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Lauren Marcotte

My Journey to Becoming a Therapy Dog Handler

It was a normal day during sixth grade when my class, along with other sixth-grade classes, were brought to the library for a presentation. Little did I know that this presentation would change my life…

Young Writers on the Web | August 31, 2023

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Samantha Schwarz

The Building Blocks of Dog Tricks

Canine trick training is a great way to build your dogs confidence; learn what learning styles work best for your dog and have a lot of fun with them. When doing tricks with your dog…

Young Writers on the Web | August 6, 2021

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Nikolas Anthony Klimenko

A Midnight Walk

 As I walked into the misty forest the cold air hit me like a block of stone  the intense silence seemed to make the midnight chill ever colder as the growling of dogs and shouting…

Young Writers on the Web | August 4, 2021

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Jayson Kimberly

A Night With Summer

In the fall of 2019, I was invited by Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) of Magnolia, Texas, to participate in “A Night in the Dog House,” a unique event to raise funds for their rescue animals.…

Young Writers on the Web | February 8, 2021

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Mia Marie Lussier

A Peach Among Pups

Peaches! Out of the flowers! Peaches! Off the pool cover! Peaches! Not on the counter! Peaches! Peaches is not what you would call an ordinary dog. She is mischievous, crazy, and any other word that…

Young Writers on the Web | August 25, 2020

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Kate Gallagher

Running With June and Blu

I have been competing in dog agility events as a junior handler through the American Kennel Club for almost seven years now. In these seven years, I have learned and accomplished many things. Working with…

Young Writers on the Web | August 25, 2020

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Kathryn Prerost

The Perks of Having a Press Pass

We hopped onto the bus to get to Pier 94. I watched the raindrops trickle down the side of the window and tried to guess which one would hit the bottom first. I never won.…

Young Writers on the Web | August 25, 2020

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Mohit Singh

Puppy In The Rain

One rainy evening Harsh was coming home from school when he heard a whining sound from a narrow street. He followed it to a cardboard box that was shaking. Inside, he found a shivering German…

Young Writers on the Web | July 26, 2020

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Victoria Cororan

X Marks The Heart

Sometimes you have to deal with awful things for great things to come. Our family dog’s name is Jaxx, and he got his name in a very special way. Jaxx was our second dog. Our…

Young Writers on the Web | June 11, 2020

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Anjuli Turner

My Best Friend, Zeus

It started with a cookie at lunch. After I collected my mini tacos, I headed to the cookie station. “Turner, Anjuli Turner,” I said. “Here’s your warmed-up chocolate chip cookie, Miss Turner,” Kelly Corrigan, the…

Young Writers on the Web | April 30, 2020

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Bailey Boswell

Oakley and Her Huge Personality

On June 29th, my life was changed in a way I could have never imagined. That day, we loaded up the car with lots of toys and puppy food and headed to Rome, Georgia, from…

Young Writers on the Web | January 31, 2020

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Conal Gallant

The Stray

Every day I wake up and go to the same place, the park. Not the dog park like my native brethren because to them and the humans, I’m an outcast, a danger, a stray. Like…

Young Writers on the Web | August 27, 2019