Maryland Reverend Invites Dogs to Attend Service

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Acknowledging that dogs are an important part of many people’s families, a reverend in Maryland has invited his church’s parishioners to bring their furry family members to a service.

Acknowledging that dogs are an important part of many people’s families, a reverend in Maryland has invited his church’s parishioners to bring their furry family members to a service.

Al Deal, the leader of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Smithsburg, said he knows first-hand what it’s like to care deeply for a pet.

He and his family have had many throughout the years.

Currently, they share their home with a 13-year-old beagle named Holly. In the past they’ve lived with a couple of cats and even a rabbit.

Over the years he’s learned how strong and deeply rooted the bond between animals and human can be.

One day, he said, he read an article about a church in Wisconsin that had a dog-friendly service and marveled over what an incredible idea it was.

Immediately, he was inspired to hold one himself.

Since announcing the dogs-included service he’s gotten a couple of inquiries about bringing cats, but he said he’s going to wait and see how this one goes before adding more species to the guest list.

He’s also considering the possibility of holding a special dog and human Sunday school in the future.

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