||Four years old|
||Batesville, Indiana, USA|
dog's name is Ripley. He is almost four years old, a light-colored
golden retriever. He lives with me at St. Louis Parish in Batesville,
Ripley is a special dog in the parish, well-beloved by the children who
attend St. Louis School and by many other people in our parish.
Frequently the children are more interested in whether Ripley will be
out in the playground during recess than whether I will be out there!
If you see a large group of first and second graders with a dog at the
center, it is Ripley, enjoying the pets and scratches of about 15 small
hands. He is never happier. Ripley can be seen in the early morning,
in front of the priest's residence, bringing in the Cincinnati and
Indianapolis papers for me. You can tell in the picture that he enjoys
being under the drapes in my office when the air conditioner is
running. He is a sympathetic listener and an enthusiastic greeter for
visitors to our parish.
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