I’ve never been to a church’s pet blessing event.
I know they occur, though. I’ve seen the flyers around my town. And despite the fact that there are a lot of people who find peace knowing their beloved pet has been blessed, these events leave this cartoonist with a lot of questions. Questions such as:
//Are pet blessings biblical? I’ve read my Bible several times, but I can’t think of an instance where a pet received a blessing. I imagine it’s possible some livestock were blessed in order to yield more production, but I can’t see why it would be advantageous to bless a domesticated pet. I have a dog and she contributes nothing to society whatsoever. I guess I could ask that God would bless her so that she would stop barking everytime someone walked in front of our house, but I feel like that would be a waste of God’s time.
//Does a pet need blessed in order to go to heaven? This is, of course, assuming that pets can even get to heaven. If they can and a blessing is necessary, does that mean a pet’s Christian faith is works-based? It seems most pet blessings occur in Protestant churches, so do pets operate under a different doctrine than the churches that are blessing them? If a pet owner doesn’t have his pet blessed and the pet goes to hell, will God judge the owner for that? Do these churches practice puppy/kitten blessings, or do they prefer to wait until the dog/cat is full-grown so it can make the decision on its own?
//How do you explain pet blessings to your children? I assume it’s difficult to have the “will-our-family-pet-go-to-heaven” talk with your children. I can further assume it’s even more difficult if you believe a blessing is necessary to seal your pet’s fate, and you totally dropped the ball on having the pet blessed. Whatevs. You’re busy and you forgot to make the appointment. Happens to the best of us. But now what? When little Sally asks where Rufus is, what’s your angle?
Have you had your pet blessed? Do you know churches that bless pets? Let’s talk about it in the comments!