Dog Still Attending Mass Each Morning After Owner Passed Away

I recently read a story that solidified the fact that dogs truly are man’s best friend. A dog whose owner passed away not too long ago, has still been attending Mass every day. The dog’s owner Maria Margherita Lochi used to bring the dog, Tommy, to Mass every day with her. Her funeral was also held in the same church in San Donaci, Italy. It seems that the dog has gotten used to the routine of attending Mass, and has been returning each morning. The local community has no problem with this because Tommy is well behaved, and also loved by the community. Currently Tommy is being cared for by the community, but he will have a new owner sometime soon. This story warmed my heart and I wanted to share it with all of you.

To read more about this story follow this link: Loyal Dog Continues to Attend Mass Every Day at Church Where Owner’s Funeral Was Held

Why Do Kids Always Want a Puppy for Christmas?

If you have kids there is a very good chance you have seen one thing on their Christmas wish lists for years. A puppy! Unless you have a family pet of course. It just seems like kids can’t resist getting their hopes up and asking for a puppy every single year for Christmas. I can’t personally blame them because I did the same thing back when I was a kid. Come on, who can resist a puppy! Realistically though it can be difficult for parents to deal with this question every year, and find a way to explain that a puppy is just not a feasible idea for their family.

A post called, “He Wants a Puppy” talks about just this problem that parents are presented with. Sometimes it is the wrong time to get a pet, and a puppy is a lot of responsibility. Explaining it that way to young children might be tough, but having a puppy when their just isn’t somebody to take care of it is the wrong decision.

Getting a Family Pet: How to Make the Big Decision

If you have kids you have without a doubt been asked the question, “Can we get a puppy/kitten?” before. Kids love pets and let’s be honest most parents do as well. What parents do not like is an additional responsibility to add into their already hectic and busy life. Pets require a certain amount of effort and care no matter which kind of animal you decide to choose. I think that if your children are old enough, you can take this opportunity to teach them about responsibility. If done correctly, getting a pet can be a win-win situation for your family. Kids love pets as we have discussed, so if you give them what they love it comes with a price. Make clear that you will teach them how the pet will be taken care of and what you expect them to do. Divide up responsibilities and allow your kids to learn about the work it takes to keep a pet at home.

I found a post on Parent Palace recently titled, “Family Pets: To Go or Not Go There?” that discussed the pro’s and con’s of getting a family pet. If you are interested in getting a family pet check out Julie’s post about this topic. I felt like some of her reasons on both sides could be issues and feelings of other families as well.

Communion for Pets?

“St. Peter’s Anglican Church has long been known as an open and inclusive place.

So open, it seems, they won’t turn anyone away. Not even a dog.

That’s how a blessed canine ended up receiving communion from interim priest Rev. Marguerite Rea during a morning service the last Sunday in June.

According to those in attendance at the historical church at 188 Carlton St. in downtown Toronto, it was a spontaneous gesture, one intended to make both the dog and its owner – a first timer at the church — feel welcomed. But at least one parishioner saw the act as an affront to the rules and regulations of the Anglican Church. He filed a complaint with the reverend and with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto about the incident – and has since left the church.

“I wrote back to the parishioner that it is not the policy of the Anglican Church to give communion to animals,” said Bishop Patrick Yu, the area bishop of York-Scarborough responsible for St. Peter’s, who received the complaint in early July. “I can see why people would be offended. It is a strange and shocking thing, and I have never heard of it happening before.” – “Can a Dog Receive Communion?”, The Star

This article was literally one of the most stunning things I have ever read in my life. I thought it was a joke at first, but it seems that it actually happened. Hopefully something this sacrilegious never happens again, even if it was in the Anglican Church it is still the Body and Blood of Christ. That is not something that animals get to receive. I don’t see how this could be allowed under any circumstances really.