Sunday, January 18, 2009

Religious Dog

Are dogs religious? I don't know for sure but I have seen the same dog at church the last two weeks. When I say 'at church' I do not mean wandering around the building, I mean inside the building, in the chapel, in Relief Society, attending with a human friend.

I first saw it last week. I was sitting in the pew, listening to the Sunday School lesson. My eyes had wandered away from the teacher's face and around the space in front of me. That's when I saw it--a face that was clearly not a baby's, even though the face was looking at me from a human shoulder. "Holy cow! Is that really dog!?" I thought. I stared more intently and decided that yes, it was actualy really a dog. A minature dauschuand in fact, brownish red in color. A dauschand being held in the exact same way a mother holds a baby being burped.

After determining that it was a real dog, my next realization was that this was perhaps the quietest dauschand I had ever encountered. Those little dogs are known for being yappy, but this one was silent. The only sound coming from the dog was the sound of the chain links in it's leash hitting each other. What a well behaved doggie. My next obersavtion: the dog was dressed up for church. It was wearing a very nice-looking pink sweater (must have been a girl dog).

I pointed it out to Theric and he too was quite surprised--neither of us had ever seen a dog in a church building. For a moment I thought that maybe it was a guide dog, but neither of us thought that dauschands would make very good seeing-eye dogs. We were at a loss as to why the dog was there, or if there even was a reason, besides being loved and inseperable from its owner.

The dog was at church again today. I noticed it in Relief Society, being held by the same sister. It obviously belongs to her. And if it is not an assistance dog of some sort, it is the most well behaved dauschand I have ever seen--it never makes a sound. And if it continues attending church, it may well become the most religious dog I have ever seen as well.


Blogger Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

This had me laughing! I have yet to see this one, though I wouldn't be surprised here. I've seen people walking their dogs in strollers. STROLLERS! And nicer strollers than I buy for my babies!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 8:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Kari said...

Is that allowed?? I have heard of dogs that help warn of epileptic episodes or other not-obvious conditions, but...hmmm...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:45:00 AM  
Blogger Lady Steed said...

I do not know that sister that owns the dog, but asked some friends who do, and as far as they know the dog is not medical.

Saturday, January 24, 2009 12:11:00 AM  

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