The Peata Carol Service held in Christ Church Cathedral on the second Tuesday in December is what marks the start of Christmas for many of us.
Our uniforms are checked and our hair both human and doggie is brushed. We have alerted the centres we attend so that if feasable they do not miss this wonderful occasion when Christ Church is filled with a most enthusiastic congregation.
All the lovely old Carols are sung with great gusto with a bark or two now and then to add to the melody.
We enjoy the traditional Christmas readings many of them read by members of Peata.
Perhaps the highlight of the service is the blessing of the dogs and indeed their minders feel blessed too.
I feel that the dogs know that they are in a special place and are on their best behavoir. Things may become a little unruly when the service is over and we can relax with a very welcome cup of tea or coffee and a delicious mince pie but who can blame them when they have been so good and there is food around!
This annual Carol Service is a great opportunity to get together with friends, supporters and those we visit who so enjoy the dogs both big and small who do this valuable work.
Long may it continue.
Suzanne Hayes and Rhea
Pets from all over the country flocked to cathedral for special blessing and choir service.
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, 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 Dean 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.