None of my Melbourne friends seem in a hurry to post this story about a church service for dogs from last Friday’s Herald Sun: Howl-lelujah! Dogs paws for reflection.

MELBOURNE’S mutts, get ready to put on your Sunday-best behaviour.
A church service will be held next month — complete with reworked hymns — in praise of the humble hound.
“It is all part of our appreciation for what our dogs do for us,” organiser Margaret Howse said.
Scores of dogs are expected to attend as more people take the attitude that owning a pooch is not just caring for a pet, but opening the door to a new member of their family.
“For some, a dog is their only companion; for others their canine mate is either their eyes or ears,” Ms Howse said.
“For a little child, a dog can be both playmate and confidante, and for a lot of people — particularly the elderly — a dog is their sole comfort in a lonely life.

Hounds at Dingley Uniting Church where Hymns will be sung for them. Picture: Alex Coppel. Source: HWT Image Library

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