Milo, a 14-year-old beagle from Milo, Iowa, proved to be an unexpectedly good strategist when it came to this year's NCAA finals. The elderly rescue dog walked away from March Madness with $2,000 after the UConn Huskies beat the Kentucky Wildcats on Monday -- because he sided with the pups throughout the competition.
"It was kind of a joke at first," Milo's owner, Tim Borrall, told the Des Moines Register. "Anything dog-related was first preference."
Milo has "made" a bracket for the past three years, but this is the dog's first big victory. Borrall, who adopted Milo seven years ago when he found the beagle roaming the streets on the fourth of July, wasn't quite as lucky. "The first couple of rounds I was in the lead but then I dropped like a rock," he said. "Milo was toward the bottom until the Sweet Sixteen began and then he started climbing."
But this isn't the first time Milo has lucked out in such a profound way: two years ago, Borrall woke up to find his dog nonreactive and took him to the vet, only to discover that Milo had a tumor on his spleen. Vets estimated that Milo would only live a few more months.