Church going to the dogs
There was canine chaos when St John’s Anglican Church “went to the dogs last Sunday.
The traditional animal blessing this year attracted just dogs and their devoted owners, and all received an individual blessing from Reverend Jo Crosse, vicar of SHB and retired vicar Tim Delaney.
Laura Phillips, the animal inspector for the SPCA, had brought along a Catalan, an American working dog, owned by an extended family member.
“It’s very hard to find what motivates her,” she said. “She was obtained from animal rescue in Raglan and can be very naughty, so we really need this blessing.”
Bryan Jackson and his retriever Poppy are best buddies, as are Lynette Morgans and her two poodle/bichon cross dogs, Charlie and Louis.
The Delaney family had their chows at the service, including Sage, a Havanese which originated from Cuba.
“She has her hair over her eyes to protect her from the strong Cuban sun,” Margie Delaney explained. This year the service was held outside and the gathering created plenty of interest for passing motorists. ■
Bryan Jackson’s retriever, Poppy, receives a blessing from Tim Delaney at St John the Baptist Anglican Church last Sunday afternoon.
Alex Delaney, with Sage, Tim Delaney and Reverend Jo Crosse, vicar of SHB and St John the Baptist Anglican Church at the animal blessing.