A Maxwell Award for the Wild Wiry Terriers

The Dog Writer’s Association of America was established in 1935, and is the most recognized professional writing association focused exclusively on dogs. Every year, the DWAA holds a writing competition. Late last year, two articles from M&E were announced as nominees. The selected articles were the Canine Ear Health Guide, and the training article Sitting Still in Exciting Environments: A Simple and Positive Exercise for High-Drive Dogs.

The awards ceremony for the DWAA Awards is always held on the eve of the Westminster Kennel Club show, on February 16th in a nearby New York City hotel. I wasn’t able to attend this year, so I asked my good friends Keith and Sharon if either of them would be able and interested in attending on my behalf. To my great delight, Sharon immediately replied with an enthusiastic “yes!” I was elated!

When the big night came, I sat eating dinner with my family, growing increasingly anxious. It felt strange to be so far away from the action. The hours swept by, and I hadn’t heard a peep from Sharon. Finally, after dinner, a long walk, and some strained small talk in my kitchen, my phone rang. It was Sharon. “Sitting Still in Exciting Environments WON!” She called me later that night from her hotel room to tell me every detail, (Keith there too) despite it being around 2am on the eve of their big day (the first day of Westminster).

It is such an honor to be recognized alongside so many talented and influential people in the dog writing world. Holding a shiny heavy medal is pretty great too. But by far, the most exciting part of the award to me is that an article about unique training methods for high-drive terriers was recognized as being an important contribution to modern dog writing.

A <b>Maxwell Award</b> for the <i>Wild</i> <i>Wiry</i> Terriers
A Maxwell Medallion for all Terriers

The DWAA recognizes excellence in media about dogs — and more specifically, media that promotes the betterment of life for dogs. The DWAA is passionate about helping rescue dogs, and showing the importance of service and other working dogs. My work is to help discuss and spread information about often misunderstood types of dogs, so I think my mission is right in-line with the DWAA. The more understanding there is about the behavior and needs of unique types of dogs like high-drive terriers, the better their lives will be, and hopefully, far less of them will end up in need of rescue.

6 comments on A Maxwell Award for the Wild Wiry Terriers

  • Danielle

    This is fabulous! Well done and congratulations! I’m so pleased that your work was recognized with this prestigious award and that other people see the value in understanding high-drive terriers. They are pretty awesome 🙂 Also, looking good there Miles!!

    • Emma (author)

      Thank you Danielle!

  • Kelli Hakala

    Congratulations! What an honor and am so pleased to be able to keep up with your award winning work! With an inspiration like Miles, no wonder you won 🙂 !

    • Emma (author)

      Thanks Kelli – and yes Miles is my inspiration, my best bud, and my teammate!

  • Darcy

    This is SO fabulous! I am so proud of you, Em! What a great, great honor to be appreciated by this venerable organization.. The Maxwell Award! I truly am so happy for you, and so happy to know you. I have used your technique of sitting still in exciting environments with both of my Welsh Terriers, Sally and Chester, and I consider it one of my best tools! I hope, as you do, that people with high drive dogs will use it also to have more success, pleasure and enjoyment with their wild wiry friends! Love you, Sally, Chester and Darcy

    • Emma (author)

      Thank you Darcy! That means a lot coming from you, since I know what a good grip you have on the English language. Maybe it is lucky we don’t live closer, I’d be bugging you for editing help all of the time!

      I am also thrilled that you have found the technique so useful. 🙂

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