Each October, my dog and I participate in one of nicest celebrations a pet and owner can share - Blessing of Animals, a Catholic tradition that is duplicated by other denominations.
Don't worry, I'm not going to try to convert anyone! I'm just going to describe this celebration and suggest that those church goers among my readers might see if their church offers something similar.
Both our local Episcopalian and Lutheran churches have similar celebrations.
The Blessing of Animals commemorates feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4) and his love for all animals. St. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy around 1181; founded Franciscan Order of Monks; and died in 1226.
In celebration which often takes place outdoors, a priest sprinkles holy water on your pet and says following:
"Blessed are you Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in sea, birds in air and animals on land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters.