Barnabas raced from the study, skidded through the kitchen on a rag rug, and leaped up to give his master a lavish bath around the left ear.
"If we confess our sins," the rector quoted hastily from First John, "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness!"
Barnabas retreated on his hind legs, lay down, sighed, and gazed up at his master.
His was the only dog in creation who was unfailingly disciplined by the hearing of the God's Word. Now, if all humankind would respond in the same vein...