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Italy Dog Frequent Churchgoer Since Owner Died

By AFP News    February 20, 2013 at 02:50PM / (2) comments

ROME - Since his owner died over two months ago, Tommy the dog has not missed a single mass in the small church in southern Italy where his mistress's funeral was held, Italian media said last month.


When the bells of the Santa Maria Assunta church begin to toll each afternoon in San Donaci near Brindisi, the 12-year-old German Shepherd sets off from the village to get himself a front row seat next to the altar, Il Messaggero newspaper said.

His owner, who was known in local dialect as "Maria tu lu campu" -- "Maria of the fields" -- had lived alone with Tommy and three other rescue dogs, who used to follow her faithfully on her daily rounds and have now been adopted by the village.

After following his mistress's coffin up to the church on the day of her funeral, Tommy has returned daily, sitting quietly throughout masses, baptisms and funerals, according to local priest Donato Panna, who now wouldn't do without him.



Source: AFP

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  • 08/09/2013 05:32pm

    Love has a strong force between a mistress's and her dog. From a dog respective , I shall follow you where ever you go. May the Angels of God be with you Tommy boy...

  • 08/24/2013 12:23am

    It is an especially touching tribute to this woman that the community is assuring the welfare of her "family" of loyal pets. How wonderful that the pure devotion of this dog is welcomed in the church, as he probably inspires attendees to live in love of one another more than any sermon that a priest could compose. Blessings to all.