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OK to bless, pray for pets?

A rector of a local Episcopal Church blessed dogs as part of the Kansas Humane Society's Woofstock event Saturday. Many churches throughout the country also blessed pets Sunday as part of St. Francis' feast day. Rick Hamlin, executive editor at Guideposts magazine, noted on a Washington Post discussion blog that prayers for pets are consistently among the top 10 prayer requests at do you think? Are such blessings and prayers natural and appropriate, given God's concern for His creation?