Pets given praise this Sunday
PET owners in two Caithness churches are welcome to take their furry, prickly or slithery friends along to services this Sunday (July 14).
The congregations of Olrig Church in Castletown and Canisbay Church will have an opportunity to give thanks to God "for all our pets and for what animals do for us", said Rev Lyall Rennie who will be conducting the services.
"In particular, we want to thank God for all the pets who help us like sniffer dogs, guide dogs and therapy dogs who go into old folks' homes."
Rev Rennie said that he knows that an African grey parrot will be coming along to one of the services this year.
"Animals are great company and provide a lot of comfort for many people. Service animals are especially important but there are many ways that animals help us in so many different ways.
"It's an opportunity for people to be thankful for that and bless our pets."
The first service is at 10am in Olrig Church in Castletown and then noon at Canisbay Church.
People who do not have a pet are invited to get into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up, putting on face-paint or bringing along their favourite pet related toy, book or picture.