Greyfriars Kirk to hold Pet Blessing Service

A Pet Blessing will take place this Sunday at Greyfriars Kirk which is internationally famous due to the film Greyfriars Bobby

All creatures great and small are invited with their owners to Greyfriars Kirk this weekend for a special blessing for animals. (Sunday 12 October)

The service organised by Greyfriars Kirk, in association with the Skye Terrier Club, follows on from last years' inaugural animal-themed event.

Greyfriars Kirk stands on the site of a pre-Reformation Franciscan order of Grey Friars who followed St Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals.

During the service the menagerie of animals will be blessed in the grounds and owners are invited to bring along their pets – not just dogs and cats – for the special service which will be followed by an informal 'pet parade'.

Greyfriars Kirk is well suited as a venue.

Scotland's most famous dog, Bobby, is buried in the graveyard outside the church.

John Gray was a constable in Edinburgh's Police Force and was obliged to have a watch dog. It is unknown what happened to his first dog but regulations said he had to have a watch dog to accompany him on patrol. He chose a Skye terrier and being a police dog, he named him Bobby.

No other breed of dog has more gritty tenacity and loyalty and Bobby was to prove his loyalty by faithfully keeping vigil by his master's grave for 14 years until his own death in 1872.