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Save Me!Belief in a higher power can get you through the tough times. For some people, this higher power is called upon to aid their pets. Just read this story for more…

MASAYA, Nicaragua (Reuters) – Hundreds of dogs, many dressed as babies or clowns, were taken to celebrate mass in this Nicaraguan town on Sunday, an annual ritual where the owners pray for their pets to be cured or avoid falling ill.

My parents took me there years ago, to pray for a cure for my loss of hearing. It wasn’t until years later they realized I was able to hear them, it’s just that I didn’t listen.

A long queue of Catholics, carrying their pets or leading them on leashes, waited their turn to pass by an image of a saint in a tiny church in this town 20 miles to the south of the Nicaragua capital, Managua.

The saint in question is St. Beau, the Patron Saint of Bologna.

The faithful thank the saint for curing their pets or ask for the dogs to be protected from illness. The town’s priest always conducts a special canine mass.

I just wish they’d promote it more. Heck, I’m still embarrassed about pointing out the dirt spot on Blondie the golden lab’s forehead, not having realized it was Ash Wednesday…and that was 10 years ago. I don’t even want to get into the ‘wafer’ incident.

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