Exciting Writing Awards News to Share!

Woo! Hu-Mom won this award for her fiction story!

So thrilled to announce that my fiction story, "Hope's Haven" that was published in the Winter 2019 issue of AmericanPet Magazine has been selected as by the Dog Writer's Association of America as a short fiction work of "Excellence" and has been awarded the prestigious DWAA's Maxwell Medallion for "Excellence" in short fiction! While this is my third Maxwell Medallion, it is my first for fiction, a true passion of mine! Many of my dear readers know me for my life-long career of non-fiction articles, but to have the opportunity to share my creative fiction, and be recognized for the work, is truly this writer's dream!

The Dog Writer's Association of America's Maxwell Medallion for "Excellence" in Short Fiction writing. 


I am so very proud of this work of fiction as it not only surrounds
My Maxwell Medallion for Short Fiction
the story of the magnificent breed of Siberian Huskies, but also highlights Husky rescue and a nod to brave veterans of our American military. To have my story published in AmericanPet Magazine was my first moment of pride, but then to have it recognized with the Maxwell Medallion by the DWAA was such an honor and thrill for me. To be recognized for my fiction writing on subjects I feel very passionate about is quite an honor! 

So proud of you, Hu-Mom. Beautiful medallion!
While these awards were presented back in February, with the world being sent into a scary pandemic called Covid-19, I felt it best to hold off sharing any of my personal awards and accomplishments in light of all the illness, fear, and sadness. It just did not feel right to me at the time, when so many had so much to worry about. I am so thankful so many people are doing well and being respectful of others by masking up and keeping social distance until "they" have a better handle on what is making the virus spike. Since today is a very special day as it is  my Mom's birthday; her fifth in Heaven, I thought it is a perfect time to share my awesome news; news she would have so enjoyed!  She was truly my biggest fan and cheerleader of all my writing.

Thank  you, Grey Muzzle Organization!
In addition to receiving the Maxwell Medallion for my fiction story, I was thrilled to also be awarded a very special "Grey Muzzle Award" by The Grey Muzzle Organization that I share with my producer, Robert Forto, for an episode of my FiveSibes™ The Sibe Vibe show on Dog Works Radio "Caring for a Senior Dog, Part 1" featuring Hindy Pearson of Dog Parenting 101, and founder of Caring for a Senior Dog website and the Senior Dog Care Club group on Facebook. I take pride and joy in researching, writing, and interviewing our guests on the show, and Hindy was certainly a pleasure--so much so, I invited her to do a 2-part special about senior dogs! (You can also listen to Part 2 of the show, which was also nominated for Excellence, HERE.) The award is for "excellence in writing/media of the plight of at-risk senior dogs."

#SeniorDogCare #AwardThe Grey Muzzle Award is sponsored by The Grey Muzzle Organization, this award "goes to the best article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media format that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates to the public the plight of at-risk senior dogs." 

I want to thank my FiveSibes, for my dogs are my inspiration for both of these works. I'd also like to thank Robert for producing my show, now in its seventh year of production, and for being my periodic co-host. And a special round of applause to my guest, Hindy Pearson, for sharing her vast expertise on caring for senior dogs with my listeners. She is an award-winner in my book for all the wonderful information she shares on behalf of senior dogs and their families everywhere.

The Gray Muzzle Award is for "excellence in writing/media of the plight of at-risk senior dogs."

While I write for the love of writing and the love of dogs, especially Siberian Huskies, it is always such an honor to be recognized with such prestigious awards, especially by the DWAA! (If you'd like to read the entire list of nominees and winners, please check out the DWWA website HERE. Congrats to all)!

Feeling proud, honored, and thankful!

Mom, hope you can see these! 
To see previous DWAA awards, check HERE 
and HERE!


  1. Congrats on the very nice awards, ya done good!

  2. Congratulations on the very well deserved recognition. Continue being a beautiful voice in a world that's gone a bit mad. Have a terrific weekend!


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