A Wisconsin church has started to allow its congregants to bring their dogs to worship. Wesley United Methodist Church believes that heaven just would not be the same without man’s best friend.
“Dogs go to heaven,” said Rev. Ann Bullis. “What would [heaven] be without our dogs? Heaven is supposed to be a happy place.”
The Sheboygan church allows its members to bring their four-legged friends to the 9 a.m. Sunday service.
“About two months ago some congregants] came up to me and said, ‘Boy, I wish I could bring my pet to church. Can we bring our pets to church?’” Bullis said. “And we said, ‘Why not?’ We couldn’t come up with a reason why not.”
Louise Hansen, 62, was one of the congregants who made the initial request. She and her husband have been bringing their dogs ever since, the Sheboyan Press reported.
“They’re very much a part of my life and I consider them family members,” Hansen said. “They’re a real blessing and God truly cares about animals ... I always refer back to Noah and God saving his family and the animals from the flood and I always feel that animals reflect the unconditional love that God has for his children.”
Todd Hueppchen, 49, is happy about being able to bring his Golden Retriever, Diego, to church.
“He pretty much goes everywhere with me,” Hueppchen said. “I take him to the nursing home. We go on walks together every day and I work from home so he’s with me there, too ... Now I can actually bring my dog [to church] and I don’t have to have him sit at home alone and he can be part of the whole thing.”
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