Special day for owners, pets at Avondale Pattillo UMC


      On a cool, sunny Sunday in October, Avondale Pattillo UMC held a special Pet Festival for its members, which grew out of a Pet Blessing the church has held for several years.
     The festival included a special outdoor pet-friendly worship services for members and friends. Church members enjoyed the stunning fall day sitting outside in folding seats or on lawn blankets with their animals. Guest guitarist Rick Yates provided hymns, including “All Creatures of our God and King,” and the homily was provided by Reverend Tara Paul.
     After the service, each pet was blessed by Paul or by other church members, and every owner received a small St. Francis of Assisi medallion.
       The Pet Festival also included nearly a dozen vendor exhibits, with dog training exhibitions by Jabula Dog Academy, music and prize drawings from The Fish 104.7, a Pet Treat Walk and a Pet-Owner Lookalike Contest.