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Decatur Presbyterian holding pet blessing

Merlin hangs out after participating in the dog parade at the Avondale Estates Easter Egg Hunt.
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Merlin hangs out after participating in the dog parade at the Avondale Estates Easter Egg Hunt.

Merlin hangs out after participating in the dog parade at the Avondale Estates Easter Egg Hunt. Photo by Steve Eberhardt

All dogs supposedly go to Heaven, but if you want to cover your bases it’d be worthwhile to take your dog, or any pet for that matter, to visit Decatur Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Oct. 1.

There will be pet blessing that begins at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA. The blessing of the animals will be held on the Terrace Garden at the corner of Church and Sycamore Streets, a press release from the city of Decatur says.

“All are invited to join Dr. Speed and his yellow lab, Chevy, for a blessing of the animals,” the press release continues. “The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or near that date.  This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. St. Francis (1182-1226) was a monk who founded the contemporary order of Franciscans. He was known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals, among many other things.”

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