February 2, 2010 | 4:08 pm
Recently, a local church made news when it began allowing an unusual breed of worshiper — namely, dogs — to attend services. Our colleague Jeff Gottlieb recently attended a dog-friendly church service and wrote about the experience for The Times’ Out There series; here’s an excerpt:
As the Presbyterian service was about to start, one of the congregants was being disruptive, making a spectacle of himself once again on a Sunday. But that’s what other members of the Westchester church have come to expect from Mr. Booby.
At Covenant Presbyterian Church in Westchester, dogs like Mr. Booby are welcome congregants at the Sunday night services, where howling and sudden bouts of scratching may interrupt prayers, and the collection plate holds treats for poodles and golden retrievers alike. And the Rev. Tom Eggebeen said he fully understands if some of the congregants need to step outside now and again.
The idea behind the service, Eggebeen said, was to make it more comfortable for people to attend the church, which has 120 members, not counting up to a dozen dogs that generally attend services. Cats and other animals are not permitted, perhaps out of a belief that of God’s many creatures, dogs probably need more ministering.
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God – Spelled Backwards
When God had made the earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees.
He then made all the animals,
The fish, the birds and bees.
And when at last He’d finished,
Not one was quite the same.
He said, “I’ll walk this world of mine,
And give each one a name.”
And so He traveled far and wide
And everywhere He went,
A little creature followed Him
Until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
And in the sky and sea,
The little creature said, “Dear Lord,
There’s not one left for me.”
Kindly the Father said to him,
“I’ve left you to the end.
‘ve turned my own name back to front
And called you dog, my friend.”