St Francis of Assisi might be the patron saint of animals, but we’re betting even he didn’t expect to have a dog as a follower.
In Cochabamba in Bolivia, a Franciscan monastery has adopted a stray pup named Carmelo. However, judging by those adorably tiny robes he’s wearing, you might want to address him now as Friar Bigoton (which means mustache in Spanish)
Yes. The monastery adopted him and invited him to be a friar. Perhaps the cutest one ever!
“His life is all about playing and running,” friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”
So what does a four-legged friar do exactly?
Well, when he’s not preaching to the fish, Carmelo actually serves as an ambassador of sorts. Working with local animal rescue organisation, Proyecto Narices Frias (Cold Nose Project), the pup encourages other monasteries to adopt other homeless pets.
“If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón,” the group said, “we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”
Via The Dodo