Willow Award

The privately-sponsored Willow Award for the Therapy Whippet of the Year is traditionally announced at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. 

Let the Whippet World know what miracles your whippet - or a whippet you know - is quietly performing. In the hospitals, schools, nursing homes, libraries, women's shelters, mental health facilities, physical therapy centers, teenage crisis centers, wherever whippets are sharing their healing magic with people in need.

Each year a whippet is honored at the National by receiving the Willow Award, with the recipient's name permanently engraved on an original bronze Perpetual Trophy generously donated by Willow's therapy partner and owner, Linda Solano. But every nominee is a huge winner: by telling their story they let the whippet world know of their unsung heroism.

Tell the story of a whippet who is working as a therapy dog in 1000 words or less and submit 3 photos. Stories will be on display at the National to inspire others! NEW in 2018: one of your submitted photos may be a collage, but doesn't have to be. Past nominees are welcome and encouraged to re-nominate. Every nominee is a winner and will receive a beautiful rosette. 

The recipient will be chosen by three volunteers whose whippets are past Willow Award whippets: Holly Wells, Shawn Barkley Hart, and Kelly Miller Lanham. 

Email nominations to pcrenzulli@gmail.com with your nominee's name and Willow Award in the subject line by Sunday April 1st at 9 pm Central Time. PM or email me with any questions!

Past nominees are invited - encouraged - to resubmit! Past Willow Award Recipients are welcome to tell their recent stories but will not be eligible, though they will be honored for sure!

Every year, people read about the whippets who have been nominated for the Willow Award and they think, "My whippet would be wonderful at that!" And another realm of miraculous opportunities is opened.

For more information on how to nominate your Whippet, or a Whippet you know, for the Willow Award, contact Patience Renzulli email.

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