Meet America’s New Top Dog!

 

 Rumor was crowned America’s top dog Tuesday night when, a year after a near miss on the very same green carpet, she came out of retirement to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.  The  packed crowd cheered loudly at Madison Square Garden. Shockingly,  she’s just the second German shepherd champion at the event that began in 1877. “Unbelievable,” handler and co-owner Kent Boyles said. The 5-year-old Rumor beat out a Norwegian elkhound, a Pekingese, a miniature poodle, an Irish setter, a boxer, and a Norwich terrier in the final ring. An Irish setter called Adrian finished second.

“The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility,” judge Thomas Bradley III said. “She is just magnificent.” While German shepherds hadn’t won a lot here, many of them were on the green carpet of the center ring in 2002 when Westminster honored search and rescue dogs for their tireless work following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The solemn tribute is considered by many the most cherished memory ever at Westminster. “They’re loyal, dependable dogs that you can count on,” Boyles said.

Rumor, a German shepherd, poses for photos after winning Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, early Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in New York.

A handler poses for photographs with Rumor, a German shepherd, after Rumor won Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York.

 

 

Rumor, a German shepherd, leaps to lick her handler and co-owner Kent Boyles on the face after winning Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, early Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in New York.

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