Dogs in church? What?

Husky, Dog, Dog Breed, Animal, Sled Dog

“Have you noticed the girl who brings her dog to church,” somebody asked me.

“No,” I replied. I didn’t respond well to hearing the news. Much public news appears to center around”It’s all about me” people who do what they want without a concern for others. Besides that, a Christian church represents the body of Christ, a sacred place.

Then, a counter-thought came to mind. Biblical stories brim with allegory. After arrival, Mary put Jesus in a manger (a feeding trough for domestic animals). The Son of God sheltered among domestic animals (in their house), a vulnerable, but protected newborn. How can we not welcome a domestic monster now in the house of the Lord, his house. Yet, a dilemma may accrue from these welcome.

As I understand it, the girl has aged to the point that she hardly can come to worship at our church. Her adorable dog, a constant companion, gives her love. The creature has become her strength, her source of courage about leaving her home for any use. She’s passed the point of reason about whether her dog can go where she belongs. If the dog can’t go, then she won’t.

After I heard about the woman and her dog, many church agencies have happened, yet I have not located her. Someone said she arrives late, just before the beginning of the service, that she sits in the last pew, and that she puts the dog at her feet in order to stand and to clap her hands during the singing parts of the church service.

“From habit, the dog shakes itself just after she puts it at her feet,” someone said. “If you listen carefully, you may hear its small chain and label rattle. Otherwise, you will not know, for the dog never makes a noise.”

Just as in any public place, at a restaurant, in the theater, in your kid’s school play, on a cruise ship, in an airplane, owners, managers, and members have increasingly permitted patrons’ animals. Some do that conditionally. Those animals admitted may not all rattle a tiny chain and lay quietly in their owner’s feet. Society has become ever more political and outspoken, and doesn’t appear to tolerate exceptions. Allow one wee dog in church and the staff will risk a dilemma when dozens of puppies attend church with their owners. What do you believe should be done? #TAG1writer.

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