6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winners: Kelly, 7th Grade

Note: In this series, we’ll spotlight each winner of the 6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.

Pets Add Life Children's Poetry Contest Winner

Kelly and Dallas

Kelly adopted Dallas from the Orange County Humane Society and has since trained him in competitive agility, where dogs must conquer a timed obstacle course while off-leash next to their handler. The two have become a well-known junior agility team in southern California and were even the face of the American Kennel Club’s Junior Handler program. Clearly, these two can communicate and understand one another incredibly well and we’re so happy Kelly found Dallas!

A Friend at the End of the Leash
By: Kelly, of Wildwood, MO

I was at the pound to find a new friend
A dog that would love me until the end.

I saw a dog, tiny and white
Now I believe in love at first sight.

As I walked over, he wagged his tail
Faster and faster, like wind in a sail.

As I bent down to pet that ball of fluff
He covered me with kisses until I said “Enough!”

Now I don’t have to look far to find a friend
He’s been at the end of my leash ever since then.


Stay tuned to meet our final winner.

Tomorrow: 8th grade

Previously Featured:
Chaz: 3rd Grade
Sophia: 4th Grade
Travis: 5th Grade
Rian: 6th Grade


 

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6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winners: Rian, 6th Grade

Note: In this series, we’ll spotlight each winner of the 6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.

Pets Add Life Children's Poetry Contest Winner

Rain and Sutton

Rian’s dog Sutton means the world to her, and it’s obvious the feeling is mutual. From Rian’s poem, it’s clear Sutton and her do a lot of playing and relaxing together, which is exactly what pals should do! We love that Rian has such a wonderful playmate, and that Sutton has such a sweet, loving human!

My Dog Sutton is the Best
By: Rian, of Saratoga Springs, NY

She scampers to the door,
and looks out at the snow.
She wants to see beneath it,
whats buried down
down
low.

I open the door and she runs out,
looking for what is buried down
down
low,
ball, glove, or toy,
she loves it if it’s in the falling snow.

She runs inside,
to drink water that drips
drips
splashes
splashes
on her doggy lips.

Then she lays down to sleep;
fur everywhere.
On cushions, tile,
and inside all the curtain tears!

Her eyes close,
“Sleep well” I whisper to my pet.
Sutton is the best dog yet!


Stay tuned to meet the rest of winners. We’ll feature one every day this week.

Tomorrow: 7th Grade Winner
4/19: 8th Grade

Previously Featured:
Chaz: 3rd Grade
Sophia: 4th Grade
Travis: 5th Grade


 

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6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winners: Travis, 5th Grade

Note: In this series, we’ll spotlight each winner of the 6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.

Pets Add Life Poetry Contest Winner: Travis

Travis and Cisco

Travis is a fighter. He’s survived brain cancer and his buddy, Cisco, was an incredible aid in his journey toward recovery. While pets can’t write prescriptions, sometimes their love and companionship is the perfect medicine and we’re so happy Cisco was there to help Travis persevere.

Cisco
By: Travis, of Carlsbad, CA

One ear up,
And one ear down.
I always love,
Having you around.

Your are a part of me,
and I am a part of you.
You are the one,
who keeps me persevering through.

Whenever times are hard,
you always keep me strong.
And ever since I got you,
I knew I wasn’t wrong.

I know we’re brothers from different mothers,
but my love for you is rife.
A human is just a human,
until a pet adds life.


Stay tuned to meet the rest of winners. We’ll feature one every day this week.

Tomorrow: 6th grade winner
4/18: 7th grade
4/19: 8th grade

Previously Featured:
Chaz: 3rd Grade
Sophia: 4th Grade


 

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Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winners: Sophia, 4th Grade

Note: In this series, we’ll spotlight each winner of the 6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.

Sophia and Theo

Sophia and Theo

Meet our 4th grade winner, Sophia! She wrote a wonderful poem about Morgan, her lovable dog. As part of her prize pack, her classroom will receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education, which is great news for her class pet, Theo – a rabbit who recently had an infection taken care of at the cost of a pretty hefty bill. We couldn’t be happier that Sophia’s win can help her class make sure he’s happier and healthier than ever.

I Love Them All
By: Sophia, of Orefield, PA

I was having a tough year,
Until she magically appeared.

Morgan.

Arriving as if she had heard my cries.
So kind, so gentle, just look into her eyes.

Friendly, loyal, trusting and fun,
the best part is,
our adventures have just begun.

Pets are what I’m talking about.
Cats, gerbils, hamsters and trout.

Guinea pigs, fish, tortoises too,
ferrets, lizards, birds, a wallaroo!

Turtles, snakes, horses, spiders,
frogs, toads, a sugar glider.

I love them all,
and if I had my way,
all these pets would be mine today!

But for now as you can see,
Morgan is the pet for me.


Stay tuned to meet the rest of winners. We’ll feature one every day this week.

Tomorrow: 5th grade winner
4/17: 6th grade
4/18: 7th grade
4/19: 8th grade

Previously Featured:
Chaz: 3rd Grade


 

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Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winners: Chaz, 3rd Grade

Note: In this series, we’ll spotlight each winner of the 6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.

We’ve finally wrapped up the 6th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest and, once again, we’re absolutely floored by the creativity and compassion portrayed throughout all the entries. From dogs and cats to bearded dragons and guinea pigs, it’s obvious that pets really do add life, especially for children.

Narrowing down hundreds of extraordinary entries to just six winners wasn’t easy, but together with our judges’ panel of teachers, we were able to get it done. Our winners are incredible kids and their parents’ enthusiasm and support of their accomplishment is just amazing – a huge, heartfelt thank you to them and everyone who participated.

So, without further ado, meet the first of our six winners, 3rd grader Chaz and his cat Purrcy…

Pets Add Life Children's Poetry Contest Winner

Chaz and Purrcy

Chaz received the news of his win just in time for his birthday! His precious kitten, Purrcy, is his right-hand man and, as you’ll read in his poem, his treasure.

My Treasure
By: Chaz, of Pine Grove, PA

One day I found a treasure,
it isn’t silver or gold.
He’s orange and white and very soft,
a kitten I could hold.
I found him underneath a tree,
a tiny ball of fur.
When I bent down and picked him up,
he began to purr.
I took him home and bathed him,
then showed him to my mom.
We became a family
from that day on.
We love each other very much,
he’s a real treasure to me.
He is the best friend I could have,
my kitten named “Purrcy.”


Stay tuned to meet the rest of winners. We’ll feature one every day this week.

Tomorrow: 4th Grade Winner
4/16: 5th Grade
4/17: 6th Grade
4/18: 7th Grade
4/19: 8th Grade


 

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Pets Add Life Named Official Honoree in 2014 Webby Awards

Webby Award Honoree

Exciting news!

We’re thrilled to announce the Pets Add Life campaign has been honored for Best Online Film & Video in the 18th Annual Webby Awards for its latest string of talking animal videos.

Hailed as “the Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. This year’s Webby Awards received over 12,000 entries from over 60 countries. Out of all the entries, fewer than 15% received this honor and were deemed an Official Honoree.

Needless to say, we’re very excited to receive this award. Our goal with these videos is to promote multiple pet ownership and we’re overjoyed to see what a huge success they have become.

But most of all, we’re thankful to everyone who’s watched our videos and continues to watch them.

We dedicate this award to you. It’s yours. You’re the one watching and sharing and spreading our message of adding another pet to your family. And you’re doing an amazing job of it. Thank you!

Oh, almost forgot. Guess what? More talking animal videos are coming! We’re currently in production and you’ll be able to watch the first one very soon!

In the meantime, here are the aforementioned Webby-winning videos to tide you over…

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Children’s Poetry Contest Deadline Extended to FEBRUARY 28!

PAL BLOGLast call! The Pets Add Life 6th Annual Children’s Poetry Contest has been extended to Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Students in grades 3rd – 8th are invited to write a unique poem(s) about the joys and benefits of owning pets for a chance to win great prizes, including a $250 gift certificate for a student in each grade level, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet.

Teachers are also encouraged to submit poems written by their students as one entry and the six winning students’ classrooms will also each win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education or to support a pet in their own classroom!

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, submit online, or download a printed submission form, click HERE!

Good luck, creative kids!

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