Bless the Pets: Families Officially Bless Their Furry Friends

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DALLAS - We're all thankful for the blessings in our lives but what about the lives of our four-legged pals? That's who animal lovers had in mind Friday morning when they showed up at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Dallas.

It's one of several churches within the diocese of Dallas that blessed families' dogs. It's in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all creatures. St. Francis has had a pretty profound impact. He's the namesake of the current Pope.

With kids, parents and their pets in full attendance. blessings were in abundance.

Father John Libone, one of the priests at the church, believes the event is good for everyone, “Almost all of us have animals in our own homes. I have dogs myself and each time I look at them I see something of the goodness of God and the joy that they give and their innocence.”

Hey, it's only right that the pets that have been a blessing to their families get the holy treatment as well.

Now, if we can get them to stop chewing shoes for Lent.