Pets Add Life Announces 8th Annual Children's Pet Poetry Contest Winners

Pets Add Life Announces 8th Annual Children's Pet Poetry Contest Winners

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2016-06-27

(Greenwich, CT) June 27, 2016– American Pet Products Association (APPA) President and CEO Bob Vetere is proud to announce the six winning poems and their young authors for APPA’s nonprofit campaign, Pets Add Life’s (PAL) 8th Annual Children’s Pet Poetry Contest. Open to third through eighth-grade students across the nation, the annual contest encourages children to share stories about pets in the form of a poem.  

“Each year we continue to see more unique and heartfelt poems from youth across the country,” said Vetere. “Each poem tells a different story and it’s rewarding to see all the positive impacts pets have had on children and their families. We’d like to thank all the parents and teachers who’ve helped encourage the sharing of the special bonds between a child and his or her pet through written expression.”

Hundreds of students from across the country submitted unique poems about their pets, sharing what they love about them and the joys they bring to their lives. One student from each grade level (six total) was selected to win $250 for pet products and an additional $1,000 scholarship for their classrooms to spend on pet-related education.

Below are the six winning poems by grade level:

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.

 

FOURTH 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!

 

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!

 

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

 

SEVENTH GRADE WINNER

Meow

By: Colin K.

I sit there, petting his fur

Looking him in the eyes

Knowing the understands me

Meow

He walks to the door

Giving me that one look

I know what he wants

Meow

I say goodbye to him

Knowing that I have to go

I can’t go without him

Meow

I think of him all day

He is stuck 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

 

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.

 

Founded by APPA, PAL is a nonprofit campaign dedicated to sharing information about how pet ownership benefits animals and people alike. PAL’s mission is to increase awareness of the bonds and other rewards associated with pets of all types. Primarily through social media with YouTube Videos, an active Facebook campaign, celebrity endorsements and contests, PAL spreads the joys of pets, encourages pet adoption and promotes responsible pet ownership.

To learn more about the nonprofit campaign or PAL’s 8th Annual Children’s Poetry Contest, visit www.petsaddlife.org, www.facebook.com/petsaddlife or contact Jamie Baxter at 775.322.4022 or jamie@theimpetusagency.com.

Tags: American Pet Products Association, Poetry Contest, Children's Poetry Contest, Pets Add Life

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“Each year we continue to see more unique and heartfelt poems from youth across the country,” said Vetere. “Each poem tells a different story and it’s rewarding to see all the positive impacts pets have had on children and their families. We’d like to thank all the parents and teachers who’ve helped encourage the sharing of the special bonds between a child and his or her pet through written expression.”

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About

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the Pet Care Trust. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

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