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Pet Insurance Month 2012 Contest

Trupanion wants to know how a pet has changed your life!

Pets of all shapes and sizes have an incredible impact on animal lovers’ lives. Nothing can replace that special bond, those fond memories, or the unique way your pet nuzzles you when he wants attention. We want to hear your story and experience about how a pet in your life has made a substantial impact.

How to enter:

Write a short story about how your pet has changed your life and include your city and state/province. Stories should be between 150 and 500 words. All entries must be received by September 27th, 2012. Email your story to us at socialmedia@trupanion.com. Be sure to include a photo of your pet.


  • Four weekly $25 gift cards
  • One $500 gift card grand prize

How to win:

Weekly winners: All entrants will be shuffled into a random drawing and one winner will be drawn each week to receive a $25 gift card.

Top 5 Finalists: A panelist of judges from Trupanion will read all stories and select the top 5 finalists to be entered to win the grand prize. Five finalists will be announced on September 28, 2012. Finalists’ stories will be posted on Trupanion’s blog.

Grand prize: The five finalists’ stories will each be posted on the Trupanion blog for public voting on September 28, 2012. Individuals may vote for a particular story by clicking the Facebook ‘Like’ button on the respective blog post. Users without Facebook access may cast their vote by leaving a comment on that particular blog post. (Only one comment per person/IP address will count towards final tally.) Voting will close October 5, 2012 at 2pm PST.

The finalist with the most combined ‘Likes’ and comments will receive the $500 gift card grand prize. Grand prize winner will be announced on October 5, 2012.

Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Entry method via e-mail. Giveaways are open to residents of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico over the age of 18. Limit: 1 entry per user. Duplicate entries will not be counted. Entries accepted until 11:59pm PST September 27th, 2012. Trupanion employees are excluded from this drawing. All winners will be contacted via e-mail. Weekly drawings will be held on September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. Weekly winners are selected randomly via Random.org. Chances of winning weekly drawing prizes are based on participation. By entering the contest you are agreeing that Trupanion can use all or a portion of your entry in any company materials, including company website and blog. Your privacy is important to us. Please review Trupanion’s Privacy Policy. © 2012 Trupanion. All rights reserved.

6 Responses to Pet Insurance Month 2012 Contest

  1. Chuck Bognanni says:

    Jake came to us via a rescue service named Save-A-Dog in Sudbury Mass. We had just lost Cece the last of our three dogs on a Sunday in November. She was 13 and we knew that time was not on her side but as usual no matter how much we prepare when the time comes it is devastating. My wife and I had talked about taking a break from having and pets since we had had one for the past 20 years. So when Cece passed away we thought we would follow through with our plans but as with many plans they changed. The house seemed dead without a dogs nails scratching their way along the wood floors. My wife spotted Jake on the Save-A-Dog website which she was secretly looking at since losing Cece. It had only been a week or so since losing Cece so she said lets just go look. Needless to say we went there that morning and had Jake home by 5 o’clock. We were both heartbroken but knew that our home was not a home without a pet. Jake is a 18 pound Jack Russell mix which is a far cry from our 3 Rottweilers although there are many times he thinks he is a Rottweiler. Jake has been the best medicine one could ask for I can never see being without a dog again.

  2. terriann says:

    my family got mad at my cat’s shedding theyre narrow minded,he was ill the last time they saw him,he was still good though he never knocked the xmas tree or made a mess..they dont see the big picture..it is: now that hes recovered (he was feral and was bit by a dog or kyote its amazing he lived even the spca wasnt going to help so i adopted him and somehow with many vets and love hes still here today.. I gave him another attempt at life but he did the same for me! Im handicapped and was suposed to just lay there in bed waiting to die.He got me up and walking again(i use the pet stroller as a walker) a bit and a bit further,wich helped my heart and rest of body but also my spirit the last few years ive been without human contact at all (other then once a month drive to groceries) now,after walking with neko-kitty,the kids come up to talk to us the parrents shake hands with me,people from down the road stop and chat a few mins.I have a feeling of acceptance now and that pushes me to try a bit more.On my very bad days i still cant get out of bed but he seems to understand and he lays beside me and pokes me awake when im breathing too shallow,on those days he barely leaves my side except to go potty or feed himself,when i get a bit depressed he does funny kitten antics til i smile.. a few furballs and a few nights without sleep are nothing compareds to the wonderful friendship and motivation hes given me!

  3. Danny Brooks says:

    It was October 31, 2007. I was going to be 16 the next day and I was going to get the best present of my life. My mom had told me since I was little that I could not have a dog until I was 16 and was old to enough to take care of it. So here it was, the day before my 16th birthday and I could finally have a dog. I told my mom I wanted a really tough looking dog, like a Pitbull or a German Sheppard. I had been dreaming of this day for the longest time and I really wanted the dog of my dreams. My mom told me that our landlord said we could only have a female dog, since the dog next door was male and he didn’t want fighting between the fences. He also said it had to be a low barker, never grow to be over 20 lbs, and definitely, no matter what, it could not be a Pitbull or one of those tougher breeds. I was devastated. I kept imagining my mom bringing home a fluffy poodle with pink nail polish and bows in her hair and I would be the laughing stock of the neighborhood when I walked my dog. I wanted to give up but we decided to go to the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter in our city of Yucca Valley, California, and see what there was, even though I didn’t really have any hope of finding the dog for me. At the shelter, we were led to these big kennels were I immediately saw her. She was a blond Lab mix they called Sophie. She had been dropped off with all her siblings at 8 weeks old and everyone else had been adopted but her. At this point, she was 5 1/2 months old. I asked why she was still there and they said she was like their mascot and she was so smart and sweet that no one could bear to ever put her down. They said some students had been volunteering and coming to the shelter and they would spend a lot of time with Sophie teaching her tricks. I said “Well, I’d like to adopt her.” All the shelter employees were happy that Sophie would finally have a real home now, but they were sad at the same time because they all loved her. Some of them wanted to sit with her and say goodbye in their own way and one even cried. I knew she was special from that day. It has been 5 years since Sophie came home and we have had a blast. Not only was she beautiful and sweet, but she knew so many tricks that she was the star of the neighborhood. People would have us stop and have Sophie shake their hand on our walks. I guess that old saying is true afterall, “Good things come to those who wait.”

    (Please replace the other one for me with this one as I forgot to mention the city and state where we live. I fixed it. Thank you 🙂

  4. Julie says:

    My whole life I have always had a dog…they were all very especial to me…all the love each one gave me was unbeliable…they were all part of my family…
    I can go on and tell you all the hundreds of wonderful things each one did….however it would take forever.
    In 2008 I went thru a divorce…at the same time I lost a month apart two of my beautiful and loving dogs…
    It was too much for me to bear all the pain and loss I felt…was so depressed that I spent months in bed wanting to die….
    My children in college and had their own life…no one knew how desperately I wanted to leave this world.
    One day I heard of a little dog that needed to be rescued…don’t know what made me leave the bed…bought him home…his name is Nemo..the most loving dog…quicky I wanted to live to take care of this beautiful little creature…he had me out of bed and I began to start living…Nemo saved my life…In fact hes in bed right now waiting for mommy to come to sleep…Julie

  5. Richard Natoli-Rombach says:

    I guess I am a bit upset with how the rules of the contest were upheld. The contest clearly said that entries needed to be between 150-500 words. I just read one winning entry that was over 800 words. People like me purposely edited their entry to comply with the rules.

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Richard,
      I apologize for causing any frustration. Our guidelines stated “stories should be between 150-500 words” as a suggested length. We read through all stories whether they were shorter or longer as we didn’t want to disqualify anyone based on word count (it’s completely understandable how one can go on and on about their beloved pet!). Thank you for letting us know and we will be sure to take your feedback into account for future essay contests.

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