Poetry and Dogs Make the Perfect Contest Combination

Pets Add Life announces its 7th Annual Children’s Poetry Contest.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: August 21, 2014, 9:30 a.m. PST

 Happy Poet’s Day! Many poets have written poems about dogs, including Pablo Neruda, Sir Walter Raleigh, Ogden Nash, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and my personal favorite, Robert Frost.

The love and emotional depths pet parents experience with their dogs seems to easily provoke inspiration in poetry.


Dog and Child
Pets Add Life (PAL) agrees.

PAL, APPA’s nonprofit campaign, is holding its Seventh Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest. Children in the 3rd through 8th grades can enter.

This is a chance for children to express their creative side while also writing about the benefits and joy of having a dog, cat or other pet. Their poems will probably be filled with beautiful words about their pets. Six students - one student from each grade level - will win a $250 pet product gift certificate, and get their name in an online or print publication.

Teachers of these grade levels can make this contest part of their lesson plans. Each classroom is able submit the poems as a single entry. The winning classrooms get a scholarship of $1,000 for their classroom pet or pet-focused education.

Poems can be submitted through PAL’s Facebook page or at their website. They can also be mailed, along with the submission form, to Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511.

The contest runs from September 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. For more information, visit www.petsaddlife.org.

If your child isn’t in the eligible grade level, but still wants to share a dog poem, post it to our Facebook page. We’d love to read them!

Join us in celebrating Poet’s Day by sharing your favorite dog poem (or one you’ve written) on our Facebook page.

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