Pets receive blessing
HOUGHTON — Swift’s True Value in Houghton held its inaugural Blessing of the Pets Saturday.
Retired Rev. Jeff Paulson, an employee at Swift True Value Hardware, delivered the blessings. A Michigan Technological University alumnus, he had been a United Methodist “transformational pastor” in Maryland, helping to rebuild struggling churches.
He suggested the blessings to owner Marilyn Swift, who supported the idea.
“We’ve had a few people, which is good for the first time,” he said.
Paulson rubbed the pets down with holy water and said a prayer over them. Owners got free samples of pet food and a medal of St. Anthony, a patron saint of animals, inscribed “Bless and protect my pet.”
“We’ll add it to his tags,” said Dave Chesney of Hancock, who brought his 10-year-old dog Cally.
If he gets approval, Paulson would love to do it again.
“It’s a nice way to give back to the community,” he said. “It’s not about the product, it’s what we can do.”