Saint Roch is the patron saint of dogs.
|My sister's interpretation of the Saint Roch story.|
Saint Roch was canonized 100 years after his death, in 1427.
There is no mention of canonizing the dog.
The story demonstrates both the bond between people and dogs and the power of each to heal and rejuvenate the other. Hence, Doctor Barkman proclaims August 16th as take your dog to church day.
You can get your own plastic Saint Roch statuette at Monastery Greetings
Or a holy card featuring Saint Roch and the dog at Totally Catholic.