If you’re in the vicinity of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, on North Main Street in Pittston, or St. Nicholas in Swoyersville, you may see a little girl walking around.
Father Gary Mensinger recently adopted a 2-year-old beagle from Tracy’s Hope Hospice, where he serves on the advisory board.
“She was so skittish, she didn’t even want me to touch her,” Mensinger said. “I didn’t know how it was going to work out. At that time I didn’t exactly have my mind made up that I was going to take her.”
Mensinger did take her a week later. During a big snow storm, she somehow got out on her own and was loose without tags for two hours. A bystander helped Messinger retreive her.
“She’s a lot better now. On Sunday, she barked for the first time,” Mensinger stated. “She walks with a strut and she’s much more confident.”