The parking lot of St. Peter Catholic School became a temporary menagerie Monday morning, Oct. 1, with dogs of all shapes and sizes, cats of all colors, ducks, chickens, a horse and even fish present with their humans for the annual Blessing of the Pets.
St. Peter Principal Gary Littrell got the observance under way with a reading from the book of Genesis, reminding the audience that as God created man and woman, He also created the creatures of the air, land and water.
Fr. Kevin Gormley talked briefly before saying the blessing.
"Pets have always been a very important part of my life, and I hope in yours," he said, noting that when he was young he kept parakeets, canaries, pigeons, rabbits and fish. "Your pets bring joy to you and teach you responsibility."
Marshall Police Department canine officer Boomer made an appearance at the event. Boomer is back to work after recovering from injuries suffered when he was hit by a car in late July.
His handler, Officer Joey Valliquette, said more information about Boomer's recovery would be coming soon from MPD.
The annual blessing of the pets coincides with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.