Monday 18 December 2017

Dog Day afternoon for the pooches at Christchurch Cathedral

Pets from all over the country flocked to cathedral for special blessing and choir service

'Bruce', a Boxer, aged 8 with owner, Charlotte Walker from Tullamore, at a Christmas Choral Service at Christchurch Cathedral
'Bruce', a Boxer, aged 8 with owner, Charlotte Walker from Tullamore, at a Christmas Choral Service at Christchurch Cathedral
'Poppy', a six year old King Charles Spaniel, owned by Tina Magee, at a Christmas Choral Service at Christchurch Cathedral
'Kim', aged 9, a Golden Retiever, owned by Mike Mahon from Templeogue
'Poppy', a six year old King Charles Spaniel
'Poppy', a six year old King Charles Spaniel,

Eimear Rabbitte

It was a day for the dogs as a host of cute canines took over one of the country’s most iconic cathedrals.

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin was over run with up to 100 pooches, of all shapes and sizes this afternoon – and they even got their own special blessing.

It was a carol service with a difference as proud owners and 300 church goers turned out for mass accompanied by the well behaved dogs.

It is the seventh year of the annual Peata Carol Service, which raises vital funds for the animal welfare organisation.

Familiar Christmas songs rang out throughout the huge church with some of the guest pooches putting on their best barks to accompany the familiar hymns.

Later, the dogs and their owners were invited up to the altar where they were given a very distinctive blessing by the priest who asked god to watch over the beloved pooches and their owners for the year ahead.

Among the stars of the show at today’s service was Great Dane Bobbi, who stands at an enormous six foot five when he is on his back legs and tinsel wearing Boxer Bruce, now eight years old.

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