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Many dogs, a cat, and 1 lizard

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Many creatures great and small attended a blessing of the pets  at Trinity Church on Saturday, October 28. Whether pets need a blessing is debatable, but my hunch is that Pastor Jon Stratton (shown below with his young family) engages the community in whatever clever ways he can. Witness the well-attended blessing of the bicycles (look here) last summer.

The smallest creature to receive a blessing was also the most exotic, an Uromastyk lizard from Mali, above. The lizard also had the distinction of possessing the most fearsome tail—ouch!Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Father Jon Stratton with his wife Susie and their children, Alice and Frank.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Approximately 20 dogs were ushered onto the church pews where they seemed perfectly at home, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles   Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

More pets with their owners in attendance at the morning service, above.

And last but not least among them, blessed be the lone feline tucked as far back in its carrier as it could get. No photographs please.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Socializing and refreshments followed the service, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Trinity Church, 600 N. Euclid, (314) 361-4655.

2017 Canine Costume Contest Part II

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

At parade’s end there was a “doggie sit” game and a “best trick” contest before prizes for best costumes were announced. Emcee for the afternoon, radio personality Trish Bush, above right, kept spectators entertained with her dry sense of humor.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

2017 Canine Costume Contest judges, above, are listed as Aundrea Gonzaque of Wolfgang’s Pet Stop, Julie Birkemeier of Mutton Chops Pet Services, Mary Kraemer of MK Accounting & CWEnder Ken Jones. As soon as I get clarification of who’s who and who’s missing in the photo above, I’ll edit this section.

In the meantime, here are photos of the fantastically imaginative costumes the judges chose for top prizes.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest   Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

This little dachshund’s owner, below, disguised her pet’s handicap by turning its usual mode of transportation (wheels) into a winning costume, Wieners on Wheels.

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2017 Halloween Canine Costume Parade: Part 1

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Stray Rescue St. Louis MO Halloween Canine Costume Contest Central West End

Following the kids parade, neighborhood canines were readied for their runway moment.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Stray Rescue St. Louis MO Halloween Canine Costume Contest Central West End

Enterprising young Pershing Place residents set up a concession stand along the parade route to benefit Stray Rescue. Hot chocolate, apple cider, and dog treats were offerings of the day.

Some of the many Canine Costume Contest participants:

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