Woof and worship: Share a pew with a pet

October 6, 2008 8:39:53 AM PDT
The Pilgrim Congregational Church is going to the dogs, and that's just fine with the Rev. Rachel Bickford. The church launched what Bickford hopes will be weekly "Woof 'n' Worship" services Sunday when parishioners can bring their pious pooches.

Bickford got the idea from reading the Bible. She came across a Psalm that talks about "letting all living things praise the Lord" while her own dogs were at her feet. She says dogs provide so much joy when people struggle with everyday life.

Sara Diem went to the service with her Bernese mountain dog, Chloe. "She's having a couple little health issues these days, so I just thought she could use the extra help," she said.

All breeds are welcome, Bickford said -- as long as they are leashed.

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