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10/7/2013 8:41:00 AM
Blessing of the Animals Draws Over 100
Dogs, that is...twice as many humans!
Betty Day with Tinker, Harley & LadybugPhotos by Herald staff
Betty Day with Tinker, Harley & Ladybug

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Layla belongs to Renee Jester, a team leader with the Make Lincoln County No Kill project. 

Wayne Howard

There were over a hundred dogs, one cat and we are told, one hermit crab (although we never saw the crab).  There was no alligator, although there was one dog in an alligator costume--good enough for a first place in the costume contest.

Ministers Rev. David Wyant (First United Methodist), Rev. Michael Collins (Emmanuel Lutheran), Rev. John Locke (Trinity Lutheran), Rev. Ray achowski (Emmanuel United Church of Christ) and Rev. Judy Eurey (Pisgah United Methodist) participated in the event.  Rev. Wyant was the one who approached Brad Guth and asked that the DDA consider co-sponsoring and helping to plan a community Blessing of the Animals, a tradition in some churches.

Guth said he was very pleased at the turnout, especially considering that Sunday afternoons are a time when many people visit with friends and family and that other activities were going on including the last day of the Cleveland County Fair and the Renaissance Festival at Huntersville. 

The Lincoln County Humane Society, the Make Lincoln County No Kill group, Lincolnton Animal Hospital, and Heavenly Paws Grooming Center all had exhibits.  Volunteers from 1st United Methodist gave out ice cream and Emmanuel Lutheran volunteers had water. 

There were also several dogs from the Animal Control facility hoping for a home, but most of those in attendance already had one or more dogs, so the hoped-for adoptions didn't happen.

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Diesel, a 4-year-oid chihuahua belonging to Rhonda Noland and son Dakota took second place in the costume contest.  Riley (who belongs to the Finger twins--Makayla & Madaline) was the first place winner in his alligator outfit...and the Grand Prize went to a poodle named Lizzy (owner: Ashley Alvarez).

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