Monastery Adopts Adorable Stray Dog Who Now Lives Like a Friar

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A Franciscan Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia has warmly welcomed a four-legged friar into its order. The monastery, fittingly named after St. Francis of Assisi—a Roman Catholic saint known for his adoration of animals—found Carmelo, an abandoned stray schnauzer. The pup was lovingly adopted by the Franciscan fraternity, and he eagerly accepted his new role as the monastery’s mascot.

To properly usher in their recent recruit, the brothers christened him with his own holy name: Friar Bigotón, which comically translates to “Brother Mustache.” He was also given his own tiny habit, which he proudly wears as he explores his new dwellings and, of course, receives ample attention from his compassionate rescuers. “His life is all about playing and running,” friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.” Friar Bigotón’s new life isn’t all fun and games, though. As evident in a series of photos posted to Facebook, he takes his religious duties—like “preaching to the fish,” patrolling the grounds, and keeping his robe neat and tidy—very seriously.

Friar Bigotón’s lifesaving adoption was facilitated by Proyecto Narices Frias (“The Cold Nose Project”), a local animal rescue organization. Both Proyecto Narices Frias and the Cochabamba monastery hope that the heartwarming tale of the little dog’s new life will inspire other compassionate religious groups to follow in their footsteps. “If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón,” the appreciative organization wrote in a Facebook post, “we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”

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

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

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He even has his own honorary teeny, tiny robe.

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He proudly wears it as he explores his new home.

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

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Cold Nose Project: Facebook
(Via: My Modern Met)

Infographic: The Famous Pets Of Social Media And How They Rule The Internet

Pictures of bug-eyed, fluffy creatures with jellybean toes seem to be a recipe for success in keeping humans happy—because who wants to look at the rock-hard abs of fitness bloggers, when pudgy tummies are more comforting and relatable?

helpucover assuages our addiction to all things cuddly with its ‘The Pets that Rule Social Media’ infographic—turns out, our favorite dogs and cats of Instagram have more fans than some of Hollywood’s A-listers.

Check it out below, and follow these pets’ social media accounts to keep you company when it’s raining cats and dogs and you’re stuck indoors.

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Dog waits for girl to get home from school every day

If you’re not convinced that we don’t deserve dogs, you have to meet Ralph, the pup who peeks under a gate every day waiting for his friend to come home.

Ralph is a year-old golden retriever who lives near the high school of Elisa Lee, a 17-year-old senior in California. The two developed a most amusing friendship after Elisa saw Ralph one day on her way home.

“At first I was afraid that he would bite me since most dogs would bark at you and seem aggressive if you came near their house, Elisa told Mashable. “Days have passed and he was still waiting there, so one of my friends encouraged me to try to pet him.”

And so she did, and the first thing Ralph did was lick her hand and paw at it. From then on, the two would meet at the same gate every day after school.

When Elisa had a four-day weekend recently, she wasn’t able to visit Ralph – so the latter made sure the message got across.

“He looked mad at me since I didn’t pet him for that period of time,” said Elisa. “A lot of the time he looks so sad when I leave and tell him bye, but I tell him I will be there the following day or so on.”

Also, Elisa only learned of Ralph’s name a few months after they met. She found out through Ralph’s owner, who was walking the pup out one day.

“I thought to myself in my head kiddingly ‘oh what if that’s the dog I pet everyday.’ And to my surprise, I noticed his cute nose that is pink and has a brownish outlining and realized it was him,” she said.

When Elisa isn’t playing with Ralph, she’s tweeting about him. In fact, her tweets have gone viral and have caused massive Ralph envy for everyone.

Sadly, the BFFs will have to part ways after Elisa graduates and goes off to college.

“I am quite sad that I got to only meet him this school year,” Elisa said. “I’m worried about what will happen when I graduate but I’m sure his owner loves him so he should be just fine.

“I hope Ralph can make new friends around our school and be happy!”

Don’t worry Elisa. Hand us Ralph’s address and we’ll make sure he has friends every single day for the rest of his adorable doggy life!

(Via: Lost at E Minor)