Bark For Life 2014

On Saturday, October 4th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harkness State Park, Bark For Life will be taking place. Bark For Life is a canine based event to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.  There will be canine games and demonstrations,  chili dogs, a bake sale and basket drawing..  Fight cancer with your furry friend!

2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Pet Lovers

With International Homeless Animals Day just around the corner and pet ownership in the U.S. at an all-time high, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Pet Lovers.

To help animal lovers enjoy the company of their pets without breaking the bank (which can rack up to about $2,000 in annual expenses), WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities in the United States. We did so by using 14 key metrics such as veterinary care costs, the number of pet-friendly restaurants per capita and the number of dog parks per capita in each city.

Best Cities for Pet Lovers Worst Cities for Pet Lovers
1 Cincinnati, OH 91 Wichita, KS
2 Las Vegas, NV 92 Lubbock, TX
3 Scottsdale, AZ 93 Chicago, IL
4 Irvine, CA 94 Philadelphia, PA
5 Sacramento, CA 95 Jacksonville, FL
6 Atlanta, GA 96 Anchorage, AK
7 Tampa, FL 97 Detroit, MI
8 St. Louis, MO 98 Corpus Christi, TX
9 Orlando, FL 99 New York, NY
10 Glendale, AZ 100 Memphis, TN

Key Stats

  • Veterinary care costs are 2 times higher in Boston than in Milwaukee.
  • Dog insurance premiums are 2 times higher in Mesa, Ariz. or Chandler, Ariz., than in St. Paul, Minn.
  • The number of veterinarians per capita is 70 times higher in Cincinnati than in Newark, N.J.
  • The number of pet businesses per capita is 45 times higher in Anaheim than in Laredo, Texas.
  • San Francisco has 81 times more pet-friendly restaurants per capita than Detroit.
  • Plano, Texas, has 36 times more pet-friendly trails per capita than Detroit.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:

A Blessing for animals


9th Annual Blessing of the Animals

Grace Episcopal Church

8 Chapel Hill Road

Yantic, CT.  06389

Sunday, May 25 at 1 PM

Phone; 860-887-2082


For Immediate Release – May 12, 2014

Media Contact; Kevin Harkins, 860-886-0762


A special blessing for animals will be offered in front of Grace Church in Yantic at 1 o’clock on May 25.


The public is invited to bring animals and pets to receive prayer and blessing at 1 PM on Sunday, May 25, in front of Grace Episcopal Church in Yantic.  The annual event takes place on Rogation Sunday, a day set aside to ask God’s to watch over crops and creatures of all kinds.  Father Peter D’alesandre, Vicar of Grace Church, will preside at the short afternoon service.


“Cats, dogs and other animals are more than welcome”, said John Baldwin, Senior Warden at Grace Episcopal Church.  Baldwin suggests that our four pawed friends be leashed or in carriers as they will be close to other animals.


Rogation Sunday is the day when the Church has traditionally offered prayer for God’s blessing on the fruits of the earth and the labors of those who produce our food. The word “rogation” is from the Latin rogare, “to ask.”


Since 2006, Grace Church has been conducting this simple service giving thanks and seeking divine mercy for all growing things.  Those whose animals are unable to attend are encouraged to bring an item belonging to that creature such as a toy, food dish or bridle, for example.  The service takes place on the driveway in front of the historic old church.


Grace Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and offers a safe, welcoming community for all ages.  Weekly worship services and Christian education take place at 9:30 AM each Sunday, and child care is available.


To learn more about Grace Episcopal Church in Yantic, visit-

Or call, 860-887-2082.