In Pictures–Owners bring pets to church to receive blessings for Saint Francis' day

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7 comments on “In Pictures–Owners bring pets to church to receive blessings for Saint Francis' day

  1. CBH says:

    Our pets are such a gift from God. I have 6 dogs, a cat, a bird, two pet cows, three Buff Orpington Hens and a lifetime of friendships with creatures. However, I do wish these services were offered in the garden or outside in their natural environment. It seems to me a bit inappropriate to take them inside the Church.

  2. Ross Gill says:

    I don’t mind them in the church so long as we don’t give them communion.

  3. CBH says:

    I did name one of my Golden Retrievers after a saint (the lesser). He was given a blessing as a puppy, but it apparently didn’t take too well. He isn’t a saint yet! Maybe we will try again.

  4. wildfire says:

    Buff Orpingtons are our favorite breed of chicken—gentle, plump, good layers and the only breed we have had over the years that will frequently go broody. They are the Golden Retrievers of chickens.

    We had a Buff hen several years ago who was set upon by two large Delaware/Rhode Island Red cross roosters. By the time they were finished, she was half skinned alive, with the skin over one side of her breast hanging by a flap. My wife sprayed Blukote on the open wound and took her to the vet. I cut the heads off the two roosters. (One thing we do not tolerate at our place is rooster misbehavior.) The vet had never treated a chicken before, but stapled the skin back on and said, “let’s see what happens.” She lived many more years and died of old age at ten—one of our all time favorites.

    Black Australorps are also a very good, docile breed. We have one now going on eleven. We have never had a chicken live to eleven, but several made it to ten.

  5. Karen B. says:

    I can’t read these comments about Buff Orpington hens without getting a serious urge to read Dorothy Sayers! I’d never heard of this variety of hen until reading Busman’s Honeymoon….! One of my all-time favorite novels. I might just have to reread it for the 5th time given all this talk of Buff Orpington hens! 🙂

  6. Karen B. says:

    #3 CBH,
    your comment is one of my all-time favorite T19 comments!!! Had me literally laughing out loud! Having had two very rambunctious and at times destructive Golden Retrievers in our family some years ago, I can only all too well imagine their lack of saintliness at times! LOL!!!

    I wonder if there are any blessings that can cure Lab puppies of their terrible desire and habit to chew up everything in the house until they are about 2 years old?!?!?!

  7. Katherine says:

    #5, that’s exactly what I thought of! I’ve probably read “Busman’s Honeymoon” more times than you have.