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Rev. Frederick Weidmann with Derrick Hetherington, holding a photo of a guide dog his family raised, MacGyver, and his grandfather, Richard Beal, with Mr. Utah, a golden doodle, at the blessing of the animals at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on Sunday, April 21, 2013. (Courtesy of Angela Beal)

Courtesy of Angela Beal

Blessing of the animals

The Rev. Frederick Weidmann stands with Derrick Hetherington, holding a photo of MacGyver, a guide dog his family raised, and his grandfather, Richard Beal, with Mr. Utah, a golden doodle, at the blessing of the animals at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill on April 21.

Courtesy of Jenny Knapp

Blessing of the animals

At Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill, the Rev. Fred Weidmann is surrounded by people and their dogs who came for the blessing of the animals on April 21. Nancy Rhee, left, was in attendance with her sister, Alice, right, (holding Straily, a dog that Nancy is fostering for ARF), while Abby Myers, center, enjoys the service. Dogs, from left, Nacho and Evie, wait their turn.




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