Blessing of the dogs
Father Juan Manuel Villar blesses a dog during the feast of San Anton, the patron saint of animals, in Madrid, on Jan. 17. The feast is celebrated each year in many parts of Spain and people bring their pets, farm or work animals to churches to be blessed.

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(AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
 

Pinscher pedigree
Pinscher crossbreed “Milly” poses on a mini-piano to promote the CACIB 2008 pedigree dog show in Nuremberg, Germany, on Jan. 17. More than 3,000 dogs will compete to get the CACIB-title when the pedigree dog prominence meets during the fair running from 19 to 20 January 2008.

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(AFP/Getty Images/Timm Schamberger)