Monday, October 4, 2010

Pet Blessing Day

October 4th is Pet Blessing Day

A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats
to hamsters and even horses,
is led to churches for a special ceremony
called the Blessing of Pets.

This custom is conducted in remembrance of
St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

At Franciscan churches, a friar with brown robe and white cord
often welcomes each animal with a special prayer.
The Blessing of Pets usually goes like this:

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker
of all living creatures.
You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air
and animals on the land. You inspired
St. Francis to call all of them his
brothers and sisters.
We ask you to bless this pet.
By the power of your love,
enable it to live according to your plan.
May we always praise you for
all your beauty in creation.
Blessed are you, Lord our God,
in all your creatures!
So on this very special day
Mike and Beth gave me a gift
to put on my collar in honor of
Pet Blessing Day. 
The pictures didn't turn out too good
but you will get the idea.

One side says:

Saint Francis Watch over my Newfoundland

The other side says:

If by
chance I go
pray St. Francis
I find my way
for in my bed
I have to sleep
so my master
will not weep.
Wasn't that nice....

So for Pet Blessing Day --

Bless all creatures big and small....

Later -- Remington --
a blessed Newfie
-- out!


Ozabella DID NOT have surgery today....
Another little "girl problem" came up this weekend....
whatever that means....
so Beth said we are going to wait
another month.
Thanks to all that sent out
good wishes and posts today....


Gloria said...

Oh! That is just so beautiful Rem! Where your bling with pride, cause you are SOOOOO loved!!!

Maggie Mae said...

What a nice pressie fur you Remington! Happy Pet Blessing Day my furiend!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Priscilla said...

A beautiful prayer. I love the Blessings of Pets. Thanks for sharing, Rem. You're always sweet and knowledgeable : )

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Very nice. I was blessed this weekend ... photo on my post today. LOVE the Prayer. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Madi and Mom said...

Rem what a beautiful blessing on the medallion for your collar!!! Beth and Mike love all their creatures great and small!!
Happy Day,
Madi and Mom

The Teacher's Pets said...

Thanks fur sharing that today is Blessing of the Pets Day! My mom thought it was happening today because she heard about it on the radio sooooo I hope she can find a church who will bless me today! Are you going to church too? I love your new tag .... I betcha you are going to be safe furever!

Gus said...

Remington, we love your new tag! Many Pet Blessings to you today.

gussie n teka

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

What a sweet gift!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Jazzi said...

Oh now Remington, that is one nice and wonderful mommy to give that to you. I am sure you will wear it proudly!!!


Rouky said...

This is so beautiful! Lots and lots of Pet Blessings to all the pets who are reading this wonderful blog.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

That is very beautiful.

We also read over at House of Cats that little Ozabella was having her snip today. We are all crossing paws that all will go well for our dear little friend.

Deborah said...

That is nice!

Molly's Momma said...

That is a lovely tag Remington wear it with pride , we have everything crossed here that Little Ozabella sails through her op today try not to worry she is a little fighter and with a big bro like you on her side she can't go wrong can she.
Big love from me and Richie
Mollys Momma Tea
x x x x x x x
PS. Give her very gentle loves from us when she gets home

jen said...

Hey Remington-I am not suppose to cry on Mondays!!! Where on earth did you get that St. Francis Medallion???? I have a standard one for each of the boys...but it DOES NOT have a newf on it and there is no saying...that is precious!!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

That tag is so nice, Rem, and carries such a beautiful message. We hope all is OK with Ozabella.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

3 doxies said...

I'm with Jen...I not SUPPOSE to cry on monday eithers BUT...dat made me tear up!!!!!! You are so very much loved by Mike and Beth...and a little doxie and her mum. What a beautiful and sweet thingy they gaves you.
Poor Ozzabella, her has a tuff time. We'll be thinking her gets betters from her "other" female issue. Let us know when her is gonna haves da surgery.


Old Kitty said...

Happy Pet Blessing Day!! Me and my cat Charlie came over from Amy and the House of Cats cos little Gus was worried about Ozabella's trip to the vets! We've just read that it's been cancelled for another day - we are sending tons of purrs anyway! Take care

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Well pawed!

It has been furry nice to see the assorted posts on the various blessings around the blogworld -

I hope St Francis realises what a big job it is to watch out fur a Newfie!

I'm still in awe of the NewfStock posts/pics Nanook and Pooka shared -

Poor Ozabella - did Mother Nature play a trikhk on her and well, woo know?


Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Remington! That is a great medal for you to wear - we didn't realize that today was pet blessing day (we knew it was coming up but didn't know it was today). And oh poor Ozabella - we hope she is ok and that once she finally gets to the surgery it goes off with no problems!
Gus sends her HI's! He is glad she didn't have to have surgery today because he of course was worried (he is the worrier of our group) but he knows it will be a good thing when she gets it done!!

Ginny said...

Wow, what a cool and special tag, Rem!! Does this make you Saint Remington? Hmm...Kind of like a Saint Bernard? Well, I digress. I didn't even know that Ozabella was to have surgery!! And it was postponed? Was it for her breathing problem, what were they going to do? Hope I didn't read about this in an earlier post, and then forget! Hey, now that you have your special medal, you can say a blessing over her! And that would be a very saintly thing to do!

rottrover said...

Remington, you ARE a blessing :)

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Remington, that is such a beautiful post! We love your St. Francis tag very much. Wear it and show it off!! Mom is a great believer in St. Francis. We hope you have a wonderful day! Lots of love, Holly and mom

The Mama Monster said...

Wow, beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing! I had no idea!

~The Mama Monster

Piappies World said...

That's a really beautiful prayer, Remington. And the medal is really pawesome, too. Thank you so much for sharing.

Happy Feast Day to St Francis of Assisi!

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

Anonymous said...

I wonder if St. Francis would cure me of being a cracker dog. I'll have to ask him. Hey Rem, my assistant saw a Newfoundland at PetSmart yesterday getting groomed. She had NO idea you were such a big doggy & said pictures don't really convey your hugeness!

Lindy MacDuff said...

What a beautiful prayer and medal. Remington, you are obviously truly loved. =)

Junior and Orion said...

What a wonderful gift Remi!!!

So, Ozzabella couldn't have her Lady Gardenectomy? Well, let us know when it happes so we can purr for her!

JC said...

Remington you are so lucky to have a Mom and Dad like yours. I grew up Catholic so I know all about St. Francis. Hope your little sis is ok.

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a beautiful tag for your collar, Remington! We love it!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sagira said...

That was so nice Remington. :)

bichonpawz said... are truly blessed to have a mom and dad like yours!!! What a beautiful gift they have given you! And you give them the gift of yourself every single day!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

SquirrelQueen said...

Happy Pet Blessings Day!
The tag for your collar is so beautiful Remington. You are a blessing to all who know you.

We didn't know about Ozabella's surgery until we read it was canceled. She is such a sweet little girl, hope she is okay.

Ms. ~K said...

Rem, You are so loved, by all of us!
We have a St. Francis statue in the garden...
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

ps...nosetaps to Ozabella!

3 doxies said...

Uh.small at 155...I don't think so. You weighs 145 pounds MORE than me...hehehe!
Oh , I just coming by to say hellos again, I was in yur neighborhood.


JackDaddy said...

Wow, you got on a medallion!! You are more than famous, you are a saint! :)

Hailey said...

My hooman told me that when she was a little girl her mommyused to take her to the church on this day and she would take her little Pepa. Pepa was also a rescue and she was a pikaneese(not sure on the spelling and mom is already asleep). You pressie is really really nice!!

Hugs & smoochies!! XOXO

Busy Buttons said...

Oh, that's so cool! I love that medal for your collar. Mom's going to totally have to find one for me! Well...maybe one that says "bless my shih tzu," though...

The Army of Four said...

That's beautiful!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

The Blessing of the Animals is a wonderful ritual. The medallion is very special. May it always keep you safe and protected.