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Kathleen Dolaher of Quincy takes her dogs everywhereshe goes, but Sunday she took them somewhere they had never been: church.

The Pilgrim Congregational Church in North Weymouth launched its weekly ?Woof ?n? Worship? services Sunday evening.

?I love it. My life revolves around making my dogs happy,? said Dolaher, sitting in a pew with her Labradoodle Rory and miniature Labradoodle Allie. ?It makes me happy and it makes them better socialized and :unsure:ogs.? :unsure:

The Rev. Rachel Bickford said the response has been wonderful, and people were excited to be able to take their dogs to church.

?People are really struggling in everyday life, and the animals that we have are something that give us joy every day,? the Rev. Bickford said.

The Rev. Bickford said she came up with the idea for the Woof ?n? Worship while reading her Bible at home.

?One of (the Psalms) talks about letting all living things praise the Lord. My dogs were at my feet, and I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together.?

All dogs were welcome, as long as they were leashed, even pit bulls. At first, the church?s insurance policy wouldn?t allow the reputedly aggressive breed, but the church was able to pay a little extra to allow them.

The Rev. Bickford said she wasn?t worried about unruly dogs or excessive chaos, and was glad the church was able to include all breeds.

?One thing I know about dog lovers is we?re all good people, and we know our dogs, so I trust them,? she said.

Sara Diem of Weymouth went to the service so her Bernese mountain dog, Chloe, could be blessed.

?I was excited to bring her here. She?s having a couple little health issues these days, so I just thought she could use the extra help,? she said.

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