Blessing of the Animals – And a Surprise for Penney

I just got home from another fun Milam Touch of Love event, the Blessing of the Animals, which is a yearly celebration at many Episcopal churches in the US. Today the one in Cameron was at All Saints Episcopal, a church attended by a lot of my friends. They’d invited MTOL this year, and we really appreciated it.

Fifi is very friendly.

Our group brought two sweet dogs looking for homes, Henry and Fifi. The kittens Jean S. is fostering were also there, and darn, they are cute.

This sweet dog is all scarred, but so well trained and sweet, you’d never know she’d had a hard past.

I brought Vlassic along, as an example of the dogs that are dumped out in the country, which shows the need for helping animals out here. I was really proud of how well he behaved. He played a lot with Henry, who was thrilled to have a friend to play with, though he eventually wore V. out.

Henry and Vlassic frolicking in their portable pen.

It is STILL incredibly hot, so we all ate a LOT of snowcones. My Master Naturalist friend D. came and fetched me many of them. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the St. Francis of Assisi themed sermon and service, and greatly enjoyed dog watching.

Danelle brought her elderly doxies. They were very sweet.

There was also a really cute petting zoo and a pony ride, all of which looked to have happy animals. In fact, the little pig did NOT want to leave when it was time to go!

Very friendly llama with a cute donkey in the back.

Vlassic was a really good boy for the priest when he got blessed, and I hope we can get a photo of it from Judge Young, who took lots of photos of the fun.

Lovely roan pony, huh! They love to chase the hay.

There were definitely more dachshunds than any other breed, followed by large brindle dogs of various sorts. Most were really well behaved, so we had a lot of fun with them.

Yep, I look hot. Glad for the snow cones

We also enjoyed letting kids pet our well behaved pound puppies, and some were quite charming. It was hard to have a bad time at this event. If you ever get a chance to attend one where you live.

One of the gorgeous kittens that came, Ghost. The others were calico.

Surprise for Penney?

So, while we were at the Blessing event, a woman walked up with two really cute dogs. One was a white fluffy thing, and the other one, well, it looked really familiar.

I look like someone you know!

Check that out! That dog looks like a smaller version of Penney. The owner and I started talking. Where did you get that dog? Hers was wandering around the high school area (near where Penney was). How old is it? About a year and a half. Um.

That face and splotch are just like Penney’s!

Our dogs are siblings! Her little boy is smaller and got more of a dachshund body than Penney, but he has the exact same copper hair and a splotch of white on his chest, just like her. We got all excited and jumped up and down and got weepy. Isn’t that cool!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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