A Dalmatian and pit bull mix named Ghost quenched his curiosity, while two bichons frises seemed to enjoy visiting together.
The canine encounters kept several residents at a local retirement community entertained Thursday during a short but reverent Blessing of the Animals service.
About a dozen animals were blessed at the event on the chapel lawn at Epworth Villa, 14901 N Pennsylvania.
The Rev. Lisa Crone, senior chaplain at Epworth, led the group through the brief service that included prayers, responsive readings and songs.
Such services are held across the state by churches and faith-based organizations on or near Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
“From the Creation story all the way to the great Revelation, animals are mentioned in very special ways,” Crone said.
She went from person to person to bless each pet, which sat in its owner's lap or at his or her feet.
Sara “Sally” Harper's shih tzu Clara Belle was frisky as she received her blessing. Similarly, Ghost, the Rev. Jessica Tanner's Dalmatian and pit bull mix, thought Crone needed his special attention, licking her face as she crouched next to him.
Tanner, Epworth's assistant chaplain, smiled as she tried to corral her pet.
“I need to clean my glasses,” she said, laughing.
Other four-legged attendees included Buddy (who wore a colorful bandanna around his neck); Jim and Kay Shock's yellow Labrador; Elaine Johnson's bichon frise called Putter Putter; and Connie English's bichon frise named BG.