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Christ Episcopal Church
66 Fellsway W, Somerville, MA 02145
Priding itself on its "informal, family style" Christ Episcopal is a fresh, progressive institution. In addition to itsMore weekly Sunday mass, this "open, inclusive and affirming congregation" also hosts a few nontraditional events. This church has regular "Blessing of the Animals" services in which family pets may be blessed during mass and all donations of pet supplies go to local no-kill shelters. A Halloween party is also held each year.
River Dog
321 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

River Dog, located on Somerville Ave. in Union Square is part pet shop, part dog day care and part groomer. 

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Walk into the sunny store and you may be greeted by a few friendly barks from some of the store's four-legged day guests. River Dog cares for around a dozen dogs during the week and doesn't discriminate on which breeds it takes in, as long as they match the temperament of the group. They can even take on some special needs cases. 

The store also prides itself on stocking many products crafted by local businesses or by small business from around the country.  

Owners Peter and Priscilla Lareau are passionate about animals and have decades of experience in animal care between them. They invite customers to stop in and ask them pet related questions. The company is named after their 14 year-old pup, Rastah, who loves accompanying the two on camping trips to the river. 

Coincidentally, the store's grand opening day was the day in 2010 when major flooding struck the Union Square area, so at least for that day, "River Dog had a river, literally in front of it," said Mr. Lareau.

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