Meet ‘Friar Bigotón’ – The Stray Pooch Who Became A Monk


The St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia recently welcomed a stray pooch as a member of their family. The monastery is named after the patron saint of dogs so it makes sense the institution will extend a helping hand to both dogs as well as humans. The dog was named Friar Bigotón, which translates to Friar Moustache in English, fitting him perfectly.

Meet Friar Bigotón…

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A stray dog who became…

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The newest member of St. Francis Monastery…

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The lucky pooch roams freely around the monastery and goes on about his own ‘monk duties’. According to his fellow friar Jorge Fernandez, “His life is all about playing and running,” he said, “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”

He roams freely around the monastery…

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And loved by all the brothers…

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He also preaches to the fishes…

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Friar Bigotón, nicknamed Carmelo, has his own tiny Franciscan habit (dress for monks) and he looks adorable in it. He came to the monastery through Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project), a local animal rescue group.

The group that rescued Friar Bigotón…

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Hopes that It will inspire other churches… 

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To adopt pets and care for them.

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“If only all the churches of our country [would] adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón,” said Proyecto Narices Frías, “we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”

They posted pictures to document the story of Friar Bigotón on Facebook – which went viral all over the internet – to inspire more churches and monasteries to consider adopting a homeless animal.

Share this amazing story and help other stray pets so that they may find better homes.

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