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Frankencat and OGD Are Dog Writers Association of America Award Winners

My Certificate of Excellence from DWAA.
My Certificate of Excellence from DWAA.

My article, “Devoted to the End: Frankencat and Old Grand Dad”, has won another award, this time from the Dog Writers Association of America.

In December I learned the article had won a Certificate of Excellence in the “Online Article: Rescue” category which meant it was up for a Maxwell Medallion in that category. I also learned at that time that I’d won a special award from Adoptashelter.com but we were requested keep it quiet until all awards were announced at the awards banquet, which was held February 15 in New York just before the Westminster Kennel Club. As it turned out, no Maxwell for me, but I’m very honored to have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence and the Adoptashelter Award.

The Adoptashelter.com Adopt a Homeless Dog Award

  • Sponsored by AdoptAShelter.com, is presented to the entry that best describes the plight of homeless dogs, the joy of dog adoption, and/or improving the quality of life of dogs in a shelter environment. Entries will be judged for quality as well as the ability to persuade the reader.
  • Qualified online only entries include single articles, features, columns, series of articles, short stories, websites, blogs, videos photos or any other accepted online venue. The award consists of $500 and inclusion in the Adoptashelter.com online library.

The Dog Writers Association was founded on February 13, 1935, in the Westminster Kennel Club’s meeting room and from that beginning has been able to secure for dog writers the courtesies and amenities at dog shows so necessary for doing their jobs properly. But the best known aspect of the DWAA is its annual writing competition, which is meant to encourage quality writing about dogs in all aspects of companionship plus the dog sport. The competition is open to all writers, photographers, editors and publishers, with no distinction between amateurs and professionals.

The Maxwell medallion is named for Maxwell Riddle who worked for 35 years for the Cleveland Press as a feature writer and reporter, had a syndicated dog column and that ran for 30 years and wrote a column for Dog World for 50 years. A Past President of the DWAA, he was an AKC Dog Judge and judged in Japan, South America, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, and all over Europe. He was known in his day as the greatest authority on dogs and wrote many books on puppy training and various other dog subjects.

Writing about dogs encompasses all aspects of the world of dogs: showing, performance, behavior, training, health, and the human animal bond, and the organization recognizes many kinds of media besides journalism. Artists and photographers, mystery and fiction writers, poets, historians and veterinarians are members, national radio show hosts, TV appearances, blogging, website production, social networking, and videography are among the professional activities of other members.

I am honored to have earned this Certificate of Excellence as well as the special award, and I’m so glad I can share this incredible story ever farther. Thanks to the people who made it all possible: Heather Long, Michelle Miller, and all the rescuers with the Homeless Cat Management Team, Frankie’s Friends Cat Rescue, Pittsburgh CAT and all the other groups and individuals who tirelessly bring animals to safety every day. You can read the list of all regular category winners here and special award winners here.

pit bull and black cat
Old Grand Dad and Frankencat, friends and caretakers of each other.

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8 thoughts on “Frankencat and OGD Are Dog Writers Association of America Award Winners

  • Karen Lucas

    Congratulations – such a wonderful story which I copied to keep until you write your book – someday!

    • Karen, how sweet to know–guess I’d better get started on a book soon lest I get behind!

  • mariodacat

    Congratulations on your award. What a wonderful honor, and you can feel very proud of the award.

    • Mariodacat, we really are, and we are so glad we could spread their message to another group of people!


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