Well, I'm dog tired and don't have a lot of time tonight (and I hurt my back packing the car for the trip home) but the short form is this: Aero nailed it. He won Winners Dog the second day of the Terry-All Kennel Club dog show outside Denver, and because one of the other male bichons entered on Saturday but not Sunday, there were only two points to be had.
However, two points were all that he needed.
So now Aero is Ch. Jimi's Admiral Nelson. We stopped at McDonalds and bought a cup of frozen custard to celebrate, and everybody got some, though Aero the Conquering Hero got more than his packmates. Furthermore, he got to ride the whole 90 miles home in Carol's lap, a rare privilege shared only occasionally by QBit.
Before the gang packed up and went home, we took a group photo down in the cow pens. Left to right: Carol (with Aero's winning ribbons), Aero, Lindsay Van Keuren, her 9-month puppy Beanie, Grace Van Keuren, Mona Lisa, and Mona's owner Mary Provost.
What's next? Aero's becoming a champion this weekend (which was hoped for but hardly assumed) may change our strategy at the 2010 Bichon Nationals in Indianapolis. Carol needs to consult the bichon experts a little, but one thing is certain: It's time to get Dash into more show classes and teach him some discipline. He likes everybody, and in fact he liked the judge in the 6-12 Month Puppy Dog class so much that he put his front feet up on the judge's chest and tried to lick his nose. He will technically be a puppy for seven more months (even though he's already full-grown and reproductively mature) but once you're competing in Open Dog, licking the judge won't score you any points.
Overall, it was fine, fine (if exhausting) weekend. And on that note, I think I'm going to take another dose of Tylenol and go to bed.