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Third annual Dog Day Afternoon at Our Lady of the Angels cathedral

July 29, 2009 |  6:38 pm

Cleo Yesterday, I took my Great Dane, Cleopatra, a/k/a Cleo (at right), to the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. It was the third annual Downtown Dog Day Afternoon, co-sponsored by the cathedral and the Los Angeles Downtown Center Business Improvement District. (Not to be confused with the blessing of the animals that happens on the feast of St. Francis in October.)

Senior Vice President Hal Bastian started the event two years ago to create a community event for downtowners, whom he describes as "anyone who lives, works or plays in downtown L.A."  This year, 355 dogs -- their human companions in tow -- attended the event on the plaza.

Cleo spent the early evening hours attempting to meet every single one of the visitors (canine and human), posed for pictures and ate a large Dodger Dog (sans mustard). Everyone at the event had a doggone good time -- especially Ms. Cleo.  More photos after the jump.

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Cleo meets Lassie as well as other little darlings. A good sniff was had by all.

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Cleo meets someone bigger -- a Great Pyrenees. Wow!  Now that's a really big dog.

Cleo's other, littler, friends below:

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The Dog Day Afternoon party is over. There's nothing more for Cleo to do than pop the balloons and head home.

-- Barbara Thornburg

Photos: Barbara Thornburg / Los Angeles Times

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