DWAA 2005 Writing Competition Winners

DWAA 2005 Writing Competition Winners


  • Newspaper: feature or news story



    Maryann Mott, And to My Dog I Leave a $10,000 Trust Fund (New York Times)


  • Newspaper: column

Sue Owens Wright, Pets & Their People (Inside Publications)



  • Newspaper: editorial/opinion/essay

Jo Campbell, Pit Bulls: Killers or Victims? (Willits News)



  • Magazine: all breed

Dog Fancy



  • Magazine: single breed

Celebrating Greyhounds



  • Magazine: special interest dog or all animal

Clean Run



  • Magazine: yearbook/annual/special publication

2005 Dogs In Canada Annual



  • Magazine: feature in all breed magazine

Janine Adams, Barefoot In the Dog Park (AKC Family Dog)



  • Magazine: feature in a single breed magazine

Sandra Murray, Pursuing Pedigrees: Prospecting for Gold (Just Frenchies)



  • Magazine: feature in special interest magazine (a tie)

D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., Why Does My Dog Do That? (Dog Training Solutions)


Marion Lane, The Joy of Life With Yorkies (Popular Dog Series: Yorkshire Terriers)


  • Magazine: feature in all animal magazine

Joan Orr, Lost in Translation: How to Read Your Companion’s Body



  • Magazine: feature in general interest magazine

Debra J. White, Volunteering with Children Is Time Well Spent (Bravehearts)



  • Magazine: feature in canine newspaper or newsletter

Eve Adamson, Comforting the Terminally Ill (Your Dog)



  • Magazine: feature in annual publication or other

Joan Hustace Walker, And Baby Makes Four (Dogs USA)



  • Magazine: editorial/opinion/essay

Gina Mireault, Ph.D., On Wizards, Winged Monkeys, & Gate Keepers (Clean Run)



  • Magazine: regular column

D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., Breeder’s Notebook (Dog World)



  • Magazine: subject related series

M. Christine Zink, D.V.M., Ph.D., Anatomy & Performance (Dog World)



  • Internet: feature article

Shannon McClure, Touched By A Spaniel (spanieljournal.com)



  • Internet: regular column

Kim Thornton, Creature Comforts (MSNBC.com)



  • Short Fiction

Marty Crisp, Lost! (Highlights For Children)



  • Poetry

Andy Bergstrom, Corgi Haiku (Corgi Cryer)



  • Humor: short story or humorous text

Jacqueline Nivison, Off The Sliplead (Performance Sighthound Journal)



  • Humorous Art

Barbara Spurll, Nutrition and Behaviour (Dogs in Canada)



  • Photography: color

Trina Koster, Tail End (2005 Dogs In Canada Annual)



  • Photography: black and white

Lyn Bingham, Cords Flying (Komondor Komments)



  • Photography: series

Tom Avery & Matty McNair, Apu: Polar Champion (Dogs in Canada)



  • Illustration or Painting

Heather Horton, He Knows It (Dogs In Canada)



  • Illustration: series

John Fraser, Parasites (Dogs in Canada)



  • Poster or Special Publication

Lori Stewart, 2002-2003 English Setter Association of America, Double Feature

  • Calendar

Joan Orr/Lynn Townley, Doggone Safe Children’s Calendar (Doggone Safe)



  • Videotape/CD/DVD

Kellyann Conway, Sam Means, Eric Theis, Traci Theis, Jeff Yarlett,


Pets Incredible’s “Training Your Adopted Dog” (Franklin Media Networks)


  • Broadcast Journalism

Jim Wallis, Pat Wallis, Tim Hartman, The World of Dogs Biography Series, German Shepherds (PBS)



  • National or International Club: magazine format

Australian Shepherd Journal



  • National or International Club: newsletter format

Lighting the Way (Bearded Collie Health Foundation)



  • National or International Club: magazine: feature

Kathryn Monroe, PWD Aggression: Can It Happen To You? (The Courier)



  • National or International Club: newsletter: feature

Joan Orr & Teresa Lewin, Incorporating Dog Bite Prevention Education in



  • National or International Club: regular column

Anne Hershey, Tracking Field Notes (Aussie Times)



  • National or International Club: subject related series

Elsie Rhodes, Training the Herding Dog (Australian Shepherd Journal)



  • Regional or Local Club: magazine or newsletter

A Pawsitive Canine Experience (Paws-Up Inc.)



  • Regional or Local Club: feature article

Teoti Anderson, Where Is Your Dog? (Carolina Greyhound News)



  • Regional or Local Club: regular column

Jane Cochran Spalding, Pet Column (Northland Shepherd News)



  • Regional or Local Club: subject related series

Deborah Harper, Breeders’ Forum (Corgi Cryer)



  • Book: single breed

Diane Klumb & Joanne Baldwin D.V.M, The Havanese (Lulu)



  • Book: single breed pet guide

Nikki Riggsbee, Irish Wolfhounds: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual (Barron’s)



  • Book: general interest

Emily Yoffe, What The Dog Did: Tales From A Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner (Bloomsbury USA)



  • Book: general reference

Diane Morgan, Dog Dictionary (BowTie Press)



  • Book: care and health

Dr. Robert Goldstein & Susan Goldstein, The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program (TFH Publications)



  • Book: training and behavior

Susan Garrett. Shaping Success (Clean Run Productions)



  • Book: fiction

Lesléa Neuman, Hachiko Waits (Henry Holt & Co.)



  • Book: humor

Nola Thacker, The Complete Petrosexual: A Handbook of Style for the Modern Dog (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)



  • Book: children’s

Sneed B. Collard III, Dog Sense (Peachtree)



  • Book: under 100 pages

Teoti Anderson, Quick & Easy Crate Training (TFH)


Special Awards Winners

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award
Rue Chagoll

AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
Sister Pauline Quinn, Touched by the Peacemaker (Golden Retriever News)

AKC Canine Health Foundation Research Communication Award
Caroline Coile, Ph.D., DNA and Breed I.D. (Dog World)

ASPCA Humane Issues Award
Shannon McClure, Touched by a Spaniel (spanieljournal.com)

The Bob Cole Award for Educational Writing.
Nikki Riggsbee, What the Judges Think (Dogs In Review)

Dogwise Best Book Award
Emily Yoffe, What the Dog Did

DWAA Junior Writer Award
Alex Taylor, Blast to the Past: A Scottie’s Tale (Great Scots Magazine)

Eukanuba Canine Health Award
The Courier (Portuguese Water Dog Club of America)

Hartz Doggie Glamour Award
Eve Adamson, Ten Great Reasons to Groom Your Dog (Popular Dogs)

Hartz Joint Maintenance Senior Dog Award
Eve Adamson, Comforting the Terminally Ill (Your Dog)

HSUS Compassionate Care Award
***Colleen Pelar, CPDT, Living With Kids and Dogs…Without Losing Your Mind

Morris Animal Foundation Advances in Canine Veterinary Medicine Award
Joanne Anderson, Holy Mackerel (Babylon Beacon)

Off Lead Award
Anne Hershey, Developing Article Value, Article Drive, and Article Skills (Aussie Times)

PSI First-Canine Award
Jo Helms, Lost: Tipsoo’s Amazing Escape & Rescue (Siberian Husky Highlights)

Purina Pro Plan President’s Award
Cindy Hanson, Editor, Celebrating Greyhounds

Radio Systems Award
Amy Shojai, Petiquette, Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Pet Household

Elsworth S. Howell Award
Amy Fernandez, Early Dog Shows (Dogs In Review)

WCFO Excellence in Canine Freestyle Media Award
Kris Hurley, Doggie Dancers: Get Your Groove on With Your Pooch (Twin City Tails)

Westminster Kennel Club Angel on a Leash Award
Kim Campbell Thornton, Therapy Dogs Make a Difference (Popular Dogs)

Pro Plan President’s Award
Cindy Hanson, Editor, Celebrating Greyhounds

The American Kennel Club Distinguished Service Award
Ranny Green

Honoring Three Giants of our Profession

At the DWAA banquet, we introduced a dynamic addition and what we believe will become the most coveted honor in our profession: the DWAA Hall of Fame. The first three honorees ” William F. Stifel, Walter R. Fletcher, and Maxwell Riddle ” we have established an incredibly high standard for future annual inductees. A committee of five will annually determine the recipients of the award, although any DWAA member can make a nomination. DWAA membership is not a requirement for nominated individuals, living or deceased.

William F. Stifel

Stifel served the American Kennel Club from 1957 to 1986, the last nine years as president. He was the founding president of the AKC Museum of the Dog, which opened in 1984; represented the United States’s premier dog registry at the first World Congress of Kennel Clubs in London in 1978; chaired the third World Congress of Kennel Clubs in Philadelphia in 1984. As AKC president, he saw the organization through its 1984 Centennial Dog Show in Philadelphia. In 1983, Stifel oversaw the publication of the centennial volume, “The AKC’s World of the Pure-Bred Dog,” and in 1985. “The American Kennel Club, 1884-1984: A Source Book.”

A member of the Westminster Kennel Club since 1977, one of his biggest contributions to that organization and the sport of dogs was the 2001 publication of the storied club history, “The Dog Show: 125 Years of Westminster.” He is also a longtime member of the Westchester Kennel Club (New York) and is a lifetime member of the Greater St. Louis Training Club. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Stifel has lived in Irvington, N.Y., since 1966. He and Carolyn Graham have been married 48 years and have two daughters and two grandsons.

Walter R. Fletcher

Known to some as the “Duke of Dogdom,” Fletcher was also the dean of dog writers for metropolitan newspapers nationwide while being employed by The New York Times from 1927 to 1976, where he worked as a sportswriter, copy editor, photo editor and makeup editor.

After retiring, he continued to cover dog shows for The New York Times and Dog World magazine, for which he was the East Coast editor from 1977 to 1995. Fletcher was also the author of two books, “Dogs of the World” (Bantam Books, 1977) and “My Times with Dogs” (Howell Book House, 1979).

Throughout his noted career, Fletcher received more than 50 awards, with more than half of those coming from DWAA. In fact, in 1977 he was cited for a “clean sweep,” winning Best Column, Best News Report, Best Feature Story and Best Syndicated Column in the newspaper category. The Gaines Dog Research Center honored him with two coveted Fido statuettes, the canine counterpart to the Oscar. In 1980, he was named Ken-L Ration Dog Writer of the Quarter Century.

He covered dog shows in 14 countries and was a major influence in helping women receive wider acceptance in veterinary schools nationwide, as well as in the upper echelon of the American Kennel Club.

In 1995, after Fletcher announced he would be retiring from dog-show coverage, he was spotlighted at the Westminster Kennel Club show, with the announcer detailing to the large crowd some of Fletcher’s major achievements in the sport. He received a standing ovation, calling it “the most touching moment of my life.” He covered more than 40 Westminster shows in his storied career.

Fletcher was born in New York City in 1906 and died in 2000. He is survived by two sons, Winston, of Niceville, Fla., and Carey, of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Maxwell Riddle

Here’s a guy to whom we owe plenty. The namesake of those coveted Maxwells that contest winners receive did just about everything within our profession, plus served as an international dog judge as well.

His first book, “The Springer Spaniel,” was published in 1939 by Will Judy, owner of Dog World magazine, a publication for which Riddle wrote a monthly column and served as associate editor for more than 50 years. He was The Cleveland Press pet columnist from 1938 to 1969 and also for Columbia Features, 1959 to 1966, He was named DWAA Dog Writer of the Year in 1949, 1961 and 1983. Other honors include Gaines’ Dogdom’s Man of the Year (1961), Dog Journalist of the Year (1971) and induction into Ken-L Ration’s Hall of Fame 1987.

Riddle founded the Ravenna Kennel Club (Ohio), for which he was president and show chairman for more than a half century; he was also a founding member of DWAA, a former president and a member of Scholarship Awards committee.

He was born in 1907 in Ravenna, Ohio, and died in 2002. A daughter, Betsy Whitmore, and son, Henry Warner, III, and wife, Lenora, of Singer Island, Fla., survive him.


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