This February, writer Ranny Green won a Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America for a two-part feature (Part I, Part II) he wrote for the Seattle Kennel Club. The articles told the story of the major role that therapy dogs played in bringing comfort to kids and the rest of the community after the tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.
Recently, Green returned to Newtown to visit Samantha Kuruc, one of the children he interviewed. She had benefited greatly from the presence of the therapy and comfort dogs in Newtown, especially Spartacus the Akita. In a recent article in The Newtown Bee:
Mr. Green said, he “was very taken by young Samantha’s demeanor and love of dogs. I thought then, she would be the perfect recipient of the medal if I am fortunate enough to win.”
Mr Green said he decided to give his award to Sammy after writing his story last summer. He began thinking about how to “give back” and “acknowledge what the therapy dogs have done for the students in Newtown since that fateful day.” He had also thought, he said, “If I am fortunate enough to win the Maxwell, I want to bring it back to where it belongs: Newtown.”
Read the whole story in The Newtown Bee.
Ranny Green presenting his Maxwell Award to Sammy.