Holy Hounds: LA Church allows pets in pews

Picture 4From doghouse to God's house

For many of us, our pets are official family members who accompany us just about everywhere we go. Occasionally we might even decline an invitation because, well, Buster and/or Mademoiselle Pouf Pouf were not welcomed to accompany us to the affair and frankly we'd rather stay home and watch Animal Planet with them.

Well, apparently the Rev. Tom Eggebeen realized that this very issue may be why many of his previously devoted worshipers at his Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles were no longer attending services. So he came up with a brilliant and unconventional idea: He turned his house of God into a doghouse by offering a 30-minute service every week, complete with canine prayers, an offering of dog treats and even special music, such as "GoD and DoG."

After putting the word out, holy hounds big and small, from pit bulls to Dachshunds, have piled into the church's chapel to worship … the pile of biscuits in the offering bowl

Check out the holy hounds in action in a short video at USATODAY.com

Reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley.

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