May, 2020
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Sunday, May 17, 2020, 5 p.m. with the Rev. Marya DeCarlen officiating 
and Steve O'Connell providing live music (vocals and guitar).


A Virtual Gathering on Zoom of Caring, Love, Community
and Hope in the Time of Covid-19

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Share with us in the joy of community as we come together through our individual desktop computers, tablets, smartphones and even landline phones!  You don't even need a camera or microphone on your device to participate.

We are having a 'live' online Perfect Paws service and Spiritual Communion -- an Agape meal -- Bring a piece of bread and a glass of wine or other beverage to share virtually in this Spirit-filled gathering of love.  Find us on here.
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Perfect Paws Celebrates its 10th Year Anniversary -- Thanks to All of You

Hello, Perfect Pawers. Believe it or not, this Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of this very sweet and unique little ministry that has grown to mean so much to so many. 

We’ve certainly expanded our mission since we first began with simple worship in O’Neill Hall on May 16, 2010. 

We now offer free pet loss bereavement counseling, an on-going pet-food-and-supplies drive for the Danvers People to People Pantry that has yielded more than three-and-a-half tons of food for those who need it most, and a robust therapy dog program in partnership with Dog BONES Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts, that features certification classes and deployment to schools, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and rehab centers, as well as Hospice.

We now have specially trained senior teams who visit young people with social-emotional learning (SEL) disorders at alternative high schools in the area, and have completed and will be offering a separate, first-of-its-kind certification for SEL Therapy Dog teams who will specialize in visiting with these complex profile students, as soon as we are able to meet again. 

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, our senior teams have been virtually visiting with faculty of special needs high schools with which we are affiliated and sending video messages of encouragement to the kids. On Friday, Paxton reunited with his student-friends at Salem Prep High School over Zoom to offer a cheery, healing virtual therapy dog visit to students who so miss the structure and routine of their school lives. And, of course, we also have the St. Francis Meditation and Memorial Garden that waits for its grand opening when it is safe to gather again.

It is deeply gratifying to see how far we have come with our goal of reaching out to pet owners, sharing God’s love with them, and inspiring them to care for all of creation.  And you have all played such a major part. Some of you haven’t missed attending one service in 10 years!

Thank you for helping to make this ministry so vibrant and meaningful – not only to those we serve – but for us, as well. It has been a true comfort to have this band of animal lovers offer support and love to all who come and seek comfort and joy among us. 
Support our Pet Ministry ~ Please Donate
HELP SUPPORT OUR MINISTRY. We offer comfort, joy and community for all who love animals through:
MONTHLY WORSHIP SERVICE, 3rd Sunday,  5 to 5:30 p.m. Live music, pet prayers and blessings too. 
VETERINARY COMPANIONING for people whose animals are ill, facing surgery or euthanasia.
PET LOSS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT, free of charge, by our certified Pet Bereavement Counselor.
THERAPY DOG certification workshops and north shore deployment in partnership with Dog BONES Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts
PET FOOD AND SUPPLIES collections to benefit the People to People Food Pantry, Danvers, MA
Download our brochure for more info. Thank you.  For more information contact us.

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Here’s What Dogs See When They Watch Television

By Janet Miller, September 2016, Updated March 2019
Source: Bark Magazine

Have you ever noticed your dog taking interest in something you are watching on the television? If so, you may have wondered what they might be thinking, or if they are even seeing the same things that we are, or in the same way that we are. 

As it turns out, dogs do in fact notice and understand pictures that they see on the television screen, as well as the sounds that accompany them. These days, with the evolution of television and more high-resolution and digital broadcasting, dogs literally see a brand new picture, with much more clarity than before. There are even scientific studies in which the results show us how they see and process images, why they are attracted in the first place, and whether or not they understand what they are watching.

Is There Any Proof?
A 2013 study shows that dogs can pick out pictures of other dogs apart from humans, and group them into categories using only visual clues. It is a known fact that like-species gather for social interactions and dogs recognized and were drawn to their own species on the television screen more readily than images of anything else. Possibly an evolutionary measure based on breeding needs, it is an important facet of a dog’s life.

There is even a channel especially for dogs on HDTV called DogTV. The channel has more frames per second than regular television and is specifically colored for a dog’s specific sight. Since dogs can process visual information faster than humans, what they see is quite different from what we see.

Herding dogs, in particular, are motivated by moving objects (think flocks of sheep). They watch the television much more intently than other breeds for this reason.

Depth Perception
Human depth perception is the ability to distinguish a 3-dimensional worldview from the 2-dimensional images from the retina. This comes about from the human cognitive ability to reason and formulate similarities of experiences. For dogs, the term could more readily be described as depth sensation as their means of locating objects that they have seen. 

The evolutionary adaptation known as binocular vision allows the eyes of some mammals to move in simultaneous directions, also known as "vergence". When something is viewed close up, ocular convergence is promoted. Seeing objects in the distance, on the other hand, promotes ocular divergence. Both canine eyes then work together in a state known as fixation where two different images come together to create depth sensation, which is promoted by binocular overlap.

This comes into play while dogs watch television in that they realize the objects are not actually with them, but on some other plane all together. It doesn’t thwart their curiosity, however, and often leads to complete fixation on the images on the television screen.

Field Of View
The term "field of view" describes how different parts are seen at any given point in time along the visual plane. Dogs who are predators have a very narrow field of view and depend more on binocular overlap, or depth sensation, to visually locate and isolate prey. Their maximum field of view is about 240 degrees, while animals of prey have a nearly 360-degree field of view, for protection reasons.

This field of view possessed by dogs may immediately attract some breeds to a moving picture, but once they determine that there’s nothing really happening, they may quickly lose interest.

Detecting Motion
Humans have many more cones in their eyes than dogs do, therefore human eyesight is very sensitive to movement of bright lights. A dog’s retina, which has far fewer cones, are much more sensitive to lower light situations. They are also much more capable of noticing a moving target and can hone in on moving objects at further distances than stationary objects that are quite near them. 

This ability to monitor movement is another reason dogs are capable of seeing and paying attention to television. They may not have a good idea of what is going on within the program, but they can see that action is taking place. When their curiosity is satisfactorily peaked, they will pay more attention. 

Dogs And Television
Old style American televisions that work from tube technology have a frame rate of 60Hz, meaning that the frame refreshes sixty times per second. Newer television, models known as HDTV, refresh at a much faster rate. Many images on the television screen appear stationary to humans, as their rate of vision is slower than that of the television. At about 50Hz, images would appear, to the human, to look like images from a flipbook. Dogs, on the other hand, get the flipbook imaging up to 75Hz, so the images have to have a higher refresh rate to appear fluid to a dog.

To dogs, the older televisions reflect images that they perceive as simple flickers of movement or light, however, the newer televisions present more fluidity and make images appear more realistic to the canine eye’s abilities.

Some dogs even use face-tracking as a means of identifying and relating to information they see on the television screen. However, as a study has shown, face-recognition in dogs is a trained behavior that can cause dogs to focus on the images that they see on the television screen, effectively overshadowing their natural abilities and responses in this scenario. 

Dogs are initially attracted to the television because of certain sounds that they hear. Once the noise has their attention, and they then find out where the sound is coming from, they begin to focus on the images and, depending on the breed of dog and the way their eyes function, interact with the stimulus or not. It was found that some of the sounds that elicited the most response from dogs was other dogs barking or whining, the sound of the human voice giving friendly commands or praise and the sounds of squeaky toys.



O Lord, hear our prayer. 
Grant us the grace to respect and care for Your creation.
Bless all of your creatures as a sign of Your wondrous love.
Help us to end the suffering of the hungry, the cold and the uncared for,
and bring healing and love to all of your creation.
O Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.
Lord, thank you for the gift of the animals in our lives. May we be as faithful to them as you have been faithful to us. Amen.

Let us pray today, with thankful hearts, for the animals who currently share our lives. Send up a prayer for each one.

We pray for the many animals who have lost their people because of the Coronavirus and those who wait patiently and hopefully to be rehomed, adopted or rescued from difficult situations. God of mercy hear our prayer.

For comfort and healing for animals recovering from illness or facing physical challenges -- we offer prayers for COCONUT, the canine who continues to be treated for chronic seizures; for IVY, the Frenchie, living with degenerative spinal disease; for JAMIE Prentice, the kitty, who is recovering from surgery of a blockage; for FINLEY, the deeply loved feline companion of Vicki and Erik Lord who continues to live fully, despite a life-threatening illness. We pray for four-year-old MOOSE, the handsome part-Afghan whose person Bob waits anxiously for a diagnosis of a mass in the dog’s chest; for beautiful therapy dog NANOOK, who suffers from Myelopathy, a progressive degenerative disease as he lives with joy, adjusting daily with more diminishment, and for sweet, gentle, 9-month-old VIRGIL, the Afghan Hound, who still waits for an urgent neurological consult.
For a gentle transition from their earthly to their eternal lives we pray for all animals who have died. Today we pray especially for BOSCO, 16, the beloved Labradoodle who was sent to God this week.  The sweet dog leaves her devoted, heartbroken person, Ro Shea and canine sibling Pippin 6; We pray for MOZART, the Afghan, almost 11, faithful companion of Bonnie Cowpar,  who went to God recently, to take his place in God’s firmament. (See short tributes below).
Merciful God wrap these treasured animals in your embrace and be near to all their humans who mourn their loss. Bring solace in loneliness, peace in distress, and comfort in their remembering, and lift their hearts in thanksgiving for the gift of companionship they have so richly enjoyed. Amen.


It is always heartbreaking to say goodbye to a beloved animal companion. Always!  But during this time of COVID-19, with its requirements of deep caution and self-isolation, the heartbreak of not being able to be physically present to embrace and comfort a much-loved animal companion as it is helped over the Rainbow Bridge by caring, devoted veterinarians, can be crushing.  We ask for God's unfathomable mercy on these animals' humans as they cope with their great loss. Amen.


By Rosemary Shea

On May 8 I had to say goodbye to the love of my life, my partner for the past 16+ years.

Bosco you were that once-in-a-lifetime dog.  You put the joy back into my life after the passing of my mother (who was the other light of my life). And although I thought I was taking care of you it was really you taking care of me.  I’ll miss the smile you offered every time I walked in the door -- even if I had only been gone five minutes. I’ll miss you telling me when it’s time to go to bed. Walks on York Beach will never be the same without you jumping to catch your ball in mid-air.  We were a Therapy Dog team, a team in Obedience, Rally and most recently K9 Scent Work.  We met so many people because of these activities, some of who have become dear friends.  

My heart was torn but I never wanted you to feel any pain so I had to let you go. Your eyes were tired and I knew you were ready, even though I knew you wanted to stay for me.  

Now you’ve crossed the rainbow bridge and are free to run on the beach, jump and catch your ball, bury your face in the snow as you dig to your heart's content.  I know you’ll find all your friends that have gone before you-especially Action Jackson.  But most of all I will find peace in knowing you will be by my mother's side in heaven as you were by my side here on earth.  Till we meet again my sweet girl🐾💜


from Bonnie Cowper

He was one of the sweetest, loving boys I have ever had.  I was very blessed to have been his Mom for a little shy of 11 beautiful years.  RIP my precious boy 😞

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