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The Shelter Dog wins Writing Award

I’ve got exciting news! My book, The Shelter Dog, was awarded a prestigious Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers’ Association of America. The award was announced at the Dog Writers’ annual banquet in New York City, the night before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The Dog Writers’ Association of America, which began in 1935, includes more than 400 professional members who share dog writing tips and information about canine behavior, care, health and training. As a native New Yorker I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be there in person, not only to receive this wonderful award but also to enjoy some real New York pizza!

The Shelter Dog tells the story of Hero, an angel dog who asks to come back to earth so he can experience the joy of being adopted from an animal shelter. After all, he thinks, what could be better that having a special person choose you – out of all the other dogs – to come home and live with them?

So Hero waits patiently in a shelter, hoping today will be the day his forever family finds him. But will anyone be able to see how extraordinary this old shelter dog, with the wobbly back leg, really is?

As Hero is about to discover, things don’t always turn out the way you plan. Sometimes they turn out better!

To learn more about The Shelter Dog stop by Lighthearted Press or Amazon.com.

Here’s to all shelter critters – may they find their forever families soon!



posted on February 25, 2009 Reply

Congratulations, Chris, and well deserved! It is a wonderful story that should be in the collection of every pet owner. Shelters are always the best place to find a new friend, and who wouldn’t want a sweet dog like Hero. People who adopt from shelters instead of buying from breeders are the true angels to these forgotten animals. Thank you for such a beautiful story!

Chris Davis
posted on February 25, 2009 Reply

Thank you so much, Nancy. I fell in love with Hero when I was writing the book – I’m glad to know others think he is special, too!


Cool Kat
posted on March 4, 2009 Reply

I have meant to say how thrilled I am about this award for this awesome book. All your books deserve awards, tributes, praise. They say so much and make everyone who reads them lucky to have you in their(our) lives.


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