An­i­mals rule the roost

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

Pet lovers counted their bless­ings along­side their an­i­mal com­pan­ions last week­end.

Grey skies didn’t stop sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple and their pets from tak­ing part in a pa­rade up Queen St to the an­nual Bless­ing of the An­i­mals at St Matthew-in-theCity on Sun­day.

Or­gan­ised by the Auck­land SPCA, the ser­vice pro­vided the own­ers with an op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate all crea­tures great and small.

The St Matthew’s quar­tet also sang a choral trib­ute for the oc­ca­sion, while renowned an­i­mal be­haviourist Marc Bekoff, who is vis­it­ing from the United States, lit the can­dle of re­mem­brance to re­flect on the lives of an­i­mals lost.

SPCA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bob Ker­ridge says there were no hissy-fits among the con­gre­ga­tion that in­cluded cats, dogs and birds, as well as a goat, and a black bull.

“Al­though this is a well trav­elled path, the large black bull caught every­one’s imagination,” he says. “As al­ways, there were plenty of typ­i­cal an­i­mal an­tics but the ser­vice was happy, the ad­dress was happy and so were we.”

Mal­tese cud­dle,

Pur­r­fect po­si­tion, above: Lind­say Gup­till from Botany takes a stand for his pet Ta­batha.

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