Barbara Techel Awarded Merial Human-Animal Bond Award

Elkhart Lake, WI (PressExposure) February 17, 2009 -- Dog Writer’s Association of America has been in existence since 1935 and is best known for its annual writing competition. It encourages quality writing about dogs in all aspects of companionship, plus the dog sport. The competition is open to all writers, photographers, editors and publishers.

The annual awards banquet was held in Manhattan, NY on February 8, 2009 and was held in conjunction with the Westminster Dog show. The event is held each year to present the awards to the winners of the writing competition. It is a happy and social event that cheers on the winners and runners up and is one of the best moments in a writer’s career.

Many special awards were presented by DWAA with sponsors such as AKC, Eukanuba, Merial, Westminster Kennel Club and Morris Animal Foundation. Local author, Barbara Techel was presented with the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award. This award best highlights the special bond between people and their treasured pets, promoting the strengthening of this bond and highlighting the special relationship between a dog and its owner, as well as between dogs and veterinarians. Along with the recognition, Barbara received a $500 cash prize along with a $250 travel stipend for attending the event.

Over 70 years ago there was no such thing as a dog writer. There were newsmen and newswomen and magazine writers. Most of the papers assigned sportswriters, reporters and even copyboys to cover dog shows. These writers’s made the dog world a part of our popular culture. Dog Writer’s Association of America now secures courtesies and amenities at dog shows so dog writers are recognized as professionals across the country.

Barbara says, “I feel so honored to be among such distinguished writer’s who have the same passion as I do in regards to dogs and the incredible bond we share with our animals whether they are our companions or we work with them in competition sport. Though Frankie could not be at the dinner, she did make the trip with us and I could not help but be grateful once again for all she has taught me. Without her, this trip to New York and the award would have never been possible.”

To learn more about Barbara and her award winning book you can visit To learn more about DWAA you can visit

About Joyful Paws

Barbara Techel
Joyful Paws
Elkhart Lake, WI

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