Blessing of the animals at Church of the Holy Comforter

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Tobi, a 4-year-old Shiba Inu breed, licks the Rev. Dr. Cindy Taylor as she blesses it and owner Georgia Smelser at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Rev. Dr. Joe Bowden blesses a 3-year-old corn snake, Sam, and its owner, Elizabeth Shaffer, 13, at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Elizabeth Shaffer, 13, slowly pulls her 3-year-old corn snake, Sam, from the robe of the Rev. Dr. Joe Bowden after it slithered under his collar as Bowden was blessing it at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Elizabeth Shaffer, 13, slowly pulls her 3-year-old corn snake, Sam, from the robe of the Rev. Dr. Joe Bowden after it slithered under his collar as Bowden was blessing it at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Jan Packard ties a handkerchief on her 7-year-old dog Sandy, a rescue dog, at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Rev. Dr. Joe Bowden blesses 3-year-old Cookie, a poodlebichon breed mix, at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Rev. Dr. Cindy Taylor and the Rev. Dr. Joe Bowden greet everyone at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Katherine Shaffer, 15, holds her 8-year-old cat, Colin, after it was blessed at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Katherine Harkness holds her 3-year-old dog, Cookie, as the Rev. Dr. Joe Bowden blesses it at the Blessing of the Animals event at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Animals and owners received individual blessings outside the church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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A Blessing of the Animals event, where animals and owners received individual blessings, was held at Church of the Holy Comforter in Martinez on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

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