Excerpts from Breaking the Chain, a children’s creative writing and art contest, that teaches kindness and compassion to animals
Chloe W. 1st place
Ryan Elementary School – Chandler AZ
“Harriet ran to the window and jumped inside. She went looking for tools to use but she could only find a rat named Rick. She was about to eat him but Rick spoke up and said he has three tools that could help Harriet. Harriet asked, “What kinds of tools do you have?”
Rick said, “I have a hammer, a saw, and a brain.”
“What’re you going to use those for?” Harriet asked.
“I can use the hammer to unleash the nail and the saw to cut the chain and a brain to think.”
After that Harriet put Rick on the ground and said, “Go, get all the tools and I will not eat you. I’ll make sure no other cats eats you either.” Then Rick ran and got all his tools.
Rick and Harriet ran as fast as they could to Joey (the chained dog). Here they saw Joey crying and they asked, “What’s wrong?”
Joey said, “My owner tightened my chain.”
“How could she?” Harriet said.
There was squeaking barking and meowing. “Uh oh,” Joey said. “Here comes my owner. You better go.” But she fainted on the way.
“I’m not leaving without you Joey,” Rick said.
“Hurry before she wakes up,” Joey said.
Harriet grabbed the hammer from Rick and pulled the nails as hard as she could and they popped out. Harriet was so happy but Joey wasn’t. “Get this tight chain off my neck and quick. It’s choking me,” Joey said. Then the great Harriet grabbed the saw from Rick. She rubbed and rubbed. The chain came off. They all became friends and lived a good life.
Ashley C – 2nd place
Harriet runs to the tree full of birds but calls for Blue Sky the squirrel. “Hi Blue Sky I need you,” Harriet says. “Can you free this dog from his chain?”
“Yes I can,” Blue Sky says.
Harriet and Blue Sky go to Joey. “Joey, this is Blue Sky and we need to find out how to help you,” Harriet said.
Blue Sky ran to the chain and started biting it with her big teeth. Harriet asked what’re you doing?
“I’m breaking the chain in half,” Blue Sky says. It was cracking and finally broke. Joey said I’m finally free. Blue Sky pulled off his collar and left. Harriet and Joey went next to the front of Candace’s (Harriet’s owner) house. Candace said, “You poor dog.” Then Candace lived with Harriet. They had fun as long as they lived in a family feeling there was never a problem again.
Elaina M.- 3rd place
When Harriet came back with Candace she said “Poor dog do you think we should adopt him?” Then they went home and called the police to Joey’s owner. But Joey’s owner saw they were calling the police. Joey barked and said, “Bring butter instead. I got an idea.” Candace threw it around the chain and amazingly Joey was free. Joey’s owner was arrested. Then Candace Joey and Harriet went home. They decided to have lunch take a nap and they lived happily ever after.