Winners of 'Public Choice' Award

Friday, 28 June 2013

An Award Winning Blog!

I must admit we're still a little bit shocked that we've managed to win an award at the highly coveted Midlands Media Awards tonight - and it's all down to all of the people who took the time to jump onto Twitter & Facebook to vote for us in the 'Public Choice' category.

We were nominated alongside & were competeting with some real big names in the Media world including the Express & Star and Free Radio to name just a couple.

The Awards, presented at a black-tie event attended by more than 250 guests, were sponsored by Birmingham Airport, with further support from Barclays Bank, Birmingham City University, Bournville College, Drayton Manor Theme Park, East Midlands Airport and Staffordshire University. The Awards were organised on behalf of Birmingham Press Club by Event Management Company Cloud 9.

Photograph by Emma Trimble

Peter Lowe, Managing Editor of Sky News, who chaired the final judging panel, commented: “Chairing the group of expert judges for these awards was an interesting and gratifying experience - both because of the quality of work that was entered and the obvious effort that entrants had made to submit their portfolios and compilations. We matched this by putting a lot of care into the judging process, because the work deserved our serious attention.

“Having worked for the first half of my career in the Midlands, it was a reminder of the rich tradition of tireless investigation, campaigning and story-telling in the region. We were particularly struck by the way in which local newspapers -- among the most hard-pressed institutions in the ever-changing media landscape -- are still delivering sharp and original journalism for the benefit of their readers. Long may it continue!”

It's A BIG & heartfelt thank you to everyone who took the time to help support us & vote for us in the awards. We really do appreciate your support.

I still chuckle at a comment I saw on Twitter about our entry into the Public Choice award, where I saw someone Tweet something like "that dog doesn't know it's RSS feeds from it's tags" or something similar! I do love Twitter & Facebook - it's a great source of entertainment to us sometimes.

To us, creating the Blog was never (& will never) be about gaining as many followers as we could, blowing our own trumpet or making the Blog page as 'pretty' as possible. I've always maintained, right from the very first Blog post, that the Blog is there to (hopefully) help people.

No, we don't use RSS feeds (in fact I don't even know what an RSS feed is!! ;) ), we don't use tags & I must agree that our page could look a lot better however . . . .

If by writing our 'Dogs & Child Safety' Blog it stops just one child being harmed by a dog, or our 'Whislte Recall' Blog saves just one dog from running off & getting lost, or our 'Dog CPR/First Aid' Blog saves just one dog's life - then for us the Blog has done exactly what I wanted it to do when I penned it.

We started the Blog initially to give our fellow puppy walkers somewhere where they could try & find the answer to the very common questions & issues puppy walkers have. However, following the fantastic response we had from our wonderful followers on Twitter & readers of the Blog, we started to develop our content a bit more to reflect the comments & messages we were getting.

Hopefully everything we write is readable, enjoyable and ultimately helpful - whether it's our training articles, our recommended equipment or the general great things we come across like our stays at Moddershall Oaks.

The overall aim of the Blog is to help people & if one Blog helps just one person then I'm happy. We're always willing to help people & we will go out of our way to help someone. So we hope the Blog fits that criteria!

Photograph by Emma Trimble

We just want to say a huge thanks to the people who have let us review their products/services & publish our views on their products/services for our Blog, which I know is always a gamble for them! Without their help we wouldn't be able to offer such a diverse range of Blogs, so we really appreciate the people who have helped us make our Blog a little different.

I must also thank everyone from the Dog Section at West Midlands Police, from the Inspector all the way through to the wonderful kennel staff who let me hound them & bleed them dry for knowledge! I've been really lucky that everyone has really helped us with what we're doing & we've learnt so much from everyone at the Dog Section who really go out of their way to help us.

We've also made some really good friends via Twitter with a number of handlers & instructors at other various forces across the UK, all of whom have been really great in sharing their knowledge whenever we've asked for it. What we do with our pups is a collective effort from everyone who has helped us, given us advice & been on hand whenever we have a question. We really do appreciate everyone's help & advice!

And finally, once again, it's a BIG thank you from us to you guys - because ultimately we have won the award down to everyone who took the time to vote for us - regardless of our lack of RSS feeds ;)

Photograph by Emma Trimble

We really do appreciate your support & would now ask you to support something which is very close to our hearts - the Retired WM Police Dog Benevolent Fund.

We've got a really exciting & busy 12 months ahead - the Benevolent Fund is a massive project for us & something we're extrememly committed to making a success, we're about to launch our brand new private Dog Training company - Sarvid Canines, we have our wedding to orgainse for April next year & of course we have the small matter of turning little P-Dizzy into a Police Dog!

For a more 'non dog Blog' you can also check out my brand new 'Grooms View' Blog I'm writing for Ultimate Wedding Magazine. Something a bit more personal & I've been TOLD that I've got to post pictures of us on this Blog too . . . .

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! Your blog is a must read, insightful, informative and fun; a brilliant mixture.