We have been attending a new ward in our church for the past 4 weeks and with this comes the education process of a guide dog! This is our third ward in the past 13 years so we know eventually Cricket will just become part of the congregation!
In the meantime, lots of questions and interest about Cricket -- "wow, she is so quiet" (yes, she couldn't come if she wasn't a quiet, good girl) "may I pet your dog?" (this one is typically no with an explanation of she is working and she can't focus on her job if she is distracted) and "are you training that dog?" (no, she is a working guide dog and a quick explanation of Retinitis Pigmentosa ... and how Cricket works.) Usually those that take the time to learn become helpers in the education process for the rest of the congregation. In our last ward, they asked us to give a talk and explain her job and how she served and tied it in with serving others -- It did help reduce the questions to speak to the whole congregation. In the meantime, we'll keep answering the questions . .until Cricket becomes just part of the congregation. I can tell you she does recognize the word 'amen' and generally sits up when that word is said ... knowing the meeting may be coming to an end! Smart girl.