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Pet owners bring animals to be blessed

Posted: October 9, 2013 - 11:15am
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Each animal blessed receives a certificate during the Blessing of the Animals at the Church of the Holy Trinity led by Reverend Rob Hartley, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in North Augusta, South Carolina. TODD BENNETT/STAFF  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
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Each animal blessed receives a certificate during the Blessing of the Animals at the Church of the Holy Trinity led by Reverend Rob Hartley, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in North Augusta, South Carolina. TODD BENNETT/STAFF

People aren’t the only ones to receive blessings. So do animals.

People gathered Saturday at the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity with a variety of pets in tow for the church’s annual St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals.

“We are to care for all creations, including animals," said the Rev. Rob Hartley.

One by one, pet owners brought their animals to be blessed.

“Some here are our own parishioners so I’ve gotten to know them and their pets,” said Hartley. “You can see how much people love their pets. I’m a pet owner myself so I enjoy this day.”

Among those attending was Doug Roddy and his 11-year-old son Clayton.

They brought their dog Max, a part Labrador and part golden retriever, and their turtle Bob. They have had Max for about a year and Bob for about two years, said Doug Roddy.

“We wanted to make sure they were blessed, let the Lord take care of them,” he said. “It’s our responsibility as pet owners to bring them to God.”

Pet owners received certificates to commemorate the blessing.

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