I heard there’s a church that lets you bring your pets to service now. Apparently it’s been good for their attendance, but I have to wonder if they ever asked themselves: WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Seems like there’s quite a few potential issues, and by “potential” I mean likely will happen. Let’s look at a couple of scenarios.
1) Animals like to explore and smell things. So they’re going to want to wander around. Not only would that be a distraction, but it would lead to #2.
2) Fighting. Are cats and dogs going to suddenly get along because they’re in church? I doubt it. It’ll end up like a Looney Tunes episode where the dog is chasing Sylvester, who is chasing Tweety Bird. It makes for a funny cartoon, but not so great in real life, especially during something as important as a church service.
3) Animals poop. Well, to be fair, humans do too, but we usually go to a bathroom for such things. It would be a huge distraction to have animals urinating and pooping all over the place. Even if you had litter boxes, some indoor pets aren’t housebroken. (I know, that seems inconceivable, but I know someone who keeps a dog inside who isn’t housebroken. I just don’t understand.) Either way, poop is distracting, as well as unsanitary.
I could go on, but I figure that’s enough reasons why you wouldn’t allow people to bring their pets to church with them. What do you think?