These pictures from New York's Westminster Dog Show will give you serious pet envy
Rumour the German shepherd was crowned the best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which saw more than 2,800 dogs compete for the title of top dog in New York's Madison Square Garden this week.
The five-year-old pooch narrowly missed out on the title at last year’s prestigious show, where she watched a German shorthaired pointer named CJ take the crown.
This year, however, the German shepherd was the favourite of the judges who described the pooch as "magnificent" and rated her higher than some of the show’s most elite contestants.
Speaking to the New York Times, best-in-show judge Thomas Bradley said: "The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility. She is just magnificent."
Named after a popular Adele song, Rumour’s toughest competition was an Irish setter named Adrian, who celebrated coming runner up with his handler Adam Bernardin.
Duffy, the Norwegian elkhound, also proved tough competition particularly as her owner, Patricia Trotter, was given a lifetime achievement award by the American Kennel Club three years ago.
Other worthy competitors included boxer, Devlin, who jumped into his handler Diego Garcia’s arms after coming top of his group, Aftin, a miniature poodle, Tanner, a Norwich terrier, and Chuckie, a Pekingese, who stole the heart of the crowd in Madison Square Garden this week.
This event marks the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which has been held in New York City since 1877. The show, held in Madison Square Garden, is a yearly sell-out and is broadcast to an audience of 1.4m people in over 140 countries world-wide.