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Rabbi will bless pets at Temple Har Shalom

Blessings bestowed by a community's religious leaders bring peace of mind to many people.

But why should humans be the only ones to benefit?

Temple Har Shalom, located at 3700 Brookside Court, will host a blessing of pets at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

"This is open to the whole Park City community, not just members of Temple Har Shalom," said Jennifer Israel, who was among the committee members who chair the event. "We will hold it in the temple's backyard, weather permitting, so people should dress accordingly."

Rabbi David Levinsky will do the honors, and the whole ceremony will take about 30 minutes.

"It will be a group blessing," Israel said. "The Rabbi will be accompanied by his dog Angus."

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Angus is a rescue dog and his heritage isn't known, so Levinsky refers to him as an American mutt, Israel said.

"The public can bring their pets and we request that they would be leashed or in a carrier, depending on what type of pet it is," she said. "I would assume that people won't bring an aggressive animal to the blessing. I would hope they would bring pets that are more social."

This is the first time Temple Har Shalom will host a blessing of pets.

"Park City is such a pet-friendly place and we just thought it would be a great idea to do this," Israel said.

The event is also a donation drive for Nuzzles & CO.

"We selected Nuzzles & CO. because we did a project with the on Mitzvah Day a few weeks ago," Israel said. "Everyone loves Nuzzles & CO. and the work they do, so when we found out they needed some things, we thought this would be a great time to put something together for them."

The nonprofit pet rescue organization is in need of the following:

• Dog treats
• Cat treats
• Wet dog food
• Laundry detergent
• Paper towels
• Bleach
• Crates
• Kitty litter
• Towels
• Blankets
• Leashes
• Bowls

Anyone who brings in a donation can get their picture taken with their pets by Deb DeKoff of Park City Photographers for $25.

"We thought a blessing of pets event would be a nice way to start off the fall," Israel said. "We also thought it would be a nice time to welcome people to the temple and answer any questions they had about what we do. During this time of the year, we don't have a lot of tourists, and we thought this would be a great time to bring the local community together."

A blessing of pets will at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in the backyard of Temple Har Shalom at 3700 Brookside Court. For more information, visit http://www.harsholomparkcity.org.

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