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The Blessing of the Animals

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Deacon Tom Sheehan, right, blesses Otto, an 11-year-old German Shepherd, along with his owner Rob Jones, center, and Jones' daughters, Madison, 6, left, and Katelyn, 8, center.

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Zak Kovacs, 9, center, and Avalon Budd, 7, right, pet Budd's five-month-old Burmese Mountain Dog Bodhi, center, while waiting for the start of this year's Blessing of the Animals at Franciscan Academy in Sylvania.

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Kindergarden teacher Beth Savage holds out her class' Goldfish, which she brought for a blessing.

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Kara Kucway, 8, center, givers her hamster Fluffy a kiss.

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Bob and Amy Kasprzak, left, hold their nine-year-old Cocker Spaniel Cooper.

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Rob Jones, center, stands wit his daughter Madison, 6, as they wait with his other daughter Katelyn, 8, right, and the family dog Otto, an 11-year-old German Shepherd.

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Amber Weaver, 5, center, smiled as she and other kindergardeners held their stuffed animals aloft for a blessing.

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Deacon Tom Sheehan, center, blesses a group of kindergardeners as they hold aloft their stuffed animals.

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Reina Zeitouni, 9, center, keeps a hold of her four-year-old cat Sugar as her classmates circle up to touch the recently blessed pet.

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