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Blessing of the Animals

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Clergy show that South Georgians feel their pets are important members of their families, to be cared for under God's love. One Albany church today held their annual "Blessing of the Animals" as part of their yearly tradition.

One by one, the priests of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church bestow blessings upon these precious animals.

“I say may you be a blessing and may God's blessing show through you," said Lee Lowery, Rector.

For Lawrence Mike Barfield, he said three year old Camo is more than just his pet, he's family.

"He's a big part of our family, and he helps me with my PTSD symptoms," said Lawrence Mike Barfield.

The 17 year Navy Veteran received Camo two years ago after the church raised thousands of dollars for him through "K9's for Warriors." Barfield said Camo helps him overcome PTSD.

" He stops my panic attacks. If he sees that I'm having problems he'll rub up against me, so I can pet him," said Barfield

Even Bogart, the Chehaw Camel received a blessing. "Blessing of the Animals" is done every year at the church as part of St. Francis.

"When we exchange that kind of love, and care, it helps us to kind of grow into the image that God would have us to be," said Lee Lowery

Fifteen year old Reynolds Langstaff brought his four year old dog, Bolt, to church. He says the blessing taught him that both pets and humans are created equally from God.

" He deserves it just like I deserve it because he's one of God's creations," Reynold's Langstaff.

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