Stray dog makes habit of joining Bolivian monastery

Friar Bigoton in his habit (Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm / Facebook)
Friar Bigoton in his habit (Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm / Facebook)

Bolivian monks are welcoming of those from all walks of life - two-legged or four.

Photos of a Franciscan Monstery's newest member, Carmelo, have the internet squealing - that's because he's a former stray schnauzer complete with his own habit.

The dog has been taken in and the photos show he's quite taken with his new life in the monastic brotherhood in San Francisco, Cochabamba.

Friar Bigoton spends most of his days roaming the monastery (Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm / Facebook)
Friar Bigoton spends most of his days roaming the monastery (Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm / Facebook)

He's even been given a formal name of Friar Bigotón, which translates to Friar Moustache.

The adoption was facilitated by local animal rescue group Proyecto Narices Frias. They're even hoping other churches follow their lead.

Friar Bigoton greets some of the monastery's other residents (Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm / Facebook)
Friar Bigoton greets some of the monastery's other residents (Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm / Facebook)

"If all the churches of our country adopt only one dog and take care of it like Friar Bigotón, we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example," the group wrote on a Facebook post.

Friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo Carmelo is a "creature of god" and is a much-loved member of the monastery.

"His life is all about playing and running. Here, all of the brothers love him very much," he says.

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