CENTERVILLE — Freckles, Quincy, Sophie, and the rest of the 14 dogs, two cats and a horse were fidgety and sometimes vocal before they were blessed. But just as the Rev. Lyn Briggs began the Blessing of the Beasts service on Saturday they settled down, as if they felt they were in the Lord’s presence. The service is an annual event at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, held in conjunction with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, who is known for his love of animals. It was held in front of the church. Briggs and Priest Associate Steve Andersen blessed each animal in turn. As part of the service, Briggs told a story of how Adam named the animals, taken from the book, “Does God have a Big Toe,” by Marc Gellman. Many of the animals have attended the service in the past and Briggs was able to greet them by name. Sophie, a 6-year-old half standard poodle and half retriever, who stood quietly by owners Steve Ober and Kathy Dennis. Freckles, a Shih Tzu belonging to 10-year-old Rys Harwood, seemed to enjoy meeting other dogs and people, trotting around with tail wagging. Quincy the beagle seemed mostly content to stick close to owners Greg Colf and Stephen Burch, who missed a similar service at their home parish, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City.
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