I am still exhausted after yesterday’s Love Your Pet event, even though I’ve napped the majority of the past 24 hours. The pet blessing and expo was unquestionably an enormous success and mother nature provided the perfect sunny day in between storms.
Our organizing meetings were creatively chaotic, yet every detail of the event fell into place at the right moment… just as it was meant to be. Since this was the first time we had planned such an expo, we weren’t quite sure what to expect and the results were beyond our dreams.
With a number of adoption non-profits, 16 vendor booths, great music, hourly pet blessings, the grill turning out burgers & dogs, informative speakers and even alpacas who “dress themselves”, there was certainly something for everyone to enjoy. All shapes of dogs and cats roamed the event venue with their humans and I think I met just about all of them.
The pet blessings were, in my opinion, the most profound piece of the days celebration. Rev. Pattie was ethereal in white under a flower covered arbor to receive the pets and I watched as a most amazing scenario unfolded over and over. As is typical when there’s a large number of dogs in one place, most of us pups were overstimulated and energized. But when the dogs approached Rev. Pattie under the arbor, their demeanors dramatically changed. As Rev. Pattie touched the pups and gave them a special blessing, nearly every dog became calm, submissive and focused. I can’t explain the phenomenon, but I was profoundly moved by my own experience and by witnessing other dogs under the arbor.
The day was magical and a success and we are already planning next year’s pet expo. If you weren’t able to make it yesterday, I encourage you to check it out for yourself next year, and if you were in attendance, what was your experience?