The American Pet Products Association announced the six winning poems for the Pets Add Life 4th Annual Children’s Poetry Contest.
Posted: April 10, 2012, 3 p.m. EDT
Students in grades 3 through 8 from across the country were invited to write unique poems about their pets, what they love about them and the joys they bring to their lives.
“The outpour of poetry submissions on behalf of students and teachers was incredible this year,” says APPA President Bob Vetere. “More than 1,200 poems were submitted, and we could not be happier to see so many children express the joy and happiness their pets bring to their lives.”
Winners were awarded a variety of prizes including $1,000 for their classroom to spend on pet-related education. Poems were judged based on voice, creativity and the overall expression of the joys and benefits of pet ownership.
Here are the six winning poems by grade level:
Third Grade Winner:
My Best Friend
By Brooke of Danville, VA
My best friend is a dog named Carl.
He has a girlfriend that likes to snarl.
I come home and he gives me a hug,
Oh how I feel snug.
We took him with us to the beach,
and he was as sweet as a peach.
I love him so much,
I always long for his touch.
Carl likes to chase cars and be lazy,
Especially when outside is hazy.
Carl and I like to look at stars,
and even look to find Mars.
I tried to teach him a trick
Like fetch or to catch a stick.
I love him soo much,
I always long for his touch.
Fourth Grade Winner:
The Joy of Pets
By Juliet of Troy, NY
Smiling out the window,
A dog waits at the door,
You give him lots of kisses,
You give him hugs galore.
A cat is on the windowsill,
You stroke her fancy fur,
She rubs against you affectionately,
And lets out a loving purrr.
A rabbit munches on a carrot,
As he wiggles his twitchy nose,
He’s the one that you prefer,
He’s the one you chose.
Pets make me feel all warm inside,
They make me jump with glee,
When I am sad or sick or blue,
I know that pets are the key.
Fifth Grade Winner:
By Jaidyn of Tampa, FL
For years I’ve watched your ears stand up on your head.
As you waited each morning for me to get out of bed.
Your fluffy fur is so white, I knew when I picked you, you were just right.
When you walk in the sunlight and your little paws begin to run.
I feel nothing but joy and so I begin to hum.
And you seem to bark along, music makes you happy too.
I can’t imagine how sad I would be if my life didn’t include you.
Every night when I go to bed my heart feels bright.
I can’t help but smile when you snore at night.
Coach, Coach, Coach
Do you know that I care about you?
Do you love me as much as I love you?
Sixth Grade Winner:
My Bird Lives in My Heart
By Roka of Rye, NY
My bird lives in my heart
She is always caring about me
Like my mother,
Like my father,
Smiling with small warm eyes,
Fluttering with cute rainbow wings,
She likes me always
She encourages me to live today and tomorrow
My heart is her nest
Watching the blue sky,
Dreaming the future,
Thinking about me,
What can I do for you?
Someday she might fly away,
When I grow out from this world,
Until the last minutes I am alive,
My bird will live inside my small heart forever
Seventh Grade Winner:
Pets Bring Joy
By Melina of Seaford, NY
Pets bring joy
To either girl or boy
A dog or a cat
A fish or a rat
They are always there
And they always care
You run and play
and frolic all day
They don’t mind if you’re shy or outgoing
All they care is that you are there
They might live in a tank or a cage
but they don’t rage
When you’re sad or lonely your pet is there
to comfort you and to share their love
They might not talk back
but they listen to every word that you can pack
In their heart they do not want to part
with the girl or boy who gives them so much joy
Since you love them
they act like a gem
And bring you joy
with just a little toy
Eighth Grade Winner:
That Very First Day
By Savannah of Newton, NC
I'll never forget the first time I saw your precious little face,
And saw your liquid eyes, warm as hot chocolate in a wintry place,
Saw your wagging tail, and your tiny black nose,
And felt your puppy fur, as soft as the petals of a rose.
You cocked your little head, and licked me on my chin,
And then you smiled at me with an adorable puppy grin.
Now when I awake, the first thing I race to see,
Is that same puppy smile glowing up at me.
Though now it's on a muzzle that's growing old and gray,
It's still the same smile I saw that very first day.
You leap up to greet me, eyes shining with love,
You rest your head upon my side, as gentle as a dove.
Then for a bit I'll stroke your head, and rub behind your ear,
And then I'll begin to walk away, and call for you to "come here."
You follow me on lively paws, still jovial as a pup,
That reminds me that though ten years have passed, and your almond eyes have clouded up,
You're still the same puppy, playful and gay,
Whose eyes I gazed into that very first day.
You're my wonderful dog, with a spirit both docile and free,
And every day how much happiness and laughter you bring to me!
For ten years you've taught me to be the best person I can be,
And you've done that by loving me unconditionally.
I look forward to many more years with you by my side,
For I know that's where you'll be as long as you're alive,
And I know if you could speak, this is what you'd say,
"I'm so glad I got you that very first day."
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