We Win! Happy Birthday, Hanni!

February 9, 2009 • Posted in Beth Finke, Hanni, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, Writing for Children by


It’s Hanni’s ninth birthday today, and she just received a terrific gift: a message from an iPhone telling us our book won another award!

This one comes from the Dog Writers Association of AmericaHanni and Beth: Safe & Sound won the 2008 DWAA Maxwell
Award for Best Picture Book.

The iPhone message came from Jude and Francine Rich at Blue Marlin Publications. Blue Marlin Publications is the brilliant publisher who took on our book, and Jude and Francine are at the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) annual meeting in New York City tonight. The meeting is held every year just before the Westminster Kennel Club show–that’s when DWAA announces award winners. About DWAA from its Web site:

The best known aspect of the DWAA is its annual writing competition, which is meant to encourage quality writing about dogs in all aspects of companionship plus the dog sport. The competition is open to all writers, photographers, editors and publishers…

Happy Birthday, Hanni! You’re a real winner!

marilee On February 9, 2009 at 2:02 am

Congratulations! And Happy Birthday Hanni! What a wonderful birthday gift! Hanni needs a trophy case!

bethfinke On February 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

A trophy case for Hanni? I like that!

Teej On February 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Hey, congrats! You guys are really racking up the awards.

Cheryl On February 9, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Congratulations! Too bad Hanni couldn’t have taken a trip around the ring at the Westminster Kennel Club show. I’m sure she’ll be holding her head a little higher as she takes her walk around the your neighborhood.

Sandra Murillo On February 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Oh wow! Congradulations Beth, and happy birthday Hanni!

bethfinke On February 9, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Thanks, all. Hanni *is* holding her head high today, but I think maybe that’s just because the temperature is above freezing for a change!

Laurie On February 10, 2009 at 3:40 am

Congratulations on your latest award!! It couldn’t be more deserved – as you know, I love Hanni and Beth Safe and Sound. And happy birthday Hanni, you sweet and special girl.

Beth On February 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm

aw shucks. Thanks! And this just in: Francine Rich, our publisher, said the award is actually a GOLD MEDALLION. Hanni and I will hve to arm wrestle to see which one of us gets to wear it to book signings from here on out.

Jenny On February 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Happy birthday Hanni. Hope Beth gets you a nice present!
Well done on another award.

Bev On February 10, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Congrats to you and Hanni for yet another award!

Richard On February 11, 2009 at 5:40 am

Happy Birthday Hani, I am very glad to say that I was there when you met Beth for the first time, keep up the good work.

Beth On February 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Thanks for the note, Richard! And I guess you’re right — if it weren’t for Hanni and Vogler, you & I would have never met!

Alexis and Julia On February 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Congratulations, Beth, and happy birthday, Hanni!

Siobhan On February 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm

So, do you need me to come and try on dresses with you for your next AWARD CEREMONY? This time, a rhinestone collar for Hanni, too. You girls ROCK!!!

Beth On February 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Alas, no award ceremony for us this time (the ceremony was the same night they announced the award, so Jude and Francine were there as our proxy). But I’m thinking of investing in a rhinestone collar for Hanni nonetheless –thanks for the great idea!

ServiceDog On February 16, 2009 at 1:35 am

That’s awesome! Congratulations!

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