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The regular category entries below were scored independently by three CWA member judges who had no knowledge of who else shared their judging assignments. Each judge awarded points on a scale of 1-100, and forwarded the results to the Contest Chair. The three scores were then averaged by the Contest Chair to calculate the Certificate of Excellence winners and Muse MedallionTM recipients.

Muse MedallionEntries must reflect a certain standard of excellence to be mentioned as a finalist. The Certificate of Excellence citations below indicate the entry received an average score of 90 points or higher. Muse Medallions will be awarded in each category at the annual awards conference in Houston, TX in November.

I. Magazines

    I.4 - Magazine Article - Health and General Care
      Arden Moore "So Fresh and Clean" Kittens USA
      Arden Moore "When Cats Age" Cat Fancy
      Arnold Plotnick "Feline First Aid" Kittens USA
      Arnold Plotnick "New Treatments for Feline Asthma" Cat Fancy
      Amy D. Shojai "A Weighty Problem" Healthy Pet
      Amy D. Shojai "Aging Gracefully" Healthy Pet

    I.5 - Magazine Article - Training & Behavior
      Anne Leighton "Profile of a Spoiled Cat" Cat Fancy
      Pamela J. Reid "Touchy: Pet-Induced Aggression in Cats" ASPCA Animal Watch
      Jacque Lynn Schultz "If Cats Could Only Write" ASPCA Animal Watch
      Jacque Lynn Schultz "The Trouble with Cats and Plants" ASPCA Animal Watch

    I.6 - Magazine Article - Other

      Wendy Christensen "Cats in Cartoons" Dogs in Canada
      Nancy Lawson "The Declaw Dilemma" Animal Sheltering
      Barbara Saunders "Out and About with Outreach" Our Animals
      Amy D. Shojai "Maintaining the Comfort of Older Pets" ASPCA Animal Watch

    I.7 - Magazine Column
      Arden Moore "Healthy Pet" Prevention
      Karen L. Overall "The Social Cat" Cat Fancy
      Arnold Plotnick "Feline Frontiers" Cat Fancy

II. Newspapers

    II.1 - Newspaper Article
      Janine Adams "Let Your Cat Outside Safely" The Washington Post
      Janine Adams "Keep Indoor Cats Happy" The Washington Post
      Steve Dale "Love of Cats Sets Mexican Shop Apart" Tribune Media Services
      Steve Dale "Endless Buffet Produces Fat Felines" Tribune Media Services
      Amy D. Shojai "Avoiding a Cat-astrophe" The Herald-Democrat
      Sophia Yin "Physical Ailment Could Explain Why Cat Bypasses Litterbox" San Francisco Chronicle
      Sophia Yin "Finding the Right Vet for Your Pet and Wallet" San Francisco Chronicle
      Sophia Yin "Cats Aren't Cut Out to Be Vegetarians" San Francisco Chronicle

    II.2 - Newspaper Column
      Wendy Christensen "Creature Comforts" Monadnock Ledger
      Steve Dale "My Pet World" Tribune Media Services
      Sharon Pflaumer "Paw Print" The Midweek
      Amy D. Shojai "P'Etiquette" The Herald-Democrat
      Sophia Yin "Pet Tales" San Francisco Chronicle

III. Newsletters

    III.1 - Newsletter - Breed Specific
      Ev Russell "International Scottish Fold Association Newsletter" International Scottish Fold Association
      Lynn Thompson "National Alliance of Burmese Breeders Newsletter" National Alliance of Burmese Breeders

    III.2 - Newsletter - Others, National Circulation
      Arden Moore "Catnip" Tufts University
      Kris Rerecich "Alley Cat Action" Alley Cat Allies

    III.3 - Newsletter - Others, Regional or Membership Circulation
      Nancy Marano "Petroglyphs" Petroglyphs

    III.4 - Newsletter Article - Health and General Care
      Wendy Christensen "Helping the Feline Outsider" CatWatch
      Karen Commings "Cats That Give the Gift of Life" CatWatch
      Karen Commings "Make Time for Play" CatWatch
      Susan Easterly "Make the Most of the New Year" CatWatch
      Susan Easterly "Loving Care for Older Cats" CatWatch
      Debra M. Eldredge "Pilling Your Cat" Catnip
      Arden Moore "Litterbox Lessons" Catnip
      Arden Moore "Coping with Kitty AIDS" Catnip
      Audrey Pavia "Diagnosis: Asthma" Catnip
      Roxanne Willems Snopek "Compounding Drugs: Medication Made Easy?" CatWatch

    III.5 - Newsletter Article - Other Topics
      Bev Caldwell "Ouch! Cat Bites!" Catnip
      Wendy Christensen "Cool, Clever Calicos" Catnip
      Karen Commings "How to Foil the Feline Houdini" CatWatch
      Susan Easterly "Ouch! That Hurts!" CatWatch
      Brad Kollus "Our Special Cat Connection" Catnip
      Nancy Marano "Feline Athletes in Action" Catnip
      Arden Moore "Achieving Cat Harmony" Catnip
      Audrey Pavia "Making the Move" Catnip
      Dusty Rainbolt "Shoo, Cat!" Catnip
      Dusty Rainbolt "Products for Feral Cats" Catnip
      Kim Thornton "Welcoming Your First Cat" Catnip
      Elissa Wolfson "Feline-Friendly Flying" Catnip

    III.6 - Newspaper Column
      Nancy Marano "Cat Chat" Petroglyphs
      Arden Moore "Editor's Note" Catnip

IV. Short Story, Poetry, Humor and Miscellaneous

    IV.1 - Short Story
      Carole Nelson Douglas "License to Koi" Berkley Prince Crime Publishing

    IV.2 - Poem or Book of Poetry
      Linda Kay Hardie "Rudy's Dreams (Blind Cat 4)" The Muse
      Betsy Stowe "Calico Tales and Others" Infinity Publishing

    IV.3 - Humor
      Joanne Anderson "Pilling Cats-The Yiddish Way" Babylon Beacon
      Brad Kollus "Confessions of a Cat Toy Addict" Animal Wellness
      Dusty Rainbolt "Dear Hobbes" City + Country Pets

    IV.4 - Series, Subject-Related
      Koren Wetmore "The State of Cats in 2004" Cat Fancy

    IV.5 - Brochure, Pamphlet, or Special Publication
      The Humane Society of the United States "Obstetrician/Gynecologist Toxoplasmosis Mailing" The Humane Society of the United States
      Stacy Mantle and Rene Holden "So, You Have a New Kitten!" Southwest Educational Publishing
      Jacque Schultz "Reading Feline Body Postures" ASPCA National Outreach Publication
      Constance Skedgell "Do You Believe She Deserves to Live...Even Though She Is Wild?" Alley Cat Allies
      Patti Thompson "A Cat Hymns Christmas" Cat Hymns Productions

    IV.6 - Opinion Piece/Essay/Editorial
      Steve Dale "Rebuttal to Vet Care Article" Tribune Media Services
      Amy Shojai "Don't Make Litter-ary Errors" The Herald-Democrat

V. Books

    V.1 - Fiction
      Victor DiGenti "Windrusher" The Writers' Collective

    V.2 - Children
      Diana Star Helmer and Vivi Escriva "The Cat Who Came for Tacos" Albert Whitman & Company
      Leslea Newman and Ronald Himler "The Best Cat in the World" Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
      Robin Pulver and Layne Johnson "Christmas for a Kitten" Albert Whitman & Company

    V.3 - Care & Health
      Lila Miller and Stephen Zawistowski "Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff" Blackwell Publishing
      Dusty Rainbolt "Kittens For Dummies" Wiley Publishing
      Amy D. Shojai "Complete Care for Your Aging Cat" New American Library
      Elaine Wexler-Mitchell "Guide to a Healthy Cat" Howell Book House

    V.4 - Training & Behavior
      Beth Adelman "Every Cat's Survival Guide to Living With a Neurotic Owner" Barnes & Noble Books

    V.6 - Other
      Ed Kostro "Curious Creatures-Wondrous Waifs: My Life with Animals" Publish America
      Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer "One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter" No Voice Unheard
      Ron Stob and Eva Stob "A Cat Called Canoe" Raven Cove Publishing

VI. Non-Print Media

    VI.2 - Radio Presentation, Audiotape, or CD
      Steve Dale "Animal Planet Radio, Show #158" Matrix Media
      Steve Dale "The Pet News with Steve Dale" Matrix Media

    VI.3 - Online Magazine or Newsletter
      Lee Harper ""

    VI.4 - Single Online Article - Health and General Care
      Marcella Durand "Recognizing Your Cat's Pain" The Daily Cat
      Lee Harper "Lethal Lilies" PandECats/Showcats
      Lee Harper "Cutting the Umbilical Cord" PandECats/Showcats
      Lee Harper "Care of the Senior Citizen Feline" PandECats/Showcats
      Lee Harper "Cat Food Labels" PandECats/Showcats
      Louise Holton "Veterinary Care: Guidelines for Veterinarians Treating Feral Cats" Alley Cat Rescue
      Franny Syufy "Know When to Call the Vet About Your Cat"

    VI.4a - Single Online Article - Other Topics
      Darlene Arden "Adopting an Older Cat" CFA Fanc-e-Mews
      Steve Dale "La Casa de los Gatos" Animal
      Lee Harper "Teach Your Cat to Sit Up on Command" PandECats/Showcats
      Lee Harper "Labels on Your Shipping Carrier" PandECats/Showcats

    VI.5 - Online Column
      Wendy Christensen "Herding Home" Kitty Bytes by The Cat Site
      Amy Shojai "Emotional Health"

VII. Graphic Arts

    VII.1 - Single Photograph, black & white
      Bev Caldwell "Can We Go, Too?" CatWatch
      Weems S. Hutto "Mama's Bringing Home the Mouse" Catnip
      Arden Moore "Alarm Clock Cat" Catnip
      Arden Moore "Yikes! Mites" Catnip
      Ron Stob "Canoe in Bed" A Cat Called Canoe/Raven Cove Publishing
      Ron Stob "Caught in the Act" A Cat Called Canoe/Raven Cove Publishing
      Betsy Stowe "Sadie's Window" Fanc-E-Mews

    VII.2 - Single Photograph, color
      Helmi Flick "Sphynx Cover" Cat Fancy
      Karen Hudson "Bengal Poster Centerfold" Cat Fancy
      Barbara Kittell "Cat Dance" ASPCA Animal Watch
      Heidi Schoenemann "Abyssinian Poster Centerfold" Cat Fancy
      Eva Stob "Canoe in Fall Foliage" A Cat Called Canoe/Raven Cove Publishing

    VII.3 - Photography Series, black & white
      Bev Caldwell "Ways to Cat-Proof Your Home" CatWatch
      Weems S. Hutto "Kittens For Dummies" Wiley Publishing
      Lorenz Kienzle "ABC Cat" Stewart, Tabori & Chang
      Ron Stob "Four Paws in a Fifth Wheel" A Cat Called Canoe/Raven Cove Publishing
      Betsy Stowe "Calico Tales and Others" Infinity Publishing
      Sandra L. Toney "Wobbly Cerebellar Hypoplasia Cats" Catnip

    VII.4 - Photography Series, color
      Weems S. Hutto "Kittens For Dummies" Wiley Publishing
      Lisa Sachs "The Cats' Book of Romance" Andrews McMeel Publishing
      Meredith Weiss "Trap, Neuter, Return: The Humane Alternative" ASPCA Animal Watch

    VII.5 - Illustration or Cartoon
      Wendy Christensen "Sunflower Calico" I Love Cats
      Brad W. Foster "Something Fishy" Cozy Noir Press
      Dawn Secord "Huston" Pet Sitters International
      Maggie Taylor "How Kitty Got a Home" ASPCA Animal Watch

    VII.6 - Series of Illustrations or Cartoons
      Brad W. Foster "Something Fishy" Cozy Noir Press

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