To a writer, an award offers an "ata-girl" that you've done something right. To a pet writer, being recognized by peers increases the tail wags of happiness. I'm so pleased and honored to have been a winner--not once but three times!--in the most recent Dog Writers Association of America annual contest.
Winners of the 2011 DWAA communication contest were announced at the annual awards banquet held February 12, 2011, in New York City on the evening before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
This is the first time I’ve ever had three nominations at once in a DWAA competition, although I’ve been honored with single awards in the past, including for my book Complete Care for Your Aging Dog. It's always a thrill. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend but received a text message from a colleague just as my name was announced! The competition is fierce, and I’m delighted to be recognized among the best dog writing work of the year.
I received the DWAA’s Maxwell Medallion for the Best Dog Website of the Year for puppies.About.com website. The puppies.about.com site is less than a year old—a puppy in terms of age—and to already achieve this success and help spread good information to pet-parents means a great deal.
Nominations were also received for a Pet Peeves radio program about heartworm disease, and for an article published in Your Dog Magazine (Tufts University) about nutrigenomics and how nutrition can change gene expression. Details about the awards can be found at www.DWAA.org
The Dog Writers’ Association of America was founded in 1935 in New York and today includes nearly 500 members from around the world dedicated to providing news, information and education on all aspects of dogs, as well as improving the quality of writing and communication about dogs.
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)