Based in Cochabamba, a Franciscan Monastery lies in the heart of Bolivia. This same monastery has welcomed in a four legged friar into it’s order. Fittingly named Francis of Assisi—a Roman Catholic saint known for his adoration of animal, the abandoned schnauzer was found in Carmelo and has been lovingly adopted into the Franciscan fraternity, more than eagerly accepting his new role as the monastery’s very own mascot.
The brothers properly ushered him in, christening him with the holy name of Friar Bigotón, hilariously translated to “Brother Mustache”! He has also been given his very own habit, which he adorns with pride, receiving ample attention from his compassionate rescuers while he patrols his new surroundings. “His life is all about playing and running,” friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.” Friar Bigotón’s new life isn’t all fun and games, though. As evident in a series of photos posted to Facebook, he takes his religious duties—like “preaching to the fish,” patrolling the grounds, and keeping his robe neat and tidy—very seriously.
Friar Bigotón’s rescue and adoption was all handled through Proyecto Narices Frias (“The Cold Nose Project”), an animal rescue organization. Both Proyecto Narices Frias and the Cochabamba monastery trust that the small dog’s inspirational story will inspire others to come forth and follow suit.
“If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón,” the appreciative organization wrote in a Facebook post, “we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”