Congratulations to Flynn the bichon frise for winning Best in Show. Take a look at photos of the winners from all categories—we dare you not to smile.
Quite possibly the fluffiest dog we’ve ever seen—Flynn the bichon frise—took home the grand prize yesterday at the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in a surprise win. Flynn beat his competitors, Ty the giant schnauzer, Biggie the pug, Bean the Sussex spaniel, Lucy the borzoi, Slick the border collie, and Winston the Norfolk terrier to become the Best in Show winner.
The win was an upset as Flynn was the underdog (pardon the pun) this year. The Associated Press reported that the winner was “a choice that seemed to surprise almost everyone in the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision.” But Flynn might have had the upper hand (er, paw) all along, as when Stenmark was reviewing the final seven dogs, he offered his paw to her to shake hands, according to the AP report. Can we all just take some time for a collective, “Aww?”
Flynn, whose full name is “GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love,” is six years old and the second bichon frise to win Best in Show (one named J.R. got the top title back in 2001). He’ll take his victory lap around New York City today by enjoying a steak lunch at famed Sardi’s restaurant, taking a trip to the Empire State building, and appearing in a walk-on role in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots.
To make your day even better, we’ve rounded up photos of Flynn receiving his prize and other category winners below.