Worshipers at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Westerville, Ohio, didn't know it, but they were a test case for Leslie Young.
New to the area, Young attended services at St. Paul a few times and hoped to make it her home congregation. But there was a potential hurdle.
|Leslie Young and her puppy-in-training find a welcoming congregation at St. Paul Lutheran, Westerville, Ohio. As a volunteer for Canine Companions for Independence, she socializes dogs in public settings.|
Young raises puppies for Canine Companions for Independence or CCI, and one of her jobs is to socialize dogs in public settings. So she decided to take her puppy-in-training to worship. If she was welcomed, she would stay. If not, she would look elsewhere.
"I was more than greeted by a lot of people," said Young, who is working with her third dog in a process that takes up to 18 months. "They were very interested in what I was doing. They were very supportive."
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