We are very excited to announce that our book, Rescue Me was honored by the Dog Writers Association of America as the winner of the Maxwell Medallion in the Human-Dog Bond Books Category.

Rescue Me Tales Val Silver

The Dog Writers Association of America awards banquet was held on February 15, 2015 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Fortunately, the event coincided with my winter vacation from school and I was able to attend. To make the evening even better, my sister Gerri and my father, Ralph (Sonny) Ambrosio, joined me for the banquet. Good thing, because there’s no way I would drive into the city. Thankfully, Dad is fearless and knows the city well, so we braved the cold, snow and traffic to get there.

Me and my dad.
Me and my dad.

After an enjoyable dinner, we waited anxiously and clapped happily as the winners of 46 categories were announced – winners of blogs, stories, articles, books…We were category 47.

And then it happened. My name and book were called. Yay, we won! I No sooner did I get back to my seat when I heard my name called again. Rescue Me won the ProPlan President’s Award for Best in Show among all the categories. Woo-hoo!

Val Silver's Rescue Me DWAA Awards
Val Silver’s Rescue Me DWAA Awards

The evening was full of other highlights as well. We had the great pleasure of meeting and talking with wonderful dog writers. We shared our table with Carol Bryant of Blog Paws and Fidose of Reality, Pet and Lifestyle Writer, Jen Reeder, and Master Blogger Flea Christenson. We had great fun cheering for each other.

Acting silly with Jen Reeder
Acting silly with Jen Reeder

To top the evening off, I was interviewed by Megan Blake for Pet Life Radio and The Dog Show.

Interview with Megan Blake
Interview with Megan Blake

Special thanks to the DWAA judges for choosing Rescue Me, and to you dear reader for supporting Rescue Me’s mission to raise awareness and funds to help homeless dogs. We couldn’t do it without you.

Check out all the DWAA nominees and category winners here.

Look inside Rescue Me.

Rescue Me Wins DWAA Awards

10 thoughts on “Rescue Me Wins DWAA Awards

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:18 am
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    Wow! How exciting! I would love to become a published author one day. That is such an incredible accomplishment in and of itself. To add two awards on top of that is just incredible. Congratulations!

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    • February 24, 2015 at 9:47 am
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      Thank you – go for it. What do you want to write about?

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  • February 23, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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    Congratulations! The title of your book definitely makes me want to give it a read.

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    • February 24, 2015 at 9:46 am
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      Music to my ears- thank you!

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  • February 24, 2015 at 9:12 am
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    It was SO much fun to meet you, your sister and your dad! I feel guilty saying it, but your dad is my new favorite. What a story teller! Looks like it’s genetic. 😉 I’m so glad we sat at your table, and CONGRATULATIONS!

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  • February 25, 2015 at 6:06 pm
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    Thank you, Cathy armato, MyDogLikes, Jana Rade,and It’s Dog or Nothing for stopping by and saying congratulations. Much appreciated.

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