Canon Horace Baugh holding Fanny, a miniature poodle and Yasmine a tabby for the annual blessing of the animals at Beaver Lake in Mount Royal Park in 1983.
Source: Montreal Gazette archives, September 26th, 1983 / Photographer: George Bird
Horace Baugh was an energetic man, a good skier, and his love of nature was instrumental in expressing his faith. In 1991 he was inducted into the Laurentian Ski Museum Hall of Fame for creating the St. Francis of the Birds Ski Chapel in 1951. An avid fan of the sport, he even devised a 40-minute service to accommodate skiers so that they could return to the slopes quickly after mass.He is also known for having instituted the blessing of pets. An annual ceremony that he officiated at Beaver Lake on Mount Royal. According to his calculations, he blessed more than 60,000 pets.