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The Beagle Has Landed

Triumph of the underdog.

Feb 25, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 23 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
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This is not the first time that the virtues of what Uno's handler calls the "merry little hound" have been extolled in these pages. On May 30, 2005, describing my years of beagling in the northern Virginia countryside, this author wrote of the "ears flapping, tails wagging, and singing in the unmistakable baying voice of the hound that is music to a countryman's ears." It is no accident that Uno's recognition triggered a joyful response among his fellow citizens, arising from somewhere deep within the national consciousness. From Snoopy of Peanuts to LBJ's White House pack to last year's sleeper Underdog ($43.7 million box office revenue) beagles--in all their tri-colored, flop-eared, sad-eyed, short-haired, musically-voiced glory--are, for one year at least, America's dog.

Philip Terzian is literary editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.