The recent Blessing of Animals service held at All Saints Church was a great success. Julie Bozicek reports that, if she counted correctly, there were 23 dogs (including 2 guide dogs), 3 alpacas, 2 guinea pigs and 1 cat in attendance. The congregation were treated to a talk about what it means to live with a guide dog, the invaluable help these special dogs give and how they enable their companions to lead more full and confident lives.
The service itself included prayers for all types of animals and endangered species and at the end each pet and owner received a blessing. All the animals behaved impeccably.
Two of the more unusual animals attending the service were Pudding and Sugar, seen here in the churchyard after the service.