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