​Bob Schieffer says: Beagles rule!

Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, is shown by William Alexander before winning the Best in Show award of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 17, 2015 in New York City.

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With the news as depressing as the weather, it is nice to know ONE thing came out right.

Miss P, a pert Beagle, was chosen Best in Show at Westminster, the dog show Super Bowl.

What I like about Beagles is they look like dogs -- not toys or dusters or shag rugs or so fluffed up they resemble survivors of a washer-dry cycle.

We had three Beagles - Ralph, who watched over our daughters as they grew up and at our first boy-girl party spotted the beer the boys had hidden in the back yard. We loved him so much my wife found a young artist to paint his portrait -- what a handsome guy!

Then there was sweet Betty, here in a rare outdoor pose. An urban girl, she was the only dog I ever knew who understood elevators and preferred indoors to outside.

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Ralph (left) and Betty).
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I couldn't find a picture of our third Beagle, Dixie, who was with us just a short while but had to go live with friends down South after she bit a Chinese diplomat who strolled past our Washington home.

It was just after the Tiananmen Square uprising, but I am certain there was no connection.

Ralph and Betty and Dixie brought us lots of love and lived long lives -- Dixie for 17 years.

Which reminds me: I've got a birthday myself next week. In dog years, I'll be 546.

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    Bob Schieffer is a CBS News political contributor and former anchor of "Face The Nation," which he moderated for 24 years before retiring in 2015.