by KAMERON ROBERTSON
Rumor was crowned America’s top dog Tuesday night when, a year after a near miss, she came out of retirement to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. Th crowd cheered loudly all around the ring by a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, and clearly the crowd favorite, she’s just the second German shepherd to win 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 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 Green Bay Packers and of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Seeing a pet go from the couch to this top prize, heck, that’s a dog world Hail Mary. 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, Adrian, finished second.