Stray Dog Adopted By Monks Joins The Order And Receives His Own Habit

Formerly a stray dog in Bolivia, Friar Moustache now lives the good life with his brothers at the St. Francis Monastery.

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

Here?s a sight you probably thought you?d never behold yet are pleasantly surprised to witness. A stray dog, lovingly named Friar Bigoton (Friar Moustache), is now a member of the St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia, after monks accepted him into the order.

Considering St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, it makes sense that monks who honor his life extend a?helping hand to pups and other creatures in need. In this instance, they rescued Friar Bigoton who previously lived on the streets.

?His life is all about playing and running,? fellow friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. ?Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.?

Maybe it?s going too far, maybe it?s not, but the pup even received his own custom-fitted habit. and, according to the monks, he?s excellent at attending to his monk duties. Franciscan Kasper Mariusz Kapron, who shared the photos online, wrote:

?[Here?s] Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish.?

The holy men hope that this example inspires other people to be compassionate toward each other and animals.

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

The local animal rescue Proyecto Narices Frias (Cold Nose Project) had only positive comments to share. The organization wrote on Facebook:

?If only all the churches of our country [would] adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigoton. We are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.?

Friar Bigoton (Friar Moustache) was once a stray pup but now has a home at the St. Francis Monastery.

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

He was adopted by monks who view him as a loving creature of God.

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

They even gifted him his own habit!

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

?Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.?

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

The brothers hope this deed inspires others to be kind to animals.

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

Because St. Francis of Assisi is the patron?saint of animals, their compassionate gesture is in alignment with their beliefs.

Credit: St. Francis Monastery

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