Best of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

NEW YORK (AP) — Quite a rally for Rumor – a commanding comeback for German shepherds, too.

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.

Cheered loudly all around the ring by a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, she’s just the second German shepherd champion at the event that began in 1877.

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

B boy, a Maltese from France, is groomed in the staging area during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Rumor, a German shepherd and winner of Best In Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, is fed steak at Sardi’s in New York, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Chuckie, a Pekingese, walks behind his handler during the Best in Show competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A French bulldog is groomed before competing in the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Kate Eggleton, second from left, talks to visitors about Cree, an Australian shepherd, during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Tickles, left, a bulldog and Lear, a short haired Chihuahua, use the dog relief area during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Nephie, a pug, keeps an eye on her handler Andrew Mueller, of Seattle, as they wait to compete in the Junior showmanship category during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A Chinese crested is shown in the ring during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Humphrey Bogart, a dogue de Bordeaux, is seen in the benching area during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Betty Boop, a komondor, is seen after competing in the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A standard schnauzer takes another lap around the ring during the working group competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A handler guides a Saint Bernard around the ring during the working group competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Duffy, a Norwegian elkhound, takes a lap around the ring with her handler during the Best in Show competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Handler Diego Garcia lifts up boxer Devlin after she won the working group competition during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Handler Diego Garcia guides boxer Devlin around the ring during the working group competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Turner, a Shetland sheepdog, is groomed by Michelle Miller in the staging area during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A Komondor struts around the ring during the working group competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Handler Susan Kipp reacts after Tanner, as Norwich terrier, was announced the winner of the terrier group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Vulkano, a bullmastiff, from Buenos Aires, gets a belly rub after competing in the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Lenard Clayton and Zues, a cane corso, wait to compete in the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)