This Good That Bad Announces the “Good Life” Writing Contest for Dog Lovers

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TGTB launches its second writing challenge this year. Based on great dogs and old friends it will offer a cash donation to the winner's selected rescue among other prizes.

I can’t think of a better way to motivate others to consider opening their homes to an older pet than collecting and sharing insights from those who already have older dogs in their lives.

This Good That Bad (TGTB) has announced their second creative writing contest this year, inspired by the book “Old Friends: Great Dogs on the Good Life” by Mark J. Asher. Prizes will include a cash donation to the winner’s selected 501(c)3 companion animal charity and a signed copy of the book. This coincides with “Adopt-A-Senior-Pet” month as declared by and stems from the premise of the book, wherein senior dogs offer their secrets to longevity. Entrants are asked to explain in 125 characters or less what they think their own dogs would consider the secret to a long and happy life.

TGTB was founded by Melissa Peterson in 2009 and offers fundraising products to animal charities with the pet adoption logo “Adoption good. Homeless bad.” “I can’t think of a better way to motivate others to consider opening their homes to an older pet than collecting and sharing insights from those who already have older dogs in their lives.” Peterson says. “Every day I communicate with dog owners, rescues and shelters and see that the plight of the older animals up for adoption is serious. Their chances for adoption are just not good. This breaks my heart because these animals not only deserve better but they have so much to offer new families. All they ask for in return is a quiet and safe place to age gracefully.”

Peterson purchased Asher’s book as part of a fundraiser for the Grey Muzzle Organization. She immediately knew it was going to be a good fit for the next writing challenge she would offer to the pet owner/rescue network she has built through her company. She points to one quote from the book specifically that clinched the contest idea for her, on page 58. There she saw an 11 year old mixed breed named Kelsey who describes the secret to the good life as “roll in smelly things, never let little dogs with bows in their hair get the best of you.” Could it be the so-called special needs of older pets are really nothing more than simple things like that?

There is no fee to enter the contest and it is not limited to dog-centric entries. Anyone with any type of pet wisdom on aging may pen their pet’s thoughts and enter. It is open to all active TGTB Facebook page fans and it is free to join Facebook and become a fan (a.k.a “like”) of the page at . The deadline for entries is December 31, 2010 and winners will be announced in mid January. Full details, entry forms, rules and complete prize information will be posted at Entries will be judged on originality, authenticity, and overall mass appeal to pet lovers. Contest judges are Ms. Peterson and these fellow animal advocates, entrepreneurs and bloggers:

Bette Allen, inventor of the ScooPup Pocket, founder of Tiny Growl and blog author. Bette came up with the idea for a cleaner better way to pick up after pups during her daily walks with her rescue dog, Riley. She has put a career of 20 plus years in video, film and TV production on the back burner to market her product at and donates proceeds back to animal charities. She has dedicated herself to raising as much money as she can for animal rescue through sales of her product and organizing events such as the recent “Two Million Dogs “walk for canine cancer in Seattle. You

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. As a formerly neglected and fearful rescue dog adopted as an adult, Mayzie demonstrates the meaning of "overcoming challenges" every day and their blog poignantly and humorously explores their daily life. They both hope that one day every dog and cat will have someone to speak for them and in the meantime they spend their time organizing events and contests to raise money for the cause in Colorado. Visit them at

Other prizes include TGTB merchandise and an authentic full color Sunday panel MUTTS Comics print procured from Patrick McDonnell’s MUTTS website. To enter the contest, follow this link to the entry form:

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Melissa Peterson


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