Writing Contest Launched for Companion Animal Lovers: "This good-That bad" Writing Challenge for Pet Enthusiasts is Short and Sweet

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The This good-That bad (TGTB) creative writing contest asks entrants to complete a sentiment in 125 characters or less by explaining how their pets keep them sane. Prizes include cash donation to the winner’s selected 501(c)3 companion animal charity, signed books, T-shirts and other pet and gift items.

We wanted to come up with a way to encourage all pet owners to examine and articulate what their animals mean to them. This contest is where we landed.

This good-That bad (TGTB) has announced a creative writing contest with prizes that include a cash donation to the winner’s selected 501(c)3 companion animal charity. The challenge begins with this quote: “The vital function that pets fulfill in this world hasn’t been fully recognized. They keep millions of people sane” - Eckhart Tolle in Guardian of Being. Entrants are asked to complete the sentiment in 125 characters or less by explaining how their pets keep them sane. What is it about having animals in their life that keeps them grounded and happy? A copy Guardian of Being, signed by the book’s illustrator and MUTTS cartoonist Patrick McDonnell and a donation to the winner’s favorite nonprofit animal group are just some of the prizes being offered.

TGTB was founded by Melissa Peterson in 2009 and offers fundraising products to animal charities with the pet adoption logo “Adoption good. Homeless bad.” and executes sales on their behalf. Proceeds from direct sales are also donated back to rescue groups. Recently, they have added a blog to share dog and cat rescue stories and promote pet adoption.

“The blog has hit a nerve with animal lovers. It’s clear from the feedback we get how much people treasure their pets,” Peterson, a dog lover who recently lost two of her beloved dogs to age, says. “In talking about adoption and pet loss on the blog we received such overwhelming support and so many very thoughtful reader comments. We wanted to come up with a way to encourage all pet owners to examine and articulate what their animals mean to them. This contest is where we landed.”

There is no fee to enter the contest, which is open to all active TGTB Facebook page fans. It is free join Facebook and become a fan. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2010. Online entry forms, rules and complete prize information are posted at http://www.thisgoodthatbad.com. Entries will be judged on originality, authenticity, and overall mass appeal to pet lovers. Contest judges are Ms. Peterson and these fellow animal lovers, entrepreneurs and bloggers:

Bette Allen, inventor of the ScooPup Pocket, founder of Tiny Growl and blog author of http://tinygrowl.wordpress.com/. Bette came up with the idea for a cleaner better way to pick up after pups during her daily walks with her own much-loved rescue dog, Riley. She put a career of 20 plus years in video, film and TV production on the back burner to start her company and realize her dream of raising as much money as she could for animal rescue through sales of her product.

Amber Carlton, advertising copywriter by day and her dog Mayzie's blog assistant by night. Amber shares her home with 2 dogs, Mayzie and Ranger, and 2 cats, Ripley and Abby. All of them have enriched her life in countless ways. As a rescue dog, Mayzie demonstrates the meaning of "overcoming your fears" every day and their blog at http://mayziegal.wordpress.com/ poignantly and humorously explores their daily life and challenges. They both hope that one day every dog and cat will have someone to speak for them.

Additional prizes will include Longaberger gift items, books, ScooPup Pockets and T-shirts. To enter the contest, follow this link to the entry form: http://bit.ly/EntryTGTB.

For further information, please contact:
Melissa Peterson
info(at)thisgoodthatbad(dot)com
http://www.thisgoodthatbad.com

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