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Looking for a fun, meaningful outing this weekend? Would you like it to be something you can do outdoors with your pet and also have an opportunity to socialize with other pet owners and their companion animals? I know just what you’re looking for.

Tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. you are invited to bring your pets and/or farm animals to a “Blessing of the Animals” at the St. John Lutheran Church parking lot at 701 North 6th Street in Beatrice. Pastor Ernesto Medina, pastor at St. John, will do the blessings.

Animals must be well-behaved and on leashes or in crates. If you are unable to transport your pet to the blessing, consider bringing a photograph of the animal. Children may bring a favorite stuffed animal to the ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public. All faiths are welcome. The Beatrice Humane Society will be present to answer questions and introduce the public to some of the current shelter guests that are up for adoption. Food vendors (for the humans) will also be on site.

Around the country and the world, the blessing is an annual event held in October that honors St. Francis of Assisi and is a testament to the strong bond between humans and their companion animals. The blessing is a reaffirmation of the connection we feel with our pets and a thank you to them for the unconditional love they freely give us.

Organize your day so that you can attend this special event. It will be a meaningful moment for you and your animal friends.

Dog walk

Another fun, outdoor activity for you and your dog is coming up next Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. It’s the second annual “Dog Walk Saving Lives/Dogs One Paw at a Time” event sponsored by Penny and Becky’s Pet Grooming/Pet Splash.

Join other pet owners and their pooches for the walk that benefits the Beatrice Humane Society and Nebraska Organ Recovery. The walk will take place on the Homestead Trail near Mead Lumber. Registration fee is 15 dollars per human/dog team and includes a t-shirt.

Registration forms are available at Penny and Becky’s location at 615 ½ Dorsey, the Beatrice Animal Shelter, Jer’s Restoration and Fabrication, and offices of local vets. Join the fun, get some exercise for you and your furry friend, and help two worthwhile causes. Paw-some!

For more information, call Penny and Becky’s Grooming/Pet Splash.

It’s a match

October is national “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month." Yes, every day is adopt a shelter dog time, but this month brings attention and awareness to all the wonderful shelter dogs across the country that are looking for forever homes. I want to share a success story by Kevin Cole that appeared in a recent edition of the Omaha World Herald.

It’s the story of little Ellie Mae, an 11-year-old Shih Tzu that arrived at the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha in late August bound in nine pounds of matted fur and battling kennel cough. She was a smelly mess encased in fur that nearly equaled her body weight according to Nebraska Humane Society spokeswoman, Pam Wiese. The dog was found in the home of her owner who had died. Apparently, the woman’s family was not even aware she had a dog.

When 91-year-old Bette Mae Olson stopped by the Omaha shelter with her daughter to look for an older dog, they had a chance to meet Miss Ellie. It was love at first sight.

Bette Mae herself had been through some recent health issues and had lost her own beloved dog in June. She was sad and discouraged. Her family gave her a puppy, but that didn’t work out so well, and the pup went to Bette Mae’s granddaughter. When Bette Mae saw Ellie Mae she knew she wanted to give the little dog a loving home.

Today Bette Mae and Ellie Mae are quite the pair. This senior dog and senior human enjoy each other’s company and spend quality time every day. Their story reminds us that the human/canine bond is real and benefits all involved. Yes…the perfect match.

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