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When a house of God becomes a house of Dog

Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the … dogs?

A handful of churches have found a new way to fill empty pews, catching on to what a lot of hotels and other business establishments have already figured out: When you let people bring their dogs, you get more people.

A recent USA Today article looked at a dog-friendly church service in Omaha at the Underwood Hills Presbyterian Church — one where some dogs took seats on the pews, others sprawled on the floor and a few seemed intent on being social. But all eventually settled down for the sermon.

“Just relax,” the Rev. Becky Balestri, 51, said to open the service. “It’s like having kids in church.”

At least two other U.S. churches, in New York and near Boston, also allow dogs at regular weekly services, the article said.

“I hadn’t been to church in many, many years, and this gave me a reason to come back with my friend,” said one churchgoer who hadn’t attended church regularly since about 1988.

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Oprah’s second dog, Sadie, returns home

Oprah Winfrey’s 3-month-old cocker spaniel Sadie has returned home, making a full recovery from Parvovirus, Zootoo reports.

The dog was one of two Winfrey recently adopted from PAWS in Chicago. Ivan, Sadie’s brother, and Winfrey’s second adopted puppy, died earlier this month from complications associated with the disease.

A spokesperson for Winfrey said Sadie is doing well.

It is unclear where the puppies contracted Parvo, which attacks white blood cells and can cause intestinal problems, resulting in severe diarrhea, and subsequently, dehydration.

The disease frequently affects younger or older dogs with weakened immune systems.

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) has maintained that Winfrey’s puppies, like all of its animals, received all of their required immunizations before they were adopted in the beginning of March.

Oprah’s new puppy dies

People magazine has confirmed that one of Oprah Winfrey’s newly adopted and highly publicized cocker spaniels has died.

Ivan, one of two puppies Winfrey recently adopted from PAWS Shelter in Chicago died of parvovirus last week, a veterinarian confirmed. The second, Sadie, is being treated against the highly contagious virus as a precaution.

Winfrey announced the adoption of Sadie on her show March 6 and said she was thinking about adopting one of her three brothers still awaiting homes at PAWS. She brought home Sadie’s brother Ivan, but the puppy came down with a deadly virus last Wednesday and died, said Dr. Jean Dobbs, a veterinarian who supplied the plasma to treat them both.

A spokesperson for Winfrey confirmed to PEOPLE Pets that the puppy died over the weekend, and added that Sadie, “is getting stronger.”

“It was just a little bit too late. All the veterinary community got together to save his life,” Dr. Dobbs said of Ivan. “The puppy didn’t make it, but he’s teaching others how important this is to get vaccinated at the right times.”

Dr. Dobbs is the founder of Hemopet, a non-profit animal blood bank.

The PAWS Shelter has not responded to an email I sent yesterday — and they didn’t return People’s calls, either.

Winfrey’s Golden Retriever Gracie choked to death on a ball in 2007 and her cocker spaniel Sophie died about a year ago at age 13 of kidney failure. After airing a show on puppy mills, Oprah vowed that her next pet would be a rescue.

Sadie and Ivan were part of a litter of 11 puppies born to a dog rescued from Greenwood, South Carolina by a woman attending her mother’s funeral.

Interestingly, news of Ivan’s death was first broken last week by John Yates, head of the American Sporting Dog Alliance, an organization highly that was critical of Winfrey’s puppy mill episode and tried to initiate a boycott of the program’s advertisers.

Through the weekend only Examiner bloggers were publishing that unconfirmed report, picking up what Yates posted on the Internet.

Remembering 71 – the elephant, not the year

One of our intrepid correspondents, braving the wilds of YouTube, tracked down this old video of 71′s arrival at the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in California, 22 years ago.

We share it here in memory of the elephant, who (see below) died last week.