Each year in October many commemorate St. Francis of Assisi with a blessing of the animals. Pets like hamsters, snakes, frogs, dogs and kitties are best friends. They love us no matter what and they wiggle into our hearts, leaving an indelible mark of loyalty. I thought I would tell you about one of my favorite dogs.
Hitch was a Jack Russel Terrier. The only dog I ever purchased from a breeder. After some conversation with the breeder, I met her and the puppy at the I-40 rest stop near Burlington.
How this pup got his name is another story. He was a short-legged Jack, full of pluck and personality. He would run so fast through a furrowed field that he would be launched into the air; he would flip end over end, and keep on running until it happened again.
He was my daughter’s first dog. He was invaluable creature; protective when she was an infant and a clean-up man after meals-licking up scraps of food from the floor and the high chair (and hands too). I am sure that he heard a few secrets and bore a few tears too.
His exuberant personality lasted up until the end. When he could no longer find his kennel or navigate the steps into the house, we knew it was time to let him cross the rainbow bridge.
I am thankful for Hitch. He was an enduring companion and friend.
On Saturday, October 6, 10 am we will bless pets under the picnic pavilion. Pictures of those who have died this year and those who greet us when we get home are welcome. Come on out as we give thanks for the critters that make life much better.