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The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is pleased to announce that the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has honored the AKC publications with a total of 15 awards. AKC Family Dog magazine won a total of eight awards.

AKC’s podcast series “Down & Back: Stories from the AKC Archives” by Melissa Olund & Bud Boccone won an award in the Podcast category, while the AKC Gazette won “Best Single, Related or All-Breed Magazine.”

“We are honored that the DWAA has recognized AKC’s continuous hard work in creating quality content that the public can enjoy,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “We are extremely proud of our staff for their consistent dedication to producing educational and entertaining publications. Congratulations to all on a job well done!”

The DWAA awards recognize excellence in print, digital, and web-based media.

Full List of Awards

Best Single, Related or All-Breed Magazine

AKC Gazette by Bud Boccone

Best Article/Column – Rescue

“Whale of a Dog” by Jodi Helmer

Best Article – Breed

“Battle Buddies” by Jen Reeder

Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters – Any Topic

AKC Canine Partners News by Penny Leigh,

Online Article or Blog Entry – Behavior or Training

“Dog to Dog Greetings: Your Dog Doesn’t Need to Say Hi” by Sassafras Lowrey

Online Article or Blog Entry – Any Other Topic

“Comfort Dogs Build a Bridge to Healing from Uvalde to Sandy Hook” by Courtney Campbell

Graphics – Single Photo

“Boxer Lincoln” by Naomi Gibbs


“Passages: Chillie’s Story” by Miranda Carney


“Down & Back: Stories from the AKC Archives” by Melissa Olund & Bud Boccone

The Captain William Lewis Judy Award

“Down & Back: Stories from the AKC Archives” by Melissa Olund & Bud Boccone

Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award

“Call Bravo K911” by Penny Leigh

The Grey Muzzle Award

“Passages: Chollie’s Story” by Miranda Grace Carney

The Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award

“A Malinois in a Wiener Dog Suit” by Mara Bovsun

DWAA Junior Writer Award

“Growing up Corgi” by Theodore Bernstein

Upward Dogology the ‘Outdoor Adventure’ Award

“Beauty & the Beach” by Jen Reeder

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