Little Boy Blue was named winner of the 2012 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award at the annual banquet of the Dog Writers Association of America last night in Manhattan.
This special award from DWAA goes to “the work that best highlights the unique relationship between a dog and its owner, and best brings to life the concept of the human-animal bond.”
I’m thrilled, of course, that my book was named the winner, and I want to thank the entire team at my publisher, Barron’s, for helping to make Little Boy Blue such a successful book. In particular, editor Angela Tartaro and marketing manager Eric Lowenhar have been hardworking champions of Little Boy Blue.
Merial is the maker of Frontline, Heartgard, and other products that are intended to keep dogs safe from ticks, fleas, heartworm, and more. Ironically, perhaps, I have been a loyal buyer of Frontline and Heartgard for all of my adopted mutts for many years.
Little Boy Blue also was among four finalists for best general-interest or reference book of 2012 at last night’s banquet. That award went to Show Dog, a book from Harper-Collins about a year in the life of a purebred.
For more information about Little Boy Blue, visit the book’s official website.