FRUIT HEIGHTS -- The sisterly-type affection sixth-grade student Emily Curtis has for her dog Annie has netted the pair a $100 gift card to PetSmart.
During the month of November, Davis County Animal Care & Control invited all elementary school students to write in 100 words or less why they are thankful for their pet, Davis County Animal Care and Control Director Clint Thacker said.
The shelter received 62 essay entries, with the winning essay written by Emily Curtis from Woods Cross Elementary, Thacker said.
Emily wrote her essay about her 5 year-old beagle named Annie.
"I am thankful for my pet because she is like my sister. She is there for me when I am sick and when I just need someone to talk to. When I saw this contest, I thought it was my chance to give back to her. I think she is perfect because she will always love me; whether I am fat, skinny, pretty, ugly, sick, well, sad or happy. She is so much more than I could ask for. When I see her I just want to run to her like they do in the movies, but I know I can't," Emily wrote.
Animal Services Officer Jaime Stell presented Emily with a certificate of achievement and $100 gift card to PetSmart, Dec. 5, in her sixth-grade classroom at Woods Cross Elementary.
"Emily's essay pulled a lot of heart strings of our staff," Thacker said. "Emily understands unconditional love that pets can give us. I have seen some of the horrible things people can do to animals, but the animals still love us. Emily's essay was a great reminder to all of us how much we love our pets."
The county animal service expects to hold the same essay contest again next year.
"The contest is a great way for all of the children who have pets to express their thankfulness," Thacker said. "Our staff gets the extra benefit of reading these incredible stories of love."
Emily is the daughter of Allison Curtis.