As the dog cognoscenti descend upon Manhattan for its annual tour, the dog writers and editors, like the exhibitors and breeders competing at Westminster Kennel Club for the purple and gold ribbons, assemble to garner hard-earned awards. The nation’s two dog-writing organizations, the Dog Writers Association of America and the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers, both award their prestigious honors to authors, photographers, illustrators, editors and bloggers.
Returning to New York landmark, Sardi’s Restaurant, APDW hosted their annual awards luncheon to recognize excellence in the field of writing about purebred dogs.
Bo Bengtson, Editor-at-Large of Dogs in Review magazine, won the Best Editorial category for his “At Large” opinion pieces. Richard G. Beauchamp won the award for Best Column, for his “Success in Show Dogs,” which appears monthly in Dogs in Review magazine. The Best Series category was also won by DIR: “Icons of the Sport” written by regular contributor Amy Fernandez.
The Best Non-Fiction Book of the year went to Bo Bengtson’s The Whippet: An Authoritative Look at the Breed’s Past, Present, and Future, published by BowTie Press. Mr. Bengtson was a past recipient of APDW’s most prestigious award, the Stonehenge, given to an icon in the field of purebred dogs. Also nominated for Non-Fiction Book was David Frei’s new book Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch. Mr. Frei was this year’s recipient of the Stonehenge. In addition to being “The Voice of Westminster,” he established Angel on a Leash, a charitable activity that supports therapy-dog programs at healthcare facilities throughout the country.
On Sunday evening at the Affinia Hotel across from Madison Square Garden, DWAA awarded the coveted Best All-Breed Magazine to Dog World (published by BowTie, Inc), claiming a “unanimous victory” over its competitors. DOG FANCY, long the company’s flagship periodical, was also nominated. BowTie also won in the Yearbook category for its Natural Dog Annual, likewise Dogs USA was also nominated. Elaine W. Gewirtz won the highly competitive category Feature in Yearbook with her article “15 Tips for Finding the Right Breeder,” which appeared in the 2011 edition of Puppies USA. Stephanie Horan won the Breed Profile category for her article, “All in a Day’s Work,” which appeared in the September 2011 issue of Dog World.
BowTie Press won two prizes in the General Reference Books category: Kim Thornton’s Careers with Dogs and the American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds. Nominated in the Single Breed Book category was Peggy Swager’s Smart Owner’s Guide: Boston Terriers, one of the new additions to Kennel Club Books’ popular new series of breed manuals.