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Update: Times' Ranny Green goes into Hall of Fame
Ranny Green, The Seattle Times' longtime pet columnist until his retirement in 2008, will be inducted into the prestigious Dog Writers Association of America's (DWAA) Hall of Fame on Feb. 10, in New York.
"I am totally humbled at being one of the two inductees, particularly when I look at the others on the list ahead of me," said Green, who is now a member of the Westminster Kennel Club media team and writes a monthly feature and dog-book reviews for www.seattlekennelclub.org.
Green, who is being honored along with author and Iowa freelance writer Eve Adamson, was a desk editor at the Times for more than 35 years and its pet columnist from 1973 to 2000.
"Ranny wrote a pets column for The Times for more than three decades, and was beloved by dog- and cat-lovers around the region," said Executive Editor David Boardman. "We are so pleased to see him get this richly deserved national recognition."
Green is a multi-winner of DWAA Maxwell Awards in newspaper column and feature categories and in 2012 was the DWAA web feature writing winner. He is a finalist again this year for an article about Abbe, his rescue dog (pictured with Green above), that was published last year on The Seattle Times' pet blog.
"I've had people ask me what stories attracted the most response. Fourstand out: Two were teary-eyed stories I wrote about having to let go of our elderly dogs, one a golden retriever and the other a German shepherd," Green said. "The third was a three-week saga about making the decision to amputate a leg of our beloved former racing greyhound Becka, at age 11. She recovered after a horrid week of the phantom-limb syndrome and several weeks of follow-up treatment to live three more terrific years."
He said the fourth incident was in September 2005 when The Times sent him to Slidell, La., to cover pet rescue immediately after Hurricane Katrina.
"I spent 12 days there embedded with Noah's Wish, given full access to everything and participating in all activities as well, from walking dogs, cleaning cages, helping empty incoming semi trucks and trailers of donated pet supplies and accompanying animal-control officers into homes to rescue pets left behind," he said. "It was a breathtaking experience as well as an eye-opener. And it pointed me in a new direction in retirement -- as a pet rescue volunteer."
Green is also a former DWAA vice president and president and serves on the board of directors of Noah's Wish and Angel on a Leash.
He lives in Tacoma with his wife, Mary, and 2-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi, Maggie.
The DWAA is America's oldest and most prestigious pet-writers organization. It established the Hall of Fame in 2005 for lifetime achievement and distinguished contributions that benefit all dogs, the dog sports, and those who care for dogs.
Induction is based on the individual's contribution to the welfare of dogs through writing, broadcasting, photography or art, plus encouragement, assistance and mentoring of others in the dog world, according to the group.
Past inductees include Roger Caras, Anne Rogers Clark, Arthur Haggerty, Ellsworth Howell and Mordecai Siegal, all icons in the dog-writing profession.