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A day of blessings for the animals

Thursday, October 2, 2008 | 12:46 a.m. CDT
The Rev. Paula Robinson blesses Gertie Littleton during St. Francis of Assisi Day at Calvary Episcopal Church, where members of the congregation brought their pets to receive blessings. Gertie was brought to the blessing by her owner's aunt, Connie Schenk.

Wednesday was St. Francis of Assisi Day. And the Rev. Paula Robinson and the Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright of Calvary Episcopal Church bestowed blessings on pets and their people on this special day as the church usually does.

 

Margaret Hultsch holds on tight to her dog Hurricane Allie during a blessing. Hultsch said her wild nature was the reason for Hurricane Allie's name.
Sassy watches the Rev. Paula Robinson give blessings.
Bill Berry carries the family dog, Lillie, into the courtyard of the Calvary Episcopal Church to be blessed. "She's just so friendly and likes to be in my lap and cuddle up," said Mrs. Berry of Lillie. "We like her 'cause she's just so little!" This is Lillie's second blessing.
Arnold McNeary holds his dog Sassy, 7 years old going on 8, while she is blessed by the Rev. Paula Robinson.
Emma stands between her owners, waiting with the other dogs, a cat and a snail to be blessed.

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