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Blessing the Animals

John Clanton Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm •  Published: October 12, 2009

I was about to give up on this assignment. I wandered around a completely empty First Presbyterian Church in Norman for about 15 minutes looking for the Blessing of the Animals service. Finally, I found Rev. Pam Normile and the service, which was held in the corner of a parking lot across the street from the church.

Rev. Pam Normile blesses a cocker spaniel named Sipsey, during  a Blessing of the Animals service outside First Presbyterian Church in Norman on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Rev. Pam Normile blesses a cocker spaniel named Sipsey, during a Blessing of the Animals service outside First Presbyterian Church in Norman on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman

Visually, the service was very interesting. A semi-circle of chairs in a half empty parking lot,  a small table with a cross and dogs running around everywhere. You can watch a slideshow of the service by clicking here.

Miniature schnauzers Stella and Laney get their owner Charlie Crane, of Norman, tangled up in leashes during  a Blessing of the Animals service outside First Presbyterian Church in Norman on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Miniature schnauzers Stella and Laney get their owner Charlie Crane, of Norman, tangled up in leashes during a Blessing of the Animals service outside First Presbyterian Church in Norman on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman

-John Clanton