And I still have that Santa Claus with a Coke bottle in his hand! And of course, as Pope Francis reminds us, I still have my dog, but now he is in heaven!
However, in this case, I believe Pope Francis is infallible. After Sister Angela taught us in the second grade that baptism was necessary for salvation and that in an emergency anyone, yes anyone, could baptize someone else, I took that to heart.
So I promptly went home and knowing that I could not get any priest to baptize my pet dog, G.G. a Chinese pug, I did it myself! Yes, I did what Sister Angela told us to do, I got some water, went outside and baptized G.G. with that water and I used the right formula! G.G., I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
G.G. died (actually my father euthanized him, but that's another story) at 17 when I was 22! That dog went to heaven because of me! And maybe when I was 7 years old and decided to baptize my dog so that he would go to heaven, my vocation to the priesthood was just beginning! Is it a coincidence that in the same year my dog died and I was 22 that I entered the seminary? I report; you decide!
UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! It appears that the Pope Francis quote about pets is an urban legend and one the mass hysteria media is fomenting not to mention certain blogs. Now the story is being debunked HERE and HERE! Tell me it ain't so!