"It's amazing what she did for us. She called constantly and still does to make sure we're all right," Debbie said.
"There is really no one around that can comfort you," Don said, when a cherished pet dies. "But when you lose a pet, it's like losing a member of your family."
Humans clearly found comfort in the service last night, but it remains a mystery what the dogs think. They did seem to settle down, and even to relax a bit, once the service got under way. But do they know what's going on?
"Of course not," said Sally Simmers, who brought her Kerry blue terriers, Molly and Seamus.
"They understand there is a treat at the end, and they love seeing the other dogs. Every time we pull up to the church, they can't wait to get out of the car."
Judging by the wagging of tails, both large and small, it seemed that just about all of the dogs at Calvary Episcopal Church last night would agree.