John M. Becker

Loyal Dog Attends Mass, Waits for Deceased Owner

Filed By John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: dog stories, faithful dog, funerals, heartbreaking, Italy, loyalty, man's best friend

tommy-the-dog-mass-2.jpgHow's this for heartbreaking? Tommy, a dog in a small southern Italian town, lost his owner more than two months ago. Every day since, he has visited the last place he saw her: the church where her funeral was held.

From the Daily Mail:

Loyal Tommy, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, belonged to Maria Margherita Lochi, 57, and had been her faithful companion after she adopted him when she found him abandoned in fields close to her home.

Mrs. Lochi adopted several strays she found but friends said she developed a particular close affection for Tommy and would walk to church with him from her home every day - where the priest would allow him to sit patiently by her feet.

Following her death at San Donaci near Brindisi, a funeral service was held at which Tommy joined mourners and since then he has been a regular at the church arriving on time when the bells ring out to mark the start of services.

The priest at the church says Tommy is very well behaved and has not barked once. He just sits quietly by himself in the sanctuary.

"I didn't have the heart to throw him out," he said. Not one parishioner has complained.

Another photo of Tommy is after the jump.


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