Sometimes even animals find it hard to break routine in the event of a devastating loss.
Tommy, a German Shepherd stray that was adopted years ago by Maria Margherita Lochi in San Donaci, Italy, is one such example of love and loyalty even after death. Ms. Lochi passed away two months ago, but Tommy continues to visit mass daily where her funeral was held and where they together would worship.
Mrs Lochi adopted several strays she found but friends said she developed a particular close affection for Tommy and would walk to church with him from her home every day – where the priest would allow him to sit patiently by her feet.
Following her death at San Donaci near Brindisi, a funeral service was held at which Tommy joined mourners and since then he has been a regular at the church arriving on time when the bells ring out to mark the start of services.
Father Donato Panna said:”He’s there every time I celebrate Mass and is very well behaved – he doesn’t make a sound, I’ve not heard one bark from him in all the time he has been coming in.
‘He used to come to Mass with Maria and he was obviously devoted to her – I let him stay inside as he was always so well behaved and none of the other parishoners ever complained to me.
‘He’s still coming to Mass even after Maria’s funeral, he waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn’t have the heart to throw him out – I’ve just recently lost my own dog so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out.
Beautiful and moving. For more pictures of Tommy, visit the Daily Mail here.