Amy Shojai Named Pet Industry Woman of the Year Finalist in WIPIN Pet Industry Awards

So…this happened. I’m a Women In the Pet Industry (WIPIN Pet Industry Awards) FINALIST for Solopreneur of the Year. The other award categories are Entrepreneur, Corporate, Advocate and Rising Star.

WOMEN IN PET INDUSTRY

DARE TO DREAM BIG

The pet industry is chock full of amazingly successful and dedicated visionary individuals and companies. I know so many of these folks personally, and cheered when some of them won accolades from WIPIN in past years. It never occurred to me to submit, until my friend and colleague (and the 2015 WOMAN OF THE YEAR winner) Yvonne Divita offered encouragement. She said simply filling out the questionnaire would be beneficial, and boy, was she right!

I must have said something that struck a chord, and am thrilled to be nominated. Bottom line–it’s all about the pets, not about me.

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New kitty Karma-Kat offers comic relief.

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Magic, at 11 years old, still inspires my work.

I’m going to give you a list of the questions here–because they’ll help ANYONE focus on your own goals, history, and future plans no matter what you do. And I’ll give you just a bit of how I answered with a recap in a 60-second video I was asked to prepare, that gives an overview of AMY SHOJAI CONSULTING and myself personally (with the fur-kids, of course). FWIW, it took me about five hours (!) to create the one-minute trailer: 90-seconds to record, and 4 hours, 58 minutes to edit. Yep, that proportion is about the same as writing books vs editing them. 😛

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21 year old Seren, “Kittee in charj ob riten stuff” has her own paw-top komputer and is my in-house editor.

WIPIN QUESTIONS

Here are the questions–how would YOU answer them?

  • DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS IN 300 WORDS
  • HOW DID YOU GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
  • WHAT OBSTACLES HAVE YOU MET, AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME OBSTACLES IN YOUR BUSINESS?
  • HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND DESCRIBE YOU?
  • HAS YOUR WORK INFLUENCED THIS INDUSTRY?
  • DO YOU FEEL BEING A “ONE-WOMAN SHOW” SETS YOU APART?
  • WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO GO IT ALONE? HAS BUSINESS VISION SHIFTED?
  • HOW DO YOU HANDLE THE STRESS OF HAVING EVERYTHING DEPEND ON YOU (PERSONAL & FINANCIAL RISK)?

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AMY’S 60-SECOND VIDEO

See the video, below. Still, I wanted to give an honest taste of what I do. Maybe I’m too scattered, because I don’t focus on one thing. Asking me to choose would be the same as telling me I had to pick CATS over DOGS (or vice versa). There’s room in my life, in this world, for every furry flavor, and that’s reflected in my work.

So, I included pictures of my books, screenshots of this blog and TV appearances, and even a video clip of STRAYS, THE MUSICAL . . . and of my furry muses. Transcript below the video…

“Hi there, I’m Amy Shojai, and I’m thrilled to be a Solopreneur nominee. I’m a certified animal behavior consultant for cats and dogs, an author, speaker, and industry spokesperson. AMY SHOJAI CONSULTING empowers pet parents with expert information and advice, to allow them to make informed decisions.

These days, I try to think outside the litter-ary box to reach the widest possible audience. That’s how I got here—asking how can I help pets? And how can I help other writers help pets? That’s why I helped found the Cat Writers Association more than 20 years ago. Nothing beats hearing that something you wrote saved a pet’s life.

This is what I was put on earth to do. And the journey isn’t over yet! Magical-Dawg, Karma-Kat, and Seren-Kitty demonstrates daily that one-paw-step-at-a-time makes all the difference.”

PET INDUSTRY WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

“The Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards were designed to recognize the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets – dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics – and their parents/guardians,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN. “These awards are a celebration of women who have made highly successful careers in the pet industry: They shine in large part because they are so passionate about helping women as well as pets. Finalist Amy Shojai is a perfect example! It is exciting to honor her and other women with a genuine calling to make the pet industry stronger.”

The overall Pet Industry Woman of the Year will be chosen from the winners of these five categories. Winners will be announced Sept. 26th during an evening ceremony at the Women in the Pet Industry Conference and Awards Show in Portland, Oregon.

A panel of four independent judges reviewed and scored nominations for applicants in the five categories. This year’s judges included a director of a non profit organization, a founder of a successful pet organization, a COO of a design firm, and a director of a top women’s scholarship organization.

Finalists are invited to participate in a round table discussion during the WIPIN conference, which runs Sept. 24th through Sept. 26th at the Embassy Suites in Portland.

WHAT IS WOMEN IN THE PET INDUSTRY?

WIPIN is an international membership networking organization where more than 300 pet professionals gather to grow, give and connect. WIPIN is the only organization serving professionals in ALL segments of the pet industry, as well as ALL types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small animals, pocket pets, horses and exotics.

The Extend Your Expertise Conference and Awards Show in September will bring like-minded women together to connect, network–to collaborate—as they learn how to grow their pet-focused businesses with intent and joy. WIPIN members share three core philosophies: Give first, grow continuously and connect for reasons that matter. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member at www.womeninthepetindustry.com/join/. For more information, please visit www.womeninthepetindustry.com, or contact Schuh at 503-970-5774; shawna@womeninthepetindustry.com.

Congrats to All Nominees & Winners!

You can watch the awards ceremony at this live-stream link.

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National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day

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The “laying on of paws” does not replace proper vet care!

Tomorrow, August 22, is “National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day.” The Catalyst Council along with American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP),  Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), The International Cat Association (TICA), and a major pet food company have partnered in this an opportunity to educate cat owners on the importance of routine check-ups.

I’ve posted about this topic for the past several years. Catalyst Council cites a study by Bayer Animal Health that half of all American pet cats do not see a veterinarian regularly. And of the 1000+ Banfield veterinary hospitals, only one cat is seen by a veterinarian for every five dogs, despite many studies reporting that there are nearly eight million more pet cats than dogs.

My two cats see the veterinarian, despite their reluctance to do so. So…are you ready to get Kitty to the vet? What’s holding you back?

What About Dr. Google?

My Cat Hates the VetNow, y’all know I have a boatload of books available about how to care for your furry wonders, from kittenhood to old age, first aid and everything in between. But a book or an Internet search is NOT how best to care for your cat!

There IS a new resource just for pet parents that can help you with some of the objections your cats (and you) have. Many kitties are afraid of changes in routine, so vet visits turn up the fear factor. You can join Fear Free Happy Homes for free-and access lots of tips for taking away kitty angst. I’ve also put together a short award-winning Quick Tips booklet with some helpful advice, too (click on the book cover for more info).

Kitty needs hands-on whisker-to-vet interaction to ensure s/he’s healthy and will maintain that health for all of her nine lives. By the time you notice something may be amiss, it’s likely been percolating for a while…

Young female veterinarian with a cat in her arms

How To Help

Don’t just spring the notion on Kitty-kins in one day. Plan ahead. You’ll want to get your cat used to the carrier. So check out this how-to blog with a kewl video for tips.

Then for some quick tips, read below.

  1. Check out the PAW-some Infographic, below–from last year’s campaign (it’s still valid!).
  2. Please TWEET about this using the #Cat2VetDay hashtag.
  3. CALL your vet today and make an appointment for your furry wonders.
  4. SHARE on Facebook. We need to get our cats some furry love.
  5. Oh, and here’s another great resources, a PDF you can share far and wide with more great info: 5 Cat-Tastic Benefits of Routine Vet Visits!

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Chiropractic Care & Back Problems: Home Treatment Tips

Chiropractic care…do you use it? Lately, I’ve been having some back issues, and have been visiting my chiropractor for some relief. Chiropractic care works as well in pets as in people, too, and my situation makes me wonder if in some ways I might be mirroring Magical-Dawg’s health issues. I’ve not blogged since his birthday post here, that explains a bit about his status with possible DM. He’s having weakness in his left rear leg. My issue is with my entire left side. Hmnnnn.

CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELP PETS?

About a month ago, the lower left side of my back and abdomen became numb. How odd, I thought, and attributed it to over-doing yard work. (I love my chain saw!). But when my left thigh also became numb by the end of the week, I started to worry. So, I visited my chiropractor, had Xrays done, and a week’s worth of treatments and therapy. There’s no pain, thank doG, but just this constant aggravating skin-surface-numbness. After a week with no improvement–and the numbness moving further to encompass my entire left leg–my chiropractor referred me for an MRI.

Stay with me here–I’ll get to veterinary chiropractic in a moment. *s* But I wanted to explain why I’ve not posted for a while.

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Pets benefit from MRIs, too

A BULGING DIAGNOSIS

MRIs are scary. Noisy, claustrophobic, and sort of a “woo-woo” diagnosis. When we perform MRI’s on pets, they’re given anesthesia so they can hold still for the 20 minutes or so necessary. I was also given ear covers (it’s NOISY!). At least pets don’t think about praying the radiologists DO find something that’s fix-able, and DON’T find anything that doesn’t belong there. I’ll admit, I was scared. My husband took off work and drove me to the center, we had to wait several hours (hey, they got me in the same day, so I wasn’t complaining!), and even got the scans on a CD-disk when we left. The next morning, my chiropractor explained the radiologists report and showed me the MRI results.

I have two bulging disks, categorized as “mild.” One affects my leg, the other my left lower torso. One of them is partially collapsed, too. Oy. The good news is that word “mild.” The other good news–nothing inside that didn’t belong there. 🙂 It will take time, perhaps a long time, for the disks to heal, and in the meantime, I’m performing some core-strengthening exercises, walking a LOT on my desk-treadmill, and continuing chiropractic treatment.

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Karma-Kat makes sure I don’t sit at the desk for too long.

PETS AND CHIROPRACTIC CARE

I’ve blogged about holistic pet care before here. Chiropractic care for pets is a great option for keeping canine athletes in top performance form. Bodywork treatments can benefit your cats and dogs not only for recovery from injury, but also prevention of problems by including massage, physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments. While massage focuses on the tissues surrounding the bones, manipulative therapies focus on the proper functioning of the joints and related muscles, including the spine.

pet holistic medicineHolistic veterinarians say appropriate adjustments can affect your pet’s emotions, as well as how the organs work, due to what he calls viscera-somatic, or “organ-to-muscle” reflex. I know that my back issues affect my emotions—I’ve been very worried about this. And for our dogs and cats, the discomfort of any illness can make things worse.

Both science and holistic methods work hand-in-paw with these hands-on modalities both in people and in pets. For example, when I hurt my back, my chiropractor required X-rays to be sure what was going on before attempting any adjustments, and followed that up with an MRI. And while a human chiropractor can’t prescribe drugs (unless also an M.D.), a chiropractor with a veterinary degree can incorporate medications to help.

HANDS ON HELP: CHIROPRACTIC CARE & PHYSICAL THERAPY

Manipulative therapies carefully flex the affected joints to return them to proper alignment, and treatment plants are customized to the individual pet. It may take only one “adjustment” or instead require several. The longer the problem has existed, the more treatments will be necessary. Chiropractic manipulations (especially of the spine) require a trained veterinary chiropractor because it can be very easy to injure your pet unless you know what you’re doing.

Physical therapy techniques, though, can be performed by you at home to help loosen up your canine athlete’s stiff legs, shoulders and necks. Hey, I’m doing similar for my own achy-breaky-back issues. Movement increases joint mobility, and also stimulates production of synovial fluid, a joint fluid that nourishes and lubricates the joints to keep them healthy. Be careful not to over-extend a muscle or joint, though, and pay attention to your pet if he tells you to stop. Flinching or crying out during physical therapy means to stop and have a vet check out the pet for any problems.

HOME TREATMENTS FOR PETS

There are some easy to use physical therapy techniques you can do at home with your pet.  This probably will work better with dogs than with cats—felines have their own way of performing kitty yoga and may not want your help!

  • Put your pet on his side.
  • Take his front paw in one hand and his elbow with your other. For the back leg, you’ll hold the paw and hock instead.
  • Move the leg in a circle, as if he’s running—forward, out, down and back.
  • Stretch the leg with this gentle pressure only as much as the pup will tolerate, and keep going for about five minutes (or until the put tells you to stop) before you switch to the next leg.
  • You’ll need to have him rest on his other side to do the other two legs.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE & MOTION PALPATION

A chiropractic technique called motion palpation can be safely done at home for your cats and dogs. Motion palpation helps flex and extend the joints of the back. It can have an additive effect, so that even tiny amounts done daily help pets feel better over the long term. It’s particularly helpful for creaky older dogs, but even athletic pups will enjoy and benefit from this gentle treatment that keeps them flexible and may help prevent injury.

  • Ask your dog to stand or lie down in a comfy position.
  • Feel for the individual vertebrae, the bumpy bones in the dog’s back. Pay particular attention to the dents or “valleys” between each bone.
  • Start at your pet’s neck, right where his skull meets the spine. Position your thumb and index finger on each side of the first dent between the first vertebrae and his skull. Press down very gently with your fingers, and release.
  • Then move to the next dip, and repeat the quick gentle pressure—each press shouldn’t take more than one second, so you can count, “One-one-thousand” and then move on.
  •  Continue to move downward from his furry head toward his wagging tail, pressing each “valley” in turn and then releasing.

PET-CENTRIC ASSISTANCE

There have been other “projects” keeping me busy besides the back issues (more on that soon!). Hands-on therapies can enormously benefit cats and dogs. It can also help you stay “in touch” with your furry family members.

Now when I get down on the floor to perform my exercises (my fav is called the CAT-CAMEL!), I have Karma-Kat at one end grabbing my shoe, and Magical-Dawg at the other licking my face. But who’s complaining? It’s just part of the furry therapy.

Have you or your pet ever suffered an injury and received help from a chiropractor? What helped your situation resolve the problem? Some of my Facebook friends shared tips with me, including a recommendation for the book BACK MECHANIC, and I’m finding the text very helpful.

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Celebrate Dog Birthday Every Day: Magic Is Eleven!

I’ve written about Seren-Kitty’s recent 21st birthday, and we also celebrate Karma-Kat’s “gotcha-day” since we don’t know his birthday. Read about those here.

For our Magical-Dawg, though, we were on a waiting list for two years to get him as a puppy. We not only know his exact day of birth, but also have pictures of him with his mom and littermates before the puppies’ eyes opened.

Take a look at the picture on the right, SQUEEE! That’s Magic at 17 days old.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAGIC!

That was eleven years ago. Yes, my baby-dog is a senior citizen canine, and has been for some time. Perhaps some folks might look askance (give the “side eye?”) for those of us who celebrate a pet’s birthday. But if it makes you happy, I’ve got no problem with it. Magic doesn’t even know the day is any different, so it’s not for him—it’s for me. A celebration that marks the doggy milestones over the last decade and how that has impacted my life.

All pets make an impact on the people they love, of course. Because so many of us consider pets to be part of the family, it makes sense that we’d include them in anniversary celebrations. In my case, Seren, Karma and Magic are not only my family members but also the inspiration for my life’s work.

Magic’s Gotcha-Day picture! First day he came home to live with us.

MORE THAN A PET…BUT AREN’T THEY ALL?

Magic came into our lives after a long “dog-less” period. My first canine companion inspired me to become a pet writer, and Seren arrived after my first furry muse had been gone several years. She was our only pet for nine years. During that time, I became most known as a “cat writer” despite writing equally in the canine field.

Then Magic arrived and disrupted Seren’s world, and brought wags and laughs into our lives. He also gave a canine face to my nonfiction work—and more than that, Magical-Dawg became the hero dog “Shadow” in my thrillers. Had he not been here, I wonder if my fiction career would have happened?

DOGS AGING GRACEFULLY…OR NOT

For a German Shepherd, an eleventh birthday is a milestone. Large breed dogs don’t age nearly as gracefully as smaller dogs. I have no illusions that we won’t have another decade with him, as we’ve enjoyed with Seren. Yes, I understand. But I don’t have to like it.

In February, I wrote about a health scare with Magic. His mobility became an issue and initially was attributed to arthritis. I’m happy that pain medication from his caring veterinarian has helped relieve the achy joints, but the aging changes continue to progress.

DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY

I had feared his symptoms pointed to degenerative myelopathy (DM), a progressive spinal disease of older dogs that ends in rear-end paralysis. You could think of DM as the canine equivalent of ALS.  But DNA tests of Magic’s parents performed by his breeder (yes, she’s that responsible!) indicate he should not be susceptible to DM.

You see, his sire tested NORMAL and not affected by DM, but his dam tested as a CARRIER. That means all the pups of that breeding could, at worst, be carriers and would be “highly unlikely” to be affected. Despite that hopeful note, I learned that this past February, one of Magic’s littermates was diagnosed with DM and subsequently euthanized. The research indicates the disease ends in rear end paralysis within 6-12 months of the onset of symptoms.

Yeah. Not cool, at all.

MAGIC’S SITUATION

Last February, the veterinarian attributed Magic’s issues to arthritis. He noted that most DM-affected dogs won’t correct a toe-under rear paw positioning. Magic corrected his posture immediately. These affected dogs also show wear on rear claws due to dragging the foot. At the time, Magic showed neither of those issues, only a bit of rear-leg weakness.

His arthritis medication helped enormously to relieve his arthritis pain. But five months later, his rear left paw does drag when he’s tired. The claws on that paw are clearly worn. Positioning that foot in a toe-under position doesn’t prompt him to correct–he just stands there, wobbly and weaving but panting happily. He has more and more difficulty standing, loses his balance easily, and no longer attempts to jump and only rarely runs.

BIRTHDAYS MATTER

I’m not a veterinarian and can’t diagnose. If genetically it’s unlikely to be DM, I don’t really care what it’s called. I’m grateful to know that DM is not painful, if that’s what this is. And I’m grateful and celebrate each doggy smile.

We’re celebrating his birthday in a big way. Magic doesn’t know it’s his birthday. He only knows he feels good today. He knows his human and fur-family is with him and loves him. His best friend Karma-Kat continues to tease him. Seren continues to hurl cat curses at him. And Magic continues to inspire me with his never-ending happy attitude, his joy at simple things (“Frisbee! Treatz!”), and just being my baby-dawg.

MAGIC’S PRESENTS–TREATZ, OF COURSE!

So what’s in store for his birthday celebration? He’s got a new bear-toy. Actually, it’s a purple fuzzy dog-shaped stuffy, but he identifies them all as “bear.”

Magic also got a new tasty chew-bone. He used to love car rides, but can no longer leap into the back seat, but we’ve got a ramp so he can still have the occasional outing. In this hot weather, I think a game of hose-tag is in order, too. Oh, and I think an entire can (maybe a couple of them) of CAT food as garnish for his regular meal. I can see him drooling now…

On second thought, why celebrate one day only as his birthday? Makes more sense to make every day a Magical-Day. Yes, that’s a much better idea!

What about you? Do you celebrate pet birthdays? Enjoy every day you have ‘em. Magical-Dawg sends happy wags and woofs–cuz he’s just that kinda dawg!

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Dog Writers Contest: Enter for Chance To Win $14,000

Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) announced the opening of the annual dog writing contest this past June. The contest is considered the ultimate honor for those of us who specialize in creating and publishing information about dogs. Journalists, authors, bloggers, photographers, illustrators and editors can compete in a variety of categories for the coveted Maxwell Medallion, named for dog writing legend Maxwell Riddle.

I’ve been a member of DWAA for more than twenty years. The organization was formed in 1935, and I was so impressed by the organization, the DWAA inspired the birth of the Cat Writers Association. These “sister” organizations have the best interests of our furry companions at heart. To that end, a contest each year celebrates the best of the best of writing–and it’s open to YOU to enter your work!

The DWAA Annual Writing Contest opens July 10 and closes Sept. 8, 2017. Winners will be announced in early December on social media and can accept their prizes at the awards banquet the evening of Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at the iconic New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.

PRINT & DIGITAL ENTRIES WELCOME

You don’t have to be a member of DWAA to enter, but your work does need to be published. Entries are judged by a combination of professional DWAA members and outside dog professionals. For that reason, receiving recognition in the Dog Writers Contest is a great honor treasured by all those who write about dogs. Being recognized by one’s peers can only be topped by the love of a dog.

Because so much of today’s writing and communication is digital, the DWAA contest offers two ways to enter. You can submit digital work online, or you can snail mail physical copies of your work. Each year, newer writers are recognized and applauded through recognition in this prestigious contest, so don’t hesitate to throw your furry hat into the ring. Nonfiction, fiction, illustrations and more are eligible. You might win BLING in the form of the Maxwell … or even some $$$.

$14,000 PRIZES & MORE!

“Winning a Maxwell Medallion is an honor that can really boost a writing career. Plus, there are so many cash prizes thanks to our generous sponsors!” says Jen Reeder, DWAA President.

“DWAA’s annual writing contest presents such a fantastic opportunity for writers and other professionals whose work involves dogs,” said DWAA President Jen Reeder.

Entrants can also compete for cash prizes offered through corporate sponsored awards. “We’re excited and grateful that so many fantastic individuals, nonprofits and corporations are sponsoring special awards this year,” said Reeder. “Special awards offer a unique way to get the pet writing community excited about a topic and support top-notch canine publishing.”

NEW SPONSORED PRIZES RAISE THE $TAKE$

The two awards with the biggest purse are both sponsored by Fear Free, LLC: The Fear Free Pets Award and Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award. Each comes with a $2,000 prize. Fear Free Founder Dr. Marty Becker, also known as “America’s Veterinarian,” will give a keynote speech and present the awards to the winners at the banquet.

“As a dog writer as well as a veterinarian and the founder of Fear Free, I’m incredibly honored to be speaking to the Dog Writers Association and presenting the Fear Free awards this year,” Becker said. “We at Fear Free want to acknowledge your influence and encourage dog writers to spread the word about reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in our pets’ lives by offering these awards.”

Another impressive award is the Ceva Heartworm Prevention Award of $1,500 for the best article that educates the public about heartworm awareness and prevention tips. “There’s always new information on this potentially deadly disease. We hope that this award encourages writers to consider all the research and write about heartworm prevention as it remains a very important topic to cover,” said Craig Wallace, Chief Executive Officer of Ceva Animal Health.

AKC CONTINUES DWAA SUPPORT

DWAA was born at a dog show, so it’s no surprise that the AKC offers a paws-up for the contest. The American Kennel Club sponsors a number of coveted awards each year, including the AKC Club Publication Excellence Award, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award, and DWAA Distinguished Service Award.

“The American Kennel Club is honored to recognize the writers and journalists that advance the sport of dogs and highlight the best aspects of the human-canine bond,” said Brandi Hunter, Vice President of Public Relations for The American Kennel Club.

The DWAA special awards include:

  • The Fear Free Pets Award – $2,000
  • Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award – $2,000
  • AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award – $500
  • Dogwise Best Book Award – $500 The Canine Scribbles Award – $350
  • The Ceva Heartworm Prevention Award – $1,500
  • The GNFP Digital Online Article Award – $500
  • AKC Microchipping Awareness Award – $1,500
  • International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals Pet Fashion Award – $350
  • AKC Club Publication Excellence Award – $500
  • The Morris Animal Foundation Canine Health Award – $300
  • DWAA Robert H. McKowen Memorial Friends of Rescue Award – $300
  • The PSI Professional Pet Care Award – $300
  • The Take Your Dog Award – $300
  • The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award – seat of honor at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
  • AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Award – $500
  • DWAA Junior Writer Award – $400 – James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award – $200
  • The Captain William Lewis Judy Award – $350
  • The Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Book or Article – $200
  • The Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award – $300
  • DWAA Distinguished Service Award – $1,000

For more information or to enter the contest, visit: dogwriters.org.

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.

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