By Trebor Britt
A large group gathered with their pets and animals at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key for the annual pet blessing recently. The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or on a Sunday near that date.
Participants gather around Pastor, Fr. Michael Cannon (center) before this year’s pet blessing at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on Siesta Key.
Michael Shay of Sarasota participates for the second consecutive year with his dog, Milo.
St. Michael’s Pastor, Fr. Michael Cannon delivering the blessing.
First time participant, Alexis Smith of Sarasota with her bird, Trillion and dogs, Penny Lane and Isabell.
Beth Murdock with her dog, Newton, a French Bull dog, and her daughter, Megan (6) with Buck, a Golden Doodle.