Mercy for dogs. Dogs have rights, too. Gentiles were called “dogs” by the Jews; not to be offensive but meant anyone outside of the covenant rights of Israel. Jesus spoke to everyone, using the common language of the people, as read in verse 26 . She replied, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs (puppies) eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” She believed who He was; knowing He was a rewarder; she came expectant… Then Jesus answered and said unto her, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” Reward came! – Taken from my Dad’s old sermon notes, Matthew 15:21-28, Rev. John R. Ward.