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September 29, 2013 at 6:02 PM

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Blessing of the animals


MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Tanya Ossont, right, tells her dog Dash to calm down, as he reacts to the pew in front of him during a Sunday worship on Sept. 29, 2013 at First Methodist Church on Denny Way. Churchgoers and their pets were in church for the Blessing of the Animals ceremony, an event organized by First United Methodist Church to recognize Seattleites' love of their pets. It celebrates all kinds of animal companions, big and small, that are dear to their owners and people around them.

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Aaliyah Soukup-Stone, 12, with her dog, Bubbles, center, takes a moment to pray as Pastor Sandy Brown, top right, blesses the animals during a Sunday worship.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Harvey the hedgehog, takes in the blessing and rests on the arms of Claire Canady, while Pastor Sandy Brown prays.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Anne Scharf, center left, greets a during dog peering over the pew in front of her.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A dog sits in the pews with Sunday worshippers at the First Methodist Church.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Pastor Sandy Brown meets Maria Clemente, left; her dog, Rocky; and his chew toy, Rose the teddy bear; before blessing the animals during a Sunday worship at the First Methodist Church.

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