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Loyal Dog Continues to Attend Mass Where Owners funeral was Held
Yahoo ^ | 1/16/13 | Dylan Stableford

Posted on 01/17/2013 12:59:39 PM PST by mgist

A loyal dog whose owner died late last year has apparently been showing up for Mass every day for the last two months at the church where the funeral was held. Tommy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, used to accompany his owner, Maria Margherita Lochi, to services at Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy, according to the Daily Mail, and was allowed to sit at her feet.

After Lochi died, the dog "joined mourners at her funeral service" according to locals and "followed after Maria's coffin" as it was carried into the church.

Tommy, a stray who was adopted by Lochi, has been showing up "when the bell rings out to mark the beginning of services" ever since. "He's there every time I celebrate mass and is very well behaved," Father Donato Panna told the paper. "He doesn't make a sound." None of the other parishioners has complained, Panna said, and villagers give the dog food and water and allow him to sleep nearby. "I've not heard one bark from him in all the time he has been coming in," Panna added. "He waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn't have the heart to throw him out—I've just recently lost my own dog, so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out." A dog lies near the casket of a fallen Navy SEAL in 2011. (The Atlantic) Examples of this type of extreme canine loyalty are incredibly common. In 2011, a fallen Navy SEAL's Labrador retriever lay down next to his owner's casket at a funeral service in Rockford, Iowa, refusing to leave. The heart-wrenching photo of the scene,..

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1 posted on 01/17/2013 12:59:46 PM PST by mgist
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To: mgist
Good movie:
2 posted on 01/17/2013 1:09:49 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: mgist
Greyfriars Bobby
3 posted on 01/17/2013 1:12:14 PM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: mgist

There’s that darn blurry screen again.


4 posted on 01/17/2013 1:14:22 PM PST by Bullish (This pretend president is leaving one hell of a poop stain on our Constitution)
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To: mgist
Tommy, a stray who was adopted by Lochi, has been showing up "when the bell rings out to mark the beginning of services" ever since. "He's there every time I celebrate mass and is very well behaved," Father Donato Panna told the paper. "He doesn't make a sound."

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5 posted on 01/17/2013 1:37:29 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: mgist
Hachiko
6 posted on 01/17/2013 1:40:21 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: mgist

Good dog story. Heaven just wouldn’t be heaven if they didn’t let dogs in.


7 posted on 01/17/2013 1:41:58 PM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Bullish
There’s that darn blurry screen again.

Yeah. I should know better than to read these types of threads.

8 posted on 01/17/2013 1:48:22 PM PST by Ken H
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To: mgist

That dog is a better Catholic than Gov. Cuomo.


9 posted on 01/17/2013 1:53:40 PM PST by Oratam
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To: mgist

Dog and church in the article.

10 posted on 01/17/2013 1:54:31 PM PST by blam
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To: Joe 6-pack
Woof!
Doggie ping!
11 posted on 01/17/2013 1:56:59 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. The Fiscal cliff has a spectacular view.)
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To: blam; a fool in paradise

Dogs are better people than people!


12 posted on 01/17/2013 1:57:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: mgist

Sola Fido.


13 posted on 01/17/2013 2:04:55 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: mgist

This reminds me of the story of Hachiko. They remade the story into an American movie, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. By far the most emotional movie I have ever seen. Hopefully, this doggie is being cared for properly. Nothing worse than seeing a dog with a broken heart.


14 posted on 01/17/2013 2:05:35 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: pgkdan

He created the animals so He must have a great love for all his magnificent creatures. “Eye has not seen.....the things God has prepared for those that love Him.”
Based on His word I am confident we will see our beloved pets again.


15 posted on 01/17/2013 2:10:37 PM PST by FES0844
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To: Oratam
That dog is a better Catholic than Gov. Cuomo.

That depends on how one defines "a better Catholic". Has any dog received a Catholic Mass in his honor? Bishop Howard Hubbard held one in Cuomo's honor.

16 posted on 01/17/2013 2:11:05 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: blam

I thought animals weren’t allowed in a Catholic Church; the blessing of the animals takes place outside (probably going back to Jesus whipping the people with their animals in the temple).


17 posted on 01/17/2013 2:17:30 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: FES0844

Over many years, we’ve had many, many pets. Multiple dogs, nine cats at one time. Forty-eight years, and I’m ashamed to say, I’ve forgotten a lot of the names. We had one dog named Fannie Mae Farkleberry; equally long names for many of the others. I guess we’ll be swamped with bunches of animals who will have to remind us what their names are.


18 posted on 01/17/2013 2:17:55 PM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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To: mgist

Dogs rule.


19 posted on 01/17/2013 2:55:22 PM PST by shotdog (I love my country. It's our government I'm afraid of.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Good Dog


20 posted on 01/17/2013 2:57:59 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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21 posted on 01/17/2013 3:09:25 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Revolting cat!

Amen !! yes you are right.


22 posted on 01/17/2013 3:38:56 PM PST by Daryl Dixson (Remember Fast and Furious)
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To: FES0844

I totally agree with you! And horses are there too. How wonderful!


23 posted on 01/17/2013 3:44:41 PM PST by sassy steel magnolia
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
What a beautiful dog.


Tommy at Santa Maria Assunta church

24 posted on 01/17/2013 6:12:49 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: C210N

It is said that Seaman, the loyal Newfundland dog that accompanied Lewis and Clark to the west coast and back, lay on Merriwether Lewis' grave, refusing water or food, until he died too.

25 posted on 01/17/2013 6:34:08 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: mgist
The article makes it sound like the dog is now a homeless stray that the town tolerates. I'm surprised that nobody has stepped up to give the dog a new home.

-PJ

26 posted on 01/17/2013 6:46:10 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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Loyal Italian GS goes to church!

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27 posted on 01/17/2013 8:08:14 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Maybe he doesn’t want those homes. Like Greyfriar’s Bobby (even if there is evidence that is a made-up tale).


28 posted on 01/17/2013 8:13:32 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: lonevoice

Thank you for the beautiful ping.


29 posted on 01/17/2013 8:22:22 PM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: mgist

There better be dogs in Heaven.


30 posted on 01/17/2013 9:42:49 PM PST by Gator113 (Leave my guns alone and REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS!!)
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To: pgkdan

“If dogs don’t go to heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went”———Will Rogers


31 posted on 01/18/2013 6:20:36 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle

That’s one of my favorite sayings. And I endorse it; no dogs in Heaven, then it cannot be Heaven, at least to the OldPossum.


32 posted on 01/18/2013 7:47:38 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

Like in the old Twilight Zone when the old man would not go into “heaven” without ol Rip. Turns out that was hell and Heaven awaited him and Rip with open arms.


33 posted on 01/21/2013 3:06:25 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: OldPossum

Like in the old Twilight Zone when the old man would not go into “heaven” without ol Rip. Turns out that was hell and Heaven awaited him and Rip with open arms.


34 posted on 01/21/2013 3:10:44 PM PST by lone star annie
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