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At church, a pause to bless ‘best friends’

Humans, canines celebrate  companionship

The Rev. David Gregory blesses miniature schnauzer Phoebe, held by June Schermerhorn of Schenectady.
The Rev. David Gregory blesses miniature schnauzer Phoebe, held by June Schermerhorn of Schenectady.
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The congregation at the Sunday afternoon service at Emmanuel Friedens Church was as enthusiastic as they come. Some of the parishioners were so excited, in fact, that they couldn’t sit still. The service was inspiring, but the exuberant response also could have had something to do with the fact that about half of the attendees were canines. Seven dogs and their owners gathered on the church’s lawn for a Blessing of the Animals service. The ...


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