The Catholic Church recognises Saint Roch as the patron saint of dogs. Saint Roch also called Saint Rocco who lived in early 14th century in France was said to have caught the plague while doing charitable work and went into the forest to die. A dog licked his sores and brought him food and he recovered.
A black and white dog is sometimes used as an informal symbol of the Dominican order of friars and nuns.
Gilbert has been blessed by an Anglican Bishop, prayed over by Priests and Ministers and to my mind is a very spiritual little being.
I love that a Chinese Reincarnationist said they wanted to come back as a American dog given the way Canadians and Americans especially care for
Gilbert is definitely a Christian dog but he's not much of a water dog so there's a good chance that baptism hasn't really fully taken with him. My dad called him a 'monkeydog' and I think that best describes his evolutionary development in the spiritual sense.
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