Blessing of the Animals-The Rev. Marlene E. Forest blesses Chico, a miniature schnauzer, during a Blessing of the Animals ceremony last Saturday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Hanes Avenue in North Side. Several families brought their dogs to the outdoor ceremony. With Chico is Jordan Williams, while Jay Greene brought his 13-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, Oscar. In addition to the blessing, each pet received a gift. People also brought offerings of pet food and cat litter to be donated to Richmond Animal Care & Control.