Church go­ing to the dogs

Hawke's Bay Today - - In Dulge - Chris­tine McKay Things we can learn from a dog:

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. ■

Photo: Chris­tine McKay

Bryan Jack­son’s re­triever, Poppy, re­ceives a bless­ing from Tim De­laney at St John the Bap­tist Angli­can Church last Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Photo: Chris­tine McKay

Alex De­laney, with Sage, Tim De­laney and Rev­erend Jo Crosse, vicar of SHB and St John the Bap­tist Angli­can Church at the an­i­mal bless­ing.

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