“Who let the dogs out?” As well as cats, rabbits and other four-legged friends? Pets. They are our faithful friends and our loyal companions providing a never-ending source of joy so why not celebrate them with a paw-inspiring blessing?

“Blessing of the animals” ceremonies are traditionally held near October 4th to coincide with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals. The Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Marietta/East Cobb welcomes any and all to their 12th Annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 5th, at 10am on the church grounds.

Reverend Jin Hwang started officiating this endeavor years ago and it has become a popular, anticipated event in East Cobb. He has blessed dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, even a turtle brought by a little girl whose mother owned the turtle before she was born. Parishioner Diana Roth Binger said that is what makes this event so wonderful, “this special service is not just for the church… it’s a nice way to bring the community together and to see the connection between families and their beloved pets.”

The pets may have no idea what is going on, especially when the excitement of greeting other breeds takes precedence. Most animals seem happy to be there with their families and meeting new faces and fur. Diana reiterated that, “We take care of all creature comforts and any and all are welcome to come!” There will be treats served for all, including water bowls!

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation is located at 1200 Indian Hills Parkway in East Cobb. For more information, readers may call the church at 770-971-2738.