Pet Saints

After the World Trade Center attacks, 13 Search Dog Foundation teams were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help search for survivors.World Trade Center Search and Rescue dog, Apollo, attends the New York Specialty Dog Show February 9, 2002 in New York City. Apollo was the first Search and Rescue dog on site after the collapse of the World Trade Center September 11, 2001 in New York. Apollo and his handler, New York Police K-9 officer Peter Davis, received the Langden Sarter award from the American Kenel Club (AKC). A check for $400,000 was given from the AKC to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for studies on the health affects of exposure to the World Trade Center site on dogs like Apollo. (Photo by George Best/Getty Images) less

Apollo was the first Search and Rescue dog on site after the collapse of the World Trade Center September 11, 2001

St. Roch (Rocco) medallions available for purchase at Where’s My Jewelry DOT com

St. Roch (Rocco) medallions available for purchase at Where’s My Jewelry DOT com

The association of St. Roch with dogs comes from the story of his exile in the wilderness, and the dog that brought Roch bread from the table of the nobleman Count Gothard Palastrelli.
St. Roch is often depicted with the dog holding a loaf of bread in offering. The artist who created the illustration shown here is unknown.
St. Roch (Rocco) medallions are available for purchase at Where’s My Jewelry DOT com

The association of St. Roch with dogs comes from the story of his exile in the wilderness, and the dog that brought Roch bread from the table of the nobleman Count Gothard Palastrelli.

St. Roch is often depicted with the dog holding a loaf of bread in offering. The artist who created the illustration shown here is unknown.

St. Roch (Rocco) medallions are available for purchase at Where’s My Jewelry DOT com

St. Francis of Assisi medallions available for purchase at Where’s My Jewelry DOT com

St. Francis of Assisi medallions available for purchase at Where’s My Jewelry DOT com

This is the Pet Saints blog, so let’s start introducing them. Probably the saint most popularly known for patronage of animals is St. Francis of Assisi. There are two stories that establish this connection (1) preaching to birds and (2) taming the wolf.

…Francis was traveling with some companions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to “wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds”. The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away….
…Another legend from the Fioretti tells that in the city of Gubbio, where Francis lived for some time, was a wolf “terrifying and ferocious, who devoured men as well as animals”. Francis had compassion upon the townsfolk, and went up into the hills to find the wolf. Soon, fear of the animal had caused all his companions to flee, though the saint pressed on. When he found the wolf, he made the sign of the cross and commanded the wolf to come to him and hurt no one. Miraculously the wolf closed his jaws and lay down at the feet of St. Francis. “Brother Wolf, you do much harm in these parts and you have done great evil…”, said Francis. “All these people accuse you and curse you… But brother wolf, I would like to make peace between you and the people”. Then Francis led the wolf into the town, and surrounded by startled citizens made a pact between them and the wolf. Because the wolf had “done evil out of hunger”, the townsfolk were to feed the wolf regularly, and in return, the wolf would no longer prey upon them or their flocks.

There are a lot of great depictions of St. Francis of Assisi…we include the one here with him preaching to the birds, but the one by Giotto di Bondone of St. Francis receiving the stigmata (he was the first stigmatist!), is so dramatic, showing him getting zapped in his hands feet and side, that we are including it in this post (even though it doesn’t have anything directly to do with pets).

St. Francis of Assisi medallions shown above available for purchase at Where’s My Jewelry DOT com.

The bird that can mimic anything, other birds, camera shutters, car alarms, even chainsaws…it’s worth waiting through the commercials

Another ”dogs repositioning the kiddie pool vid this one starring Boo

Gus wants the kiddie pool inside; Gus gets the kiddie pool inside…unammed buddy is willing to assist but, this is really all Gus

This vid uses Ride of the Valkyries for the sound, but a Queen song might have worked as well:

♪♫”…move out of my way
I want it all I want it all I want it all…”♫♪

So far, on Pet Saints, we’ve featured a dog and a cat (necklace)…today, we feature the Green Aquarium website of Brian Albert. The Green Aquarium is mostly about aquatic plants, but Brian also knows all about aquarium fish. Check out his site, get some of his plants for your fish pals!
IF you are on Facebook, you can find Brian’s page there with lots more photos

So far, on Pet Saints, we’ve featured a dog and a cat (necklace)…today, we feature the Green Aquarium website of Brian Albert. The Green Aquarium is mostly about aquatic plants, but Brian also knows all about aquarium fish. Check out his site, get some of his plants for your fish pals!

IF you are on Facebook, you can find Brian’s page there with lots more photos