Whenever I have a bad day at school, whenever I get sad, whenever I need a friend, I go to Cocoa, my sweet little puppy.  For me the most important thing in my life is the people who care about me. One of those “people” is Cocoa.  Pets are always there for you. They are good listeners and great friends.  They are cute, cuddly and they can almost always make you smile.  No matter what kind of pet you have whether it's a dog, cat, emu, or goldfish, they make you smile. They are part of your family and you love them.

    Pets can make life fuller and make the whole family smile.  The day I got Cocoa I was so exited I could explode.  It was finally happening. I was getting a dog!  After nine years of begging, pleading, hoping, and praying, my parents had finally agreed to get a puppy.  We were driving to Ikea to pick up the little husky mix that was about to join our family.  Cocoa was arriving in a van that was taking puppies to homes all across the East Coast.  We waited there for five minutes but it seemed like years, then I saw her. It was love at first sight.  She had dark brown fur, ears that were both perky and floppy, chocolaty brown eyes and a mark on her chest in the shape of a heart.  She had soft silky fur and velvety ears.  We took her home and we played with her, pet her and walked her.  Every time we came home, even if we had only been gone for two seconds Cocoa acted like we had been gone for years.  She could make the whole family smile with just one look, she would tilt her head to one side perk up her ears and stare at us with her big brown puppy eyes. Even my parents who were not dog people loved her, I would often catch them petting her or playing tug-of-war with one of her favorite toys.  Cocoa completed our family.

    Most pets have the almost magical ability to cheer us up no matter what. It was the second quarter of 6th grade.  I woke up in the morning and drove to school.  My first class was science.  We were getting our lab reports back.  I was a little nervous, but I was pretty sure I had gotten an A.  It was cold outside and I was freezing through my thin sweatshirt.  I entered the science room, glad to be out of the cold.  I took out my iPad and started playing Hay Day.  Mr. Maloney took attendance then started handing out the lab reports, finally he handed me mine.  I flipped it over and tried to blink back tears.  I had gotten a D+.  I made it through my next two classes up until math.  In math, we got our quizzes back.  I nervously flipped it over, I had gotten a D.  Not a D+ a D.  I couldn't stop myself.  I burst into tears.  I had never gotten a D before in my life and it would bring down my A average. Later that day, I went home and looked over my failed assignments.  Maybe they had made mistakes, maybe my teachers had given me the wrong tests and I had actually gotten an A+ on both. No such luck. They were both mine and I had failed both. Nobody could comfort me. My life was over. Then Cocoa walked into my room and put her head on my lap, I stared into her big brown eyes and smiled for the first time since that morning. I made up my mind to get an A on my next math test and my upcoming science quiz. I studied all week, Cocoa sitting next to me the whole time. When I got my next two tests back they were both A+s. It was all because of Cocoa.

    Pets make life more enjoyable; they have almost magical abilities to cheer you up, make you smile and get you to give them your food. Pets make life complete. Thats why I care so much about this cause, pets bring so much joy to our lives and I think that kind of joy can be so helpful to those in need.


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