Hot dog! Boys’ Life cover wins national recognition as Readers’ Choice

Boys-Life-September-2014-coverYou can never go wrong with a dog on a magazine cover.

Case in point: The “aww”-inspiring September 2014 cover of Boys’ Life that just won a Readers’ Choice Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The cover, which depicts a lovable Labrador retriever in a canoe, won in the Lifestyle category. (The cover story is as great as the cover itself, by the way.)

Winning a Readers’ Choice Award is especially meaningful because the voters are regular readers like you. Voting took place on Facebook beginning in mid-January with 10 entries per category. The most-liked cover by the April 12 deadline took home the prize.

Boys’ Life beat other great covers in the Lifestyle category, which included magazines like Coastal Living and Vice. 

In its writeup about the winning cover, ASME said:

Photographer Patrick Schneider knew he was setting up his two sons for a long goodbye when the family agreed to help train Kajsa to be a guide dog. The Labrador retriever went everywhere, including Scout outings, with Quinn and Ethan for 18 months. Eventually the Schneiders had to say “so long” to the dog that had become a member of the family — not to mention a great canoe partner — but they know Kajsa is helping others. This fantastic photo helped draw young Boys’ Life readers into Kajsa’s tale to learn about how guide dogs are trained (and loved).

Congrats to Boys’ Life on this honor.

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Go here for a gallery of BL covers and relive the awesomeness.

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4 Comments

  1. That looks like a kayak Bryan, not a canoe! Haha.

    Great story and much deserved recognition. Thanks for everything as always.

  2. That’s great news! As an Eagle Scout/Cubmaster and a puppy raiser for Leader Dogs for the Blind, I was very excited when my son’s copy arrived. This is a great story.

    Raising puppies to do such important work is very rewarding. People always ask about giving up the dog, but when you see the difference it makes in someone’s life, that makes it totally worth it.

    As scouts and scouters, we take an Oath to “help other people at all times.” A guide dog doesn’t take any oath, but still lives that same promise every minute of every day for their client.

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