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The Blessing of the Animals (The Bark, Sept/Oct 2008 ) at the massive Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine  in New York is a Noah’s Arc-style affair (think: camels, eagles, reindeer framed by elaborate Gothic arches) that would have knocked the sandals right off its patron saint, Francis of Assisi .
A recent blessing outside St. Muredach’s in Ballina in western Ireland might have been a little more to the tastes of the ascetic friar. On November 30, a smaller group supporters of and volunteers from the North West SPCA  gathered on a chilly day under the open sky with their friends, mostly dogs, to celebrate and renew their commitment to all creatures.
Photos by Joseph Mc Givern