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Jen Reeder

Germinder Renews as Dog Writers Association of America’s Agency of Record

Exciting news: Once again, Germinder & Associates has been named agency of record for the esteemed Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Founded in 1935 by eight editors and publishers invited to the Westminster Kennel…

Uncategorized | June 5, 2018

Jen Reeder

Registration is still open for the Cat Writers’ Association conference!

Our friends at CWA have a terrific schedule lined up for the 2018 CWA Conference, capped by their awards banquet. The event takes place June 7-9 in Houston and is open to members and non-members…

Uncategorized | May 24, 2018

Jen Reeder

Dr. Marty Becker’s new book is out!

Dr. Marty Becker inspired DWAA members with his rousing keynote address at DWAA’s Awards Banquet earlier this year … now he’s going to inspire readers with his new book “From Fearful to Fear Free: A…

Uncategorized | April 17, 2018

Jen Reeder

The National Dog Show’s blog is active again: guest post

The National Dog Show’s blog is active again – check out the latest post from intern and social media coordinator Casey Saladino or visit for all the latest news. My Checkered Flag Pups by…

Uncategorized | April 6, 2018

Jen Reeder

John O’Hurley congratulates David Frei on his DWAA Hall of Fame induction on TV

We are delighted that John O’Hurley congratulated David Frei on his recent induction into the DWAA Hall of Fame at the start of the broadcast of the Beverly Hills Dog Show! Watch it here:…

Uncategorized | April 3, 2018

Marsha M. Pugh

Tweet about your dog for charity and to support the Beverly Hills Dog Show!

Purina Invites Pet Lovers to Celebrate The Positive Impact Dogs Make In Our Lives During the Second Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show ST. LOUIS, March 29, 2018 — In celebration of the second annual “Beverly…

Uncategorized | March 29, 2018

Jen Reeder

DWAA Member Turid Rugaas Honored in Norway!

Congratulations to Norway-based DWAA member Turid Rugaas for receiving His Majesty King Harald of Norway’s Medal of Merit for her work as a dog trainer, educator and writer for the past 50 years! We are…

Uncategorized | January 10, 2018

Jen Reeder

David Frei to be Inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame

The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has selected David Frei as the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee for outstanding contributions to the field. He will accept the award on February 10, 2018 at the…

Uncategorized | December 6, 2017

Jen Reeder

Call for Ruff Drafts stories about kindness/gratitude – due Dec. 1!

Dear Colleagues; This morning, as I prepared for work, the television, always on in the background, featured an interview with the folks from Sesame Street. Humans and Muppets alike were discussing their core values, which…

Uncategorized | November 8, 2017

Jen Reeder

Pet Sitters International is looking for freelance writers!

Pet Sitters International (PSI, is seeking freelance writers for its 2018 issues of Pet Sitter’s World magazine. We are interested in pitches from emerging and experienced writers, with a focus on topics that would…

Uncategorized | November 1, 2017

Jen Reeder

Save the date!

DWAA’s next annual meeting and awards banquet has a new date and location! We’re hosting an evening event on Saturday, February 10, 2018. That’s right – Saturday night! This way, members can spend the day…

Uncategorized | October 19, 2017

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Jen Reeder

Thank you to our DWAA writing contest judges!

Many thanks to our contest judges for volunteering their time and expertise for this year’s writing contest! Terry Albert Mary Abram Tracy Ahrens Skye Anderson Joanne Anderson Teoti Anderson Dee Andersson Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Esq. Mary…

Uncategorized | August 14, 2017