NEW YORK — In the end, Rumor had it.
A female German shepherd named Rumor, that is. She won best in show late Tuesday at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, just one month after coming out of retirement. The herding dog was a favorite and finalist at last year’s competition, after which her owners decided her show life was over.
But they brought her back this year, and her victory brought down the packed house at Madison Square Garden. The win made Rumor, whose official name is Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, the first German shepherd to take the crown since 1987.
Now she’ll retire for good, her handler and owner, Kent Boyles, told reporters after Rumor’s victory. What’s in her future?
“Babies, I hope,” Boyles said. And perhaps her favorite treat, he said — rib-eye steak.
“She’s just got an awesome attitude,” Boyles said of the dog, who was named after the Adele song “Rumor Has It.” “And she makes a great house dog.”
Rumor bested six other dogs that had taken the top spot in their respective breeds and then won their groups. Here are the other finalists for best in show:
Duffy, aka Vin-Melca’s Daggarwood Delight, a female Norwegian Elkhound.
Chuckie, a.k.a. Pequest Pickwick, a male Pekingese.
Aftin, a.k.a. Danfour Avalon As If, a female miniature poodle.
Adrian, a.k.a. Vermilion’s Sea Breeze, a male Irish setter. He was the runner-up to Rumor.
Devlin, a.k.a. Mephisto’s Speak of the Devil, a female boxer.
Tanner, a.k.a. Taliesin Twice As Nice, a Norwich terrier.