Pets are a real bless­ing

Bray People - - News -

ALL CREA­TURES great and small formed an un­usual con­gre­ga­tion at the Holy Redeemer on the Main Street last Sun­day for the an­nual ec­u­meni­cal bless­ing of the an­i­mals.

The day was co­or­di­nated by the Wick­low branch of the ISPCA to cel­e­brate An­i­mal Aware­ness Week, which also in­cluded other events around the county such as walks and bless­ings.

As cu­ri­ous passers-by looked on, the crowd of cats, dogs and other house­hold pets joined their own­ers out­side the church for the bless­ing and the fam­i­lies that came along en­joyed the cer­e­mony.

The ma­jor­ity of the an­i­mals were dogs, with all shapes and sizes at­tend­ing. There were Cocker Spaniels, cor­gies, West High­land Ter­ri­ers, Labradors, cross-breeds and more, and all were ex­tremely well be­haved on the day.

One lucky dog even man­aged to hitch a lift to the bless­ing in his owner’s shop­ping bas­ket!

The menagerie of at­ten­dees were blessed on the steps out­side the church and the proud own­ers of the an­i­mals counted them­selves lucky that the day was not too wet.

Maeve, Os­car, Michael and Char­lie Miller with their dog, Milo.

Eileen O’Brien with dogs Sheeba and Goldie.

Evan and Lauren Sweeney with their pet, Susie.

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