In the dog-eat-dog world of Washington politics, the publishers of "The Washingtonian" magazine decided Friday to dine on a little crow for calling the presidential pet the ugliest canine in the capital.

"Before you go away for the July Fourth weekend, we would like to apologize for picking Millie the ugliest dog in Washington," Editor John A. Limpert said in a letter delivered Friday to the White House. He also sent a gift of dog biscuits to the offended beast."You'll be pleased to know that our mail and phone calls are running about 99 to 1 in favor of Millie," he said. "It's clear that our words were unpopular as as well as impolite."

President Bush jotted off a note in response: "Not to worry! Millie, you see, likes publicity. Arf, arf for the dog biscuits."

Millie, an English springer spaniel whose confinement and delivery of a litter of pups kept Barbara Bush in suspense earlier this year, was listed in a "Best and Worst" story in the magazine's July issue. It called Millie the "White House mutt."