Deacon Kevin Woodvine of Our Lady of Angels Church in Kenai blesses Max the Australian shepherd while Max’s owner Jon Wolhlers tries to keep the puppy still at St. Francis by the Sea in Kenai, Alaska on Sunday, October 8, 2017 during the Blessing of the Animals. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Deacon Kevin Woodvine of Our Lady of Angels Church in Kenai blesses Max the Australian shepherd while Max’s owner Jon Wolhlers tries to keep the puppy still at St. Francis by the Sea in Kenai, Alaska on Sunday, October 8, 2017 during the Blessing of the Animals. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Bless this pet

Pets of all shapes and sizes were welcomed at St. Francis by the Sea in Kenai on Sunday.

The church, along with Our Lady of the Angels, held the Blessing of the Animals and invited animals of all shapes and sizes to the church for the custom.

The ceremony is often held in conjunction with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, on Oct. 4, since Assisi was known for his love of animals.

Many dogs, and some cats, came through the church’s doors on Sunday, including pugs, poodles and golden-doodles.

Reach Kat Sorensen at kat.sorensen@peninsulaclarion.com

Marti Slater pets her dog, Abigal, while attending Blessing of the Animals held at St. Francis by the Sea in Kenai, Alaska on Oct. 8, 2017. The joint event was hosted St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Marti Slater pets her dog, Abigal, while attending Blessing of the Animals held at St. Francis by the Sea in Kenai, Alaska on Oct. 8, 2017. The joint event was hosted St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

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