Dog Named After Adele's 'Rumor Has It' Wins Westminister Competition

Rumor, a 5-year-old German shepherd who came out of retirement to compete, was named Best in Show Tuesday night at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

Rumor - who got her name from Adele's 2011 hit "Rumor Has It" - entered last year's competition as the nation's No. 1 show dog, but wasn't able to walk away with the crown.

Rumor, a 5-year-old German shepherd, lives in Edgerton with her handler, Kent Boyles.

On the morning after the big win, Rumor took a trip to the Empire State Building, where he posed for pictures.

Rumor joined the fittingly named Manhattan in 1987 as the only German shepherds to go best in show at the Garden.

Carl Liepmann has been a judge with the American Kennel Club since 1979 and judged Rumor twice in the past year and a half.

The solemn tribute is considered by many the most cherished memory ever at Westminster.

"When she comes into the clinic, she's like any other dog", he said.

"They can be very loving", Rogers said.

She topped that with the ultimate win, rewarding the faith German shepherd fans always show in their favored breed.

"I was thinking", Boyles said.

The kids said one of the best things about Rumor is that she's not a diva, she loves all dogs big and small.

"We pretty much thought we'd retire her at that point and time".

Rumor went back on the circuit in January for 10 shows.

'It's a recognizable dog, people have liked them for a long, long time, ' WKC President Sean McCarthy said.

  • Salvatore Jensen