Animal Owners Come Out For Annual Blessing Of The Pets In Greenville

It was a special day for several pet owners here in the east.

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals at the corner of Arlington Boulevard and Firetower Road in Greenville at the Saint Paul's Pumpkin Patch this morning. Mostly dogs showed up to the event with their owners.

Organizers estimate that about sixty to seventy people showed up and some even brought their neighbor's dogs.

The tradition of blessing animals goes back to the 13th century according to Bob Hudak, rector for St. Paul’s.

"The tradition of blessing a pet started shortly after the death of St. Francis of Assisi in 1226. One of the ways that, for many of us, we experience God's presence is through the unconditional love of our pets and especially those of who have dogs,” said Rector Hudank, “Spelling 'dog' backward is 'god' and, you know, maybe that's coincidental maybe not."

St. Paul's Pumpkin Patch is also open for business.

Rector Hudak says most of the proceeds will go to Saint Paul's food pantry, which feeds four to five hundred people each Thursday.

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