A dog who lost its owner has been attending funeral services at the church where she was buried.
Tommy, a 7-year-old German shepherd in the Italian village of San Donaci, attends mass nearly every day and simply sits there.
It appears that the cute puppy, Tommy, is anxiously awaiting her return.
Tommy is well-known by all churchgoers, and his presence at church services is an everyday occurrence.
Maria Margherita Lochi, the devoted friend of Tommy, adopted him after discovering him abandoned in fields near her home.
Mrs. Lochi adopted other strays she discovered, but it appears that she had a special affinity with Tommy.
Daily, she would accompany him from her home to church, where the priest would permit him to patiently sit at her feet.
Following her death at San Donaci, close to Brindisi, a burial ceremony was performed in which Tommy participated, and he has been a regular at the church ever since.
He arrives promptly as the bells ring to indicate the beginning of services and sits quietly beside the altar.
“He used to attend Mass with Maria and was obviously dedicated to her. Because he was always so well-behaved and the other parishioners never complained, I allowed him to remain inside.”
“Even after Maria’s funeral, he continues to attend Mass; he waits patiently by the altar and just sits quietly. “
“I didn’t have the heart to throw him away; I recently lost my own dog, so I leave him there until Mass is over, and then I let him go.”
“Everyone in the hamlet has adopted Tommy, and he is now everyone’s friend. Everyone looks out for him and leaves him food, but it would be good to find him a permanent home.