Italy, Nov 16, 2019: Seeing a dog going to church is not something that comes up on the radar every day. In the small town of San Donaci near Brindisi, Italy, however, it is a common occurrence. A seven-year-old German shepherd named Tommy goes to mass daily and sits near the altar while the service takes place. Everybody who attends that church knows the dog and they expect to see him there. It is the reason why he is visiting that is heartbreaking.
Tommy is a seven-year-old German shepherd who belonged to 57-year-old Maria Margherita Lochi. She found him abandoned in fields near her home and adopted him. He was a puppy when she rescued him and they had a very strong bond.
According to the DailyMail, Ms. Lochi died a few months ago and ever since that time, Tommy has been waiting for her to return. The last place he saw her was at the church while attending her funeral service. The dog now returns every single day and comes when he hears the mass bellringing and waits until the services are completed before leaving.
The entire village has adopted Tommy and takes care of him. They know that that’s how his former owner would have wanted it. He’s become a loyal friend of the community and because of his desire to see Ms. Lochi, they get to see him every day.