Show us your hero and win a chance to be on TV! Does your 10-year-old lab make weekly visits to the hospital to cheer up patients? Did the tabby cat who showed up in your yard bring your shy son out of his shell? Maybe you adopted a special needs pet who has risen above his disability to become the heart and soul of your family? We want your stories about these beloved family members, confidants and furry friends.

We are looking for true personal stories and experiences about the furry hero in your life. Stories should be heartwarming, amusing and inspirational about all ages and stages in your dog or cat's life. Did your faithful companion have a moment of canine courage, companionship or compassion? Did your best friend turn a serious moment into an amusing one that forever changed someone's life?

We are looking for true, non-fiction stories and experiences of no more than 1,200 words about how your dog or cat has made a difference in your life or the life of someone you care about.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

Did your dog or cat save a life?

Did he or she help someone heal?

Does your furry hero have uncanny intuition?

Did your dog or cat help you or loved ones through a tough time?

Does your pet display extraordinary bravery, courage or loyalty?

Has your pet survived tragedy or beaten the odds?

Write your experience in the first person. Remember, it should be a true, non-fiction story. No creative writing please!

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. Chicken Soup for the Soul will receive the exclusive right to use your story for commercial purposes if it is chosen to be in the book. You will retain your copyright and be able to use it for non-commercial purposes.

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