2017 Writing Competition Nominees

Regular Categories


A. Newspaper Articles and Columns

1. Article – Health or General Care

One Health Day (part 1 & part 2) by Joanne Anderson

 Laser Cats – And Dogs by Jen Reeder

2. Article – Behavior or Training

The Biology Behind Canine Comforting by Joanne Anderson

 A Different Kind of Ministry by Florence Scarinci

3. Article – Rescue

Nina the Miracle Dog by Joanne Anderson

 Purebred Shelter Dog Perfect by Joanne Anderson

 HFGD Junior Ambassadors: Dog Rescue’s Next Generation by Pam Gleason

4. Article – Art or Any Other Topic

Seeing a Man About A Dog by James Colasanti, Jr.

 Laws for Paws: How to Help Be a Voice for the Voiceless by Patti Lawson

 Creature Comforts by Jen Reeder

B. Magazines

5. Single, Related, or All-Breed

 Just Labs

 Sighthound Review

 AKC Family Dog

 Terrier Group

C. Magazine Articles

7. Article– Health or General Care

Canine Influenza by Caroline Coile

Happy Lab by Jillian LaCross

AKC Reunite Helps Lost Pets Find Their Way Home by Sharon Pflaumer

Repair Surgery Among Latest Treatments for MVD by Kim Campbell Thornton

8. Article– Behavior or Training

 Hound Anxiety by Mara Bovsun

Eager to Please? By Tracy Krulik

Raising Angels by Kathy Santo

Your Dog Can Be Anxiety Free by Kim Thornton

9. Article – Rescue

 Flames and Dogs by Marco Adda

A Sense of Security by Mary Helen Berg

How to Be the Best (Foster) Home Possible by Jill Breitner

One Last Glance by Nancy Gallimore

Beyond the Track by Devon Hubbard Sorlie

10. Article– Breed

Goldens Rule! By Mara Bovsun

Understanding the Sloughi by Dr. Marie-Dominique de Caprona

Good Dogs! By Jen Reeder

Liberating Labs by Jen Reeder

Taigan: Sighthound of Kyrgystan by Jutta Rubesam

11. Article/Column – Art or Any Other Topic

 Legacy by Mara Bovsun

They Smell Dead People by Mara Bovsun

Bills and Mills: How Ag-Gag Legislation and Puppy Mills Affect Dog Trainers by Rachel Brix

The Glorious Art of Coursing Greyhound by Debra Lampert-Rudman

D. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters

12. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters

The Companion – Canine Companions for Independence

 The Dog & Hound

E. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters Articles and Columns

13. Any Topic

Laser Therapy Promotes Healing by Stimulating the Body’s Own Cells by Kate Eldredge

 I Am. We Are. by Kate Kuligowski

 Words that Wound by Larry Lindner

 Saving a Far-Off Genetic Legacy with Cornell Help by Kim Campbell Thornton

F. Online

14. Blogsite Or Website

Fidose of Reality by Carol Bryant

 Pam Dennison’s Positive dogs, Positive Methods, Positive Results by Pam Dennison

 ISPEAKDOG.ORG by Tracy Krulik and Kelly Duggin

 The IAABC Journal  Marjie Alonso, Jesse Miller

 Norwich Terrier Club of America

15. Magazine or Newsletter

The Rip Van Wrinkler

 The Collie Nose

 AKC Gazette

 AKC Canine Partners News

G. Online Articles or Blog Entries

16. Article Or Blog – Health or General Care

A Sense of Peace by Laura Teresa Coffey

 New Screening Tool Provides Early Detection of Bladder Cancer by Penny Leigh

 Pet Owners Seek Out Mitral Valve Repair Surgery Overseas by Kim Campbell Thornton

 Laparoscopic Spay: the New Option by Cori Solomon

17. Article Or Blog – Behavior or Training

Sounds of Panic by Deb Eldredge

 Multisensory Enrichment for Shelter Dogs by Mik Moeller

 The Ultimate Dog Training Tip by Zazie Todd

 Separation Anxiety and a Second Dog-Will It Help? by Lisa Lyle Waggoner

18. Article or Blog – Rescue

 After Rescue From Abuse, A Drooly Pooch Named Hooch is 2016 American

 Hero Dog by Laura Teresa Coffey

 Fostering Ginger by Lisa Begin-Kruysman

 Rescuers or Fanatics? The Dark Side of Animal Rescue by Debby McMullen

 Rescue Dogs Help Protect Endangered Species as Conservation Canines by Jen Reeder

 Paralyzed Rescue Pup “Albert on Wheels” Rolls Right into Hearts by Monica Weymouth

19. Article or Blog – Any Other Topic

More Good in the World Than Bad by Laura Teresa Coffey

 What Do Dogs See in Mirrors? by Julie Elizabeth Hecht

 Marc Ching: Fighting Tooth and Nail Against the Dog Meat Trade by Nicole Pajer

 Giving Dogs, Inmates, A New Leash on Life by Monica Weymouth

H. Graphics

20. Single Photo

 Dash in the Field by Pam Gleason

 Junior Exhibitors Class, Carolinas Hound Show by Pam Gleason

22. Single Illustration or Painting

Summer Graduation 2017 by John Bentzinger

 Top Ten Reasons Why Terriers Make the Best New Year’s Dates by Melane Feldges

 FiveSibes Top 10 Back-to-School Dog Tips by Dorothy Wills-Raftery

23. Series of Illustrations or Paintings

 Just Giants, Illustrations by Julie Brenan

 Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund? by Kelly D’Anne Guntner

 Sleeping in Bed with Your Dog: The Essential Guide by Josh Carter

 Toby by Hazel Mitchell

 The Golden Retriever: America’s BFF by Molly Poole

24. Posters, Calendars, Brochures or Pamphlets

 Dog Stars-Collie Club of America 2017 Calendar

 Bernese Mountain Dog Calendar 2018 by Bernd Guenter

 The Pet Lovers Handbook-San Diego 22nd Edition by Judith Macomber

 The Fivesibes (Red) Nose Knows: Red Nose Day by Dorothy Wills-Raftery

 2017 Puppy Calendar Canine Companions for Independence by Florence Scarinci

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

25. Humor

Does Your Rescue Dog Have Issues? (Or Do You)? by Kristin Michelle Avery

 Top Ten Reasons Why Terriers Make the Best New Year’s Dates by Kristine Kibbee

 25 Ways My Dogs Celebrate National Dog Week by Susan C.Willett

 Haiku by Dog: Canvas by Susan C. Willett

26. Poetry

Let’s Walk by Lee Netzler

 Maggie May by Lee Netzler

 No Racing Allowed by Lee Netzler

 I Lay at Her Feet by Corina Olsen

 Lead On by Debra Lampert-Rudman

27. Short Fiction

On the Scent of Life by Lisa Begin-Kruysman

 That Doggy Not in the Window by James Colasanti

 The Comfort of a Dog: An Unexpected Gift from My Mother by Mary Beatrice McGrath

 Trained to Serve by Amy Shojai

28. Essays/Editorials

 My Struggle with Compassion Fatigue in Animal Rescue by Katelyn Aase

 My Dog Made Me the Mother I Am, But She Didn’t Live to See It by Brook Bolen

 What Makes a Breeder? by Kate Eldredge

 Mitral Valve Repair Surgery Saved our Dog Harper by Kim Campbell Thornton

 Glory Days by Patience Renzulli

J. Other Media

29. Video, DVD, or TV Broadcasts

The Leash Reactivity Blueprint by Tristan John Flynn

 Life Saving Bond: Woman’s Dog Gives Her Courage to Heal by Jane Miller

 Video Guide to Grooming the Scottish Terrier – Scottish Terrier Club of America

 Pet First-Aid by Denise Fleck and Riannon Trutanich

30. Radio, Podcast, or Other Audio

What To Do When You Get Stuck by Hannah Branigan

 The Sibe Vibe: Huskies and Heroes Outreach Program by Dorothy Wills-Raftery and Robert Forto

 Talkng Canine Epilepsy & Seizures with Dr. Arnold Rugg by Dorothy Wills-Raftery and Robert Forto

K. Club Publications (National, Regional or Local)

31. Magazine format

The Alpenhorn

 Chronicle of the Dog

 Griffonnier: The Magazine of the American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association

 Harp and Hound

 Mastiff Club of America Journal

32. Newsletter format

Pasanita Obedience Club Newsletter

 The Scottie Scuttlebutt

 The USDAA Overview

L. Club Publication Articles

33. Article – Any Topic

Fairy Tales, Christmas, & the Indomitable Spirit of an Old Dog by Mary Fish Arango

 Whitney’s Miracle by Emelise Baughman

 Billy and Candi by Michael J. Cody

 Heartworms 2017 by Caroline Coile

 Canine Herpes Virus: The Now-You-See-It-Now-You-Don’t Killer of Neonatal Puppies by Nancy Paule Melone

34. Regular Column or Series

 To Godmother’s House We Go by Elizabeth M. Jarrell

 Rescue Column by Kay Marks

 Obedience Column by Diane Currie Niland

 Azize’s Princess Levia: The Training of a Search and Rescue K-9 by Sharolyn L. Sievert

M. Club Special Publication

35. Club Special Publication

 Cairn Terrier Club of America – 100 Years of Celebration Commemorative Chronicle

 New Complete Dog Book by  AKC, Mara Bovsun, editor

 The Westminster Kennel Club 2017 Official Program

N. Books

36. Single, Related, or All-Breed

 The Leonberger: A Comprehensive Guide to The Lion King of Beasts by Caroline Bliss-Isberg

 Just Giants by Enid S. Lagree

37. Rescue or Adoption

I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue by Laura Koerber

 Life with Forty Dogs: Misadventures with Runts, Rejects, Retirees and Rescues by Joseph Robertia

38. Training or Sports

Fun & Games for a Smarter Dog by Sophie Collins

 Training Dogs by James O’Heare

 Beware of the Dog by Pat Miller

39. Behavior, Health, or General Care

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Care by Tammy Gagne

 Modern Dog Parenting by Sarah Hodgson

 Symptoms to Watch For In Your Dog: How to Tell if Your Dog is Sick and What to Do Next by Jana Rade

40. Human Animal Bond

Incredible Dog Journeys: Amazing True Stories of Exceptional Dogs by Laura Greaves

 Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories by Tamira Thayne and Heather Leughmyer

 Sophie: Best Friends are Forever by Theodore Slupik

41. Reference

101 Things to Know Before Getting a Dog by Susan M. Ewing

 The Pet Safety Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Pet Disaster Pawparedness by Denise Fleck

 Gamify Your Dog Training by Terry Ryan

42. Fiction, Young Adult or Humor

Land of the Free by Donna Ball

 Flash of Brilliance by Donna Ball

 Blood Red White and Blue by Kathleen Delaney

 Ghosts of Iwo Jima by Joe Jennings

 Starting Over by Sheri S. Levy

43. Children

Sled Dog Dachshund by Laura Atkins

 Toby by Hazel Mitchell

 The Story About Tigger by Cameron Pendergraft

 Harry Taylor, Hometown Hero by Alden Taylor


Nominees and Winners: Special Awards (not yet announced)
Previous Year’s Nominees and Winners
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Celebrate the winners at the DWAA Awards Banquet on February 10, 2018. 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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