8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winner: Anna R., 8th Grade

EIGHTH GRADE WINNER
ESP
By: Anna R. 

Did you ever think that dogs have ESP?
The way they know when you are sad,
Or you’re happy,
Or you’re mad.
They’ll cheer you up with a kiss
Their soft pink tongue will make you miss
The reason why you were upset.
The time when they run to the door
Ten or fifteen minutes before
The door opens and you step inside
Back from where you were, your long car ride
They’ll bark and then
You’ll know exactly when
Your loved one’s coming home.
They know what the other is thinking
They communicate without speaking.
Do dogs have ESP?
It seems that way to me.

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8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winner: Colin K., 7th Grade

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SEVENTH GRADE WINNER
Meow
By: Colin K. 

I sit there, petting his fur
Looking him in the eyes
Knowing he understands me

Meow
He walks to the door
Giving me that one look
I know what he wants

Meow
I think of him all day
He is suck in my mind
Does he think of me the same?

Meow
I open the back door
An orange blur zips past me
It’s Him!
I thought of you all day!

Meow
I lay down
Hey there buddy,
I love you
Kochi

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8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winner: Abbey E., 6th Grade

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SIXTH GRADE WINNER
You’re My Buddy
By: Abbey E.

You’re my sidekick.
You’re my partner in crime,
I don’t care what you look like,
What you smell like,
Or if you’re covered in grime
You mean more to me,
Than all the stars in the sky,
You greet me in the evening,
And you’re my morning goodbye,
I’d go past all the limits
To keep you at my side,

You’re my closest friend,
You’re my family,
You’re my entire world,
I care more about you,
Than you would know
Without you my life would unfurl,
You’re there in my darkest hours,
To help me make them shine,
I can tell you all my deepest secrets,
I know you’ll always be mine

I know how lucky I am to have you,
You’re more than just a pet.
You’re…
My remedy,
My other half,
The one I will never forget

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8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winner: Emily H., 5th Grade

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FIFTH GRADE WINNER
Kodi
By: Emily H. 

Big, black, soft and sweet,
The coolest dog you’ll ever meet.

Curly hair, big brown eyes,
A best friend in a dogs disguise.

With long legs and floppy ears,
This breed is one that has no fears.

He loves to play and loves to eat,
He is the sweetest labradoodle you’ll ever meet!

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Easing their 4th of July Fears

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There’s a reason July 5 is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters: fireworks are downright terrifying to your pet. It’s not every day that animals experience the flashes, pops, and whistles of fireworks, nor is it possible for them to appreciate the display as a celebration of our country’s freedom the way we humans do. But that’s okay, because we’ve gathered a couple of quick safety tips to help keep your pal at ease this Independence Day.

  • Proper I.D. If there’s ever a time to make sure their collar is secure and tags and/or chips are up to date, it’s now. Don’t have them? Now’s definitely the time to buy them.
  • Inside is Ideal. The safest place for your pet during the flashy festivities is indoors. Be sure to keep doors closed or designate a room for them – preferably toward the back of the house, if possible. If you plan on having company, put signs on doors asking guests to close them or a friendly reminder to avoid going into your pal’s room.
    • *Quick Tip: Make sure to put a few of their favorite playthings in the room, too. And be sure to pop in sporadically to soothe your pet and remind them they haven’t been forgotten.
  • Keep it Pet Friendly. With bug sprays, BBQ’ed bones, and alcoholic drinks in the mix, there’s a lot about the Fourth that simply isn’t meant for pets; be sure guests aren’t feeding your pet table scraps and only use pet-friendly insect repellents on animals if they’re going to be outside.
  • It’s Always Best to Be Safe. There’s no way around it: fireworks are dangerous for both pets and humans alike. Be sure whoever is lighting and extinguishing the fireworks is using the proper precautions to keep everyone safe. It’s especially important to put pets inside for the firework display; animals with a strong prey drive may try to go after the explosive, others may be triggered to run away in fear, and others can get really hurt simply by being a bystander. The best way to avoid any unnecessary injuries or losses is by keeping your pal inside (and we think they’ll be happy to be there!)

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration!

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8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winner: Alexis J., 4th Grade

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4th Grade Winner
My Friendship With This Ole Bay
By: Alexis J.

I have a horse, his name is Ray.

His hair is chocolate brown, his feet are too, and he wears four shiny shoes.

Sometimes we ride in a lazy walk, sometimes in a speedy trot, but my favorite way to ride my friend is in a lope around the lot.
He has a spot upon his head, reminds me of a star. Sometimes we ride to this riverbank, it’s the best ride by far.
Sometimes he has a little buck, Oh boy is that a mess!
I find myself in the dirt, this is not the ride I like best!

I love my horse with all my heart!
He’s ornery kind, and the best part…
he loves me too, and I can tell cause he lets me catch him from the start!

I fancy giving him a bath, he likes it when l scrub his back.
Sometimes he rubs on me too, “Thanks Ray!” l say.

We adore ridin’in the play days, barrels, poles, and flags!
I love this horse, and he loves me. That’s how the story goes.
I know with all my soul l can always count on Ray.

I’ve had this buddy for many years, since l was a tiny little girl.
Now I’m older, so is Ray, I really love this ole Bay!

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8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winner: Anna Beth T., 3rd Grade

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THIRD GRADE WINNER
Rosie in the Shelter

By: Anna Beth T. 

She was shaking, chittering
ln the middle of July.
I saw a little scared twinkle
ln her honey green eye.
She slowly crawled
ln the direction of her food.
I knew at once
That she was good.
With her fuzzy gray fur
And her twitchy pink ears,
I could see everything
Was on her list of fears.
I picked her up and
Felt her soft heart beat.
Still chattering
ln the warm July heat.

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