Carmelo used to be a stray dog until St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia adopted him. The brothers named Carmelo as Friar Bigotón and even let him wear a habit.
The dog of the monastery
When Carmelo came into St. Francis Monastery, his entire life changed entirely. Before this, Carmelo is a stray dog who was deprived of the love, care, and kindness that he deserves. So, when he became one of the brothers, Carmelo made sure to take his new role seriously.
Since St. Francis is the animals’ patron saint, it didn’t come as a surprise that the brothers in the monastery would be so loving to animals like Carmelo. The brothers were quickly taken to Carmelo and his charms. The hairy dog has worked his way into the hearts of the friars, and Carmelo is living the best life.
To make Carmelo a formal part of the monastery, the brothers named him Friar Bigoton (which means mustache in English). The brothers even don Friar Bigoton in a habit, and the dog is proud of it. He was even seen “preaching to the fishes” at one point, which immensely amused the brothers.
Carmelo’s new, happy life
Carmelo’s new life as Friar Bigoton is filled with happiness, thanks to his new family in the monastery. The friars let Carmelo be himself, so this bearded pooch gets to run and play around as he pleased. But when it’s snuggle time, Carmelo is not one to say no.
Carmelo was adopted through the efforts of a local rescue group in Bolivia called the Cold Nose Project. They’re hoping that his story would inspire others to follow the same. After all, every dog is a creation of God, and every stray deserves a home as Carmelo does. It certainly would make our world a better place with no dogs on the streets, and all of them are living a happy life inside loving homes.
Thanks to Kasper Mariusz Kapron Ofm