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Opinion

alex beam

Do all doggies go to heaven?

How great was that? About 50 members of God’s creation and their all-too-human handlers huddled in the shadow of Trinity Church on a rainswept Sunday afternoon for the annual Blessing of the Animals.

Even before the Rev. William Rich incanted a brief prayer over Nikka, our Airedale, I knew she was in heaven. What company; well-behaved dogs and cats abounding! What smells! Two week’s worth of sidewalk socializing collapsed into one half-hour ritual.

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