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    Default25th Annual "Blessing of the Animals" in Topeka this afternoon

    Puff and I are just back from the 25th annual interdenominational "Blessing of the Animals" service near the Topeka zoo at Gage Park.

    The clergy this time was from 1st Christian, Trinity Lutheran, & Metropolitan Community churches as well as my Episcopal church (which initiated and sustains it) along with our acolytes. In past years we've also had Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, UCC, and a variety of other clergy participating.

    There was about 200+ people and pets (mainly dogs but a few caged ferrets and cats). A few years ago there was a llama and a donkey.

    We had a hymn ("All Creatures of our God & King" -- same tune as "All Things Bright & Beautiful"); a prayer of St. Francis; a reading from Genesis (9: 8-17), The Rainbow Covenant; other prayers + St. Francis' Prayer ("Lord, make us instruments of your peace...") and then 4 lines formed outside to 4 clergy who individually blessed our animals while one stayed inside and blessed the animals owned by those disabled.

    I thought there'd be more Labs there. There were a few service dogs that were Labs but only 3 others beside Puff.

    Puff got blessed and the clergy doing it got a Puff kiss/face lick in gratitude. (Puff was wearing her "Licker License").

    Puff also enjoyed the opportunity to sniff more dog butts.

    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

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    DefaultRe: 25th Annual "Blessing of the Animals" in Topeka this afternoon

    Sounds like you've had a lovely day, and any chance to stiff butts is a good day in a dog's book!

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    DefaultRe: 25th Annual "Blessing of the Animals" in Topeka this afternoon

    That sounds like a really cool service!
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    DefaultRe: 25th Annual "Blessing of the Animals" in Topeka this afternoon

    Our church held the annual blessing on Thursday. It was in the school courtyard. Picture 240 boisterous children and approximately 40 shell shocked pets, including a loose cat held in its owner's arms. We hung out at the back of the crowd because I had this awful premonition of BJ cutting a wide path of destruction. It was a good thing I put a harness on him because I think he would have hung himselft trying to lick as many faces as possible. The beagles on the other hand were angels considering a bunny was carried right by them. We never did get blessed but the ceremony was very nice. Maybe next year...


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    DefaultRe: 25th Annual "Blessing of the Animals" in Topeka this afternoon

    That sounds pretty cool and was a nice service.

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    DefaultRe: 25th Annual "Blessing of the Animals" in Topeka this afternoon

    Ours was cancelled this year! > > > > > > > > > >

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