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.