Blessing of the Animals 2013 November 20, 2013 On October 4 (St. Francis Sunday), we gathered for our first Blessing of the Animals in recent history. Carl Campbell was ready. Gail and Don Nattkemper arrived with their yorkies. Leanardo the alpaca arrived with Jane and Don Conner.needed a blessing. Joe and Sadie from the Terre Haute Humane Society needed a blessing–and a home. Thanks, THHS friends for bringing them. (We raised over $100 for the THHS.) Sarah the corn snake came too. Ready for the service to begin. “Blessed be God, Creator of Heaven and Earth.” “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Joe watches as the service continues. A panoramic view of the Blessing service. A lizard was part of the service. Gathered around the garden tree. Bless me, please. Rev. Mary blessing Joe There were both turtles and tortoises to be blessed. This pup was new to the Bryan family. Beaux the Bassett came without his person, Jane Mangrum, who was injured in a riding accident. (Get better soon, Jane.) Carl the shih-tzu gets his blessing while his person Jiim Campbell looks on. Sadie wasn’t sure at first… …but she relaxed once she’d been blessed. A guinea pig gets a blessing… and so does Sarah the snake. Then it was time for snacks!