"The animals of God's creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea. They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life… We therefore invoke the divine blessing on these animals. As we do so, let us praise the Creator and thank him…May God, who created the animals of this earth as a help to us, continue to protect and sustain us with the grace his blessing brings, now and forever. Amen. -- "Book of Blessings", Liturgical Press, 1989.