Thanksgiving Essay Contest Winner Wrote About her Loyal Dog Max
NEWPORT BEACH, California (Dec. 6, 2013) — Sydney Fernandez, 12, a sixth-grader in Mr. Landero’s class at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Newport Beach, was named winner of The Seegmiller Law Firm’s first “What I have to be thankful for” Thanksgiving essay contest.
Syndey was one of dozens of young people ages 12 and under who competed for a $1,000 prize in this year’s competition.
“We had a lot of touching entries for this year’s competition, however, Sydney’s essay really captured the spirit of what Thanksgiving is all about,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the California personal injury law firm headquartered in Newport Beach.
Mr. Seegmiller surprised Sydney at her school with the check for $1,000 in front of her classmates and teachers.
“Dogs are loyal aren’t they? Seegmiller told the students. “I love dogs and (Sydney) loves dogs and she wrote about her dog Max who just died recently, but he gave her a lot of love and a lot of loyalty.”
“What I am Thankful For” by Sydney Fernandez
There are number of wonderful things that I am grateful for, like the gift of life, being an American citizen, my family, my friends, access to a good education and much more. But, there is one thing I am the most grateful for. Dogs! Dogs of all types. I know you might be wondering why I am grateful for dogs, so here is the reason.
Ever since I could remember, we’ve had a number of pets. But when I turned 10 months old we got a dog named Max. When I would have a bad day at school, he would always be there to comfort me. When I was 7 years old my brother Matthew passed away. I would not stop crying for weeks.
I sat down on the couch and Max jumped on my lap. Every day when I came home Max would always be there to comfort me. He followed me around until I felt better.
I used to be a shy kid, and now my shell has been opened up because of my dog Max. He was always there for me no matter what. Through thick and thin, he has always been by my side until the end. He was a true best friend. Not only to me, but to every dog he met. So, when Max passed away this year, in honor of my little buddy, I was motivated to help the dogs at the high kill shelters.
I opened a charity called Puppy Love Charity so the dogs at the animal shelters can have homes just like Max did, and others could have a friend like Max was to me. 9.2 million Dogs a year die from not getting adopted. If he were still here today, he would befriend you. Why not give a dog a chance? Why not let the dog open up your world for you, as Max did for me? That is why I am grateful for dogs.
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