Yesterday, on a beautiful fall afternoon perfect for the Feast Day of St. Francis, our Sussex Spaniel Lilly took a trip down to the Washington National Cathedral for the blessing of the animals. Dean Sam Lloyd gave Lilly her annual blessing in front of the beautiful Gothic cathedral. Since I was traveling, Claire reports that Lilly took it all in stride. Of course, as an older dog Lilly sleeps a lot these days and takes just about everything in stride.
The custom of blessing pets is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis’ love of animals. It is great fun to join together with other owners of all manner of pets. (I’ve even seen goldfish blessed in past years…not sure they felt the drops of holy water.)
Shortly after posting this picture, Andrew told me there was a great Gene Weingarten article in today’s Washington Post Magazine called Something About Harry: Old dogs…are the best dogs. I read it and knew immediately I had to update this post to link to the article. Because Weingarten (a writer Andrew enjoys) gets it right.
“But it is not until a dog gets old that his most important virtues ripen and coalesce. Old dogs can be cloudy-eyed and grouchy, gray of muzzle, graceless of gait, odd of habit, hard of hearing, pimply, wheezy, lazy and lumpy. But to anyone who has ever known an old dog, these flaws are of little consequence. Old dogs are vulnerable. They show exorbitant gratitude and limitless trust. They are without artifice. They are funny in new and unexpected ways. But, above all, they seem at peace.”
If you love dogs, do yourself a favor and read the article.
More to come…