08/08/18 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS Big Red, a Newfoundland, surveys the scene.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS
Big Red, a Newfoundland, surveys the scene.

“You made the pets we welcome in/ They’re wondrous blessings too./ With paws and whiskers, wings and fins,/ They offer praise to you.”

This is a verse from “O God Your Creatures Fill the Earth,” a hymn sung on Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Episcopal’s annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony. Over 40 pet-loving friends of the church gathered to celebrate their companion animals and Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, who believed that nature itself was the mirror of God.

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07/28/18 3:00pm
RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO Katie, a two-and-a-half year-old mini Labradoodle who’s been certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO
Katie, a two-and-a-half year-old mini Labradoodle who’s been certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

I had a delightful time at the Senior Center last Wednesday.

Director Laurie Fanelli asked me to come over to see the visiting therapy dog who was coming to the Silver Circle. I told Laurie that I had an appointment in Sag Harbor (I was on the track of a new computer) and I also had the grandkids in tow. I had also promised them lunch at Panera Bread.

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07/10/18 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS Rascal the guinea pig and Boo the pug go nose-to-nose in the arms of their owners, Nicolle De Leonardis and Angelina Rice.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTOS
Rascal the guinea pig and Boo the pug go nose-to-nose in the arms of their owners, Nicolle De Leonardis and Angelina Rice.

On the sunny morning of July 7, approximately 40 dogs — and one guinea pig — and their owners gathered in a shady park across the street from Our Lady of the Isle Church for the annual “Blessing of the Pets” ceremony.

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05/21/18 10:00am
A cute (and well trained) puppy is the way to go. STOCK IMAGE

STOCK IMAGE A cute (and well trained) puppy is the way to go.

I was pleased to hear from Senior Center Director Laurie Fanelli last week that she’s getting out of rehab after fracturing her hip. She said she’d be back at her office this week. Great recovery Laurie! You were missed at the Center and everyone’s glad you’re returning.

Laurie recently found herself in a predicament that’s all too common with seniors. She was walking her daughter’s dog when it pulled her down. An accident, and not the pooch’s fault, but a scary situation nonetheless. (more…)