Skyline’s 2009 Blessing of the Animals event attracted 60 people along with 33 dogs, 9 cats, and two horses. Lee Rutter and Julie Duff brought their “minis”— these little horses were a big hit with everyone! The tiny horses were in perfect proportion to the little girls and boys who gathered around them. One of the dogs, a mastiff, was equal in size with the horses. Several of the dogs were tiny Chihuahuas. We all enjoyed the varied sizes, breeds and coloring of the dogs as well as the much more quiet and sedate cats.
The Oakland Tribune sent a photographer and the pictures were on the front page of the Monday, October 5, Metro Section. Publicity included notices in the Bay Woof newspaper and the Contra Costa Times, flyers in veterinarians’ offices, signs at crossing areas, and flyers along the paths and at the Equestrian Center.
There had been considerable concern about having the event time changed from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Of the 60 attendees, 36 were from Skyline Church. The excellent attendance of our own members validates the change. So, mark Sunday, October 3, 2010 for the next Blessing of the Animals at Skyline!
Special thanks to Jean Siciliano, Lee and Chris Rutter, Laureen Sheldon, Beth Rogers, Rhea Babbitt, Suzie Harris, Pastor Laurie Manning, Rachel, Ken and Kate Hoeim, Kayla Bonewell, Vangie Castro, Rev. Sally Juarez and others.