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WND: While millions of people grapple with questions about what really happens when they die, now a brand-new book is probing what might actually happen to people’s beloved pets.

The title of the book asks the timeless question, “Do Our Pets Go to Heaven?” and features biblical analysis of the issue, along with amazing stories of pets that saved people and provided companionship as well as healing.

“I must admit I cannot recount the number of times when, as a pastor of more than two decades and as a public and media personality since, I have been approached by an adult or child – eyes filled with questions – who wanted to ask me very sincerely if I believed their pets would go to heaven,” says Tom Horn, who co-authored the book with Terry James and other contributors.

“It seems to be one of the biggest secrets in Christianity,” Horn continued, “that our Western mindset has made it difficult to discuss what people in other countries as well as theologians down through time believed to be an important and theological question. Most are also usually unaware that the Bible itself has some important things to say about the issue, and that many celebrated theologians and philosophers – past and present – concluded a long time ago based on these Scriptures that our pets most likely will be in heaven.”

Video: Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?

Ironically, the Bible itself doesn’t even say the ultimate reward of saved men and women will be floating on clouds in the sky, but it does indicate Jesus Christ will raise His true believers from the grave, grant them eternal life, return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and rule with them here on planet Earth.

Yet there are plenty of verses in Scripture indicating the presence of animals in the coming kingdom of God.

The prophet Isaiah is famous for this future glimpse depicting people dwelling with animals, whose aggressive nature will have been reprogrammed and tamed by God in the kingdom:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:6–9)

Horn writes in a chapter of his book:

Indeed, we find that God values His living artistry so much that He even made some of the angelic beings to reflect the animal’s faces (see Revelation 4:6–8; Ezekiel 10:14). In addition to their artistic value, God loves the company of these creatures to the point that not even a tiny sparrow falls to the ground that He doesn’t account for (Matthew 10:29). Another amazing example of God’s concern for animals comes from the story of Jonah, in which it appears that the people of Nineveh were spared destruction because God wanted to have mercy on their children and animals (see Jonah 4:11)! Of course, to the delight of my wife, Nita, God is an equestrian and has already filled Heaven with lots and lots of horses (Revelation 6:2–8; 19:11; 2 Kings 6:17). His Son, Jesus, will even return someday on one such horse (Revelation 19:11–14).

It is further written in the Bible that:

  • God holds the lives of animals in His hands (Job 12:10).
  • He, Himself, feeds them (Psalms 104:21–30; Matthew 6:26).
  • They were created for His enjoyment (Revelation 4:11).
  • God never forgets about them (Matthew 10:29; Luke 12:6).
  • People who mistreat their pets are judged by Him as “cruel” (Proverbs 12:10).
  • Those who treat their pets kindly are called “righteous” (Proverbs 12:10).

Horn notes the idea of pets in heaven is not some rogue notion among famous Christians, stating, “Billy Graham, C.S. Lewis, Mark Hitchcock, Dr. David Reagan, and hundreds of other clergy and theologians agree that the chances are very good our pets will be in heaven.”

When Graham was once asked by a little girl whose dog had died that week whether her pet would be in heaven, he replied, “If it would make you any happier, then yes, he will be.”

Horn also cites verses in Scripture stating it won’t be just resurrected human beings offering praise to God in the future:

Animals are included with men as those who are commanded to praise the Lord! This was true in the Old Testament in places such as Psalms 148:10–13, where we read:

“Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”

And this amazing fact – that animals praise the Lord – will also be true in the future, as they are seen offering praise unto the Lamb of God extending into eternity in Revelation 5:13:

“And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”

But the idea that pets go to heaven or have a similar reward to obedient human servants of God is certainly not ubiquitous among faithful believers who study the Bible.

Among them is Philip Shields, a Christian speaker and online host of LightontheRock.org, who stresses there’s a clear distinction in the book of Genesis at the time animals and mankind were created.

“Elohim (God) spoke all things – including animals – into existence,” he explained. “But to mankind only did He breathe His breath into. All humans have a spirit in man, and that spirit goes back to God after our death. But not animals’ spirits.”

He cites Ecclesiastes 3:21, which states: “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit (breath) of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?”

Shields says, “It is this spirit in man that gives us mind (Job 32:8), enabling there to be an interface with God’s spirit so we can understand godly things, which animals don’t. Animals have their own breath, ruach [in Hebrew], or spirit, but that goes back to the earth. Man is the only one that God did mouth-to-mouth on. That did not happen to hippopotamuses and alligators, or to dogs or cats. I think that’s an important distinction, that they don’t have the breath of God.”

“I’d love to think my beloved Duchess would be resurrected or something, but I don’t think so,” he added.

“And where do you draw the line? Are the bad animals – maneaters, for example – burning in hell? Is every cockroach or mongoose or tarantula up there, too, by the billions and trillions? How about the trillions of ants and mosquitoes? And if not, why not?”

Shields also asks rhetorically, “Did Christ die for animals, too? Can animals sin?”

Anyone searching the Internet for answers about pets going to heaven will find no shortage of posts on the matter.

ClarifyingChristianity.com offers a study on the matter, and agrees animals will be present in God’s coming kingdom. However, it points out “the question is ‘Were these animals new creations or do these animals include reborn earthly creatures?’”

By the end of its treatment, the site says, “The Bible is silent regarding an afterlife for animals. However, we do have one hope. The key passage for this question does not deal with animals directly, but rather God’s promise to those who inherit God’s kingdom – those people who have gotten right with God and will go to heaven themselves. For them, the passage in 1 Corinthians chapter 2 [verse 9] applies:

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”

“Obviously, what God has prepared for us is wonderful beyond comprehension. Therefore, love your pets as much as you can while they are here. Those of us who go to heaven will later understand that everything worked out perfectly regarding our pets.”

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Dog, truly a gift!

‘Until One Has Loved an Animal, Part of Their Soul Remains Unawakened’

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I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” -Abraham Lincoln

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Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

Has American Really Fallen This Far?FRC President Tony Perkins

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com)(Updated) The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals – -or bestiality.

On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.

It states: "(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense. (b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the effort to remove sodomy from military law stems from liberal Senate Democrats’ and President Obama’s support for removing the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

“It’s all about using the military to advance this administration’s radical social agenda,” Perkins told CNSNews.com. “Not only did they overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but they had another problem, and that is, under military law sodomy is illegal, just as adultery is illegal, so they had to remove that prohibition against sodomy.”

Perkins said removing the bestiality provision may have been intentional–or just “collateral damage”

“Well, whether it was inadvertent or not, they have also taken out the provision against bestiality,” he said. “So now, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), there’s nothing there to prosecute bestiality."

Former Army Col. Bob Maginnis said some military lawyers have indicated that bestiality may be prosecutable under another section of the military code of justice – the “catch-all” Article 134 for offenses against “good military order and discipline.”

But don’t count on that, he said.

“If we have a soldier who engages in sodomy with an animal – whether a government animal or a non-government animal – is it, in fact, a chargeable offense under the Uniform Code? I think that’s in question,” Maginnis told CNSNews.com.

“When the reader stops laughing, the reader needs to ask the question whether or not this is in the best interests of the government, in the best interests of the military and the best interests of the country? I think not.”

He added: “Soldiers, unfortunately, like it or not, have engaged in this type of behavior in the past. Will they in the future, if they remove this statute? I don’t know.”

Perkins said there was no attempt to remove the UCMJ repeal provision from the bill, which Perkins had expected the Senate to approve.

Now that it has passed, however, the Senate version will have to go to a conference committee, and Perkins predicts there will be several sticking points with the House.

“The House in their version of the defense authorization, reinforced the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that there is a military DOMA as well, prohibiting same-sex marriage on military bases – something the Department of Defense is pushing for,” he said.

“And now this is an added concern, that sodomy has been removed, and as we have discovered, that bestiality–the prohibition against it–has been removed from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So yes, the House will have problems with this bill.”

By Pete Winn -  December 1, 2011 -  Subscribe to Pete Winn’s posts – Source: CNSnews.com

Does this mean that our military canines could be in harms way of being raped… by our own soldiers? Will there be an upsurge in military members owning dogs-or whatever? Probably not… sickos are sickos, but instead of stopping them, we are now encouraging them.

The bigger question is exactly how depraved is our Congress?  What happened to the Judeo-Christian principles that America was founded on?  Bestiality is a Biblical perversion! And is our tolerance of Progressive Secularism and Atheism and our movement away from God and his teachings put us where we are as a nation, as a people and as individuals?  Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Pastor Bill Graham, believes so and said so in an interview after the 9/11 attacks.

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Explanation of Life

THE EXPLANATION OF LIFE

On the first day God created the dog. God said, "Sit all day by the  door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.

   I will  give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That’s too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten." So God agreed.

   On the second day God created the monkey. God said, "Entertain people, do monkey tricks, make them laugh. I’ll give you a twenty-year life span."

   The monkey said, "How boring. Monkey tricks for twenty years? I don’t think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that’s what I’ll do too, okay?"

And God agreed.

    On the third day God created the cow. God said, "You must go to the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of  sixty years."

   The cow said, "That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live or sixty years. Let me have twenty and I’ll give back the other forty."

And God agreed again.

   On the fourth day God created man. God said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. I’ll give you twenty years."

    Man said, "What? Only twenty years?! Tell you what, I’ll take My twenty, and the forty the cow gave back and the ten the monkey gave back and  the ten the dog gave back…that makes eighty, okay?"

   "Okay", said God, "You’ve got a deal."

   So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves; for the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family; for the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren; and for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

   Life has now been explained to you!!

(For us dog lovers… the change in nutrition and life circumstances for most pets has expanded their lifespan.  The oldest dog alive, that I am aware of is 27-years-old and many live to be somewhere between 16 and 22.  Small dog generally live the longest.)

Originally Posted on June 30, 2005 by Ask Marion

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NKN Quote of the Day… 01.11.11

Baby and Pug

 

NKN quote of the day " The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor. "
~Margo Kaufman

2 out of 3 animals that enter the American shelter system never leave there alive.  It is time for us to stop this killing.  Join and support the NO KILL NATION.  You can begin by helping to change the laws in your area locally and set up an over-flow animal fostering and rescue system and then set up a local pet and animal abuse registry and help support a national system. JOMP~

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Do Dogs Go To Heaven?

Do Dogs go to Heaven? Hysterical! Absolutely unreal that this actually happened! These two churches face each other across a busy street.


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Rainbow Bridge

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Sometimes “Rainbow Bridge” Prayers Are Answered

Meredith and Abbey… A Beautiful Soul at the Post Office

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2 of 3 animals who enter the Shelter System Never leave alive :-( "You can judge a society by how it treats its animals!" …Mahatma Gandhi

Join the #NoKillNation & support a National Pet Abuse Registry with stronger legal support. No more needless killing & abuse!

January 3, 2011 Posted by | Dogs, Just One More Pet, Pets, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , | 9 Comments

Hank Hough and his Dog Prophet

Hank Hough (HH) is the founder of Kingdom Dog Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the positive message of Jesus Christ through the unique use of Labrador retrievers. Using dogs as a visual illustration, Hank blends humor with simple and timeless biblical truths to show how one can live an abundant life through Jesus Christ. Today, Hank demonstrates with his dog Prophet.

SSC: We’ve had many, many wonderful guests here at the Crystal Cathedral, some powerful, powerful preachers. And today, you’re going to get a chance to see and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way you’ve probably never seen or heard it before.

Our guest today is Hank Hough and his amazing dog, we call him the Prophet. Hank has done this demonstration and given this message to thousands and thousands of people and is making a difference for the world through his Kingdom Dog Ministries. Please welcome Hank Hough and Prophet.

HH: Thank you. Thank you.

Well as she said I am Hank Hough and this dog is a black Labrador retriever. He’s four years old and he’s called the Prophet. His actual registered name is Joshua 24:15, “Choose you today whom you will serve.”

Can I tell you something about this dog? I called him by his name before he was ever born. I held him in the hands of my heart before he ever walked upon this earth. I knew that his job would be a missionary. Go find that which is fallen and bring it back to the master. And I had hoped that his purpose would be to show you the value of me, the master trainer. I wanted him to go and tell every puppy that ever existed in their language, do you not know who he is? Do you not understand the power he has to change your life to set you free? Isn’t that what Jesus Christ came and did for us? Jesus is real, and God is real and we’ve got to put Him in that place.

Let me tell you why I call him my missionary dog. Here Prophet. What’s his job? Here Prophet. Come on buddy. I want to warn you, I’m going to blow this whistle in couple of minutes. I blew it in a church the other day and 12 men stood up. Three of them said “play ball” and three said “don’t shoot” and the rest of us just said “honey I’ll be right there,” so I kind of want to let you all know what’s getting ready to happen here.

Why did I give this dog a name? I gave him a name so I could hold him accountable for what I ask him to do. That’s almost a new concept in America, isn’t it? I didn’t give him a name so he could make himself famous. I didn’t give him a name so he could put it on his t-shirt or make the Hollywood billboard. I gave him a name so I could hold him accountable for what I ask him to do. And why did I do that? Because the word of God says that each and every man, woman and child in this room will be held accountable before the Lord for the life you live. That day’s coming. That day is coming.

But I also gave him a name so that I could praise him for what he does right. You know what the ultimate praise is going to be for your name? It’ll be the day that you stand trembling before Jesus Christ, eyes down, and when Satan comes to claim those that are his, Jesus Christ may very well call you by name and say “he is Mine.” He will call your name out as one of His. That’s why you’ve got a name. That’s why we name our children. That’s why God named everything in the garden.

So what does that look like? You know who you are. I need to know if Prophet knows who he is because he’s going to go out into the world and the world’s going to try to lure him away. Billy, George, Bobby, Robert, Dr. Schuller. Just checking. President, King, Prophet dog. All right!

You aren’t holding on to what God gives you, are you? What’s more important than Prophet knowing who he is? Knowing who I am. Now why would it be more important for him to know who I am? What is the greatest of all the commandments? Love your children, right ladies? No. Love your mate? No. Love your business? No. It says “love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul.” It goes on to say “seek ye first the kingdom of God,” “you shall have no other gods before Me,” “be still and know that I am.” Why is it saying all that? Because think about it. How simple is this? He cannot love what he does not know. And you can’t either. You can tell me you don’t know if God’s real and I love you but you’re not spending much time in His word, are you.

Let me give you a good example. I can send this dog down that aisle and out that door. We can cross that parking lot. In Houston Texas, I can send him three and four hundred yards away from me. When I blow this whistle that dog will stop and look at me.

Now you won’t believe this or maybe you will, but invariably there are some free thinking dogs, some independent thinker that comes up to my dog and you know what he says? What are you doing? You’re 400 yards from him. He is not your master. You don’t have to do what he tells you to do. You don’t have to play by the rules. You don’t have to do your homework. Do you know why it doesn’t surprise me that that dog doesn’t know my commands? He’s not my dog.

The word of God says something that scared me to death. It said “those that are not of God cannot hear His word.” That should scare almost all of us to death. You see, I spent time in the word of God and didn’t understand it. I thumbed through the book, but my heart wasn’t in it, nor had I asked the spirit of God to come within me to interpret it for me because the good news is what? The good news is “My sheep will know My voice, and I will know them and they will follow Me.”

So let’s do this. You are all going to have to help me here now. I’m going to throw this pretty orange bumper right over there. I’m going to tell my dog not to get it. I want you to try to steal him from me. Say or do anything you want to do, you just can’t put it in his mouth. Okay? Don’t get this, son. It’ll ruin your life and all those you love. Disease, problems, pride, greed, self serving; got a lot of ugly stuff on it but everybody wants the orange bumper, don’t they? Heel back with me. Sit. All right, steal my dog. Come on help me out. Steal him. Make him go.

Wait a minute, wait a minute. Hey you’re not helping me at all and I’m going to tell you something, those kids that you’re trying to protect back at the house, you can’t protect your child and you can’t protect your dog. You don’t keep him from temptation, you teach him what to do when it comes because without temptation he doesn’t have choice and without choice he can’t tell you what? How much he loves me.

I want you to really try to steal my dog. You see, somebody else is going to run up to your kid and they’re going to say you coward, you sissy dog, you teacher’s pet, everybody’s getting orange bumpers. You’re the only one that’s not getting them. Try it one time, I won’t tell somebody. They’ll never know. Kind of ugly, isn’t it? A lot of truth to that, isn’t there?

You best put a foundation in your child, in your dog and in your own life. You see, we need to quit praying for God to make our children, ourselves and our country comfortable and safe. And we need to start praying that God will open up our hearts that we can hear the word of God because that’s what separates dogs from dogs and men from men and nations from nations.

I’m going to count to five, that’s all you’ve got. His name is what? See if you can steal this dog from me because the word of God says you cannot pluck, steal, take one of Mine from My hands. Go. Five, come on, three, two, one, zero. All right! You think there’s a trick to it? You think I stomped my foot, raised my hand or do you think he truly knows the sound of my voice. Prophet. Put it down.

Listen to me. I not only need you to know who you are, I not only need you to know who I am but I need you not to covet the orange bumper. I need you, listen to me, I need you to deny yourself and go in faith. No matter what the world tells you, I don’t care how pretty it is, you got to go in faith. Go to the cross! Go to the cross, my boy. What does Prophet dog have? (Prophet comes back with a large bone.) What are you trying to tell them? The real truth, isn’t he? God didn’t come to condemn us about the orange bumpers. He came to give us a more abundant life. Something you can chew on for an eternity. Thank you so much. Thank you.

SSC: Thank you Hank. Thank you. What a wonderful, wonderful presentation of God and His love for us. And I just wanted to say that Hank is just a duck hunter and I’m just a mother but God can use anybody, right? So thank you Hank.

HH: Thank you.

SSC: Thank you Prophet. God bless you.

HH: Thank you all. Thank you all.

This interview was conducted by Robert H. Schuller from the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral and aired on the Hour of Power October 25, 2009. – Hour of Power 2009

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Gone to the dogs: LA church starts pet service – ‘Canines at Covenant’

LOS ANGELES — When the Rev. Tom Eggebeen took over as interim pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church three years ago, he looked around and knew it needed a jump start.

Most of his worshippers, though devoted, were in their 60s, attendance had bottomed out and the once-vibrant church was fading as a community touchstone in its bustling neighborhood.

So Eggebeen came up with a hair-raising idea: He would turn God’s house into a doghouse by offering a 30-minute service complete with individual doggie beds, canine prayers and an offering of dog treats. He hopes it will reinvigorate the church’s connection with the community, provide solace to elderly members and, possibly, attract new worshippers who are as crazy about God as they are about their four-legged friends.

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Bob Hedges, right, sits with his dog Chester, during Sunday services at at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles Nov. 1, 2009. The 30-minute worship, complete with individual doggie beds, canine prayers and a tray of dog treats for the offering, is intended to reinvigorate the church’s community outreach while attracting new members who are as crazy about God as they are about their four-legged friends.

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Before the first Canines at Covenant service last Sunday, Eggebeen said many Christians love their pets as much as human family members and grieve just as deeply when they suffer – but churches have been slow to recognize that love as the work of God.

“The Bible says of God only two things in terms of an ‘is’: That God is light and God is love. And wherever there’s love, there’s God in some fashion,” said Eggebeen, himself a dog lover. “And when we love a dog and a dog loves us, that’s a part of God and God is a part of that. So we honor that.”

The weekly dog service at Covenant Presbyterian is part of a growing trend among churches nationwide to address the spirituality of pets and the deeply felt bonds that owners form with their animals.

Traditionally, conventional Christians believe that only humans have redeemable souls, said Laura Hobgood-Oster, a religion professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

But a growing number of congregations from Massachusetts to Texas to California are challenging that assertion with regular pet blessings and, increasingly, pet-centric services, said Hobgood-Oster, who studies the role of animals in Christian tradition.

She recently did a survey that found more than 500 blessings for animals at churches nationwide and has heard of a half-dozen congregations holding worship services like Eggebeen’s, including one in a Boston suburb called Woof ‘n Worship.

“It’s the changing family structure, where pets are really central and religious communities are starting to recognize that people need various kinds of rituals that include their pets,” she said. “More and more people in mainline Christianity are considering them to have some kind of soul.”

The pooches who showed up at Covenant Presbyterian on Sunday didn’t seem very interested in dogma.

Animals big and small, from pit bulls to miniature Dachshunds to bichon frises, piled into the church’s chapel to worship in an area specially outfitted for canine comfort with doggie beds, water bowls and a pile of irresistible biscuits in an offering bowl. There were a lot of humans too – about 30 – and three-quarters of them were new faces.

The service started amid a riot of tail-sniffing, barking, whining and playful roughhousing.

But as Eggebeen stepped to the front and the piano struck up the hymn “GoD and DoG,” one by one the pooches lay down, chins on paws, and listened. Eggebeen took prayer requests for Mr. Boobie (healing of the knees) and Hunter (had a stroke) and then called out the names of beloved pets past and present (Quiche, Tiger, Timmy, Baby Angel and Spunky) before launching into the Lord’s Prayer.

At the offering, ushers stepped over tangled leashes and yawning canines to collect donations and hand out doggie treats shaped like miniature bones in a rainbow of colors.

Donna Lee Merz, a Presbyterian pastor at another Southern California church, stopped in with Gracie, her 14-month-old long-haired miniature Dachshund. The puppy with ears soft as silk was overcome by the other dogs and wriggled across the floor on her belly, quivering with excitement. She finally calmed down when Merz held her in her lap.

“She knew it was a safe place and a good place to be, a place to be loved,” Merz said, gently petting Gracie after the service. “I’ll be back.”

Emma Sczesniak came to Covenant for the first time, lured by the promise that she could worship with her black Lab, Midnight, and her wire-haired Dachshund-terrier mix, Marley.

Marley sat on her lap during the service, while Midnight checked out the other big dogs and sat patiently waiting for his biscuit. Sczesniak said the dog-friendly service came at the perfect time for her: she’s been thinking about getting back to church, but wasn’t sure how or where to go.

“I don’t have any kids, so my pets have always been my children, so it does mean a lot,” she said of the dog-inclusive service. “I haven’t been to church in a long time and this may push me into it. I’m getting older and I’ve been thinking about those things again.”

But Midnight, Marley, Gracie and the other pups probably had something more important on their minds as Eggebeen intoned his benediction and the service drew to a close: Just where could they find more of those delicious treats?

For Eggebeen, the night was a spiritual success – and the rest is out of his hands.

“It’s important for a church like us just to do good things. The results, we’ll just have to see,” he said. “Ultimately, that belongs to God.”

By GILLIAN FLACCUS – Associated Press Writer

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