While shopping today at Petsmart, I came across a delightful item. It was a bell that attaches to a dog's collar to track your dog when he or she is in the field. And what do you know - the sound it made was just like the same clear, sweet, high-pitched ring of an altar bell! Serendipity!
I asked my friend standing next to me, "What do you think, Dante?"
He did not answer but his eyes sparkled and I felt that bond between Man and Canine that has existed since the time we lived together in caves.
"Yes, yes," I said, "I think you need a new toy, too. How about this and that big, meaty knucklebone over in Aisle Two?"
Dante's stump of a tail wagged furiously. By the time I got back to the rectory, alas, Dante's owner had stepped out for lunch - no doubt driving to procure another greasy, artery-blocking hamburger from a local fast food franchise. Shame, but I am sure he will be as delighted as I was to come home and hear the sweet chimes fill the air as his dog prances about.
It might even touch a nostalgic place in his heart for those bells he so earnestly rung as an altar boy in his youth . . .