First, let’s clear up a misconception. Therapeutic service dogs are specially trained service animals prescribed by a doctor to help a person with a physical or developmental disability function in daily life. They are NOT the same as family pets, which do not have a place in Orthodox Church services. Therapeutic service dogs should be thought of along the same lines that one would think of any prescription from a doctor. If you wouldn’t require someone to stop taking their heart medication in order to come to church, you shouldn’t ask a family to leave a therapeutic service dog at home. Watch this video that shows how service dogs help children with special needs attend church services.  If you see a service dog in church, how…