2nd Annual Blessing of Pets - nwherald

Mike Greene - mgreene@shawmedia.com
Victoria Mankowski, 11 of Crystal Lake, looks around the crowd as her rare parakeet Rio perches on her shoulder during the second annual “Blessing of Animals” at St. Margaret Mary Church Sunday, September 30, 2012 in Algonquin. Over 100 individuals came out with their pets-- which ranged from hermit crabs and mice to dogs and goats-- for the traditional Franciscan blessing as well as a raffle for small prizes.