THE DOG DIET could be the last diet you ever go on...
you might just be like I's not what you're eating...but what's eating you.
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The Dog Diet, A Memoir

January 2014

Patt has been nominated for two Maxwell Awards by the Dog Writers Association of America.

Read the nominated articles:

Rescuing Rambo

Sea Birds and Ex-Dogs

January 2012

Patti was nominated for three awards in the Dog Writers Association of America writing contest.

January 2010
Patti was nominated for the
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership
Public Service Award
by the Dog Writers
Association of America

for her article in DogSport Magazine:
In Case of Fire Don't Forget The Dog
read more

The Dog Diet wins
Dog Writers Association
of America 2006 Award Read More

What Happens to Rover When the
Marriage is Over?
And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas!
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Patti's second book: WHAT HAPPENS TO ROVER WHEN THE MARRIAGE IS OVER? And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas, will be released by Skyhoures Publishing and distributed by Perseus in September 2016!

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Come out to one of these great events:

APRIL 16, 2016, 6-9 pm

Artists Fundraiser for the Lighthouse of Learning

St. Anthony's Church, Charleston, WV

Come Meet Sadie and Rusty and help a fantastic school!

April 22, 2016, 9 AM-5:00 PM

West Virginia State Bar Animal Law Committee Conference

Patti will be speaking about Canine Custody!

Capitol Conference Center, Lee Street, Charleston, WV

WV Lawyers   6.6 CLE Hours

April 23, 2016, 9am-5pm

FOHO WVFederation of Humane Organizations Annual Conference

Patti will be speaking about local ordinances and your dog  "Running Afoul of the Law!"

Wingate Hotel, South Charleston, WV

October 22, 2016, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Freshfields Village
Kiawah Island, SC

Huff Post Impact

How to Help Homeless Dogs This Holiday Season

Posted: 11/13/2013 2:03 pm

This holiday season, my dog Sadie and I plan on being charitable to canines, both personally and by purchasing from companies that donate a portion of their sales to help homeless dogs (and people, too). We support organizations more consistently and generously during the holidays when donations often decrease and people tend to overlook pets because they are focused on their human families. Yet giving has never been easier--take a few tips for charitable pet giving from us this holiday season: (Read the full post.)


Peggy's Pet Place
Tips and Trends from a Pet Columnist...under the supervision of her Furry co-worker

FitDog Friday
How author Patti Lawson and her dog Sadie stay fit

"Today please welcome Patti Lawson, the author of a fantastic book, The Dog Diet. How much do I love this book! Patti's experiences are different from mine in Dieting with my Dog, yet our conclusions are the same: dogs make great weight loss buddies!" Read Patti's full interview with Peggy Frezon.

K9 Fit Club Don't Sit. Get Fit!
K-9 Fit Club is awesome and like Patti and Sadie believe in staying fit with your dog. Watch for great events in 2014 with Patti, Sadie, and Tricia Montgomery and the K-9 Fit Club!

Portrait of Sadie, Inspiration for The Dog DietArtist Rachel DiAndrea of PetArt created this beautiful portrait of Sadie.

PetArtStudios, Rachel DiAndrea.

Sadie Meeting DukeSadie doesn't seem to like being stood up by the "real Duke."
"Boy does Ms. Lawson know dogs! Fantastic book for dog lovers and anyone who wants to stay in shape— and lighten up their lives to boot!"
—Richard Simmons

Buy The Dog Diet

AKC Responsible Pet Citizenship Award: Patti Lawson

Sadie and I were so THRILLED to win the AKC Responsible Pet Citizenship Award at the DWAA Banquet in New York City in February. The article I wrote about Sadie titled "She Waits" tells about our life together and how much I love her so it was even more special that it was the article they chose to win.

Our article also won a prestigious Maxwell Award for the Best Single Internet Blog! We are just so blessed to have each other and all you dog parents out there know just what we mean. We are finishing our new book… "What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell AwardOver and Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas" and apologize for taking so long! We’ve been busy at our new house in the woods, but hope to have it finished very soon.


Patti Lawson, The AuthorThe winter of 2002 was the worst winter of my life. Fresh off a broken romance, I lived on ice cream, pizza and chocolate, immersing myself in a world of misery. After years of dieting, I was all dieted out, tired of my career, and in general discontent with the world. THE DOG DIET is the story of Sadie, a shelter dog who changed my life. She ran into my life, a virtual fur ball of energy and everything got better. Her joyful spirit, voracious appetite, and unconditional love, literally turned my life around.


The focus in my life changed dramatically...suddenly it was not all about fact during those early months nothing seemed to be about me. I could barely eat one morsel of food in my own home without this dog wanting it. No longer was I sleeping in, but getting up early to take her out. My activity level spirits weight went down. I met new people who were also dog parents...the idea of sharing my story was born...the book began to take shape. It's a humorous account of how I changed from a stressed-out perfectionist into a more "human" being.


Sadie and I developed a comfortable domestic rhythm. She got me off the couch, out of the kitchen and into the size 4 jeans I had longed to wear for years. My book, THE DOG DIET, is my personal story of how this little shelter dog made me a better person. Watch this site for developments with the book and links to my other articles.

The Dog Diet ~ A Memoir by Patti Lawson
What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress and Getting a New Leash on Life
The Dog Diet at HCI
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