The American Pet Products Association and Pet Industry Distributors Association announced that pet lifestyle journalist, author and Petco spokeswoman Sandy Robins is the 2013 recipient of Global Pet Expo’s annual Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.

Robins’ work has been published in such platforms as, and AOL’s PawNation. She is a regular contributor to national publications like Modern Dog , Dog Fancy , Cat Fancy and others, on topics ranging from the newest, state-of-the-art surgical procedures to home décor trends that improve pets' lives.

“With such dedication to spreading life-enhancing information on behalf of pets, we couldn’t be more confident and pleased with our decision to award Ms. Robins,” said Bob Vetere, president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association . “Her enthusiasm and passion for both pets and the journalism profession is what this award is all about and we’re thrilled to honor her.”

Robins will accept the award on Thursday, February 21 at the Purina Media Reception, taking place in Orlando, Florida, USA, at Global Pet Expo. Global Pet Expo takes place February 20-22, at the Orange County Convention Center.