Today was our annual "Blessing of the animals" service at church. It was mostly dogs...maybe about 30/more of them, and a couple of cats, and I think I saw a gecko. Pretty cool, though.
I took Cookie on a good walk before the service, just to get all her heeby-jeebies out of her system. I wasn't sure she was going to do very well, what with all the people (who would be STANDING part of the time, for goodness sake...and Cookie hates it when people are 'towering' over her) and all the other dogs around. But she was the very picture of good behavior. She mostly sat under our pew (safer there) and was so confused by the mass of people/dogs walking around and greeting each other during the passing of the Peace that she let people pet her!!!
She got a blessing after the service and did a lot of mingling (read: sniffing other dogs), and was much too excited to even nibble on all the doggie treats thereabouts. A real Red Letter Day for our Cookie, I'd say.
Note: The last remark made me wonder where the term, red letter day, came from. Here is the answer, via Wikipedia:
A red letter day (sometimes hyphenated as red-letter day) is any day of special significance.
The term originates from Medieval church calendars. Illuminated manuscripts often marked initial capitals and highlighted words in red ink, known as rubrics. The First Council of Nicaea in 325 decreed the saint's days, feasts and other holy days, which came to be printed on church calendars in red. The term came into wider usage with the appearance in 1549 of the first Book of Common Prayer in which the calendar showed special holy days in red ink.
On red letter days, judges of the English High Court (Queen's Bench Division) wear, at sittings of the Court of Law, their scarlet robes (See court dress). Also in the United Kingdom, other civil dates have been added to the original religious dates. These include anniversaries of the Monarch's birthday, official birthday, accession and coronation.