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INTERFAITH BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS IN LONG BEACH

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Justin Rudd's Haute Dogs, Long Beach, Calif.  THE HAUTE
DOG
organization (pronounced "HOT") is a diverse and growing network of dog owners, lovers, educators, rescuers and supporters. Our common bond has resulted in a unique and lively community of folks who share some qualities of our favorite dogs: devotion, spirit and tenacity.

EDUCATE & INFLUENCE
Through educational outreach and events, we hope to help inspire a better understanding and appreciation of dogs, dispel damaging myths, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities.

DEDICATION
This Web site is dedicated to my late
bulldog Rosie, my current bulldogs Riley and POTUS, and to all dogs who continue to be brave and loving.

With warm regards,

Justin Rudd!
Exec. Director
Community Action Team (C.A.T.) a 501c3 nonprofit
& Haute Dogs


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4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
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THIS IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST INTERFAITH PET BLESSING HELD ANNUALLY on/near ST. FRANCIS DAY WEEKEND.



LONG BEACH
| 13TH ANNUAL
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Bring your pets: Interfaith Blessing of the Animals for Pets will also feature Farm Animals
< More than 300 animals to be blessed

mapBRING YOUR PETS!
Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) invites the public to bring their pets to the annual, free interfaith pet blessing at the beach (1 Granada Ave., 90803) at sunset Sun., Oct. 19, 2014, 5:45 p.m.  Farm animals, including ponies, alpaca, llama, goats, sheep, bunnies, ducks, and horses will be there, too.  The event is sponsored by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) and Haute Dogs. Free parking.

DATE: Sun., Oct. 19, 2014
START: 5:45 P.M.
(sun sets at 6:14 p.m. this day)

Blessing of the Animals | Long Beach, CASeniors, families, singles, and children, are encouraged to bring their horses, dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets.

More than 300 animals are expected to attend (including a battalion of bulldogs) the 13th annual "Interfaith Blessing of the Animals" at sunset on the concrete boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore (90803), next to Rosie's Dog Beach.  Beachfront parking is free at 1 Granada Ave. in the non-metered spaces.
 
blessing of the animals long beach justin ruddIt's one of the largest blessings of pets in the world. The Blessing in Long Beach is typically held on St. Francis Day weekend, but this year will be two weeks later since organizer Justin Rudd will be on a service trip to Kenya.  St. Francis is the patron saint of animals.  The Blessing is hosted by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) which includes Haute Dogs.

The event is always free to the public and their pets. Seniors, families, singles, and children, are encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets.

birds at blessing of the animals long beachThe procession of the farm animals and clery down the 100’ red carpet starts at 5:30 p.m. and the approx. 30-minute ceremony takes place as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean – quite a picturesque site this time of year. Past clergy have included a variety of faiths, including a Roman Catholic priest from St. Bart’s in Belmont Shore, a representative from the Baha’I Faith, the pastor from Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church in Compton, the pastor from Bixby Knolls Christian Church, a reverend from Centers for Spiritual Living, a pastor from Parkcrest Church, a Jewish educator from Temple Israel, and a reverend from the Universal Life Church.   

pigThere will be a moment of blessing, silence and vigil at the beginning of the service for pets who are unfortunately involved with sport dog fighting and other inhumane, unethical treatment.  

The religious leaders will talk and pray briefly on the interconnections among all living beings.

After brief words from each of the faith leaders, the menagerie of participants will have the opportunity to line up single-file to be blessed by the faith leaders who will be dressed in traditional garb. Olive branches and holy water will be available. Those with pets can choose to get “blessed” by one or all of the clergy.

IN REMEMBRANCE
The event welcomes participants to bring collars, photos, and/or ashes of deceased pets to get blessed.

And, collars/photos of sickly or immobile pets are very welcome!

The events founder/organizer Justin Rudd says, “It's important to recognize and honor the great bond and relationship between pets and their people.”

OFFICIAL VET ON-SITE
Dr. Greg Perrault will be the official on-site vet during this blessing of the animals. He owns Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach.

Interfaith Blessing of the Animals, Long Beach
Please bring your pets.


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2014 Faith Leaders, so far


Fr. Michael Reardon

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church

Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
Temple Israel 
Bishop Chris Carpenter

Bishop of the Reformed Catholic Church Community of the Resurrection

2013 Faith Leaders

Bishop Chris Carpenter
Bishop of the Reformed Catholic Church Community of the Resurrection

Fr. Tony Graf
Reformed Catholic priest
Andre Alexsen
Pastor, Calvary Church
Rev. Dr. Angela Chester
Blessings All Around, Nondenominational
Mike Goldsworthy
Lead Pastor at Parkcrest Christian Church
Pastor Samuel Nieva
Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church, Compton

Kim Masumi
SGI-USA, NichirenBuddhist
Rev. Suzanne Shipp
Ordained with the Universal Life Church, Long Beach


2012 Faith Leaders

Rev. Msgr. Sean Flanagan
St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Belmont Shore

Rev. Suzanne Shipp
Ordained with the Universal Life Church, Long Beach

Pastor Danny Bradfield
Bixby Knolls Christian Church, Long Beach

Gretchen Krutz
Baha'i Faith Community Long Beach, former pres. of South Coast Interfaith Council
Pastor Samuel Nieva
Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church, Compton
Rev. Lorie Adams
Centers for Spiritual Living
Pastor David Miller
Student Ministries Pastor; Parkcrest Church, Long Beach
Robyn Solovei
Jewish Educator, Temple Israel


2011 Faith Leaders


4Rev. Msgr. Sean Flanagan
St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Belmont Shore
4Rev. Suzanne Shipp
Ordained with the Universal Life Church, Long Beach

4Rev. Susan Bjork
Associate Minister at Bay Shore Church, Belmont Shore
4Lady Deberah
Naiad Priestesses, Goddess Temple of Orange County
4Rev. Msgr. Chris Carpenter
pastor of the Reformed Catholic Church Community of the Resurrection

4Pastor Josh Ebener
Trinity Lutheran Church Long Beach

Interfaith Blessing of the Animals in Long Beach, Calif.

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LONG BEACH
500+ Costumed Dogs to Parade on Howl'oween
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Poodles, pugs and other pups to pound pavement in
world's largest Halloween pet event.

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500+ DOGS IN THEIR
best Howl'oween outfits will return to Belmont Shore for the annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade on Sun., Oct. 27, 2013, 2:30 p.m. More than 500 dogs in all shapes and sizes are expected this year to help raise funds for the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) which benefits local youth, environmental, and animal welfare projects, including Haute Dogs and Operation Santa Paws. CLICK HERE to read more and see some great pics.

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