Wearing his Sunday best and arriving in a pram, Chispi was one of dozens of dogs blessed by a priest in Madrid on Sunday to celebrate the patron saint of pets.
"In the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit, I bless you. Amen," said father Angel as he sprinkled a few drops of holy water on Chispi’s head.
The 10-year-old shih tzu was wearing a special red coat for the occasion. "We hope this will allow him to live another year longer," said Chispi’s owner, 56-year-old Maria Luz Gomes.
Mar Lopez, 45, travelled 50 kilometres（30 miles）from Zarzalejo to the capital but brought her two dogs, eight-year-old Gromit and Frida, one. "I like this church, it accepts everyone. Animals too," she said.
"Saint Antony loved and blessed animals. He said they were God’s creatures and that’s why we bless pets here," father Joaquim told AFP at the St Anthony church in Chueca, a Madrid neighbourhood popular with the gay community.
Saint Anthony, whose actual feast is on January 17, was a Christian monk born in Egypt in the third century. A hermit and Spain’s patron saint of animals, the likes of Velazquez, Bosch and Di Cosimo painted him alongside a pig.
Sunday best：最好的衣服。例句：I will put on my Sunday best to attend your wedding.（我會穿上我最好的衣服，去參加你的婚禮。）
patron saint：守護聖人、守護神。例句：St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.（聖派翠克是愛爾蘭的守護神。）
the likes of：類似的人或物。例句：You don’t know what loss of employment means to the likes of me.（你不知道失業對像我這樣的人意味著什麼。）