21 May 2013

if ever...


The priest at St Patrick's in Wapping was known to be sympathetic to pets, but even we were surprised when a young woman got up to go to communion and a white furry poodle head popped over her shoulder.  We couldn't stop giggling as it progressed up the aisle.

This little lurcher is not at a service.  The church is deconsecrated and the dog comes along with a most formidable volunteer to keep her company.

If ever I am lucky enough to have a dog when I am an old lady, and this is one of the" if ever..." dream games I play, then I want a dog that looks like this.

6 comments:

60 going on 16 said...

Perhaps substitute "when" for "if ever"? But then I would say that, wouldn't I?

Gorgeous photo. The former parish priest in Dulverton (Somerset), just a few miles from here, was very fond of dogs - he had a devoted dachshund always trotting at his heels - and it was not unknown for him to welcome visitors with dogs into his church. And an Anglican counterpart in a nearby village, holds an annual service on 4 October for animals (and humans), to mark the feast day of St Francis.

Dulverton must be one of the most dog-friendly towns I can think of; canines are also welcome in pubs and cafes, in some shops (although the butcher's is out of bounds) and at the antiquarian bookseller's. The hairdresser's flat-coat retriever can usually be found greeting customers in his owner's salon. . .

So when you get your dog, you must bring him or her westwards to Dulverton! They will feel quite at home.

Joanna said...

This is the most amazing photo! Not just the wildly handsome dog but the backdrop and everything. Lovely!

tut-tut said...

A smart breed. Great photo!

rachel said...

Be careful what you wish for - older ladies have a tendency to start looking like their pets, and that one is decidedly whiskery!

Rattling On said...

I can't understand why animals aren't let into more places (as long as they're house trained). I was once in a shoe shop in Moscow when a tame ferret got out of a woman's handbag. He was gorgeous and pottered around before getting back into the bag.

colleen said...

Have I ever mentioned the python I saw on the tube one night with its owner? That was well behaved too.