Eau Claire (WQOW) — First Presbyterian Church in Eau Claire had more to offer than just your average Sunday service.
Dogs of all colors, shapes, and sizes, as well as a rabbit and even a rat were all a part of the 18th annual Blessing of the Animals.
“Our animals are a blessing to us, you know that God blesses us through our animals as well. So this is a real good opportunity for us to return that blessing to them,” said Pastor Kathy Reid Walker.
Anyone was welcome to bring their four-legged friend to take part in the special day, whether you attend the church or not. During the animal focused sermon, music played, different stories were told and prayers were made, honoring their loyal, furry companions. The sermon came to a close with Pastor Walker giving an individual blessing to each animal.
“We really try to emphasize caring for the earth and all her creatures. This is one way to really celebrate the animals that are a part of our creation,” said Walker.
The event has even become a yearly tradition for some, especially for 8 and 13-year-old sisters, Lily and Kara Poquette, along with their dog named Turkey, who have been going their whole lives.
“It’s good for him to see everybody, meet some other dogs, because he doesn’t do that often,” said Kara Poquette.
While animals like Turkey may have been more focused on meeting new friends or playing with their chew toys, Kara said that bringing their dog is important to them.
“He’s still God’s animal and he deserves to know about God even if he doesn’t understand it,” said Kara.