Is having a pet blessed a odd ball thing? I would feel odd about
bringing my dog into a church. She is a good dog but still.
I have no problem at all with blessing pets or other animals. I once stood outside a little church in Italy and blessed pigs and horses on the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot.
God gave stewardship of all material creation to man and that duty was not lifted with the Fall of our First Parents. Holy Church has blessings for animals of different kinds, as well as deprecatory prayers against noxious, pestiferous, annoying animals… such as squirrels. I hate squirrels. But I digress.
Animals were given to us by God, as part of creation which He calls good, for our proper use and our enjoyment. Animals benefit us in many ways and it is normal that we should call down God’s blessings on them so that they can continue to be even more useful and beneficial. Pets have an important part to play in our lives. So long as we keep them with a proper perspective and see them for what they are, they are good.
You can take a copy of pages of the old Rituale Romanum translated into English with you. Otherwise, even better, get Father his own copy of the reprint of Fr. Weller’s translation of the Rituale which has the blessings.
Don’t bring your cattle into church, however. Fido can stay outside with Anathema and Scourge the Cat.