Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tommy the Dog

ROME - Since his owner died two months ago, Tommy the dog has not
missed a single mass in the small church in southern Italy where his
mistress's funeral was held, Italian media said Wednesday.

When the bells of the Santa Maria Assunta church begin to toll each
afternoon in San Donaci near Brindisi, the 12-year-old German
Shepherd sets off from the village to get himself a front row seat
next to the altar, Il Messaggero newspaper said.

His owner, who was known in local dialect as "Maria tu lu campu" --
"Maria of the fields" -- had lived alone with Tommy and three other
rescue dogs, who used to follow her faithfully on her daily rounds and
have now been adopted by the village.

After following his mistresses coffin up to the church on the day of her funeral,
Tommy has returned daily, sitting quietly throughout masses, baptisms and  
funerals, according to local priest Donato Panna, who now wouldn't do without him.



crankyjohn said...

I wish people were that loyal.

timbo said...

I was trying to put my feelings into words - then I read CJ's comment. Exactly!

pdwalker said...

Dogs are truly God's gift to man.

Spiro said...

I love dogs, people will never be this loyal. Yes they are God's gift to man. He did make them before woman.

Anonymous said...

That last photo has to be one of to saddest things I've ever seen. And here I thought you were are a hard hearted compatriot and I find out you are a soft hearted gravel grinder (gravel grinder = a man willing to kill all and sundry to protect his own).

Take care and thanks for this.

Michael in Nelson

KG said...

"The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs"

steve tompkins said...

poor guy looks sad

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f said...

Nah. The dog isnt sad, he's just sleepy.

And about people being bad, remember: the dogs were adopted by the village. That dog looks well-cared for.

Of course, it was adopted by an Italian village. In Detroit it would have been used to train pit-bulls how to kill.

Anonymous said...

I just had to go hug my beast. Dogs rock..people, for the most part, suck.