Saturday, September 27, 2008

I am blessed!

Today Mom and Dad took me to The Carnivale of the Dogs in Rittenhouse Square Park. We went a few years ago and it was fun, so we decided to go again. I'm not too fond of crowds and gatherings of little dogs, especially little dogs dressed up in ridiculous costumes, but it was kinda fun. One thing I remembered from last time was the big pond in the middle of the park, so I immediately pulled my humans in that direction and jumped up on the ledge. Imagine my disappointment - NO water! Someone stole the water!!!

That's me at left smiling, but actually I'm just in shock that all the water is missing!!!

I tried to hide my disappointment, but it wasn't easy. Many people came up to us to enquire what breed I some new guesses today -- Is that a Lakeland terrier? Is that a Dandy Diamont terrier? I mean please!! Do I look like I have pom-poms on my ears? The silly enquiring lady said she thought I was a Dandy cos I look a bit like a sheep!!

We only spotted two other terriers, a Scottie and a Bull Terrier. The rest were those very irritating tiny dogs like teacup things and a zillion Yorkies. Yeah, I know they are terriers, but I think they need to be reclassified as toy dogs!

So we walked around, Dad enjoyed the free hotdogs and drinks; and I got plenty of treats. As we were leaving a lady came up to us and told us to come on over to the church across from the park for the blessing of the animals. Mom embarrassed Dad and Me by asking if the service was non-denominational because "our dog is Jewish!" The lady said that indeed it was for dogs of all faiths. So we went. The priests were very kind and humorous. Father Neale spoke about his beloved terrier who had lived for 15 years and died in August.

I liked him very much especially as he was kind enough to have one of my nicknames enscribed upon his very impressive robes:

So prayers were said and hymns were sung and at one point they mentioned Jesus and Mom gave Dad a dirty look as if to say, "non denominational my ass!"
We then had to come forward and Father Neale threw water over our heads - that was a tad confusing since the only time people throw water on my head is when I lose my head in the park biting other dogs! There was also a very strange animal in the crowd, I'd never seen one before, Mom said it was a hedgehog! He was a very prickly guy...bit of a weird pet if you ask me!

So I am now a blessed dog - and it feels pretty good!



Asta said...

Oh My Dog Axel
I'm suwe it's OK to be Jewish and blessed..I think you'wewe aweady blessed by having such gweat pawentses..sowwy that youw watew was empty.
Did you get some hot dogs too?
Sounds like a fun day all awound
smoochie kisses

Gus said...

Axel...A Mitvah is a blessing is aبركة

so what's the difference?

Only the name you give to the supreme being changes.

Muzzer says they all count.


Pacco de Mongrel said...

whose the devil who stole the water... go get him crucified.

Eric said...

Axel, sorry bout the lack of water in th pond - did they use it when they blessed you I wonder? And of COURSE you are blessed - you are a Wirey, you could have been a teacup....shudder!!

Wags, Eric x

Agatha and Archie said...

Phew...we guess that's good to know....being of the same faith!!! You are looking good in your pic!! Love and kisses A+A

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Axel...Mumsie's loudly did she say nondenominationalmyass??? That's hilarious!!!!!

And they stole the water? Maybe that's the water they blessed ya with...ya probably needed a lot...I mean cuz there were a lot of animals...I mean not cuz ur substantial or

Lacie gnaws on her paw for a while and slinks quietly away....

Barkin' at ya...

Scruffy and Stan

Hey could ya put a good word in for us? We could use it!!! With you being blessed and all!!!

Hiwyre said...

Hey Blessed Axman-

It can never hurt to be blessed. We terriers need all the help we can get. Can't believe they stole all the water though!

We just wanted to wish you and your Mom and Dad a Happy New Year! Should get some goodies there! More pictures, please!

Your California buddies,
Bigfoot Fletch & Maxie T(oo)

William Tell said...

That sounds like quite an interesting afternoon! Too bad there weren't more terriers there. That would have livened things up for sure.

Happy Tails,
William Tell