By: Patrick Christiano
Nearly 3,000 dogs from 200 breads competed in the 2017 Westminster Dog Show that concluded at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday February 14 with the German Shepherd Rumor, the Winner in the herding group, taking the coveted top prize of Best in Show. Rumor was a crowd favorite, and the packed house at Garden cheered wildly when she was named the winner from the seven group winners that competed for Best in Show.
On Monday evening the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups competed with the winner of each group moving on to Tuesday’s final showdown for Best in Show. A Norwegian Elkhound, Diky, won the Hound Group, a Pekingese, Chuckie, won the Toy Group, a Miniature Poodle won the Non-Sporting Group, and Rumor won the Herding Group.
On Tuesday evening dogs from the Sporting, Working, and Terrier Groups competed to crown a winner in each group. An Irish Setter, Adrian, took top prize in the Sporting Group, a Boxer, Devlin, won the Working Dog Group, and a Norwich Terrier, Tanner, walked off with first place in the Terrier Group. Those winners moved on to vie against the previous evening’s winners for best in show.
However, Rumor, a charismatic German Shepherd, was not to be denied. Not only was she a favorite with the crowd, apparently with the judges. She won her group last year as well, and many thought he would win in 2016. However, 2017 turned out to be a banner year for her. Besides Best in Show at Westminster, she scored numerous Best in Shows throughout the country. She was seen Wednesday having steak at the legendary Sardis Restaurant in the theater district and will retired from competition after Tuesday’s win.
The Westminster Dog Show is the second oldest major sporting event in America, second only to the Kentucky Derby, which began one year before the Westminster Kennel Club launched the Dog Show that today is the largest Dog Show in America bringing breeders from all over the country to New York for the annual event.
Photos Courtesy of Pam Gleason and Barry Gordin