During church, I usually sit in the 2nd pew from the front. Unless I crane my head around, I don't know who is at church until we exchange the peace during the middle of the service. However, I didn't have to turn my head to see if one of the members of the congregation was there.
One of our members lives 2 houses down from the church, and has just had successful surgery for cancer last week. During the sermon I heard a dog barking, at the front entrance of the church and I knew exactly why she was barking. This part lab part bassett hound (which, I might add, is one of the funniest looking black dogs I have seen --- think LOOONNNGGGG squatty lab) was looking for her owner. I knew then that he and his wife were in church.
Dog barking can be a good thing during the service. Thanks, Lilly.