NOFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – As the coronavirus pandemic enters its third year, a Norfolk church will once again offer blessings to our furry friends.
The second annual Blessing of Pets is on April 16, the Saturday before Easter, at 11 am.
With services and much of life returning to normal, Daisy, the grandson of Shiloh Baptist Church pastor Keith Ivan Jones, was excited for her first face-to-face interview with 10 On Your Side. It was definitely her rub my tummy moment.
“Every now and then I get the chance to play with Daisy and pet her. Daisy is a very wonderful and friendly pet. She was extremely important to the life of our family,” Jones said.
Daisy was the star of the show via Zoom conference call a year ago when Jones announced the first blessing of pets at Shiloh Baptist Church just outside of downtown Norfolk.
The launch was a hit, complete with animal sketches and a walk on stage for pets and their owners. Jones, a former military chaplain, uses the traditional catholic blessing of domestic animals as inspiration for the free and publicly accessible event.
“It’s an understanding of the important role pets have had in getting through the pandemic and these very difficult things,” Jones said.
“We pray for the pets, we pray for the owners, we put our hands on them and give them a treat and just understand that pets are part of our family too,” Jones said on Daisy’s “Playground,” which People In General ” name “Parking”.
And it really was a regional event that featured a pet with four very long legs.
“We had about 40 pets. We even had a horse out here,” he said.
According to Pastor Jones, the horse named Tripp hails from North Carolina.
The pastor will also offer prayers for families who have had to say goodbye to a pet this year.
“It creates a void in our midst, so we pray for them too, that they will be comforted and that their grief will be short-lived,” Jones said.
For more information about blessing pets, contact the Church at 757-625-4367.