It was a festive affair in Christchurch Cathedral today when a canine carole service was held.
The annual Peata Therapy Dog Carol Service sees dogs who take part in the pet visiting service as well as other dogs from around the country attend and a pet blessing takes place.
Peata is a voluntary organisation which provides a pet therapy service to caring institutions. Its visiting scheme involves approved volunteers and their dogs who generally pay weekly visits.
Money raised at the service will be divided between Peata and the Peter McVerry Trust.
Take a look at some of the heartwarming pictures from the event: