Monastery Adopts Adorable Stray Dog Who Now Lives Like a Friar

Meet Friar Bigotón (Friar Moustache), the stray doggie who just became a member of a St Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The saint after which the Franciscan order was established is known as the patron of animals, so it’s only natural that the monks extended their helping hand to the pooch living on the streets. Now he is one happy doggie who gets to enjoy life to the fullest. “His life is all about playing and running,” fellow friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”

Friar Bigotón even gets to wear a habit. Maybe inspired by his outfit, the doggie was caught seriously attending to his monk duties: “[Here’s] Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish,” wrote Franciscan Kasper Mariusz Kaproń, who first posted these adorable photos online.

“If only all the churches of our country [would] adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón,” Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project), a local animal rescue, wrote in a post on Facebook, “we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”

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  1. This is Friar Bigotón, a formerly stray dog and the newest member of a Franciscan brotherhood in Cochabamba.


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  3. The schanuzer was swiftly adopted by the animal-loving friars, and deemed a mini friar.


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  6. He even has his own honorary teeny, tiny robe.


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  8. He proudly wears it as he explores his new home.


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  11. We’re sure the lucky little dog is loving his new life!




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