October 4th is the day Catholic Christians set aside to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis, though known for many works and his choice to live in poverty, is best remembered for his love of animals. He greatly cherished God’s furry friends and spoke of them often. There is a story about a wolf who terrorized a small village and how St. Francis tamed that wolf.
Most Catholic Churches will hold a “Blessing of the Animals” on or around October 4th. This is a great opportunity to involve your pet in your religious life! This event is not just for dogs either. Everything from hamsters to horses will be brought to church thresholds to be sprinkled with holy water and a blessing said over them.
Remember to keep your dog leashed and that dog park etiquette still applies. There may be many other kinds of animals your dog has never encountered before so watch his body language for signs of stress. If you have a hyper dog, or a dog who misbehaves in crowds, consider bringing a picture to be blessed instead of the animal itself.
Mary Immaculate in Farmers Branch (2800 Valwood Pkwy) will have blessing of the animals October 5th at 9am, but check with your local parish or any nearby church to find out when yours will be!