Monastery Adopts A Homeless Dog, Becomes Internet Sensation

St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia is named after the patron saint of dogs, so it makes sense that one of their newest members happens to be a stray dog they’ve rescued off of the streets. Named Friar Bigotón, which adorably translates to Friar Moustache, this lucky pup has his own habit and monk duties and is given free roam of the monastery.monasteryadoptdog4

“His life is all about playing and running,” according to fellow friar Jorge Fernandez. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”monasteryadoptdog2

Friar Bigotón’s biggest role is helping other dogs who were in a similar situation as him. The local shelter who helped facilitate the adoption is hopeful his story will serve as an inspiration for more monasteries to open their doors to animals in need.monasteryadoptdog2