On Sunday, we held our annual "blessing of the animals" in the church. Many churches do this on the first weekend in October, around the Feast of St Francis (October 4). This was the second year we've done this inside the church as opposed to holding it outside. Given that our church sports high boxed pews, some of the usual distractions (squirrels, birds, being able to see the other dogs) were minimized. The animals in attendance were very well behaved and it was a joyous occasion. It was great fun to see the (sometimes surprising!) combinations of pets and owners. A few of them were wearing some sort of finery to mark the occasion.
What was the most fun for me was being able to be the roving photographer at the service. As I stood in the back of the church, I enjoyed some great views of cute dogs enjoying the morning. Enjoy!