Skip to Content


Happy-Go-Doodle in the news…

2020 Dog Writers of America Association Selects Happy-Go-Doodle’s Founder as a Writing Competition Finalist


January 8, 2020 – Dog Writers Association of America, the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs, announced finalists for its annual writing competition that honors excellence in writing and publishing.

For the second year, Jenise Carl, founder of, was selected as a finalist for the Fidose of Reality Dog Blogger Award for best non-corporate dog blogger. The selected article, Cornstarch for Matted Dog Hair: A Heck of a Hack, educates Goldendoodle parents on fear-free grooming care.

In 2019, Carl was a finalist for her article, Searching for How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails? Try This, in the special awards category. Additionally, Carl was a finalist for three dog health and wellness articles she co-authored with integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby. She attended the 2019 DWAA awards banquet held near New York City where the winners were announced. Carl received the Maxwell medallion award for the winning article she co-authored with Buzby for the category of “Best Online Article-Rescue.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized for doing something that I love,” Carl says.

This year, the DWAA awards banquet and ceremony will be held virtually on February 14, 2021. The DWAA writing competition is designed to honor excellence in writing and other forms of media including podcasts and photography. This year almost 1,000 entries were received for the juried competition.

The DWAA was founded in 1935 and has grown to over 500 in membership.

Carl and her faithful four-legged companion, Chloe, are available for comments and interviews. For more information, please message Carl through her contacts.

For a complete list of finalists and award categories, please visit the 2020 DWAA nominees announcement.

Happy-Go-Doodle’s Founder Is Selected as a Finalist for 2019 DWAA Writing Competition


DECEMBER 2, 2019 – Dog Writers Association of America, the premier professional writing association devoted exclusively to dogs, recently announced finalists for the 2019 DWAA writing competition. Jenise Carl, founder of, was selected as a finalist for The Fidose of Reality Dog Blogger Award for best dog product review. If selected from the three finalists for this honor, Carl (and her Goldendoodle Chloe) will receive a $300 cash prize and trophy. Additionally, Carl was also nominated for three dog health and wellness articles that she co-authored with integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby.

Being recognized for doing something you love is a joy!” Carl says. 

Designed to honor excellence in writing about all aspects of dogs (health, human-animal bond, rescue, breed-specific, and more) the DWAA competition is open to both professional and amateur writers, publishers, photographers, and editors. The competition culminates and winners are announced at the annual banquet and award ceremony in New York City on the evening prior to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This year, there were over 1,000 entries submitted to the competition. The entries are judged by industry professionals and not by popular vote.

Founded in 1935, the DWAA has a membership of over 500 journalists, writers, photographers, poets, authors, and veterinarians focused on all aspects of the dog world.  

“It’s an honor to be named as a finalist among so many industry experts and professional colleagues with a shared goal to promote the well-being of dogs. ” Carl says. “Whether or not we win, writing professionally has given me the opportunity to work side-by-side with my inspiration, my Goldendoodle dog Chloe.”

Carl and Chloe are available for additional commentary and interviews about this honor. For a complete list of 2019 finalists and more information about the competition, see the DWAA award announcements.

For more information, please contact Jenise Carl here or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 

Happy-Go-Doodle Receives Media Attention for Blogging Win

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe peeks through the clear glass trophy for Best New Pet Blog Won at the 2017 BlogPaws Conference
Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe poses with her trophy for Best New Pet Blog.

June 15, 2017: Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I visited with Kellie from the Courier-Tribune about our recent selection as Best New Pet Blog winner at the 2017 BlogPaws Blogging and Social Media awards. The half-page article titled “First-time blogger wins best new pet blog” was featured in the June 15, 2017 paper and on social media.

Happy-Go-Doodle Receives Media Attention as Blogging Award Finalist

April 27, 2017:  Thrilled to be in the news! The Courier-Tribune recognized Happy-Go-Doodle with a half page article titled “First-time blogger named finalist for pet award.” The story highlights Happy-Go-Doodle’s selection as a Best New Pet Blog finalist in the 2017 BlogPaws Blogging and Social Media awards.



Inspired by her Goldendoodle dog, blogger creates and receives nomination for Best New Pet Blog

 APRIL 5, 2017 — BlogPaws, the first and original social media network designed by and for pet bloggers and pet social media influencers, recently announced finalists for the BlogPaws 2017 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards. Goldendoodle dog, Chloe, and her pet parent, Jenise Carl, were selected as a finalist in the Best New Pet Blog category for

Close-up of red goldendoodle dog's face, Happy-Go-Doodle brand

“It’s an honor to be selected as a finalist,” Carl says. “Creating Happy-Go-Doodle is a way to share as much joy with others as Chloe shares with us. It’s humbling to receive recognition for doing something we love.”

Designed to honor the best of the best in
the pet blogging and pet social media influencer world, 56 finalists in 14 categories have been selected by a panel of industry professionals. The 14 winners will be selected by judges based on creativity, expertise, and performance in their respective categories. These are the only pet industry awards on which pet bloggers and pet social media influencers are judged on the expertise, performance, and creativity of the entry. Each category is judged by a distinguished panel of professionals, and not by popular vote.

BlogPaws hosted its first pet-friendly social media and marketing conference in 2010 and has grown into the biggest social media event and conference of its kind with attendees from all over the world.

Winners will be revealed in an exclusive red-carpet ceremony at the ninth pet-friendly BlogPaws Annual Conference (, taking place May 18 through May 20 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. The three-day extravaganza culminates with this posh ceremony. All winners receive a trophy, recognition by peers, social coverage, press alert/coverage, and more.

red goldendoodle dog with dozens of yellow tennis balls on green grass and title best new pet blog finalist

“Whether or not we win, we’re happy to be finalists with the best of the best in the pet blogging industry,” Carl says. “Chloe and I are celebrating our favorite way…endless games of fetch!”

The Carl/Chloe duo celebrated being selected as finalists in the BlogPaws 2017 Nose-to-Nose Blogging and Social Media Awards.

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and her pet parent are available for commentary and interviews in conjunction with this honor.

About Happy-Go-Doodle®

Happy-Go-Doodle is the friendliest online publication for Doodle dog enthusiasts. Inspired by one happy-go-lucky family dog, our mission is to celebrate and nurture the bond between Goldendoodles (and Doodly mixes) and the pet parents who love them.

We are committed to helping navigate Doodlehood through every age and stage—puppyhood, adulthood, birthday/celebrations, canine enrichment, grooming/daily care, and travel/adventures. By equipping dog parents (from first-time parents to multi-dog families) with real-life, authentic, and expert information, dog parents can give their four-legged family members the most joyful life possible.

Inspired by Chloe, a happy-go-lucky Goldendoodle and founded by Jenise Carl, the team of two (pup and pet parent) are the hands and paws behind the brand—concepting, photographing, designing, writing, and executing all content for the blog as well as social media channels including TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Through Happy-Go-Doodle, Carl hopes to share as much joy with others as Chloe shares with everyone she meets. Their motto? FETCH JOY®. 

For more information, please connect with us through our contact page  or through social media.

         Facebook         |     Twitter    |     Instagram

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.