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    Blessing of the Animals and Brodie’s Happy Tail
    October 30, 2016 6:54 pm  
    Blessing of the Animals and Brodie’s Happy Tail

    by Pamela Fitzpatrick

    To honor St Francis of Assisi, whose Saints Day is October 4,churches all over the world hold ceremonies for animals,blessing dogs, cats and other pets.

    http://www.sayville.com/banners/Yourdog_appaws.jpgSaint Francis ,the beloved patron saint of animals, is remembered globally on his October feast day.  Born in  Italy in 1181, Francis was known for his relationship with animals, and for his love of nature. According to the legend,  St. Francis was traveling with a group of friars when he stopped to give a sermon to some birds in trees. The birds remained at attention, and did not fly away or chirp until he was finished.

    I was able to attend  two local  blessings this year on  Sunday October 16; one  at the Sayville United Methodist Church , and the other at Sayville Common Ground, sponsored by The Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ.

    It is always a pleasure to watch this time honored tradition, which brings people and their pets together to celebrate their common bond both with each other and with God.  The legacy of St Francis has continued on for over 800 years, in a world he could never

    Brodie’s Happy Tail

    http://www.sayville.com/news/images16/pets-blessing2016-6.jpgAt the Common Ground , I  noticed a little dog wearing a Jets tee shirt. His name was Brodie and he was recently adopted by Joe and Geri Panzarino.  This little jack russell/shihtzu mix was found abandoned in the Bronx.  He was fortunate enough to end up at a local rescue, and, after completing an application and going through the screening process, Joe and Geri were able to bring him into their family.  The Panzarino’s had lost two beloved rescue dogs in a short period of time last year and were ready to adopt again, believing that rescuing is the only way to go.  Geri told me that Brodie is a gentle little dog who settled in as if he had always been there. He certainly looked happy and well adjusted.

    Its always great to talk to people who have opened their homes and hearts to homeless animals.  Every rescued animal has their own special story, with the common thread that rescue organizations and adopters worked together to give those animals a new start.

    Do you have a “Happy Tail” to share?  We would love to hear it, please email Pam or Kris at appawspetsitting@yahoo.com

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