A dog who was once looking for a loving home has found a fitting one: a monastery named after St. Francis of Assisi, a known lover of animals and nature.
The Franciscan monastery, which is located in the city of Cochabamba in Bolivia, had the pleasure of announcing their newest brother, who goes by the name of Carmelo.
Religious orders do not usually feel the need to post on social media whenever they welcome a new friar into their fold, but this time it was different—Carmelo is actually an adorably fluffy Schnauzer!
The canine’s cute photos on Facebook earned thousands of reactions and shares, bringing smiles to people’s faces.
Image credit: Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm on Facebook
An animal rescue group called Proyecto Narices Frías, which translates to “Cold Nose Project,” coordinated the adoption of the formerly stray canine.
Posting on their Facebook page, the group remarked that if more churches in Bolivia took in even just one shelter dog as the monastery did, they’re confident that parishioners would also be encouraged to do the same.
Now that he’s living in a monastery, Carmelo received a new name. The Schnauzer is now known affectionately as Friar Bigotón, a Spanish word that means “big mustache.” We can definitely see how the canine got the name!
The brothers even gave Friar Bigotón a tiny brown habit of his own. The Schnauzer spends his days frolicking around the place and getting cuddles from the friars, but they have also assigned him an important task—preaching God’s word to the fish.
In all seriousness, though, Friar Bigotón’s rescuers hope that his presence in the monastery and all the buzz his story has generated on social media help other stray dogs get their much-needed second chances in life.
After all, regardless of our beliefs, one of the best ways we can spread the love is to open our doors to neglected animals that desperately need our care.
You can watch Friar Bigotón’s story in the video below:
Source: WSB-TV on YouTube