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American Pet Products Association (APPA) Announces Winners Of Its National Children's Pet Poetry Contest

The winning pet poems in the American Pet Product Association's children's poetry contest featured a hamster, a bird, fish and a cat.

Posted: July 2, 2009, 6:15 p.m. EDT

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) concluded its first National Children's Pet Poetry Contest. On June 30, 2009, five winners were announced by Bob Vetere, president of the APPA. Through APPA’s Pets Add Life campaign, 3rd grade students from across the country were invited to write a unique poem about a special pet in their life.

Manju, an 8-year-old from California, wrote about a hamster. The poem includes the lines, "Wake up hamster, wake up now. Drink from your bottle, I know you know how."

Poems were judged on creativity, clarity, voice and the child's ability to reinforce the message of the joys and benefits of pet ownership. The panel of judges consisted of teachers, pet journalists and the APPA.

The winners received pet products and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, each winning student's classroom received a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education.

Manju's entire poem and the other winning poems are on the Pets Add Life website.


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The poems were sweet and fun and made my stoumatch hurt from giggling so hard. i peed myself!!! i love peoety, its just so great! it remids me of my husband that had past but he relaly didnt like it quite so much but really he should have. also she should have cut his beard but god knows that would dhave never happend, anyways. congradulations to all the children winners. god bless!
Kcharlett Wainstions, new york, NY
Posted: 8/31/2009 1:48:16 PM
That is great! What a nice poem.
Alina, Vero Beach, FL
Posted: 8/18/2009 11:08:37 AM
Ryan, Chicago, IL
Posted: 8/12/2009 9:56:05 AM
i am gonna try
Tommy, pocatello, ID
Posted: 7/24/2009 7:59:39 AM
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