The Dog That Went To Church Outside the church the dogs were waiting
Outside the magic door they knew
They could not enter. They were waiting
For their masters to come through.
They discussed among each other
How it was that only here,
In this place, their owners left them.
Would not tolerate them near.
Suddenly their chatter halted
As with popping eyes they saw
How a great big grey police dog
Calmly walked in through the door.
"He'll be kicked out," they predicted
"Watch and see him howl with pain,"
But though eagerly they waited,
They didn't see the dog again.
He was sitting at the alter
With a dignity unmatched
While his little master, kneeling
Received Communion as he watched.
Then the dog with gentle movements
Led the child back to his seat,
And later, when the Mass was over
Out again into the street.
The other dogs there watched in silence,
Moved aside to let them pass,
They understood. To aid the sightless
Even DOGS may go to Mass.
-- Hilda Van Stockum
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