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Local writer fetches award

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb resident Sharon Pflaumer, a contributing editor to Dog News Magazine, won a $1,500 Special Award in the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) Annual National Writing Competition.

Her article “Take a Bite Out of Dognapping” won the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Microchipping Awareness Special Award. The $1,500 prize was the largest cash award in the competition, and was presented for the best article about microchipping dogs, pet recovery and microchip databases. Pflaumer’s article was selected by a panel of DWAA officers and other professional writers. The award was announced at the DWAA Awards Banquet in New York City on Feb. 9.

DWAA is a professional association whose members are involved in all aspects of the dog world: breeding and conformation showing, performance and companion events, behavior and training, health and general care, rescue and the human-animal bond, etc. Its members are journalists, artists, photographers, mystery and fiction writers, poets, historians and veterinarians.

In the 2011 DWAA Annual National Writing Competition, another of Pflaumer’s articles, “U.S. War Dogs,” won the $500 Planet Dog Foundation Sit. Speak. Act. Canine Service Special Award, while also garnering Pflaumer her second Maxwell Medallion, the DWAA’s highest honor. Pflaumer won her first Maxwell Medallion in 2000 for an article she wrote for Dog World, “Beating Bloat: An Analysis of Risk and Prevention.” It was named Best Article of the Year in an All-breed Dog Magazine.

Pflaumer’s articles have also appeared in Animal Wellness, Dog Fancy, The Bark, Dogs in Canada, Front and Finish, Off-Lead, Good Dog, Poodle Variety, Poodle Review and I Love Cats.

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