Tommy the Altar Dog in Italy

Tommy the Altar Dog in Italy
November 10, 2019 Pastor Bob
Tommy the Altar Dog

The Daily Dish on Pawnation had a wonderful story that once again affirms the incredible loyalty that pets have towards their owners.

A paper in Rome reported that 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, the Messaggero newspaper said.

Tommy the Altar Dog

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.

tommy the dog italy
Dog Church Italy

After following his mistress’s 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.”

Tommy Dog Catholic Church
dog sleeping by altar

Who would have thought that a dog would help build the attendance in the local church? In a day when it is hard to get people to come to hear the message of the gospel, Tommy has filled the role of an ambassador for the Lord, his life laid before the altar. The comfort he gave to his owner he now gives to the multitudes that come to see him, and in the process find the peace and comfort of the Lord.