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Pastor Darrell Morton gives Bailey a blessing Sunday during a celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Blessing the naughty and the nice

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For Schnapps, a traditional Franciscan blessing might have been asking for a lot.

The Schnauzer-mix mutt has a tendency to run over to his neighbors' yard and piddle on the saints that adorn the lawn.

So the incorrigible dog joined a number of better-behaved canines in the parking lot of Bethany Lutheran Church in Nevis Sunday morning for the annual pet blessing that coincides with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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