Tuesday, October 04, 2011
World Animal Day
"World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October 4. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned on locations all over the globe. 4 October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to 4 October with a Blessing for the Animals.
However, World Animal Day has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent Animal Chaplains in parks and fields. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal."
Now I have one little 15 pound mutt named Disco - he was a rescue dog. They found him outside. He must have been abused. At first he was doing submissive peeing - he has stopped that now. But sadly doesn't know how to play. He is very serious. Very loving. He is my grandson's best friend. My husband's exercise companion. My daughter's second child. Teehee
We even had a play date for him
Write a small tribute to your pet. . .
The adventure of life is to learn. The goal of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The secret of life is to dare. The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love!”
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994);
author, educator, motivational speaker
Animals and pets give us joy - but let's not forget the Lord gave us it all - everything.