The biweekly Post-Journal column "The Pet Pen" has been nominated for an award by the Dog Writers Association of America. The column, written since 2001 by Susan M. Ewing, is one of three newspaper columns nominated.
The DWAA, which has been in existence since 1935, established its annual writing competition to encourage quality writing about dogs in all aspects of companionship plus the dog sport. The competition is open to all writers, photographers, editors and publishers, with no distinction between amateurs and professionals.
The award, "The Maxwell," was designed by writer Carol Lea Benjamin, and was named to honor Maxwell Riddle. Riddle worked for the Cleveland Press as a feature writer and reporter for 35 years and his syndicated dog column ran for 30 years. His column in "Dog World" magazine ran for 50 years. He was a president of DWAA, an American Kennel Club judge, and a founder of the Ravenna (Ohio) Kennel Club, of which he was president for 47 years.
"Everyone always says it's an honor to be nominated," said Ewing, "and in my case, it's true. The other nominees are also top-notch professionals and it truly is an honor to be in their company."
Ewing's article on tick-borne diseases, which appeared in the Purina Pro Club Cocker Spaniel Update, has also been nominated for an award.
The Maxwells will be presented Feb. 9 at a dinner at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.