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Champion of My Heart Honored for Community Engagement

A couple of weeks ago, I got a funny voice-mail message from Kim Sporrer, who handles communication stuff for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (where we adopted Lilly in October 2004). She asked me to call her and, in the meantime, to keep the evening of February 24 open. She was a little cryptic.

Well, here’s the thing … February 24 is my birthday.

Not that I’m big on big birthday celebrations, but I do like to do something a little special with Tom and/or the pups. BUT, I thought if the humane society held some fun event that night … that easily could serve as a my birthday hoohah.

So, I told Tom, “If it’s something really good, you’ll just have to come with me.”

Such a Birthday Gift

It turns out that February 24 is the humane society’s annual awards ceremony, and they want to give me (and Lilly) their first-ever Community Engagement Award … as thanks for our:

Once I got past the surprise and reeled in feeling misty, I said that indeed I would attend and be so honored to accept the award.


All of you play a part in this, so thank you, thank you, thank you. We are so honored and grateful for your support and enthusiasm and encouragement.

Locals, We’d Love to See You

We haven’t yet decided if Lilly can/should attend the event, but I would love to see any of our local friends there, if you have time to join the celebration. Here are the details!

Thursday, February 24, 2011 — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Humane Society of Boulder Valley
PETCO Education Center
2nd Floor of the Shelter
2323 55th Street in Boulder

Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and awards will be served.

RSVP by Monday, February 21, to
or call 303-442-4030, ext. 634.

Everyone Else, Stay Tuned

I’ll put Tom on photo and video duty, and we’ll get something posted soon after.

Surely, This is a Sign

When I connected with Kim by phone and heard the news, I was literally minutes from sending off our book pitch letter to an agent in NYC. Seriously, minutes.

So, I quickly added in a bullet point about how we’d now been honored TWICE — first with the 2010 DogTime Media Best Dog Blog Award and now this Community Engagement Award.

When it came time to send our book idea out for consideration, Lilly was playing in the upper pasture, so I called her into the house. I asked her to sit in my office chair, where she could better reach the computer mouse … and together we clicked SEND … paw in hand.

Yes, I’m THAT kind of girl. I believe in gestures. I believe in infusing ordinary moments with meaning. And, I believe in the magic that seems to be inside our canine heroine.

This award, along with the other recent successes (like the essay about Lilly being published in this book), surely provide a confluence of energy and oomph toward our goal. At least, that’s what I’m pretending.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Amy@GoPetFriendly - February 14, 2011

FANTASTIC!!! I’m so happy for you – and I know that good things will continue to come your way.

Aly - February 14, 2011

THIS IS AWESOME!!! Congrats to both of you guys!!

Jana Rade - February 14, 2011

Congratulations, you deserve it.

Kristine - February 11, 2011

Congratulations!! There can’t be anyone else who deserves this more.

Ruby's Raiser - February 10, 2011

Congratulations! That is just such a wonderful and well-deserved birthday present. 🙂 We were happy to support your campaign and I’ll check the calendar to see if we can make it to the ceremony.

    Roxanne Hawn - February 10, 2011

    Thanks so much, everyone.

    @Ruby’s Raiser … we’d love to see you there, if you can make it. I know it’s a schlep from your house. @Hilary will be there since she is a big-time volunteer for the humane society. I’m not sure who else might attend yet.

Edie Jarolim - February 10, 2011

BIG congratulations! What a terrific birthday — and life — present.

Sam - February 10, 2011

Congratulations. Just another thing to add to your impressive list of awards and achievements. You’ve worked so hard on your campaigns, and it’s paying off! I can’t wait to hear about the event.

Candy Blakeslee - February 10, 2011

Congratulations! What a great honor. We KNOW they will want this book and many more. Then we can say we knew you when.

Lisa Spector - February 10, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS!!! So great, and on your birthday to boot!!! You SO deserve this! I’m always amazed at how much you do to help animals. And I absolutely love that you and Lilly clicked send together!

Kyla Duffy - February 10, 2011

Way to go! 🙂

Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi - February 10, 2011

Congrats Roxanne, this is SO exciting! You deserve it lady.

Pamela - February 10, 2011

You have lots of wonderful news to share. Congratulations on the award.

And good luck on finding the right person to shepherd your book proposal. I too believe rituals and gestures are important (until that pesky dog hair left lodged in the mouse makes you crazy).

Betsy - February 10, 2011

I can’t think of anyone more deserving of such a great honor Roxanne. Great things are surely coming your way!

Living Large - February 10, 2011

Wow, what an honor. I read about it on Twitter this morning and the first thing I thought was that it couldn’t go to someone more deserving!
I love the fact that Lilly had a paw in sending the book proposal. What an awesome team. 🙂

Maggie - February 10, 2011

Yay! Congratulations! You absolutely deserve it, and what a perfect birthday present!

Eric Goebelbecker - February 10, 2011

Congratulations!! Great job.

Jan McHugh-Smith - February 10, 2011

Congratulations, thank you for all you do to help animals!

Caroline - February 10, 2011

Dahling, it could not be bestowed upon a better team! Congratulations! You do wonderful things and deserve recognition in return. xoxo C

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