AKC Family Dog magazine wins 2020 Eddie Award

AKC Family Dog (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
AKC Family Dog (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

AKC Family Dog magazine has won a 2020 Eddie Award.

AKC Family Dog magazine has won a 2020 Folio Award, the American Kennel Club announced on Wednesday, September 23.

More specifically, it won a 2020 Folio Eddie Award for Best Issue for an Animals/Pets Consumer Magazine for its’ May/June 2020 issue, which focused on youth handlers beginning their journeys through the world of various dog sports. Other well-known winners for Best Issue in other categories included National Geographic Kids, Popular Science, Readers Digest and Variety.

(Incidentally, one of the stories in the February 2020 issue of Readers Digest, which won in the Consumer News/General Interest category, was titled “What Your Pet Wants You to Know”)

“We carefully select our issues based on our love of the dog and human bond, and we couldn’t think of a better way than to show that through the lens of junior handlers and their dogs,” AKC Family Dog Managing Editor Bovsun said in a press release.

Bovsun continued her statement by saying that the magazine’s success (a first Eddie Awards win for the title) was gratifying and indicated a solid future going forward.

The Eddie Awards are given for editorial content across a wide variety of print and online magazines, while the Ozzie Awards honor the best in design and photography, and together they’ve honored the best in journalism since the early 1990s.

Particularly noted by the judging committee was Bovsun’s story “Momma Mia and her Bald Ballerina,” about how a Pomeranian named Momma Mia who helped her ballet-dancing human, a young woman named Maggie Kudirka, battle and survive cancer.

Momma Mia also competes in the conformation show ring as well, so she’s very multitalented. We imagine her name probably came from either the ABBA song of the same name, or the Amanda Seyfried movies that were adapted from their catalogue.

AKC Family Dog is one of two American Kennel Club publications, the other being the free AKC Gazette. A year-long subscription to AKC Family Dog for six issues is $12.95.

The AKC describes it as “the lifestyle magazine for today’s busy dog lovers who want to enjoy the most rewarding, mutually happy relationship with their special dog.”

In addition to these resources, the AKC Library also holds a wealth of useful and fascinating information in their digital archives, and provides live coverage of many dog sports, from agility to dock diving. They also operate the Museum of the Dog, which would be amazing to visit if traveling to New York City is ever permitted again virus-wise.

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From all of us here at Dog O’Day, congratulations to the AKC Family Dog staff on their win.