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Rumor has it! German shepherd takes top prize at dog show
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rumor, a German shepherd, was named best in show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,800 other dogs that competed in New York this week.
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A dog named after an Adele song wins top prize at Westminster Show
Nearly 3,000 dogs traveled to New York City to compete in the Westminster Dog Show this past weekend, but only one could be Best in Show.
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This year, the honor was given to Rumor, a 5-year-old female German shepherd.
The Best in Show Judge Thomas H. Bradley told CNN that German shepherds were all about quality and nobility when the prize was awarded last night.
"When you recognize it, it hits you home, and that's what it really is. She is just magnificent," Bradley said.
Best In Show: Rumor, German Shepherd (5 y/o), 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York, NY • "She loves to play with our cat and Chihuahua. She's in charge but she lets them think they are."
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Rumor has it! German shepherd takes top prize at dog show
Rumor, a German shepherd, was named best in show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,800 other dogs.
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Rumor the German Shepherd Wins Best in Show at Westminster

(NEW YORK) — Quite a rally for Rumor — a commanding comeback for German shepherds, too.
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.
Cheered loudly all around the ring by a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, she’s just the second German shepherd champion at the event that began in 1877.
“Unbelievable,” handler and co-owner Kent Boyles said.
In a year that’s seen lots of late, startling twists in sports — think Patriots, Cubs and Cavaliers — Rumor pulled something of a shocker. She’d been at home in Wisconsin for months, a house pet headed toward having puppies, when she suddenly jumped back into the show ring in January.
Boyles is a fan of the Packers and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Seeing a pet go from the couch to this top prize, heck, that’s a dog world Hail Mary.
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. The Irish setter called Adrian finished second.
“The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility,” judge Thomas Bradley III said. “When you recognize it, it hits you at home, and that’s what it really is. She is just magnificent.”
Rumor is named for the hit song “Rumor Has It” by Adele, a champion herself after sweeping the major categories at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
This was the 104th career win for Rumor, and earlier in the day, Boyles said that this would definitely, for real, be her last major show.
“She’s going to be relaxing for a while,” Boyles said after the win, but ultimately, there are “puppies in her future.”
Clearly the crowd favorite, Rumor came out flying into the best-of-seven final ring to fans whistling and calling her name.
Rumor raised up for a well-deserved treat right after the win. Moments later, as Boyles did post-show interviews, Rumor spotted him and ran toward the man who guided her to victory.
Rumor joined the fittingly named Manhattan in 1987 as the only German shepherds to go best in show at the Garden.
There were nearly 2,800 dogs entered in the 141st Westminster canine competition, spread across the 202 eligible breeds and varieties.
The moment any German shepherd steps into the ring at the Garden, the crowd goes crazy.
New Yorkers just love ’em.
Some say it’s because rooting for a German shepherd is the same as putting on an NYPD or FDNY hat, standing up for a dog that stood tall at a time of the city’s greatest need.
“My sentiments, exactly,” Boyles said.
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 at the World Trade Center and Pentagon 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 nearly won Westminster last year. She came to town as the nation’s No. 1 show dog with more than 100 overall ribbons but was beaten in a surprise by a German shorthaired pointer named CJ.
In fact, when the judge began to announce his champion pick with “German sh…,” Boyles took a step forward, anticipating the prize.
“I was thinking,” Boyles said.
That was supposed to be Rumor’s last show, and she was set to head home with Boyles to Edgerton, Wisconsin, to be a house pet and have puppies. She didn’t conceive and late in the year, Boyles thought twice about Rumor’s retirement.
“She liked to show and was in good shape, so we thought, why not?” he said.
Rumor went back on the circuit in January for 10 shows. She won the herding group Monday night at the Garden, beating top show favorite Preston the puli.
She topped that with the ultimate win at America’s most prestigious dog show, rewarding the faith German shepherd fans always show in them.
“It’s a recognizable dog, people have liked them for a long, long time,” WKC President Sean McCarthy said earlier. “I think it goes back to Rin Tin Tin.”
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AP freelance writer Ginger Tidwell contributed to this report.
 
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Westminster Dog Show 2017: Rumor the German Shepherd Wins Best in Show
A year after being favored to win it all, Rumor, a German shepherd, won top honors at the 141st Westminster Dog Show.
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Rumor, the German shepherd, wins Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club
Rumor the German shepherd took home Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday.
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Westminster Best in Show dog 2017: Rumor the German Shepherd wins
Over 3,000 dogs competed in the event, but only one can claim the title of the 2017 Westminster Best in Show. That good dog was the German Shepherd, Rumor.
Adrian, the Irish Setter, was named reserve Best in Show.
The finalists were narrowed down by the breed winners. The seven finalists were Devlin the Boxer for the Working group, Adrian the Irish Setter for the Sporting group, Rumor the German Shepherd for the Herding group, Tanner the Norwich Terrier for the Terrier group, Duffy the Norwegian Elkhound from the Hound group, Chuckie the Pekingese from the Toy group, and Aftin the miniature Poodle from the Non-Sporting group.
Last year, CJ, the 3-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer from Temecula, CA, took the title of Best in Show.
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244 d ago SB NationHeartbreak and elation at the Westminster dog show
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A tail of two dogs’ journeys on the biggest stage of the year.
NEW YORK — Michael drove all the way from Alabama for this. Well, technically, Brandi Murray, the woman in a pearl-colored, sequined skirt suit running a hairbrush over Michael’s back drove him. Michael can’t drive, because Michael is a dog, and dogs don’t have opposable thumbs, which makes gripping a steering wheel difficult.
But Murray was more than happy to be the Finnish Lapphund’s chauffeur, because Michael’s big moment at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City on Monday was also Murray’s big moment: As his handler, she always has a vested interest in how brightly he shines.
So Murray brushed Michael near his little dog cubby, in the cavernous space of Pier 94 in Chelsea, as though he were a junior getting ready to go prom with a senior. She fussed over his tail, wondering out loud why it wasn’t standing up, then realized if she and Michael didn’t head over to Ring 7 immediately, they’d be late for the competition in which Michael had to prove to a judge that he was the most beautiful of all the Finnish Lapphunds.
The two of them took off, half-jogging over to the wide open expanse of green carpet where canine dreams of greatness either come true or shatter into a million pieces like a crushed-up dog bone.
I half-jogged along behind them. Murray looked back over her shoulder occasionally as she told me she’s been a handler for 18 and a half years. We dodged our way through the obstacle course of other dogs and similarly dressed handlers. Murray has seven Finnish Lapphunds, and she won “Best in Breed” in 2014 with a dog named Storm. She had high hopes for Michael, whom she started calling Michael once he was no longer a puppy; Michelangelo, his full name, just started to seem too long. I didn’t tell her that Michelangelo is a turtle name, not a dog name, because I didn’t want to be rude.
Now, forgive me if you’ve been to the Westminster dog show before and know all this, but I have to tell you what it feels like, as a dog person who hasn’t pet a dog in a while, to walk into a convention center filled with dogs. And not only dogs, but the best dogs, dogs that dog eugenics have deemed the most pure. The best comparison I can make is that it’s like that first really cold beer on a Friday afternoon at 4:30 after a long week. Or that bubbly happiness you get when you haven’t had a crush for a while and then go to a party and unexpectedly hit it off with someone. It is at once relief, comfort, and pure delight.
It is also very purple. Everything — the signage, the carpets, the lanyard my press pass came on — could pass for the trappings of a Prince tribute show. But, honestly, if you really want to know what a dog show is like, just watch Best In Show (a film widely regarded by film studies professors as the most brilliant cinematic masterpiece of all time). I can now confirm that it is spot on.
In my happily overwhelmed state, I lost Michael and Murray. I’d gotten sidetracked by the need to pet several other dogs and tell them how good they were, including a German Shepherd named Ridge and a foxhound named Jackson. I passed some dogs who resembled mops, a few who looked like they’d had their hair straightened, and one who looked like it were made of the tassels that come on graduation caps.
All the dogs I pet were very clean. You don’t realize how dirty most of the dogs your friends and family have until you pet one at a dog show.
The handlers at dog shows are all neat and clean, too, and they all wear suits, I learned on Monday. I asked a handler standing next to a bunch of coonhounds if there was a dress code, and she said, “everyone wears their Sunday best, you know what I’m saying?” She also said that many of them like outfits with “bling,” because it sparkles on camera. The amount of sequins around me proved her point.
When I finally got to Ring 7, a steward was telling Michael and Murray, along with seven or eight other Finnish Lapphunds and their handlers, that “we’ll have the dogs head in, and then the bitches.” I didn’t laugh, even when he said, “okay, now let’s get the bitches in.”
The judge, whose name was Mr. Walter J. Sommerfelt, stood near the entrance to the ring, but I wasn’t allowed to talk to him, the steward said, because he had no time. He was busy judging dogs.
I don’t totally understand how the judging of a dog show works, despite all the explanations I got from a few different handlers. However, Mr. Walter J. Sommerfelt appeared to check the dogs’ teeth, grab their haunches, pinch their tails, and then watch them and their handlers run around the ring, before ultimately awarding one dog “Best in Breed,” and then bestowing two others with second and third place.
But second and third place are not called second and third place; second place is called something that I can’t remember and that Google isn’t helping me find, and third place is called “select.” I learned this when one of the handlers, a 13-year-old named Emma Rodgers, corrected me after I congratulated her on her third-place ribbon. She is a young lady who is going places.
While Mr. Walter J. Sommerfelt poked and prodded Michael and his competitors, I made friends with Bienna, a Norwegian Buhund, and her handler, Amy Mclaughlin, who were waiting to enter the ring for the next round of judging after the Finnish Lapphunds. Bienna and Mclaughlin were from Seattle, where Mclaughlin works for a guy who shows people’s dogs for them. But Bienna is Mclaughlin’s own personal dog and a four-time “Best in Breed” champion, a record for the American Kennel Club.
I was starstruck.
“What is it like to be a celebrity dog?” I asked the smallish, white dog.
Bienna stared at me with her mouth open, but I don’t speak Norwegian Buhund, so Mclaughlin had to translate.
“She says, ‘I love it,’” Mclaughlin said, looking at Bienna then at me. “This is her life. She absolutely adores it. She also says, ‘Mom, I love this. I love the show ring.’”
I realized I’d been neglecting Michael. I turned around and was dismayed to see a different Finnish Lapphund sitting in the middle of the ring next to a basket of big yellow flowers as Mr. Walter J. Sommerfelt handed it a “Best in Breed” certificate. A photographer took the not-Michael dog’s picture as someone behind it tossed a rubber chicken in the direction the dog was supposed to look for the photo, so that the dog would actually look in that direction.
The chicken squeaked as it landed on the ground. The shutter clicked. The flash went off.
Murray and Michael stood next to the ring. They hadn’t won anything, and Murray was upset because Mr. Walter J. Sommerfelt had looked at Michael for a long time, which is usually a good sign, but in this case was simply false hope. I asked how she felt.
“I just never know what they’re thinking,” Murray said in her Southern accent. “It is nerve-wracking. It’s a lot of anxiety.”
She laughed and then sighed. Michael jumped up on me.
“It’s a lot of needing Klonopin and Xanaz,” Murray continued. “I’m gonna go to the hotel, and have a early dinner, and take a couple drinks, and go to sleep. I gotta get up early, I have to go to Pittsburgh to pick something up, then I have to drive to North Carolina and pick up two clients before we go back to Alabama.”
I asked if the clients were dogs. Murray said they were. I pet Michael one last time, and then he and Murray left the ring. He smiled, blissfully unaware that he hadn’t won, because he is a dog.
Then I turned my attention back to Bienna, who Mclaughlin had already paraded around. Mr. Walter J. Sommerfelt was pointing at Bienna, and I realized he was awarding her “Best in Breed!” For the fifth time!
Mclaughin picked up Bienna and squeezed her, then put her down and headed to the middle of the ring for the requisite photo next to the basket of yellow flowers. Winning meant that Bienna and Mclaughlin would be going on to the big event at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, where they’d compete for Best in Show. I thought of the greatness that lay ahead, and asked Mclaughlin how she felt.
“For Bienna, being only three months out of having puppies, and this being only her second show since September of last year?” Mclaughlin shook her head. “She showed like a rock star.”
I asked if Bienna had a statement. Mclaughlin bent down to pet her, and, I’m guessing, listen to what she had to say.
“She says, ‘Thank you so much,” Mclaughlin translated. “Thank you, so much, to all my fans.”
Update: Some people are telling me that second place is called “best of opposite sex” but I’m still skeptical.

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245 d ago CNBC :: New breeds debut at 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
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244 d ago The New Yorker :: A Heavenly Respite at the Westminster Dog Show
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On Tuesday afternoon, I walked into Pier 92 for the breed competitions of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which has been held in New York City every year since 1877. For the first time in my life, I was delighted to be in Hell’s Kitchen. A large service elevator opened onto a dazzling spectacle: a large, artificial, kelly-green lawn, bordered by golden posts and purple velvet ropes, and a well-dressed crowd seated on risers, which clapped as a dozen black cocker spaniels resembling expensive miniature sofas ran around in a circle on the simulated grass. The handlers wore suits: the men looked like insurance agents, with a touch of casino dealer; the women resembled wacky Junior League matrons, wearing shiny fabrics, bright colors, and the occasional ponytail with a bow. Tall, fluffy dogs strode genially around the room. “I’m going to need you to stay away from my setup,” one handler hissed at another as they power-walked toward the staging area, wearing sequin-accented suits.
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