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AKC Applauds All DWAA Contest Winners! Watch Award-winning Video This is Zephyr

(Monday, February 11, 2013)

The American Kennel Club congratulates all the winners of the annual Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition. AKC is honored to be among those award winners.

The AKC congratulates special award honoree Diana Chan for winning the DWAA Junior Writer Award. Diana wrote and produced the short video “This is Zephyr,” which chronicles the bond she and her Pointer, Zephyr, have developed inside and out of the show ring. Watch This is Zephyr on YouTube.

AKC Winners:

Best Podcast
AKC’s Pick of the Litter podcast team won the Podcast division for AKC’s Pick of the Litter – Aug./Sept. 2012, which focused on search-and-rescue (SAR). The podcast included interviews with Beckie Stanevich, human half of the first team to receive the AKC’s new title in the field of urban search-and-rescue, and Dr. Cindy Otto who founded The Penn Vet Working Dog Center. The podcast also featured a search-and-rescue dog from the Ramapo Search and Rescue Association in New Jersey in action during a training exercise and simulated rescue. Listen to the podcast.

Best Magazine – Single Breed, Related Breeds & All-Breed
AKC Family Dog, a magazine geared toward all dog lovers that features expert advice on behavior, training, grooming, and health was a winner for Best Magazine.
Read the January/February issue of AKC Family Dog.

Best Online Magazine (primary distribution):
AKC Gazette, the official journal of the sport of purebred dogs since 1889, and the AKC Canine Partners News, highlighting the accomplishments of All-American Dogs in the AKC Canine Partners program, were both winners in this category.

Other winners:

Best Training or Behavior Article in Any Magazine
Beth Mares, “Bad Dog Gone Good,” AKC Family Dog & Robert Amen, “Front of Her Class,” AKC Family Dog

Our congratulations also go to the winners of the DWAA Special Awards sponsored by the American Kennel Club:

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Award: Dorice Stancher
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award: Mary Fish Arango for “The Pleasure of a Well-Socialized Puppy” in Borderlines
AKC Club Publication Excellence Award: Robin Lee for “A Tale of Two Pups: Aussies Aid in Veteran’s Healing” in Aussie Times
The DWAA Distinguished Service Award: Pat Santi

For more about the awards, visit www.dwaa.org.