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Search for Australian Dog of the Year 2022

Which pooch best represents the essence of the Australian dog – love, courage, inspiration, assistance and friendship?

Each year, people who inspire and lead as role models for communities across the nation are recognised by the Australian of the Year Awards. But what about our furry best friends, who are as wonderfully diverse as our nation and have also made an incredible impact in the lives of people, the environment or other animals?

Puppy Tales is once again heading up the search for the Australian Dog of the Year to celebrate the faithful canine companions who have brought us through an extremely tough couple of years and continued to contribute to society in many ways. The winner will be announced on Australia Day on January 26th.

“Not all heroes wear capes — some wear collars and leashes!” said Kerry Martin, award-winning pet photographer and founder of
Puppy Tales, a website aimed at helping pet owners make the most of life with their fur family.
“We want to recognise pooches from across Australia for services they provide in communities, to humans and their unyielding devotion in the face of sadness, tough times and the occasional vacuum cleaner.”
In its second year, the 2022 Australian Dog of the Year will receive a $500 Pet Circle Gift Card, a $1,000 photography experience with Puppy Tales Photography plus $1000 donation to the registered charity of the winner’s choice!

There are also the People’s Choice Award and Nominee prizes valued at more than $2,500 for 10 other bois and girls.

Which dogs can be nominated?

Some of the kinds of dogs that are encouraged to enter are (but not limited to):

● Guide dogs or hearing dogs

● Therapy dogs visiting ill people in hospitals

● Dogs who have helped someone with disabilities or health challenges

● Dogs in reading programs or assistance at schools

● Dogs involved in wildlife detection or protection

● Dogs who have located, rescued or saved people, or other pets

● Police and combat dogs

● Other working dogs

● Dogs that are blood donors

● A best friend who has gotten you through a tough time (like the last two years of a worldwide pandemic)

Kerry said, “Not all have an incredible su-paw talent (unless chewing on furniture is a talent!), but there’s no doubt they have all changed the lives of their humans.”

If your dog represents the true spirit of Australia by being courageous, loving or in any way amazing, nominate them now for a chance to be recognised for the awesome doggo they are and win fabulous prizes to spoil them silly!

Entry deadline is Thursday, January 20 at 8pm AEDT. 

Winners will be announced on Australia Day (January 26) at 9am AEDT on Puppy Tales’ Facebook page.

Photography Credit (all): Puppy Tales Photography

About Kerry Martin & Puppy Tales

Kerry Martin is a Melbourne-based and international award-winning family and pet photographer who considers pets (like children) very much part of the family. It’s for this very reason that she specialises in portraiture photography that includes the entire family!

Kerry is also Editor of Puppy Tales, a website devoted to the promotion of wonderful relationships between dogs and people. This means exploring the further integration of dogs into our society and highlighting the benefits and enjoyment they can bring to all members of our community.

Kerry has received many photography awards over the past decade, including the Epson International Panoramic Awards, Photographic Society of America International, Creative Asia Photography Awards, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, Australian Professional Photography Awards, Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards and Victorian Division Australian Institute of Professional Photography.

So, whether it be a studio session to celebrate the arrival of a new puppy or a fabulous family session to highlight the beautiful human-pet bonds, Kerry is thrilled to capture the love, fun and joy of your entire family. On location pet photography sessions are available around Australia. 

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MEDIA RELEASE, 12th January 2022

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