Animals Blessed, Given Medals at St. John’s

St. John's Rector Rev. Gini Gerbasi with Anatoli, an Anatolian shepherd, who was enjoying Georgetown with his owner, Christine Warnke. Photo by Robert Devaney.

The Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown took place Sunday, Oct. 1, on a sun-dappled early fall afternoon, with most attendees on good behavior. The biggest dogs knew they were on hallowed ground, but a few smaller yappies (you know who you were) took a bit of advantage.

After a brief service, in which St. Francis medals were bestowed on the newly blessed canine faithful, treats were distributed to four-footers and two-footers. With Theresa Nielson, sponsor Long & Foster/Christie’s and Courtney Stamm’s Cheeky Puppy made certain that no one left unnourished.

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