After a weekend at the zoo, another precious Sunday was spent with animals.
In celebration of World Animal Day and St. Francis of Assissi’s feast day (both on October 4), a pet blessing was held at the Eastwood Mall Open Park last October 6. We brought my baby doggie Crystal so she can be blessed, together with the hundreds of dogs and other pets.
There was a parade scheduled at 4pm, but we skipped that part and had Crystal registered at the booth. We just had to show her “baby book” containing her vaccine records, and we were given a pet pass which allowed us to enter the establishments in Eastwood with Crystal. There’s also a Pet Blessing certificate that we can claim starting October 20 until October 31. Registration was for free, and there were freebies that came with it!
The event was organized in partnership with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). I have long wanted to go to PAWS to donate food for the dogs there, but since I haven’t finalized my plans, I took the opportunity to help out by buying an “I am Blessed” scarf for Crystal and Andy. The scarf was worth Php50 each and proceeds will be added to PAWS’ funds.
We also had our pictures taken at the PAWS photo booth. We bought two copies of the photo with Crystal, and just like the scarves, proceeds from the photo booth will be used for the dogs and cats currently being taken care of by PAWS. It was a wonderful way of helping out the organization that provides shelter for dogs and cats.
There was a short program, and the organizers invited Morisette, a finalist of The Voice Philippines to sing for the crowd. Afterwards, special awards were handed out to the Early Bird and the Best Dressed Pet. Too bad we were a bit far from the stage, and I wasn’t able to capture a clear picture of the best dressed pet companion. The puppy was wearing a pink lacy gown! Adorbs!
The highlights of the activity were the mass officiated by Father Jose Antonio Paras SDB at around 5:30pm, followed by the pet owners’ pledge and the pet blessing. Crystal was blessed twice – my dad brought her first because the area was too crowded and I had a hard time keeping her still, but when there were only a few pet owners left, I fell in line again for Crystal’s second blessing. I hope having her blessed twice will make her a really healthy and obedient dog now! 🙂
My family really enjoyed seeing different breeds of dogs at the park. It’s really touching to witness how the owners are proud of their pet companions and how much they take care of them. Some dogs were so spoiled, they even came in carriages, in cute outfits, and accessories.
Crystal is part of our family already. When planning vacations, her and the other pets’ (we have four dogs and a cat at home) welfare is always a part of the discussion, because for us, it’s a priority. It’s always “Pwede ba ang dogs dun?” or “Sino maiiwan sa mga aso at pusa?” While I don’t have my own children yet, I spend a great deal of time taking care of Crystal, giving her a bath every week, buying her food, and playing with her when I get home from work. Having a pet is a commitment to ensuring that they live in a safe and pet-friendly environment and that their needs are met. It’s a great practice, really, in raising kids. :p
I’m looking forward to the next pet blessing where I can bring both Crystal and our new baby, Andy. It’s our way to remind ourselves of our commitment to love them and that they are blessings from God. These dogs deserve the best because they are, after all, man’s best friend.