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Scottsdale woman named 2019 Dog Mom of the Year

Marika Meeks
Posted at 2:32 PM, May 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 01:33:56-04

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A Scottsdale mom is "pawsitively" beaming after being named 2019 Dog Mom of the Year by DogTV.

Marika Meeks, a Valley animal advocate and author, received the award on Saturday, Dog Mom Day, according to a press release.

Despite the many nominees nationwide, Marika's story touched the judges, a panel of pet industry experts. Marika, surviving a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis, has committed to pay it forward by helping at-risk dogs get a second chance too.

Marika and her dog Stella have become famous on social media and share their rescue adventures and stories of hope around the world.

The pair have their first book being released this year and Stella is the recipient of the Dog Hero Award through the Arizona Pet Project. In addition, they are also working on a reality TV series helping families across the country to "Adopt Don't Shop" when bringing a new pet into their lives.

"DOGTV is proud to recognize the bond women share with their fur kids. We are excited to present the Dog Mom of the Year Award to Marika Meeks for all she does to better the lives of dogs in her community," said Gilad Neumann, CEO of DOGTV.