On Saturday April 23, Olvera Street in the Pueblo of Los Angeles hosted the 81st annual Blessing of the Animals. A sacred ritual for Angelenos and their four legged friends, the event is not only spiritual but also a place for all pet owners and caretakers to come together and share the passion and love they have for their trusty companions. Council members Labonge and Hahn were on hand as they are every year while holy water duties were taken over by Archbishop Gomez this year, who was handed over the aspergil (the Holy Water Sprinkler) from Cardinal Mahony.
This year's event showcased many breeds of dogs along with a few cats, horses, snakes, lizards, parakeets, a pig and a couple of roosters. Most notable was Murray the albino snake who is the cornerstone of the event year after year, Daisy the Pig who was constantly on the other end of the camera all day and “Fish” the Rooster who wanted a little bit of that Holy Water to keep him cool.
Enjoy the Blessing of The Animals - 2011.