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Blessed Be the Bunnies…

If you follow my blog you probably know that hubby and I have two pet rabbits.  We adopted Cypress and Pinto from a shelter back in 2010, and have been enjoying their wascally wabbit antics since then.  They’re definitely a big part of our little family.  Happily, we had a unique (to me) opportunity to show our love for them in a new way this past weekend.  They were blessed in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis! :]

Pinto

Pinto, peeking out of the pet carrier to see what’s going on…

Apparently Catholic churches often invite people to have their pet blessed by the church in honor of Saint Francis on or around October 4th – his feast day.  Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment, and it sounds like he was a wonderful man.  A non-Catholic, I learned a good amount about him during the little service they had before the blessing of the animals.  And though hubby was raised Catholic this whole idea of bringing your pets to church for a blessing was new to him.

Hubby

Hubby and the bunnies before the event started…

We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but it was such a lovely experience.  The priest, Father Thomas, was very friendly, funny, kind and patient, and all the critters there were so cute!  As expected, there were many dogs.  We also saw some birds, turtles, fish (beta), a little lizard/dragon, and several turtles.  We didn’t see any cats, and we were the only ones who brought bunnies.

Cypress and Pinto were a big hit.  :] They received their holy water sprinkles without a fuss while secured in their pet carrier.  After the little service and history about St. Francis, who sounds like he was a very humble, loving and caring person, we had a little “parade” – which was a walk up to the front of the church for a group photo and then back.

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Hubby holding Cypress, Father Thomas, me holding Pinto

After the official part of the event was over we asked the priest to take a picture with the four of us.  We hadn’t taken the bunnies out of their carrier until then, because I was worried that they’d be too afraid or that there would be a mishap of some sort.  However, by that time many families had left and it seemed safe, so we took them out and held them. And yes, I brought along a few of my vintage doilies to lay on the open pet carrier in keeping with the church/altar look.  I’m cuckoo – I know.  :]

Melody

Getting ready to head back home with our precious cargo…

It was a funny, sweet, and fun event, and I’m very glad we went.  I love our bun buns, and want the best for them.  Blessings for the bunnies are always welcome…

Warm regards,
Melody
aka Mama Bunny

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