A stray puppy wonders and finds a remote monastery, then the loving monks transform him into one of their own!
St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia, knew exactly what to do when they found a stray puppy, they adopted him. The stray puppy , who they named Carmelo, began living in the monastery with the other monks and quickly became a loving member of their family. When they realized how important little stray dog was to them, they gave him a more formal title. He has the title Friar Bigotón, which actually means Friar Mustache in Spanish.
In Catholic tradition, St. Francis, whose name this monastery holds, is the patron saint of the animals, so it only makes sense that Friar Bigotón become a monk too. Now, Friar Bigotón spends his days playing around with the monks and just loving his new life. Friar Jorge Fernandez says, “His life now is all about playing and running. Here, all of the brothers love him so very much. He is a true creature of God”.
The monastery grounds are actually perfect for the dog to run and play too. There is a lot of space for him to explore and also friends to meet everywhere.
Friar Bigotón even gets to play with the fishes who live in the koi pond there. Kasper Maiusz Kaproń Ofm, who actually posted the photos of Carmelo to Facebook, wrote, “Brother Carmelo preaching to the fishes,” as the caption for the above photo.
Friar Bigotón’s adoption will hopefully help other stray dogs and animals as well. A local animal rescue group, Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project), made possible for the monastery to adopt Carmelo. They hope his story will serve as an inspiration for more monasteries to open their doors to needy pets”. Programs like this one, where the monasteries take in stray animals, can be very beneficial for not only the strays, but also for the monks. Many people feel that having a pet really boosts their spirits and keeps them positive, so a dog could be a truly wonderful addition to many monasteries out there!