Doggy Sunday School will return this year at Livingston United Methodist Church.

The service, to begin Sunday, May 14, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon each Sunday at the church, 200 E. Livingston Ave.

It is a way for area residents to drop off their pets and attend worship services, said Scot Hafler, who coordinates the school with his partner, Blane Coldiron.

The first Doggy Sunday School season last year was warmly received by the community, Hafler said.

"It's really just to provide a space for the walking community, a place to socialize on a Sunday morning," he said.

Jim and Kim Cowie, who brought their two corgis, Lucy and Hamlin, to the Sunday school last year now are members of the church.

"We just love the people and found the warm, open-to-all environment exactly what we were looking for," Kim Cowie said.

The service is free, but participants are required to fill out an online application at livingstonchurch.org making sure the pets are well-socialized and fully vaccinated.

For those who don't sign up online, a paper application will be available at the school, Hafler said.

Participants also are asked to make sure their dogs have updated tags and vaccinations, he said.

Hafler said all dogs are welcome. There are two cordoned-off sections: one for big dogs and the other for smaller dogs.

On the final Sunday in August, the Rev. Jim Donnan, a pastor at Livingston United, will perform a worship ceremony for the dogs. There also will be a remembrance ceremony for dogs who died in the last year.

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