Animals are a blessing

Dougall, a four-year-old yellow lab owned by Carrie White of Red Deer, yawns during a blessing of the animals ceremony at Cronquist House Sunday. Hosted by the Unitarian Fellowship of Red Deer, the annual event brings pet owners together to mark the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. SPCA executive director Julie Crawford gave the blessing for the eight dogs and a cat that attended the event.

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Dougall, a four-year-old yellow lab owned by Carrie White of Red Deer, yawns during a blessing of the animals ceremony at Cronquist House Sunday. Hosted by the Unitarian Fellowship of Red Deer, the annual event brings pet owners together to mark the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. SPCA executive director Julie Crawford gave the blessing for the eight dogs and a cat that attended the event.

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