Monday, June 15, 2009

San Francisco weekend festival taken over by the dogs

This weekend was the North Beach festival in San Francisco. This festival had vendors, live jazz music, street chalk, interactive art for children. And as soon as I heard about the afternoon animal blessings at the St. Assisi church, I knew that I had to see it for myself and take pictures as proof.

Every year, the North Beach Festival’s presenter chooses an animal or animal advocacy group to be honored at the St. Francis of Assisi animal blessing. I was thrilled to hear that this year, the festival honored Muttville, a San Francisco senior dog rescue. Over the years, Muttville has rescued over 350 dogs.

The church was filled with cats, fish, a turtle, hermit crabs and almost completely covered with dogs and their owners. The dogs were well behaved, except for the occasional bark and scratch.

In past years the church has also been visited by turtles, rabbits, an elderly tortoise on a red velvet pillow, iguana's and parrots, but yesterday it was all about the dogs.

The church was looked like a circus waiting to be blessed. 

Holy water for dogs?

A sunny festival Sunday in San Francisco.

What did you do you this weekend? Would you have believed me about the animal blessings without seeing these pictures? It really is a dog life!


Dollface said...

oh my gosh i love this!! i love how the doggies got to go to church!! yay xxxooo

Anonymous said...

Dogs are our best friends, I wouldn't expect anything else for them.

Fun pics!

Children of the Nineties said...

This is so cute! It looks like a lot of fun.

Char said...

what a great idea!! great shots

Laura said...

Dollface: I wouldn't have believed it without going. It was wonderful.

Thanx lisa!

Children of the Nineties: So much fun. Hope you had a good weekend.

Char: From you what a great compliment about the pics. xoxo

Couture Carrie said...

awwwww what a sweet post! You are making me want to adopt a dog, L!


Fifi Flowers said...

Oooooh my... the church has gone to the dogs... LOL!!!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

It is so, so good that I read your blog. It keeps me up to date on what is happening in the Bay Area because I sure the heck don't know.

Case in point, I have never even heard of this event. Hilarious!


The Mighty J said...

Ohhh look at those pets at the church - too cute!

Carlotta said...

omg this is so cute!!! I've left something for you on my blog :)

Federica said...

Lovely dogs!
Love these pics!


photos de Mode said...

Cute post, you got a pretty interesting blog here! :))

Chuck Dilmore said...

Love the energy, here!
(That doesn't happen by accident.)
Beautiful job, and i look forward to digging in.

Very nice writing!


Carolina Girl said...

That is SO cute! All dogs DO go to heaven..cause they went to church! haha I love it!

On an unrelated note, I am going to San Fran for vacation next month. Any good suggestions for good places to eat?? Somewhere not too terribly touristy or pricey?Thanks! =)