Rescue Dog Becomes Monastery’s Furriest Little Friar

Meet this monastery’s furriest friar! Friar Bigotón!

A monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia added a new friar to the fold and he isn’t even human! Carmelo, the adorable rescue pup, even received a formal title, Friar Bigotón (which is Spanish for “mustache”).

Little Carmelo even has his own Franciscan habit to wear. Friar Bigotón was rescued from the streets but now lives life to the fullest. He was adopted through a local rescue group called Proyecto Narices Frías (The Cold Nose Project).

“His life is all about playing and running,” Friar Jorge Fernandez spoke with The Dodo. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”

Although his days are spent full of leisure, he does have one major duty in life: To teach other monasteries and churches to open their doors to rescue animals.

“If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón, we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.” By posting this important message on Facebook, the group hopes to inspire more people of the cloth to take in needy animals.

As you can see, Carmelo, I mean Friar Bigotón, enjoys being one paw-step closer to God!

Julie E.H.

Julie resides in Northern New Jersey with her two kids, two dogs, cat and partner. She has two published books which make excellent trivets if you aren't a fan of poetry. She tolerates people but LOVES animals. If she isn't blogging, she's most likely cuddling with her pups, Paisley and Skyler.

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