Winners Crowned in Second Annual APPA National Children's Pet Poetry Contest

March 27, 2010 | By Zootoo Pet News Staff | Category: Entertainment | 21 comments
Tags: entertainment, contests & sweepstakes

Hailing from every state in America, the third, fourth, and fifth grade entrants of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Poetry Contest submitted poems describing the love that they have for their pets as they competed for the top prize.

At the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., this weekend, APPA President Bob Vetere announced the six winning poems for the Association's contest. One of the winners, third grader Taylor, hailing from Fort Pierce, Fla., was present to recite her poem.

Here is the text of Taylor's winning entry:


I have a lot of pets

Nine in all.

Some of them short.

Some of them tall.

My guinea pigs squeak.

My bird has a beak.

My dogs like to walk.

Boy, I wish they all could talk.

Some of my pets are goofy.

Some of my pets are doofy.

Some of my pets are poofy.

Some of my pets are even a little aloof-y.

My guinea pigs chatter.

My bird's getting fatter.

My dogs learned to climb a ladder.

But, our love for each other is all that matters.

All of the accomplished winners received a $250 gift certificate for pet products and a "by-line" in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students' classrooms will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education.

To find out more about the poetry contest and read more submissions, visit

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5 years ago

i'm sorry, but THAT poem won? i understand she's only 8 or 9, but she made an observational report that rhymes. the dumbing down of america is a major gripe w/me, and this is evidence enough that our school systems and parental guidance are failing us.
over the summer, our paper dedicates a page to children. it has kid-friendly articles and puzzles and sometimes even poetry and essay contests. participants are between the ages of 6 and 12, and nothing this vapid or unintelligent has ever won.

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daryl b.

daryl b.
5 years ago

what a great idea to recognize the children

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