Furry friends receive blessings in Bensonhurst

Bless this dog: Pastor E.J. Emerson of New Utrecht Reformed Church led a pet blessing at the Bensonhurst place of worship on Saturday.
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Holy cats and dogs!

Brooklynites brought their furry friends to New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst on Saturday afternoon to receive blessings from Pastor E.J. Emerson. The event was a special one not for the animals, but also for their two-legged owners, according to one attendee.

“His health isn’t as good as it used to be, he can’t really walk, his eyesight is poor,” said Kim Russo of her 14-year-old Pug, Mio. “At this stage in his life, any blessing just to help him.”

Pastor Emerson spent about 10 minutes with Mio, according to Russo, and wished him a long and healthy life. She also blessed another pup who was recovering from a recent procedure to remove plastic from his stomach after he snacked on part of a Frisbee, and his slightly exasperated owner was thankful for the pastor’s well wishes.

“I need all the help I can get with him,” Peter Turk said of Lemmy, his 10-month-old rascal. “He’s a bull terrier, so he’s kind of strong-willed.”

Human attendees also snacked on the baked goods that were for sale to benefit the restoration of the church, which the pastor said was erected in 1828.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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