It can be a doggy-dog world out there but today some of God's creatures received a bit of praise from a higher being. A black lab, a schzauzer, even Sunshine the hampster were blessed this morning. Father Jack Maynard pastor of Saint Mary Mattingly Settlement in Nashport annointed area animals in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis. "He came to realize in his spiritual life the importance of all the earth things that God has given to us. Yesterday was the Feast of Saint Francis, on October fourth and every year the Saturday closest to that we bless the animals in God's name," according to Father Jack Maynard.