I have a young friend and neighbor who suffers from multiple medical problems and is on disability. One of his medical problems is that he suffers from seizures and for the past few months he has had a trained, certified service dog which "alerts" him when a seizure is imminent. The dog is also trained to awaken him if his Cpap machine malfunctions while he is sleeping, and to pick things up from the floor that have been dropped or fallen. I have watched this dog work and he is amazing. This young friend had not attended church for quite some time - a year perhaps - and decided he needed to go back to church. Maybe I'm misinformed, but I thought service dogs were allowed anywhere. I know this dog is allowed into our local stores and restaurants with no problem. Is there a rule somewhere about churches?? Anyway, my friend was stunned and left before services began. Someone on HT uses part of a poem in their signature line that I want to borrow here: Oh, shame on the mothers of mortals who did not stop to teach Of the love that lies in dear dumb eyes - the love that has no speech. For the same Hand made the animals that fashioned man and king. And the God of the whole gave a spark of soul to each furred and feathered thing.