Every dog has his day, and during the feast of San Anton in Spain, thousands of furry friends get their big chance for a truly Catholic blessing.
Many Catholic churches in Spain honour St Anthony Abbot (St. Antonio Abad in Spanish), the patron saint of domestic animals, whose feast is celebrated on 17 January.
During the celebration, people flock to churches so their animals can receive a special blessing. Attendees bring everything from house pets to work or farm animals so priests can perform aspecial prayer on them using holy water.
The feast celebrations often are marked by their use of demon figures and bonfires, including the tradition of jumping over bonfires with horses.
Madrid is a famous headquarters for Spain's tradition, although other regions throughout the country also take part.
Mexico holds a similar celebration known as the St Anthony Abbot Fiesta.
StAnthony Abbot was known for having animals instinctively surround him during his lifetime and for wanting to be close to nature to develop his faith, which led to the tradition of the blessings.
Note that St Anthony Abbot is not to be confused with St Anthony of Padua whose feast day is celebrated on 13th June.