St Peter's Anglican Church in Toronto has since been deluged
complaints from Christians all over Canada.
Donald Keith, the dog's owner, said he had taken his pet to the church
because he had been told animals were welcome.
He said that because he was newcomer the vicar invited him up in person to
"The minister welcomed me and said come up and take communion, and Trapper
came up with me and the minister gave him communion as well," said Mr Keith.
"Then he bent his head and said a little prayer," Mr Keith said.
"I thought it was a nice way to welcome me into the church," he said. "I
thought it was acceptable." He added: "There was an old lady in the front
just beaming when she saw this.
"Ninety nine-point-nine per cent of the people in the church love Trapper
and the kids play with him." He said one member of the congregation was
unhappy about the vicar giving the dog communion and complained to the
archbishop, Colin Johnson.