Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Blessing of the Animals

The latest outing of the Bradenton Puppy Raiser Group took us a bit south of our usual stomping grounds as we all met at Saint Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key for their Blessing of the Animals.  This church has supported the efforts of Southeastern Guide Dogs over the years and we wanted to show our appreciation by going down for their Blessing of the Animals on October 3, 2015.

All of the pups were a bit excited upon first arriving as there were a lot of people and dogs of all shapes and sizes.  Our pups did not understand why we were not there to play with all of them and found it difficult to control their natural enthusiasm.  They were also a bit antsy while sitting in a small outdoor area for the main program. However, by the time they each walked up for their individual blessings all of the pups had calmed down and did very well.

It was a good experience for the pups and the raisers were able to see that although some new situations may be a bit stressful at first, that by being calm and patient both raiser and pup can adjust and grow from the exposure if done in a slow and consistent manner.

Lulu, being raised by Steve and Amanda T.

Rosie, being co-raised by Helen H. and Shirley H.
Sheba, being raised by Lauren B.
Penny, career changed, and much loved pet.
An Owl and a Hawk even received a blessing.
 After the service, they had refreshments set up for both people and pups, and were collecting food and donations for the Sarasota County Humane Society.  I put a little something in the collection bowl from our group.

Other than dodging a few raindrops and sitting in a few damp seats, it was a unique and fun exposure for our pups.

Until next time, keep your paws clean and your tail wagging high.  Woof Woof

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