Russell Elleven is chaplain to the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry. 

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During an Animal Blessing, I May Be Holding a Paw

by Russell Elleven 02-28-2022
An animal companion may be the difference between a life that is possible and a life that is barely bearable.
A crowd holds small dogs aloft as a priest flings droplets of holy water over the crowd

Catholic priest Manuel Salazar (left) blesses dogs with holy water in Iztapalapa, Mexico. / Henry Romero / Reuters

“We want to recognize how you have blessed Bandit and how Bandit has blessed you.”