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Italy Dog Frequent Churchgoer Since Owner Died
PET MD ^

Posted on 05/06/2013 1:23:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway

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.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Religion; Weird Stuff
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1 posted on 05/06/2013 1:23:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The dog misses her and is waiting for her to come back.....sad


2 posted on 05/06/2013 1:24:47 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: nickcarraway

Obviously a “Domini canes”.


3 posted on 05/06/2013 1:28:10 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: nickcarraway

Poor thing.


4 posted on 05/06/2013 1:32:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


5 posted on 05/06/2013 1:32:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: t1b8zs

no back sliddin’ pup


6 posted on 05/06/2013 1:33:45 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: America is in a cold civil war.)
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To: nickcarraway

Dog spelled backwards ...


7 posted on 05/06/2013 1:34:14 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (3 guns when you only have one arm? "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back")
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To: nickcarraway

Does Pope Francis need a dog?


8 posted on 05/06/2013 1:38:39 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: nickcarraway

Greater love hath no man than this.....


9 posted on 05/06/2013 1:48:52 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: nickcarraway

“The Spirit made Fur”


10 posted on 05/06/2013 1:50:25 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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11 posted on 05/06/2013 2:04:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Pride in the USA
"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."

I hope Tommy has found lots of comfort, friendship, and tasty treats on his daily visits to the church, because this is just darn sad. Poor fellow.


12 posted on 05/06/2013 2:32:00 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Awwwwwwwww......:(


13 posted on 05/06/2013 2:37:23 PM PDT by Salamander
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To: nickcarraway
“Do the bonds of relationship extend beyond this life? We have no proof, one way or another. But there is a depth to our experience that awakens faith, faith that in the mysterious character of life ultimately nothing of real value will ever be lost. Our closest relationships, both with humans and with dogs somehow point beyond themselves, leading us to hope that there is indeed something of the eternal present in them."

~The Monks of New Skete

14 posted on 05/06/2013 3:06:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

The Italian version of Greyfriar’s Bobby. Dogs are wonderful creatures.


15 posted on 05/06/2013 3:10:37 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks Bump!


16 posted on 05/06/2013 5:08:49 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: LibertarianLiz

Yes they are. Their loyalty knows no bounds.


17 posted on 05/06/2013 5:53:52 PM PDT by tob2
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To: NonValueAdded

Not in Italian.

Very sweet story, posted here some months ago.


18 posted on 05/06/2013 6:04:08 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: nickcarraway

Loyal dog continues to attend mass at church where owner’s funeral was held

Dog Turns up to Dead Owner's Church Every Day

19 posted on 05/06/2013 9:50:39 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: nickcarraway
Tommy, the loyal dog who attended mass, died


R.I.P. Tommy

Update on Feb. 14, 2013:

Maria Lochi’s son, Sebastian, posted the message of Tommy’s death on Maria Lochi’s and Tommy’s Facebook page on Tuesday.

“Purtroppo devo dare a tutti una triste notizia… Tommy non è più con noi! Si è spento nel sonno alle ore 15:45 a causa di un arresto cardiaco. Riposa in pace caro amico.”

“Unfortunately I have to give everyone sad news … Tommy is no longer with us! [He] Went off in his sleep at 15:45 due to a cardiac arrest. Rest in peace dear friend.”

After communicating with Italy in regard to Tommy’s specific sickness and cause of death, there is no other explanation provided other than that Tommy died of a broken heart.

The villagers believe that after waiting for months for his owner to return to the altar where he had last seen her, Tommy finally realized that she was not going to come back to him and that it was time for him to go to her.

20 posted on 05/06/2013 10:00:57 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Joe 6-pack; nickcarraway

Thank you Joe and Nick. These stories always touch me. Dogs love with their whole heart, more than some humans do...


21 posted on 05/07/2013 12:55:18 PM PDT by potlatch (~be content with small victories and simple pleasures~)
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