The unconditional love and companionship of household pets are blessings to their owners. On Wednesday, Tidewell chaplains turned the tables, conferring grace on our animal friends.
Chaplains Joe Hudson and Katie Lee performed a pet blessing for five well-behaved dogs – Cooper, Daisy, Jewel, Kili and Simba – and their masters on a sunny morning at the Venice Hospice House.
The chaplains also blessed named pets that were unable to attend the ceremony and others that have passed away.
“Thank you for the presence of your unconditional love that we find reflected in the animal kingdom, among those with four legs, feathers, fur, scales and wings,” Joe prayed in the invocation.
Tidewell also holds pet blessings at hospice houses in Ellenton and Port Charlotte. Ellenton celebrated its blessing on Oct. 2; Port Charlotte’s is scheduled for Oct. 13.