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Beautiful German shepherd beats out over 2,000 dogs to win Westminster’s 2017 ‘Best in Show’

Rumor has it.
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Nearly 3,000 dogs traveled to New York City to compete in the Westminster Dog Show this past weekend, but only one could be Best in Show.

This year, the honor was given to Rumor, a 5-year-old female German shepherd.

The Best in Show Judge Thomas H. Bradley told CNN that German shepherds were all about quality and nobility when the prize was awarded last night.

“When you recognize it, it hits you home, and that’s what it really is. She is just magnificent,” Bradley said.

Rumor is named after Adele’s song “Rumor Has It,” according to CNN, which means Adele has so far been completely owning 2017.

The German shepherd won the herding group in order to compete for Best in Show. Here are the six other finalists who won their their category and also competed for the top prize.

Best Hound: Duffy, Norwegian elkhound

Best Toy: Chuckie, Pekingese

Best Non-Sporting: Aftin, miniature poodle

Best Sporting: Adrian, Irish setter

Best Working: Devlin, boxer

Best Terrier: Tanner, Norwich terrier

Congratulations to all of these very excellent doggos.

And special congratulations to the beautiful Rumor. Enjoy your time as the queen!

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/15/westminster-dog-show-rumor/

Here’s some chill news: Dogs’ favorite music genre is reggae

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Dogs are extremely cool and chill, as you can tell from looking at them. And now, we have further scientific evidence that backs it up they really dig reggae.

According to a recent study from Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow, dogs’ favorite music genres are reggae and soft rock, according to The BBC.

Image: Shutterstock / WilleeCole Photography

Scientists tracked dogs’ behavior changes when presented with pop, Motown, soft rock, reggae and classical music.

But just because most dogs jam to Bob Marley doesn’t mean that your pup is not a sensitive soul that prefers Fiona Apple.

“Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences,” said Professor Neil Evans in a statement.

Image: Shutterstock / WilleeCole Photography

Evans also notes that the dogs were more likely to lying down while any music, regardless of genre was playing.

Scientists, please find a way to relay the concept of dancing to dogs. This is urgent.

Image: Shutterstock / WilleeCole Photography

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/01/26/dogs-love-reggae/

Stray dogs have the right to live, India’s apex court tells petitioner

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India’s apex court has weighed in resoundingly on a petitioner who wanted all stray dogs killed. It has observed that “nobody can destroy stray dogs in entirety. They also have a right to live,” the Press Trust of India reported.

However, a methodical culling is possible, it has said.

The apex court has been hearing a series of petitions filed by NGOs and civic bodies across the country on stray dogs that have become a menace, especially in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

The bench informed that a panel headed by a former Kerala High Court judge had received around 400 matters related to dog bites and it was working on it. Some deaths have also been reported.

In September last year the Supreme Court had called for compassion towards street dogs. But it had also warned, “These animals cannot be allowed to become a menace to the society. A balance needs to be created for dealing with such situation.

In Kerala, one of the petitioners is reportedly building dog shelters in his area and has been asked by the apex court to submit a concrete proposal.

Most Indians seem unhappy with the “poor judgement” though. They lashed out at the Supreme Court for not valuing human lives.

Ouch!

BONUS: Firefighters rescue dog that slipped through the ice on Lake Michigan

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/01/18/india-supreme-court-stray-dogs-right-to-live/

Dogs doing the mannequin challenge is the best thing on the internet

LONDON When social media trends like the Mannequin Challenge take the internet by storm, it’s only a matter of time before everyone and their mother (and now their dog) joins in the fun.

Yup, the latest and possibly greatest manifestation of the Mannequin Challenge comes to us in a spectacular Twitter moment that features some perfectly still pups absolutely nailing it.

Some of these pooches are seriously impressive. Take a look:

For some pups, though, the silly games of humans just aren’t that interesting:

Times like these remind us why we love the internet.

BONUS: Stunning images of the supermoon from around the globe

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/11/15/dogs-mannequin-challenge/

Guy immediately shut down against Twitter account that rates adorable dogs

Image: Ilka & Franz, getty images

All dogs are good dogs, and that’s what the Twitter account WeRateDogs is all about.

Unfortunately, some Twitter trolls like one named Brant (Brint? Brent? Bront?) couldn’t seem to understand. Brant tweeted at WeRateDogs to air some grievances against the account’s seemingly lenient standards.

Brant particularly took issue with the account rating every dog as a 10, or even a 11 or 12 out of 10. Quite the paradox.

WeRateDogs fired back with some infallible logic:

But Brant was not satisfied.

Brant challenged the dog-rating account to show some 3s or even 5 or 6-rated dogs on the account.

Of course, he was quickly refuted. Because at WeRateDogs, a 3 or 5 does not exist. Every dog is a superior dog.

Looks like Brant will have to find his own dog-rating system. We think he’ll be hard-pressed to find a better one.

Never be the guy who argues against cute dogs.

BONUS: Here are some corgi butts in slow motion.

Happy Monday! Here are some #corgi butts in slow motion.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/09/13/dog-rating-twitter-shuts-down-troll/

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