5th Annual Pet Haiku Contest Submissions

Here is a full listing of the 2017 pet haiku entries

2017 Pet Haiku Winners

4th Annual Pet Haiku Winner - Editor's Choice
The 2017 Editor’s Choice Winner:

Sleek, black, shadow-like

Slips between branches unseen

All whiskers and paws

Steve C.

4th Annual Pet Haiku Winner - Reader's Choice
The 2017 Elementary School Winner:


Sunshine on the cat

Flowers in the cat’s big dreams

Clouds in the flower’s eyes

Anjali, age 8

2017 Adult Honorable Mention

Squeaker toys abound

But no squeaker can be found

stuffing everywhere

Stanley/Aylish F

pink belly exposed

trading dignity for a

scratch behind the ears

Patricia W.

your neck is so warm

walking on adams apple

can you even breathe

Erin H.

2017 Elementary Honorable Mention

Little Red:

Chicken pecks at night

She finds a brown coyote

She falls deep in love

Avalon, age 8

Cool Duck:

I am a fierce duck

I swim in a large cold pond

I like my big life

Chase, age 8

My Hamster:

I have a hamster

He likes broccoli and fruit

He is very cute

Tyler, age 8

2017 Complete List of Entries

Brown eyed whiskered face

smiles with innocence and grace

kibble everywhere

Stanley/Aylish F

Arf we go again

Haiku rhyme is not my friend

Drop that biscuit now!

Stanley/Aylish F

Oh to be a hound

Happy that my owner found

A place for me not the pound

Stanley/Aylish F

Coastal Animal

A haiku they’ve requested

arf arf arf meow!

Stanley/Aylish F

She loves her Squeakies

She can catch her Blue Frisbee

Noire, The Rock Star

Brenda F.

My Cat caught a Mouse

And a Great Big Lizard, too

Roxy is The Queen

Brenda F.

She taught me to Rest

She helps us Chill in The Nest

My Pups is The Best

Brenda F.

computer is on

there is still a spot for me

don’t mind if I do

Erin H.

pug snores so deeply

no fan can block this discord

only one here sleeps

Erin H.

I need my milk now

walking between your swift legs

you trip and I win

Erin H.

shake that kibble box

you become my great hero

now top off my bowl

Erin H.

Our best friend, Ponto

Adopted as a puppy

He found his humans…

Ava C.

Waffles the pitbull

she wants to live in Mammoth

please let it happen

Miles W.

Harbor is a brat

I love his squishy face

he hogs the whole bed

Nicole C.

Proud, calm, knowing all

Waiting for gentle caress

Patient love surrounds

Steve C.

Wary he watches

Carefully treading away

Leaps up to safety

Steve C.

Once I owned a cat

He was orange, furry and cute

Now the cat owns me

Jessica B.

Betty the Teaser:

Come on! Lets’s play now.

Catch me with this old slipper

Your shoes make good toys

Mike T.

Lazy old man now

don’t ask me to write a poem

my dog is my life

Mike T.

Casa de Walnut

Bunny does the wiggle hop

Bird says, “wah wah wah”

Kelley A.

The loyalty of a pet

So dear when you’re far or near

Equal devotion earned in return

Kristi M.

big ones, little ones

come with their owners, happy

to be on Dog Beach

Patricia W.

man hugging hot dog

in the park—not the sandwich,

his little dachshund

Patricia W.

Casa de Walnut

Bunny does the wiggle hop

Bird says, “wah wah wah”

Kelley A.

Sweet kind eyes remind

No matter what the day brings

Love is always first

Katheryn & Anne R.

Lily is my name

fetch is my favorite game

your throws bring me shame

Heather L.

Brian, Ryan, Greg

Best vets in the universe

Don’t trust alien vets

Heather L.

Excuse me human

Food bowl is only half full

Woe is me, the cat

Heather L.

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2017 Elementary School Entries

Meal Time:

Gecko stalks its prey

Crickets hop around and chirp

Gecko feeds on meal

Erik, age 8


Chickens peck around

Look for worms and bugs

Go inside and sleep

Willow, age 8

The Bear:

The bear likes rivers

The bear catches yummy fish

The bear falls to sleep

Ben, age 8


Little guinea pig

Twinkles scurrying around

Eating carrots, yum

Beau, age 8

Love Dog:

Dogs barking at night

To save the people they love

You will love this dog

Michelle, age 8

The Fancy Goose:

I’m a special goose

I ride in a limousine

I swim in a pool

Vince, age 8

Sleepy Dog:

My dog is sleepy

My dog is sleepy a lot

Dogs are cute sleeping

Ty, age 8

Sweet Animals 1:

Dogs make you happy

When down they lick to cheer up

Yes, sweet animals

Danilo, age 8

Sweet Animals 2:

Cats are very furry

Meow when you get back from work

They hug you with love

Danilo, age 8

Dogs playing at house

Bees buzzing in the backyard

Cats sleeping in barn

Gabriel, age 8

A Tiny Piglet:

I’m a small piglet

I sit on a steel bench

I go home and sleep

Logan, age 8

In the Air:

Birds are flying now

Clouds glistening in the light

Birds are red with love

Anjali, age 8

In the Trees:

Monkeys are the best

The monkeys swing on branches

Monkeys are my choice

Isabelle, age 8


Pet shelters help dogs

Cats and dogs get adopted

Help pets at shelters

Henry, age 9


Cheetahs run very fast

But they sometimes have to eat

Cheetahs get tired

Aubrey, age 8

The Dog:

I have a big dog

It is gray and black and blue

Can be a bad boy

Jake, age 8

Brown Cat:

Brown cats are fluffy

Brown cats are very special

Brown cats make me glad

Liam, age 8

Petting Zoo:

At the petting zoo

There are sheep, goats, and pigs too

I like the pigs

Ben, age 9

My Dream:

Swimming in my tank

When I go to sleep, I dream

Swimming in my tank

Everley, age 8

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