Pray with your pet

SMITHSBURG, Md. (AP) - January 20, 2014

Reverend Al Deal is inviting parishioners to bring their pets to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Smithsburg.

Deal is an animal lover who comes from a family of animal lovers.

Deal and his wife and two children share their home for with two cats, a bunny and a beagle.

Deal says to pet lovers, the animals are part of the family.

So, he asks, "why not invite them to church?"

Deal tells The Herald-Mail if the service goes well, he might consider inviting dogs to Sunday school.

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