Fall into a Nicholas Sparks Love Story Contest Winner Announced

Recently, best-selling author of The Notebook and pet adoption advocate Nicholas Sparks teamed up with PetSmart Charities to find the ultimate heartwarming pet adoption story. Nearly 1,000 submissions came in for the “Fall into a Nicholas Sparks Love Story Contest” of people whose lives have been changed by their adopted pet. The winner, chosen by Nicholas Sparks himself, will see her adoption story written on his website next week, and her pet will be named in Sparks’ upcoming novel.

Below is a description of the winning story, which can be read in full here.


Smokey, adopted by Karen from New Hampshire, has served as an incredible source of comfort for her and her husband, an Army veteran. Here’s an excerpt detailing the effect that Smokey has had on their lives.

“My husband started to feel the extent of all the mental and physical injuries he incurred while in the Army but had been ignoring out of pure necessity to survive. He found it hard to be around people, even family. Since Smokey deals with some of the same anxieties, I think they formed a special bond and found comfort in each other’s company. Smokey’s demeanor and gentle spirit have a calming effect on my husband.

“There is just something about him [Smokey] that reaches into the depths of your soul and fills a void. It’s like he understands the pain and promises to love you through it all. He provides unconditional love and trust, two things that can be hard to find at times in this world.”