A Kerry blue terrier finally gave America a Triple Crown winner.

Mick, a familiar face at dog shows across the country, won the only title missing on his re{acute}sume{acute} tonight -- best in show at Westminster.

Upset the past two years on the green carpet at Madison Square Garden, the 6 1/2-year-old terrier would not be denied this time. He posed perfectly, and judge Irene Bivin rewarded him with the silver championship bowl.

Ch. Torums Scarf Michael, as he is formally known, won the world's largest dog show, Crufts, in England in 2000 and took the AKC/Eukanuba National Invitational Championship in Orlando in December. But he'd never been able to win America's most prestigious show, mostly because he'd get a case of the jitters.

Not this time.

"I just wanted him to keep it together, and the rest was up to him," handler Bill McFadden said. "It was an awesome lineup."

A crowd of more than 10,000 saw Mick defeat six other canine finalists at Westminster. Overall, terriers have won 43 of the 95 best in show titles presented since 1907.

To win his 113th lifetime best in show, Mick had to beat out other top winners including a handsome German shepherd, a popular Newfoundland and a slow-moving Pekingese that was primped to the nines.

Handler Bill McFadden and Mick are jubilant after the Kerry blue terrier took the best in show title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.