2015 Writing Competition Nominees & Winners

Regular Categories


A. Newspaper Articles and Columns

1. Article – Health or General Care

Joanne Anderson, “Canine Hemangiosarcoma” (Massapequa Post)

Joanne Anderson, “The AMC Shelter Summit” (Amityville Record)

Monique Balas, “Hospice Care Bridges the Gap Between Curing and Euthanizing” (The Oregonian)

Jen Reeder, “Securing the Scooby Snacks” (Durango Telegraph)

2. Article – Behavior or Training

Joanne Anderson, “The Buddy Program – Parts 1 & 2 (Massapequa Post)

Monique Balas, “For Search and Rescue Dogs, Their Job is Saving Lives” (The Oregonian)

Monique Balas, “Puppy School Teaches the Basics While Building the Pet-Owning Bond” (The Oregonian)

Peggy Swager, “Quiz: Test Your Ability to Solve House Training Issues” (Petacular)

3. Article – Rescue

Joanne Anderson, “Pablo: Podengo or Ibizan?” (Massapequa Post)

Joanne Anderson, “Oh, Our Darling Clementine!” (Amityville Record)

Pam Gleason, “Flyaway Home: Pilots N Paws Rescue Event” (The Dog & Hound)

Jen Reeder, “Puppy Love” (Durango Telegraph)

4. Article – Art or any Other Topic

Monique Balas, “Belgian Malinois Owners, Breeders Concerned About Impact of Movie ‘Max’ (The Oregonian)

Jen Reeder, “Always Faithful” (Durango Telegraph)

Jen Reeder, “Running With the Big Dogs” (Durango Telegraph)

Marty van Duyne, “Service Dog Helps Vet Cope” (The Free Lance Star)

B. Magazines

5. Single, Related, or All-Breed

AKC Family Dog

 Dogs in Review

 Sighthound Review

 The Havanese

6. Annual, Special Interest, or Any Other Subject

 Rescue Proud (I-5 Publishing)

Puppies 101 (I-5 Publishing)

 West Suburban Dog (Brooke Keane, publisher)

C. Magazine Articles

7. Article– Health or General Care

 Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, “P is for Prostate” (Dogs in Review)

Denise Fleck, “Pet Disaster Preparedness” (Pet Sitter’s World Magazine)

 Roxanne Hawn, “Good Grooming: Long-Haired Beauties” (AKC Family Dog)

 Sharon Pflaumer, “A New, Affordable Cure for Parvo” (Dog News)

8. Article– Behavior or Training

 Teoti Anderson, “5 Training Mistakes You’re Probably Making”
(Modern Dog Magazine)

 Nina Bloch, “The Birth of Handling” (Clean Run)

 Lori Mauger, “Puppy Chronicle: New Tricks to Tame a Sassy Pup”
(Bark Magazine)

Gina Mireault, “Great Expectations” (AKC Family Dog)

 Peggy Swager, “Case Study: Isolation Stress/Separation Anxiety in a Rescued Mill Dog” (The APDT Chronicle of the Dog)

9. Article – Rescue

 Gail Diedrichsen, “Overcoming the Animal Shelter Color Barrier” (WestSuburban Dog)

 Gail Diedrichsen, “Too Broken to Be Fixed? (West Suburban Dog)

Jen Reeder, “Second Chance Dogs” (Modern Dog)

 Meredith Wargo, “Aged to Perfection” (Rescue Me)

10. Article– Breed

Mara Bovsun, “Don’t Worry, Be Hairy” (AKC Family Dog)

 Barbara E. Magera, “Playtime” (The Royal Spaniels)

Erika Mansourian, “From the Roof of the World to the Foot of the Bed” (AKC Family Dog)

 Peri Norman, “Meet the Belgian Laekenois” (Canine Chronicle)

11. Article/Column – Art or Any Other Topic

 Bud Boccone, “ACE Files: Meet the Dog Who Refused to Die” (AKC Family Dog)

Brian Patrick Duggan, “Citizen Biggles” (AKC Family Dog)

 Deb M. Eldredge, DVM “Fun With Pits” (Training Secrets For Pit Bulls)

 Meredith Wargo, “Spay/Neuter Progress Report” (Rescue Proud)

D. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters

12. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters

The Companion (Canine Companions For Independence Northeast Region)

 The Dog & Hound (Pam Gleason, publisher)

 Golden Opportunities (Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue)

E. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters Articles

13. Article – Any Topic

Stephanie Colman, “Service, Please” (Whole Dog Journal)

Michael Ford, “Dog Gone” (The Dog & Hound)

Lisa Rodier, “Order! Labrador in the Court” (Whole Dog Journal)

Lisa Rodier, “Restraining Order” (Whole Dog Journal)

Laurie Williams, “The Healing Power of Dogs” (Whole Dog Journal)

F. Online

14. Blogsite Or Website

American Kennel Club www.akc.org

Mutt About Town Blog http://muttabouttown.com/blog Maureen Ann Backman

Fidose Of Reality http://fidoseofreality.com Carol Bryant

The Daily Junior Dog Blog http://thedailyjuniorblog.com Jill Schilp

15. Magazine Or Newsletter

AKC Canine Partners News, Penny Leigh & Joanne Tribble, editors

AKC Gazette, Erika Mansourian, editorial director

Havanese Breed Magazine, Thomas Wettlaufer, editor

Speaking of Dogs Monthly Newsletter, Lorraine Houston, Nancy Foran & Cathy Vandergeest, editors

G. Online Articles or Blog Entries

16. Article Or Blog – Health or General Care

Nancy Beach, “Canine Osteosarcoma Parts 1 and 2” (Celebrating Greyhounds Magazine)

 Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, “Messing With Meds” (Best In Show Daily)

 Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, “Dog Bones & Safety Petcha.com

 Ranny Green, “How a Special Service Dog Enables 23-Year Army Veteran” SeattleKennelClub.org

 Jane Messineo Lindquist (Killion) and Mark Lindquist, “Ovulation Timing And Preventing Fading Puppies: A Surprising Nexus” www.puppyculture.com

17. Article Or Blog – Behavior or Training

 Mara Bovsun, “Why Old Dogs Must Learn New Tricks” www.WOOFipedia.com

Denise Fenzi, “It’s a Puppy, Not a Problem!” www.denisefenzipetdogs.com

 Liz Palika, “7 Suggestions for Training Multiple Dogs” www.thehonestkitchen.com

 Nancy Tanner, “Shutting a Dog Down” www.pawsandpeople.com

 Bev Thompson, “Why Tone of Voice Matters” www.anythingpawsable.com

18. Article or Blog – Rescue

 AKC Canine Health Foundation, “The Joys of Adopting Senior Dogs”

Kim Campbell Thornton, “Old Dogs Rule” (Universal Press Syndicate Pet Connection)

 Kim Campbell Thornton, “Beagle Mania” (Universal Press Syndicate Pet Connection)

 Meredith Wargo, “The Plight of Greyhounds Abroad” www.rescueproud.com

19. Article or Blog – Any Other Topic

 Laura Coffey, “9/11 Ground Zero Search Dog Still Lends a Helping Paw” TODAY.com

 Sally Deneen and Edie Lau, “Facial-recognition Apps Scout Lost Pets” (VIN News Service)

Liz Donovan, “Man Gives Everything to Care for 12 Military Dogs After Their Return From War” akc.org

 Ranny Green, “For This 911 Call Taker, Anja and Loki are Her Relief ValvesAfter a Trying Day at Work SeattleKennelClub.org

 William Kearney, “On Losing a Dog” Petcentric.com

 Emma Kesler, “Want to Learn More About a Unique Dog Breed?”milesandemma.com

 Jen Reeder, “Let’s Discuss Pets During Domestic Violence Awareness Month” (Huffington Post)

H. Graphics

20. Single Photo

Mary Fish Arango, “Summertime at the Beach” (Chronicle of the Dog)

 Lori Mauger, “Trooper the Whippet” (AMLE Magazine)

 Lisa Croft Elliott, “The Skye’s the Limit” (AKC Family Dog)

 Dorothy Wills-Raftery, “Chilling Out on a Wordless Wednesday” (Five Sibes Blog)

21. Series Photos

Beth Adams, “Idiot’s Guide: Dog Tricks” (Alpha)

 Chet Jezierski, “Show of Shows” (Dog News)

 Jane Sobel Klonsky, “Older Dogs, Deeper Love” (AKC Family Dog)

 Nancy Tanner, “What’s Happening with Calvin These Days?” www.nancytanner.com

22. Single Illustration or Painting

Maureen Broussalian, “Cover Illustration” (Lady Louise, The Adventure Begins)

Emma Kesler, “Three Popular Human Sayings About Dogs and What Miles Has to Say about Them” www.milesandemma.com

 Debra Lampert-Rudman, “David’s Fund Portrait” (David’s Fund. ACKCS Rescue Trust Inc. Cookbook)

23. Series of Illustrations or Paintings

Bud Boccone, “Dog People” (AKC Family Dog)

 Maureen Broussalian, Lady Louise, The Adventure Begins book illustrations

 Janet Croog, Humans, Dogs and Civilization book illustrations

 Florina Boldi, Lipstick On A Pug book illustrations

24. Posters, Calendars, Brochures or Pamphlets

 Robin Adams, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue 2015 Calendar

 Canine Companions For Independence, 2015 Puppy Calendar

 Cori Solomon, “Irish Wolfhound Specialty Poster” (Irish Wolfhound Association of the West Coast)

Roy A. Wilson, Barbara Garnett-Wilson & Nancy Kinnear, “2016 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Fine Art Calendar”

I. Humor, Poetry, Short Fiction, Opinions/Editorials

25. Humor

Joanne Anderson, “Beauty Tips a la Monsieur Edgar” (Massapequa Post)

Elizabeth M. Jarrell, “The Hardware Store is Not Your Friend” (Aussie Times)

Barbara Magera, “The Garden Secret” (The Royal Spaniels)

Dorothy Wills-Raftery, “Vote Gibson! (FiveSibes blog)

26. Poetry

Megan Blake & Mark Winter, “It’s Super Smiley” (Pet Life Radio)

Debra Lampert Rudman, “Gigi In Winter” (La Joie)

Lee Netzler, “Merlin” (Scottie Scuttlebutt, Rocky Mountain Scottish Terrier Club)

Maggi Payne, “The Christmas Corgi at the Stable” www.welshcorgi-News.ch/English.html

27. Short Fiction

Morgan Humphrey, “Scryer” (Independent Publishing)

 Barbara E. Magera, “Celebrations” (The Royal Spaniels)

28. Opinions/Editorials

Joanne Anderson, “Homeless Hoarder” (Amityville Record)

 Holly Cornwell, “New Year’s Resolutions” (The Royal Spaniels Magazine)

 Kate Eldredge, “Musings of an Owner-Handler” (ShowSight Magazine)

 Allan Reznik, “Showable vs. Show Quality” (Dogs in Review Magazine)

 C.A. Sharp, “For the Good of the Breed” (Double Helix Network News)

J. Other Media

29. Video, DVD, or TV Broadcasts

Robin Adams, “DVGRR 2015 14th Annual Golden Gala”(Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue)

Megan Blake, Mark Winter & Heather Paul, “Kindness—It’s Super Smiley” (The Animal Film Festival)

Jane Messineo Lindquist (Killion) & Mark Lindquist, “Puppy Culture” (Madcap Productions)

Dorice Stancher, “The Pet Stop-Trick Training” (News 12 NJ)

30. Radio, Podcast, or Other Audio

AKC Canine Health Foundation, “Senior Dog Health: An Overview”

Teoti Anderson, “Get Pawsitive Results – Hyper Hooligans” (Pet Life Radio)

Teoti Anderson, “Get Pawsitive Results – National Dog Bite Week” (Pet Life Radio)

Dorothy Wills-Raftery & Robert Forto, “The Sibe Vibe: Talking Canine Epilepsy” (Dog Works Radio)

K. Club Publications (National, Regional or Local)

31. Magazine format

The Corgi Cryer, Cindy Read, editor (Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club)

The Alpenhorn, Dawn Kjeldsen Freeland & Robin Hamme, editors

The Ridgeback, Pamela Rape, editor

Golden Retriever News (Golden Retriever Club of America)

32. Newsletter format

 LMt. Nittany Dog Tales, Mt. Nittany Dog Training Club, Marliene Froke, Tracey Dooms & Janet Lewis

The Scottie Scuttlebutt, Carolyn Grande, editor

 AMAL Tales, The Alaskan Malamute Assistance League, Jeannette Y. Wick, editor

L. Club Publication Articles

33. Article – Any Topic

Holly Cornwell, “The Miracle Cure” (The Royal Spaniels Magazine)

Ridgeback Trust Inc., “The Rescue Organization That Does What Others Can’t” (The Ridgeback Magazine)

Kevin Curran, MD, FACP, “Canine Renal Disease” (The Alpenhorn)

Elizabeth M. Jarrell, Esq. & W. Jean Dodds, DVM, “Blood Tells All: A Conversation with W. Jean Dodds, DVM (Aussie Times)

Peri Norman, “In Search of the Perfect Stud Dog” (Belgian Sheepdog
Newsletter)

Deb Zorn, “Seven Simple Words” (The Courier)

34. Regular Column or Series

Nannette Newbury, “Not All Seizures Are Created Alike, Parts 1-3” (Australian Shepherd Journal)

Liz Palika, “Behavior Conundrums” (The Australian Shepherd Journal)

Fiona Petersen, “It’s a Dog’s Life – Parts 1 and 2 (The Corgi Cryer)

Sharolyn Sievert, “The Finding and Training of a Search and Rescue K-9” (The Ridgeback Magazine)

M. Club Special Publication

35. Club Special Publication

The AKC New Complete Dog Book, Mara Bovsun, editor

The Golden Age of Dog Shows: Morris & Essex (Morris & Essex Kennel Club with Antique Collectors Club, UK), Debra Lampert-Rudman, editor

N. Books

36. Single, Related, or All-Breed

Jenny Drastura, Animal Planet Dogs 101 Maltese (TFH Publications, Inc)

Tammy Gagne, Animal Planet Dogs 101 Miniature Schnauzer (TFH Publications, Inc)

Constance Lyons & John Savory, Trend Setters: The Making of the Modern Irish Setter (Book Locker)

Robert H. Thomas and Pamela B. Thomas, Leonhard Seppala, the Siberian Dog, and the Golden Age of Sleddog Racing (Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., Inc.

37. Rescue or Adoption

Tracy Libby, The Rescued Dog Problem Solver (i5 Publishing)

Andrei S. Markovits & Katherine N. Crosby, From Property to Family (University of Michigan Press)

Teresa J. Rhyne, The Dogs Were Rescued and So Was I (Sourcebooks, Inc.)

Jacki Skole, DOGLAND: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Dog Problem (www.ashlandcreekpress.com)

38. Training or Sports

Teoti Anderson, The Ultimate Guide to Dog Training (i-5 Publishing)

Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Teach Your Herding Breed to be a Great Companion Dog (Dogwise Publishing)

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM & Kate Eldredge, Idiot’s Guide: Dog Tricks (Alpha)

Denise Fenzi & Deb Jones, Dog Sports Skills, Book 3: Play (Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Publishing)

39. Behavior, Health, or General Care

W. Jean Dodds, DVM & Diana Laverdure, Canine Nutrigenomics (Dogwise Publishing)

Marthina Greer, DVM, JD, Canine Reproduction and Neonatology (Teton New Media)

Mechtild Kaufer, Canine Play Behavior (Dogwise Publishing)

Peggy Swager, Rescue Your Dog From Fear (Lyons Press)

40. Human Animal Bond

Gail Noreen MacMillan, To All the Dogs I’ve Loved Before (Wildflower Press)

41. Reference

Lisa Begin-Kruysman, Dog’s Best Friend: Will Judy (McFarland & Co.)

Elaine Ostrach Chaika & Janet Croog, illustrator, Humans, Dogs and Civilization (Book Baby)

Leila Grandemange, A Breeder’s Companion, Record Keeping (SunnyVille Publishing)

John Visconti, Fetch More Dollars for Your Dog Training Business (Dogwise Publishing)

42. Fiction, Young Adult or Humor

Sheila Webster Boneham, Catwalk (Midnight Ink)

Susan Conant, Sire and Damn (CreateSpace)

Rob Snyder, Poker Night: The Real Story of Dogs Playing Poker (CreateSpace)

Linda Johnston, Bite the Biscuit (Midnight Ink)

43. Children

S. Marriott Cook, A Home For Abigail (Jabberwocky)

Laurren Darr and Florina Boldi, Lipstick On A Pug (Left Paw Press)

Debby Kay, Sweet Snoopers™ (Coveran Publishing House)

Lee Wardlaw & Eugene Yelchin, Won Ton and Chopstick – A Cat and Dog Haiku (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)


Nominees & Winners: Special Awards


Previous Year’s Nominees and Winners


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Regular Category Winners and Special Award Winners will be announced at the DWAA banquet on February 14, 2016. All nominees receive certificates. Winners receive the DWAA Maxwell Medallion, named in honor of the late Maxwell Riddle.

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Maxwell Medallion
The Maxwell Medallion
Awarded to All Winners in Regular Categories

When asked to write about the history of the Maxwell Medallion I gleaned some information about the DWAA I had not read before. The Dog Writers Association of America was not always our name. We were known as the Dog Writers Association. About the time of the McCarthy era and the House Un-American Activities Committee, we had a member, Harvey Barcus, a Past President and writer for the Detroit News, who thought we should be more American and thus the name, Dog Writers Association of America came into being.

In the early 1970’s Maxwell Riddle called Sue Jeffries and asked her to run the writing contest. We were awarding plaques to the winners and had second and third place awards. Sue recalls that Bill Denlinger, then President, wanted the finalists to be called nominees. Bill wanted to ensure the awards were given out like the Academy Awards with an elaborate presentation. Sue called on Carol Lea Benjamin for help in establishing this award.

Carol Lea was reading the New York Times one morning and she saw a photo of the Medal of Freedom. It was a medal on a ribbon worn around your neck. Carol claims that was her inspiration for designing the Maxwell Medallion. Since the Medal of Freedom was presented to winners with their heads bent down during the presentation, Carol Lea thought that should be the same for the DWAA Contest winners.

I am sure by now you are all saying, “why Maxwell Riddle”? Maxwell worked for 35 years for the Cleveland Press as a feature writer and reporter. His syndicated dog column ran for 30 years. A Past President of the DWAA and wrote a column for Dog World for 50 years. He was an AKC Dog Judge and judged in Japan, South America, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, and all over Europe. He was the founder of the Ravenna Kennel Club and had been their President for 47 years. He was known in his day as the greatest authority on dogs and wrote many books on puppy training and various other dog subjects. He was known all over the world as a dog expert.

The then Board of the DWAA honoured Maxwell Riddle by naming the medallion after him. We can thank Sue Jeffries and Bill Delinger for the idea and Carol Lea Benjamin for designing the medallion. Sue had it made in Kentucky and it is still made there after all these years.

To me, the Maxwell brings memories of having known this great man and I have many pictures of my dogs winning with him as judge.

To those who knew the history of the Maxwell it was a thrill to watch Sue and Carol Lea place the medallions around the winner’s necks in 2008 for the 2007 contest. It was a tribute to their work for the Maxwell Medallion.

— Pat Santi,
Historian, Member since 1989

All nominees receive certificates.
Winners receive cash awards.

Sponsors of the Special Awards are not involved in the judging.


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