I'm conducting a blessing of the pets at 1:00 p.m. today at Sophie's Dog Bakery on Main Street.
In recent years, Jan and Bob, the shop owners, have come into a rich and vibrant faith, deeply desiring to bring blessing to others.
So, in conjunction with some other special events occurring this weekend, Jan came up with the splendid idea of blessing the pets.
When first approached about it, I'm embarrassed to admit, I tried to pawn 'em off on the Episcopalians. Those guys are the "Pet Blessing Pro's. Fortunately, Father Art was unavailable, so the responsibility bounced back to me. I'm glad it did!
The way I see it, this is much bigger than a pet blessing. It's primarily a Pet OWNER blessing!
When people meet my dog, Vin, and love him, I feel like they're loving me too. Blessing pets means blessing those who love them.
It's a blessing for Jan and Bob. They felt led to go through this door, and went for it. They even put their neck on the line and advertised it. The blessing they're providing for others will come back to them multiplied.
I must say, It's a blessing for me, too. As I've never officiated a pet blessing, this is way outside of my ceremonial comfort zone of hatching, matching and dispatching, but it's a good stretch!
I just hope nobody brings a pet porcupine.