Hundreds of Spanish pet owners took their animals to church on Tuesday where Catholic priests blessed them on the Day of St Anthony the Abbott, the patron saint of animals.
A few dogs barked, but most animals waited patiently to be sprinkled with holy water on the steps of the baroque St Anthony's Church in central Madrid.
Noise from the pews
Priest Angel Garcia then said Mass in front of dozens of pets inside, also to some barking from the pews.
Carlos Cabestany, 51, brought his greyhound, Rita.
"It is a Madrid tradition and we like to keep it alive," he said.