(SL) – Rumor put off kids, to jump back in the competition. No seriously. The German Shepherd was on track to puppies when the beauty decided to give it one more try in the ring. Okay..well maybe she didn’t make that decision but her owners did.
Why is Rumor’s win such a big deal. Well, it’s the year of the comeback. Following the Patriots, Cubs and Cavaliers, 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 and became only the second German Shepherd to win the title since the competition began in 1877.
The 5-year-old 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, handler and co-owner–Kent 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.” Good Job, Rumor!