Article wins APEX Award of Excellence!

I’ve got good news to share!  I just received a fourth award this year for my writing.

An article I wrote for the American Animal Hospital Association’s Trends magazine, under the direction of Editor Ben Williams, has won an APEX 2017 Award of Excellence.

APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of the individual categories. The entry was in category 71, “how-to” writing.

The 29th annual awards program recognizes excellence in publishing by professional  communicators. APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence.


Articles earn Azbee Silver and Bronze honors

Two articles that I wrote for Trends magazine have earned silver and bronze Azbee regional awards! See the silver honor for “Going to New Heights, Widths, and Depths” and the bronze honor for “Digital Dilemma.”

The Azbees honor the best in business-to-business media, recognizing outstanding work by B2B, trade, association and professional publications. One of the most competitive award programs for trade media, the Azbees highlight editorial, online and design excellence within magazines, newsletters and digital media. Regional winners were announced at regional banquets across the United States in April and early May of 2017.


‘Speak Up!’ article wins DWAA honor

I’m so pleased to announce that my article “Speak Up!” has won its category in the writing competition of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). It topped the Rescue/Magazine article finalists.

DWAA announced the competition winners at its banquet Feb. 12 in New York City.

I wrote “Speak Up! How the Reporting of Suspected Animal Abuse Saves Lives of Pets and People” for the May 2016 edition of the American Animal Hospital Association’s Trends magazine. Researching the article enabled me to talk with many good people working to prevent and prosecute animal abuse.

Contest winners receive the DWAA Maxwell Medallion, named in honor of the late Maxwell Riddle who co-founded the organization. A panel of judges scored each of the entries to determine the finalists and the winners.

Article nominated for Dog Writers award!

YAY! I am so grateful and excited that my article, “Speak Up! How the reporting of suspected animal abuse saves the lives of pets and people,” written for the American Animal Hospital Association’s Trends magazine, is a finalist for an award from the Dog Writers Association of America!

The article focuses on the need for veterinarians to take note of and report animal abuse. It also looks at the growing evidence of the links among animal abuse, domestic abuse, child neglect, and elder abuse.

Regular Category Winners and Special Award Winners will be announced at the DWAA banquet on February 12, 2017.

Consider adopting a senior pet

There are many great dogs and cats waiting for a home but being overlooked — just because they are older. Yet they may be the perfect companion you seek: used to living in a home, potty-trained, know basic commands, and beyond the frenzy of a youngster. Consider what you can offer a senior pet and what it can mean to you in this article I wrote for AAHA’s PetsMatter.