Living Water: Dogs in Church

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In one of our house churches, there are two King Charles Spaniels who join us for worship each week. Both well-behaved girls, Hannah and Trinity greet everyone as they enter each week and they usually sleep under the coffee table or rest next to us on couch or chair during worship, prayer and study. But when it’s time for Holy Communion, Hannah takes her place at my (Pastor Kim) feet, clearly anticipating receiving the bread along with everyone else, even though she never has. Looking longingly at the bread, she watches my every move until we’re all done and yet again, no bread for Hannah. We all love the dogs, so we couldn’t imagine worship without them. And, apparently, neither could Maria Margherita Lochi of Italy who took her dog to mass everyday where he sat at her feet in the pew. Read the rest of the story at

About Rev Uch

I'm a United Methodist pastor serving Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, Florida. My husband and I have been here since July 2016. We are thrilled to be back in this area closer to most of our immediate family. In Tampa on a Sunday? Stop by one of our six weekly services. Find out more at
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2 Responses to Living Water: Dogs in Church

  1. BeckyJordan says:


    Just touching base about Feb 10 for The Well doing spaghetti dinner, and possibly the second Sunday on even numbered months??

    Becky Jordan


  2. Amber says:

    We should be as hopeful and eager to receive Him as Hannah is… Communion has gone from a somber experience to one of exciting anticipation of sharing with our Lord! A new perspective gained because of dogs in church 😉


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