Why is This Dog in Church? When I Found Out I Almost Cried.


Tommy at Santa Maria Assunta Church (Nikonarte Fotografia/Daily Mail)

A dog sitting in church might seem strange, but not to the residents of the small town San Donaci in Italy. An elderly German Shepard by the name of Tommy goes to Mass at a local church almost every day. He sits patiently by the altar and the priest, Father Donato Panna, says he has never made a sound when he’s there.

So why does Tommy come to church religiously day after day? It’s because it is the last place he saw his owner alive.


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Maria Margherita Lochi adopted the dog when she found him abandoned in the field near her home. She would bring him with her every day to church Father Donato would allow him to sit at her feet during the service.


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Maria passed away recently and her funeral service (which the dog also attended) was held at the church. Ever since then Tommy has been coming to church. He sits in quiet mourning in his same spot before the altar, waiting for his master to arrive. He is there at every Mass.


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It is heartbreaking to see Tommy’s show of silent loyalty and love. Dogs are incredibly devoted animals who share deep and unbreakable bonds with their loving owners. Have you loved on your pet today?