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Robert “Bob” Slay Tops Judging Panel at America’s Dog Show
New York, NY — Mr. Robert H. Slay of Cary, North Carolina has been given the most prestigious judging assignment in the sport of purebred dogs — deciding who will be the Best in Show winner at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. Mr. Slay brings extensive experience and dog knowledge to the sport. Anchoring Westminster Week this iconic annual dog show has been held continuously in New York City since 1877.
Mr. Slay grew up in Southeastern Mississippi where his family owned a working farm and he gained respect and appreciation for several types of hunting dogs. Although he has owned several different breeds, he loved, bred and handled champion German Shepherd Dogs for many years. In 1964, while stationed in Charleston, South Carolina as an ensign in the United States Navy, he purchased his first German Shepherd Dog. She easily achieved her American Kennel Club championship and Mr. Slay was forever hooked on the sport. He was married to the late Jane Vassar “Candye” Slay and has one son and two grandchildren. 
Mr. Slay is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the United States Naval Officers Candidate School. He served five years on active duty afterwards obtaining the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserves. In addition, he also attended the Yale University School of Executive Management Leadership Program. He has always been active in his community. Mr. Slay was elected to public office for three terms serving as chairman of one of the largest public-school systems in South Carolina. He chaired a United States Department of Energy Advisory Board for five years and served several years as the South Carolina State Chairman of the Morris Animal Foundation. He was also a member of the original steering committee for the AKC Museum of the Dog. In 1983, the North Carolina governor awarded his highest honor to Mr. Slay by inducting him into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society for service to his state and community.
Employed by the American Kennel Club for 18 years, Mr. Slay served as an Executive Field Representative and later as a Vice-President. While at the AKC he was responsible for the development and implementation of AKC's first DNA programs in support of registration and pedigrees. He retired from AKC in 2004 to resume his judging career. Mr. Slay has served as president and show chairman for several all-breed and specialty dog clubs. He was first approved to judge in 1979 and has judged extensively throughout the United States and overseas.
Mr. Slay judged the Westminster Herding Group in 2009 and the Working Group in 2018.This will be his eighth judging assignment at Westminster. 
Seven Group Judges will select their picks for the Best in Show competition over two nights at Madison Square Garden.
On Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 the following judges will select the group winners to advance to the Best in Show competition. Ms. Marjorie Martorella of Millstone Township, New Jersey for the Hound Group; Mrs. Doris Cozart of Denton, Texas for the Toy Group; Mr. Allen L. Odom of Denver, Colorado for the Non-Sporting Group; and Mrs. Shirley D. Limoges of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for the Herding Group.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 the following judges will select the remaining three group winners to advance to Best in Show. Ms. Theresa L. Hundt of Sandy Hook, Connecticut for the Sporting Group; Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, Illinois for the Working Group; and Mr. Norman B. Kenney of Cross Roads, Texas for the Terrier Group.
The Best Junior Handler award will be decided on Tuesday, Feb. 11 by Junior Showmanship Finals Judge Mrs. Valerie Nunes-Atkinson of Temecula, California. This will be the 87th year the finals will be held at Madison Square Garden. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by judges Mrs. Sioux Forsyth-Green of Pinehurst, South Carolina and Mrs. Marianne “Tuni” Conti of Oxford, Connecticut.
The 7th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 will be judged by Ms. Sue Barnett of Avon, Connecticut and Ms. Lavonda L. Herring of LaGrangeville, New York. Mr. John D. Landis of Hellertown, Pennsylvania will officiate for the 5th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster.
All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.
Pending American Kennel Club approval, the judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competitions includes:
Mr. Kenneth E. Berg of Moraga, CA: Brittanys, German Wirehaired Pointers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Spinoni Italiani, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.    
Mr. Edd E. Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels.
Mr. Michael Faulkner of Center Cross, VA: Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels.
Mrs. Souix Forsyth-Green of Pinehurst, NC: Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers,
Ms. Sydney LeBlanc Good of Sarasota, FL: English Setters, Irish Setters, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Vizslas.
Mrs. Linda Hurlebaus of Palmetto, GA: Gordon Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
Mr. Sergio Scarpellini of Gazzaniga, Italy: Lagotti Romagnoli, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
Mrs. Gretchen Bernardi of Edwardsville, IL: Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
Mr. Edmund Dziuk of Columbia, MO: Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Dachshunds (all Varieties).
Ms. Sydney LeBlanc Good of Sarasota, FL: Whippets.
Mrs. Linda Hurlebaus of Palmetto, GA: Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens, Harriers, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens, Pharaoh Hounds, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos.
Dr. Eric Liebes of Peyton, CO: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, English Foxhounds, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Sloughis, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
Ms. Betty-Anne Stenmark of Grass Valley, CA: Afghan Hounds, Azawakhs, Cirnechi dell'Enta, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Mrs. Eva E. Berg of Moraga, CA: Doberman Pinschers, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Great Danes, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs.
Mr. Edd E. Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: Boerboels, Bullmastiffs, Mastiffs, Rottweilers.
Mrs. Linda Hurlebaus of Palmetto, GA: Chinooks, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Tibetan Mastiffs.
Mr. Douglas A. Johnson of Bloomington, IN: Akitas, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Black Russian Terriers, Boxers, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Neapolitan Mastiffs.
Dr. Eric Liebes of Peyton, CO: Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Cane Corsos.
Ms. Patti Widick Neale of Alachua, FL: Leonbergers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Saint Bernards, Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies, Standard Schnauzers.
Mr. Larry Adams of St. Louis, MO: Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Scottish Terriers.
Mrs. Connie H. Clark of Rio Del Mar, CA: Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers.
Mr. John Constantine-Amodei of Jeffersonville, PA: Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
Ms. Betty-Anne Stenmark of Grass Valley, CA: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers.
Mr. Edd E. Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: Brussels Griffons, Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Papillons, Silky Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.
Mrs. Connie H. Clark of Rio Del Mar, CA: Affenpinschers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Japanese Chin, Toy Manchester Terriers.
Mr. John Constantine-Amodei of Jeffersonville, PA: Havanese, Maltese, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu, Toy Fox Terriers.
Ms. Sydney LeBlanc Good of Sarasota, FL: Chinese Cresteds, Italian Greyhounds, Miniature Pinschers.
Mr. Elliott B. Weiss of Novelty, OH: Pugs, Toy Poodles.
Mrs. Eva E. Berg of Moraga, CA: Dalmatians, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers.
Mrs. Linda Hurlebaus of Palmetto, GA: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Boston Terriers.
Mr. Douglas A. Johnson of Bloomington, IN: Bulldogs, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Cotons de Tulear, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs, Xoloitzcuintlis.
Mr. Elliott B. Weiss of Novelty, OH: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles.
Mr. Larry Adams of St. Louis, MO: Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs.
Mr. Michael Faulkner of Center Cross, VA: Australian Cattle Dogs, Border Collies, Canaan Dogs, Collies (both Varieties), German Shepherd Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds, Shetland Sheepdogs.
Dr. Eric Liebes of Peyton, CO: Beaucerons, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamasco Sheepdogs, Berger Picards.
Ms. Patti Widick Neale of Alachua, FL: Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Pumik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
Mr. Elliott B. Weiss of Novelty, OH: Bouvier des Flanders, Briards, Old English Sheepdogs, Pulik.
About The Westminster Kennel Club – The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year in New York City. Today 205 breeds and varieties of dogs compete in Best of Breed judging with the winners advancing to the Group and Best in Show competitions at Madison Square Garden. America’s dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. Nearly 3,000 dogs entered from around the world compete in these events, making Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There’s only one. (R) Follow us @WKCDOGS or visit: westminsterkennelclub.org.


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New York, N.Y. – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world's largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the winners of the first ever AKC Agility Premier Cup Presented by EEM which was held in conjunction with the Longines Masters of New York at NYCB Live at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25th.
“It was thrilling to watch some of the nation’s top dogs compete at the inaugural AKC Agility Cup Presented by EEM,” said Doug Ljungren, AKC Executive Vice President of Sports and Events. “These dogs were invited based on criteria that recognizes excellence in AKC’s Agility program and it was a pleasure to honor these incredible performances as the winners were crowned.”
This family-friendly event marked the first time AKC Agility was held at an Equestrian event, demonstrating the amazing abilities of both horses and dogs in their respective sports. The top 60 canine agility competitors and their handlers from around the country were invited to compete at the Invitational.
A total of twelve dogs were entered at each jump height (8”,12”, 16”, 20”, and 24”) competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. The first-place winners in each jump height received $1,500 and will
have their names engraved on the AKC Agility Premier Cup trophy that will be displayed in perpetuity in the AKC New York Headquarters. Second-place winners in each jump height received $500 each.
The AKC Agility Cup Presented by EEM Winners:
First place winner and runner-up in each height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24” respectively):
8” First Place: A Papillon known as “Wren,” handled by Betsey Lynch of Delaware, OH.
8” Second Place: An All-American Dog known as “Logan,” handled by Kim Barton of Johnstown, OH.
12” First Place: A Miniature American Shepherd known as “Pixel,” handled by Ami Sheffield of Omaha, NE.
12” Second Place: A Poodle known as “Bliss,” handled by Cassie Schmidt of Lees Summit, MO.
16” First Place: A Border Collie known as “P!nk,” handled by Jennifer Crank of Pickerington, OH.
16” Second Place: An Australian Cattle Dog known as “Skoal,” handled by Martine Kopka of Rosenberg, TX.
20” First Place: A Border Collie known as “Graphite,” handled by Paulena Simpson of Berkeley Springs, WV.
20” Second Place: An Australian Shepherd known as “Holster,” handled by Wendy Cerilli of Greenwich, NY.
24” First Place: An All-American Dog known as “Harley,” handled by Erin Stumler of Floyds Knobs, IN.
24” Second Place: A Belgian Malinois known as “Luna,” handled by Shane Miller of Moline, IL.
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About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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Companion dogs. They are the best — nonjudgmental, good listeners after a tough day at the office, good motivators to get us humans off the couch and outdoors. There are so many benefits to having these canine companions in our lives.

But do we let them roll in stinky stuff? Nope. Do we get embarrassed when they sniff crotches or hump our human friends’ legs? Yep. Yet this is completely acceptable behavior in the dog world. In the human world, not so much.

Dogs are amazingly adaptive and resilient and find ways to survive even in environments that aren’t particularly dog friendly. Most people want their dogs to thrive (versus being labeled with behavioral problems) and the best way to do that is to learn as much as possible about who dogs really are and what they need from us, say Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce in the enclosed advance copy of, Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (March 5, 2019).

As the demand for dog trainers and veterinary behaviorists attests, dogs are not naturally adapted to living with and among modern humans. They give up a lot of freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the comfort and care they get from humans.

Unleashing Your Dog builds on the latest research in canine science and provides many practical ways that allow dogs to exercise their senses, in addition to exercising their brains and their muscles. Bekoff and Pierce show that it is possible to let dogs be dogs without wreaking havoc on our own lives. They begin by illuminating the true nature of dogs and helping us “walk in their paws.” They reveal what smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing mean to dogs and then guide readers through everyday ways of enhancing a dog’s freedom in safe, mutually happy ways. The rewards, they show, are great — for dog and human alike.

Continuing to build on ways to “let your dog be a dog,” with as much patience and good will as possible, Bekoff and Pierce demonstrate how to give companion dogs the best life possible and provide a win-win for all. They are prepared to discuss with your audience:

  • Their top three suggestions for easy ways for people to “unleash their dog”?
  • Explaining that in addition to exercising muscles, joints, tendons, and bones, dogs need to exercise their senses — and why this is so important
  • The importance of busting the myth that dogs are “just furry people.”
  • Why they think that “citizen science” is so important for learning about dog behavior.
  • The importance of dog training — it goes both ways to make it a true win-win. (continued)

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and has received the Exemplar Award for long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior from the Animal Behavior Society. Marc writes regularly for Psychology Today and has published 31 books including The Emotional Lives of Animals. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. More info at www.MarcBekoff.com

Jessica Pierce is an Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. She is the author of nine books, including The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives and Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets, has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.T.S. from Harvard University and now lives in Colorado. More information at www.JessicaPierce.net

It’s important for people who live with dogs to become fluent in “Dog” so they’ll know how to let their canine companions express their doginess and be dogs. It is my sincere hope you will consider letting your readers know about Unleashing Your Dog via a review or mention in your publication. Both authors are also available for interview, and I would be happy to make those arrangements. You can reach me at 415-884-2100 x15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Unleashing Your Dog:

A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible

By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

Category: Animals

Pub. Date: March 5, 2019

Price: $15.95 / Trade Paper

Pages: 216

ISBN: 978-1-60868-542-4

Published by New World Library

Distributed by Publishers Group West

Talkin' Pets News

February 23, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Adriana Odachowski - Wellswood Animal Hospital

Producer - Daisey Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Producer - Bob Page

Special Segment Guests - Hour 1 - Randy Kaplan - Senior VP Green Gobbler - discussing their 20% Vinegar Weed Killer

Hour 2 - Susan Hartsler - even , the official Puppy Party Candidate for President

Hour 3 - Lorraine Walston - Owner Woodrow Wear - Power Paws - Socks for dogs

Talkin' Pets News

February 16, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Andrew Moerschel

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge Hotel Penn hour 1


The 16th Annual 
                                New York Pet Fashion Show
                                                   Presented by 
                                   Frenchie's Kitchen


               "Masquerade Ball for Animal Rescue" 
 Special Presentation featuring aRoyal Pup-tial Wedding! 

   Princess Meghan Barkle & Harry Prince of Tails
With Rescues the Queen Mum, a Soldier, 2 Bridesmaids, a Flower Girl 
Royal Carriage, and a Royal Motorized Mini Mercedes on Stage !

The Coolest Fashion Event During Fashion Week!
The Largest Pet Fashion & Animal Rescue Benefit in the World!
Thurs Feb 7th!

 Hotel Pennsylvania Penntop Ballroom, we invite all
 Media to cover

                   Sneak Peak....Move over Fashion Week!
          30 International Designers - Human & Pet Fashions
           This is a Red Carpet Event to help save Animals Lives!
           Amazing human & pet fashions by top designers on the runway

Rescues, Celebrities, Models, & Designers Strut Their Stuff on the Runway!


           Four Amazing Runway Shows & Special Presentation!
        ~Hollywood Dreams: From Hollywood to Bollywood 
        ~Angels & Demons Couture: 
Who's been Naughty & Who's been Nice! 
        ~International Masquerade Couture: What Mask will you Wear!
        ~Best In Show Contest: 
You could be Crowned King or Queen 
        ~Royal Pup-tial Wedding: 
Princess Meghan Barkle & Harry Prince of Tails

    To benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals www.AnimalAlliancenyc.org  

                        Kick off "Fashion Week & Westminster Weekend"  

         Four Amazing Runway Shows & The Gold Paw Award Ceremonies 
    The 2017/18 Show's had a combined media reach of over 50+ million

 Welcome to the largest Pet Fashion and Animal Rescue benefit in the World!

Please welcome our MC and Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes...

                 Meet 1010 WINS Anchor & AllForAnimalsTV.com Host Susan Richard who will serve as a Best in Show judge
    February 7th  2019,6-11 PM at the Historic Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC.
The 2019 NYPFS  is a celebration and dedication to the Couture Style from around the World, to Rescue our Animals in need and Honor our Planet. Bring out your inner Style to help raise awareness! Enjoy music from around the World, Pop, Country Western, Dance, Alternative,  and more!
             Celebrities and Models on Runway and Gold Paw Awards Ceremony
                              Four amazingly cool, chic, and hip runway shows 
                  2019 NY Pet Fashion Show Gold Paw Awards
   Esther Mechler - Public Awareness Campaign "Fix by Five"
   Pupscouts - Volunteer Group 

                         This Event will be recorded & Covered for all Media
                         TV, Print Press, Syndication, Social Media and Radio

~Red Carpet 6:00-7:00
~Opening Show Introduction, Awards Ceremony Part 1- (7:00-7:15)
~Hollywood Dreams: 7:15-7:45
~Royal Pup-tial Wedding:Meghan Barkle & Harry Prince of Tails (7:45-8:00)
~Angels & Demons Couture 8:00-8:30
~International Masquerade Couture 8:30-9:00
~Best in Show Costume Contest - 9:00 Winner Announced at 9:45

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- Best in Show Costume Contest- includes entry to show- Ticket $95, 
- Pre-Show Single Ticket $50,  
- At Door Single Ticket $60,
- Reserved table of (4) $300 -Adjacent to Runway!
- Single Seat Reserved on (10) Top $75 Per Person, 
- Reserved table 10 top $750,
                                   Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor

                            Thank you to our Best in Show Sponsors

The Dog Writers Association of America Hosts Annual Awards Banquet in Manhattan

Nominees compete for Maxwell Medallions and $15,950 in prizes

(New York, N.Y. – February 5, 2019) – This weekend the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) will host the DWAA Awards Banquet, which recognizes outstanding work about dogs and celebrates the dog writing community.

Winners of each Regular Category will receive a Maxwell Medallion, which honors Maxwell Riddle; the former DWAA president and AKC judge wrote about the sport of dogs for over five decades. Winners of Special Awards receive cash grants – the organization will give away a whopping $15,950 in prize money.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors – individuals, companies and nonprofits – for their generous support,” said Jen Reeder, DWAA President. “Sponsoring a Special Award in the DWAA Writing Competition is such a cool way to support the dog writing community and makes the evening particularly fun.”

DWAA will announce the winners of both regular categories and special awards at the awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan. The event will feature keynote addresses from NBC correspondent and host of Animal Planet’s “Dog Bowl” Jill Rappaport and radio host/journalist/author Steve Dale of Steve Dale’s Pet World. DWAA will also induct Deborah Wood, renowned newspaper columnist, author and rescue advocate, into its Hall of Fame.

Mara Bovsun, features editor at AKC Family Dog, will receive the DWAA Distinguished Service Award. In 2018, Bovsun launched DWAA’s Young Writers on the Web program, which offers writing mentorship to children and teens under the age of 18. It led to a huge influx of contest entries.

“This year we had so many writers under the age of 18 apply for the DWAA Junior Writer Award that we had to divide it into four age categories,” Reeder noted. “Thanks to a matching grant by an anonymous donor, the four winners will each receive $400!”

DWAA Junior Writer Award

Sponsored by Karen Petit, an author of children’s books, for writers under 18 years of age. This award is to recognize and encourage young writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness, dedication and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related topics. Award: $400 cash grant, DWAA Maxwell Medallion and lapel pin.

Atlas by Nikolas Anthony Klimenko, 9 (Category: 7-9)


A Passion for Helping Pooches by Jayson Kimberly, 12 (Category: 10-12)

Full Circle by Daly Dodsworth, 13 (Category: 13-14)

What I've Learned from Smudge, Lola, and Dewey by Kendle Rae Frank, 16 (Category: 15-17)

The finalists for Special Awards are:

AKC Club Publication Excellence Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best article in a national, regional or local AKC club publication in magazine or newsletter format. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant.

Five Ways to Make Your Entle’s Walk Extra Special on “Walking the Dog Day” February 22nd by Linda Liebrand


Safety, Comfort are the New Black by Laurren Darr

Sheep du Soleil by Elizabeth M. Jarrell

AKC Reunite Microchip Awareness Award

Sponsored by AKC Reunite for the best article on how microchips can be used in pet recovery. Articles can include recovery stories of how dogs were identified or returned to owners, permanent identification in cases of theft, uses of microchips to confirm identity of dogs in competition, etc. The award is a $1,000 cash grant. For information about actual recovery stories, writers can contact AKC Reunite at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Tale of Two Lost Dogs by Caroline Coile


Everyone Should Have Their Pets Microchipped by Susan Ewing

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award goes to the writer of a print or online feature article that best educates pet owners about responsible dog ownership. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant. To enter, submit one article, which must also be entered in this year’s contest in one of the regular categories.

In Case of Accident... by Caroline Coile


Is Heartworm Prevention a Scam? by Caroline Coile


Protecting Your On-Leash Dog and What to Do Should the Worst Happen by Denise Alexandra Fleck

The AKC Family Dog Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best writing (including books, articles and blog posts) about any or all of the good manners programs under the AKC Family Dog umbrella, including AKC Therapy Dog, AKC Trick Dog, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, Urban CGC and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy. While participating in these activities that are fun for both dogs and people, dogs become well-socialized and develop a lifelong bond with their owners. This award consists of a $500 cash grant.

AKC Trick Dog Perform Title: Starring William the Circus Ringmaster and his Uncaged Bear Act by Elizabeth M Jarrell


No Dog Left Behind? by Caroline Coile

The Canine Scribbles Award


Sponsored by Canine Scribbles, LLC, this is awarded for the best article that promotes the reasons to own a purebred canine. The fiction or nonfiction article of 1000 to 1500 words must be published in a print or online publication. The focus of the article should exemplify the virtues of owning a specific purebred dog. A high-resolution .jpeg (at least 300 dpi) should accompany the article that depicts the canine about which the article is written. The article should be clearly and succinctly written, and should outline the advantages of purebred dog ownership, with a unique journalistic voice. $350 cash grant.

For Laughter and Little Ones  by Mara Bovsun


Salvation Of All-Breed Clubs by Linda E. Kornhi


Search and Rescue Dogs: Making The Lost Found Again by Bev Thompson


What Teddy Taught Us by Mara Bovsun

The Captain William Lewis Judy Award

Sponsored by American Legion Post 348 of Brick Township, New Jersey. For a submission in any form of media that educates the public about the important role our military dogs play in our Armed Forces, including issues affecting their emotional and physical care during their training, active service and retirement. The award consists of a $350 cash grant.

Four-Legged Warriors - Pet Connection/Andrews McMeel Syndication by Kim Campbell Thornton


Megan Leavey, K9 Rex and Bringing Home K9 Heroes by Laura Jane Reeves


The Ceva Heartworm Prevention Award


Sponsored by Ceva Animal Health, this award is for the best article that educates the public about heartworm awareness and prevention tips. The winner will receive a $1,500 grant.

Heartworm Disease Deadly But Preventable by Christy Elizabeth Caplan


Inside Heartworm - Pet Connection/Andrews McMeel by Kim Campbell Thornton


Is Heartworm Prevention a Scam? - Canine Chronicle Magazine by Caroline Coile

DWAA Robert H. McKowen Memorial Friends of Rescue Award

Sponsored by his family and friends. For the best article describing the rescue process: adoption, fostering, transporting, home visits or other aspects of rescue. $300 cash grant.

A Piglet State of Mind by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

From Rescued to Rescuer by Nancy Monson

Points to consider when adopting a pet by Kim Campbell Thornton

Rising from the ashes: Former shelter dog helps firefighters cope with stress and grief by Laura Teresa Coffey

The Fear Free Pets Award

Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media format that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates the importance and benefits of taking a dog to a Fear Free certified veterinary professional. This may also include how a dog’s emotional well-being can play a role in all aspects of its life and health, including veterinary care, how decreasing fear, anxiety, and stress is beneficial to the patient and owner both during the veterinary visit and at home, a focus on Fear Free applications pre- and post-veterinary visit, successful case studies/stories of how a dog went from fearful to Fear Free during or throughout the course of a single or series of veterinary visits, positive experiences working with a Fear Free certified veterinary professional or anything that highlights how Fear Free and what it stands for is all around better for staff, patients, and clients. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

Brave New World: Fear-Free Veterinary Visits by Caroline Coile


Changing Behaviors by Sarah Rumple


The Fear Free Revolution by Jen Reeder

Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award


Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media formats that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates how enrichment activities (exercise, food puzzles, scent training, etc.) can benefit a dog’s emotional—not just physical—well-being and the role that has in their overall health. This may also include topics relating to how the resulting benefits of such enrichment to the dog’s emotional well-being can help set them up for more successful veterinary visits in the future, thus living a happier, healthier life. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

How Good Breeders Raise Puppies Who Grow Into Happy, Confident Dogs by Linda C. Rehkopf


Making Vet Visits Fear Free by Susan Ewing


Never Fear by Caroline Coile

The GNFP Digital Canine Companion Award

Sponsored by GNFP Digital, this award is for the best digital story – online video, blog post or online article with photography that best demonstrates the bond between people and their canine companions. The content must be demonstrated as having been shared through digital media. The winner will receive a $1,000 grant and a special gift.

A Piglet State of Mind by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM


Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy's Trip to the First Annual Special K9 Games by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM


Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Visits Classrooms to Educate, Inspire, and Create Smiles by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM


The Power of Rescue: How a Dog Helped 2 Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Heal by Laura Teresa Coffey


The Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award

Named in honor of Harrison Stephens, a newspaper editor who wrote thought-provoking features marked by journalistic integrity and humor until his death just before his 100th birthday. This award is for a feature article that highlights the human-canine bond and leaves the reader with a smile. Potential topics include working dogs (or a lazy dog with a winning personality), or dog-centric nonprofits that promote positive outcomes for pets and people. The award is sponsored by Sally and Tom Reeder and consists of a $300 grant.

A Perfect Match by Susan Wroble


Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy's Trip to the First Annual Special K9 Games by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM


Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Visits Classrooms to Educate, Inspire, and Create Smiles by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM


What Teddy Taught Us by Mara Bovsun

The Heroes for Healthy Pets Award

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, this award is open to all forms of media that cover topics on infectious diseases that affect dogs. The winner will receive a plaque and a $1,500 cash grant.

Canine Influenza Is Here to Stay by Debra M. Eldredge, DVM


Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs by Christine Caplan


Ticks' Increasing Threat by Kim Campbell Thornton

James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award  

For the poem/poetry which best exemplifies the unconditional love of a dog. Sponsored by James Colasanti Jr. The award is a $200 cash grant.

Atlas by Nikolas Anthony Klimenko


A Thousand Tears . . . Song For A Magical-Dawg by Amy Shojai


She's Just Like Me by Debra Lampert-Rudman

The Pet Fashion Guild Pet Fashion Award

Sponsored by Pet Fashion Guild, this award is for a submission in any form of media that demonstrates the enhanced bonds and connections between humans and their dog(s) through pet fashion. This award consists of a $350 cash grant.

Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes by Bryn Nowell


The Wedding...The World According to Rosebud and Brody by Ted Slupik and Gail Diedrichsen


What Not to Wear - Dog Leashes by Kate Eldredge

The PSI Professional Pet Care Award

Sponsored by Pet Sitters International (PSI), this award is presented to the entry that best educates pet owners about the benefits of using professional pet sitters. Qualifying online or print entries include newspaper or magazine articles and blog posts. This award consists of a $300 cash prize.

Bloat in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention Tips by Carlotta Cooper


No PAWS About It: Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter is the Right Move for Your Pet by Denise Alexandra Fleck


Pet Separation Anxiety by Christy Caplan


The Rio Award

Sponsored by Jen Reeder and Bryan Fryklund in honor of their beloved Labrador retriever mix, Rio, this award is for an article, book or essay that profiles a dog who changed someone’s life in a profoundly positive way. The award consists of a $300 cash prize.

Dogs with Jobs by Laura Greaves


Let Dogs Be Dogs by Marc Goldberg and the Monks of New Skete


My Deceased Dog Connected With Me In The Twilight Zone by Carol Bryant

The Sleepypod Pet Safety Award

Sponsored by Sleepypod, this award is for the best article or book that shares tips for pet safety during travel and/or anecdotes of dogs helped by owners who take safety precautions. The award consists of a $500 cash grant.

Chloe’s Adventure Cori’s Nightmare: A Lost Dog Rescue Story by Cori Solomon


On The Move With Your Best Friend by Denise Alexandra Fleck


The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip  by Amy Burkert


Top 12 Dangers of Traveling With Dogs By Car by Carol Bryant

The Take Your Dog Award

Sponsored by Take Your Dog To Work Day® creator Pet Sitters International, this award is presented to the entry that best highlights the special human-canine bond and importance of pet adoptions. Qualifying print or online entries include newspaper or magazine articles, blog posts and personal essays. The award consists of a $300 cash prize.

A Mighty Pip: Grief, Reflection, and Four Years Gone by Kristin M. Avery

Piglet, the Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Visits Classrooms to Educate, Inspire, and Create Smiles by Melissa S. Shapiro, DVM

The Soul of Saving a Senior Pet by Christy A. Doherty

The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award

Sponsored by The Westminster Kennel Club in memory of legendary dog show reporter Walter Fletcher, this annual award goes to the reporter who best exemplifies continued press coverage of dog shows in America. The writer must have written a bylined article in a print or online general interest publication about a dog show (or shows). The winner will be honored with a reserved seat in the Walter Fletcher Memorial Chair for both nights of the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The chair is located at the end of the front row, in the working press section, on the arena floor of Madison Square Garden. The winner will also receive $300.

American Cocker Spaniel Striker Comes Close at Westminster by Carol Bryant


Four Dog Shows - The Post-Journal by Susan Ewing


Our New York City Adventures: Progressive, Meadowlands and Westminster 2018 by Barbara E. Magera and Elaine L. Mitchell

Dogwise Best Book Award

Sponsored by Dogwise Publishing. $500 to the author of the best book. The winner will be chosen by the president of DWAA from the winners of all the book categories. The award is a $500 cash grant and will be announced at the Feb. 10 DWAA Awards Banquet.

DWAA Distinguished Service Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award honors extraordinary achievement and communications excellence. It recognizes the person who, by word, deed, exemplary conduct, public communication and professional excellence, best promotes the interest of the sport of dogs. The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 cash grant.

And the winner is … Mara Bovsun

“I’m so grateful to all of our sponsors, judges and entrants, and to our Contest Chair, Laurren Darr,” Reeder said. “Thanks to everyone’s support, DWAA is still going strong after all these years!”

For more information, visit: https://dogwriters.org/event/

About DWAA

The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics. For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.



Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

As author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Dog Friendly hotels NYC – Hotel Pennsylvania: One of the biggest pet friendly hotels in NYC!

pet friendly hotels nyc One of the top dog friendly hotels in NYC. If you don’t travel with just the humans in your family, we’re the hotel for you. We love to welcome our furry friends and your pawed family members into our hotel. We don’t care if you have a Yorkie or an English Mastiff, we accept your family how you are. That’s right.

At just $25 per stay (plus tax), we’re not just pet-friendly; we’re wallet friendly.

All sized dogs are welcome at Hotel Pennsylvania.

As a hotel that proudly sponsors the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year, it wouldn’t be right to discriminate on any dog simply based on breed or size. We love all dogs and we wouldn’t want any of them banned from our premises. As it is often said, dogs aren’t our whole lives but, they do make our lives whole. So, if you’re traveling with a dog, know that you can stay with us. We’re one of the top dog-friendly hotels in NYC, just ask our four-legged fans.

If you do bring your pet to stay with us, don’t forget to share some pictures with the hashtag #HotelPennPets. We’re making a collage.

When you bring your pet with you, make sure to prepare properly. Our policy does dictate the following.

  • All pets must be kennelled when you’re not in the room.
  • Guests are responsible for any damage done by their pet.

Did we mention? We’re also a cat-friendly hotel.

The same rules that apply to our canine friends apply to our feline friends as well. We watched Homeward Bound and know that the two can live harmoniously and create some amazing adventures. That being said, DO NOT release any of them into our hallways.

If you want to take your pet for a walk, Hotel Penn is nearby the Hudson River Greenway, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park.

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