As the day progressed and my little chipmunk persevered, my heart swelled. She was in pain. There was a bit of pride as she tried to cover her swollen cheeks and teeth that refused to be hidden by lips that normally close when she wills them to. Yet, not once did she say, "I want to go home." It was a long day... a rich, 'I can do this' sort of day. And her reward? She ribboned in every event she entered! I say it was a blue ribbon day even if she didn't have a handful of fabric to show the camera. She did the hard thing and she felt true joy when she closed her tired sedated eyes in sleep. Yes, definitely a blue ribbon day.