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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