patience with people who want to pet him, nuzzle him or take photos of him.

One man outside Busch Stadium erased the cellphone pictures of his children to make room for shots of Uno with his wife.

If winning — and winning big — conditions a dog to assume that all applause is for him, Uno has that reflex. Hours after fetching the first toss by Fredbird, the Cardinals’ mascot, he was dozing in a luxury box, his muzzle on Frei’s right thigh. But when he heard the standing ovation for the Cardinals when they loaded the bases, he leaped to his feet, fully alert.

“He thinks the applause is for him,” said Kathy Weichert, his co-breeder. Uno and his three siblings were born in the garage at her house in Belleville, Ill., the progeny of Parker and Secret.
When Uno flies, which is often, it is exclusively with Midwest Airlines. Its celebrity pet program lets him sit in coach, in a harness that connects to the seat belt and keeps him safe. He gets a ticket and a boarding pass in the name of Uno Frei. Once he got flagged for additional screening.
“He got wanded and they patted him down,” David Frei said.

Susan Kerwin, the marketing specialist who created the celebrity dog program for Midwest, has flown with Uno, had him to her house for overnights with her English setters and danced with him on a dugout after his first fetch at Miller Park. On flights, she said, “He draws crowds around him like Ashton Kutcher,” and dines on carob chip cookies.

Uno’s retirement has given him time to become a certified therapy dog — he has done work at Ronald McDonald Houses.

He has also become a celebrity invited to events to be himself. Last Saturday in Reading, Pa., he was in the Purina booth during the National Dog Show (which the pet food company sponsors).
“People just flocked to him like a rock star,” said Ann Viklund, a Purina spokeswoman.
Earlier this week, in a Manhattan TV studio, he helped publicize the National Dog Show — which will be carried Thursday on tape by NBC — with its voices, Frei and John O’Hurley, during a round of satellite interviews. Uno sat at Frei’s feet, never baying. With little but a Purina connection to the show he was promoting, Uno’s link to Westminster was cited in each interview.
Uno’s impact on Westminster may not endure. His successors might not be able to replicate the months worth of exposure he has provided the club if they are not as portable, popular, adorable or desired.

He could be the champion emeritus. “I’ve had calls from people who want Uno in March,” Frei said. “I said, ‘There’ll be a new winner in February,’ but they say, ‘No, we want Uno.’ He might be re-elected.”

Friday, September 19, 2008

Uno's new site

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to the Uno the beagle fan club site. Special thanks to Cindy Sandhagen for all her work on this beautiful site. We consider you a part of "Team Uno" and we couldn't have done it without you! As Uno's Co-Breeder I want to extend All my love to Kathy Weichert (Uno's breeder) and,Eddie Dziuk and Jon Woodring (co-owners) for being the best friends anyone can have! Thanks to David Frei for his unselfish enthusiasm for our dog and for all his time and energy. Thanks to Aaron Wilkerson for his handling expertise. Thanks to Caroline Dowell for her contributions. This year has been crazy yet, for the most part I think we have had fun and we've enjoyed watching OUR wonderful dog blossom into a great ambassador for not only the beagle breed but, for all of dog-kind! I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are especially proud of his ability to make people smile. His work as a therapy dog has made my heart soar with pride. I hope he can continue on with his work especially with Children where he seems to have such a gentle touch. We have many up coming events and will be posting those as they come along. In the meantime please check the Site for all of his previous appearances along with many pictures.

Leah Bertagnolli