This former stray four-legged friend was recently adopted and warmly welcomed into his forever home at the Franciscan Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
The abandoned stray schnauzer, Carmelo, will now live out his days with his new family at the monastery. Fittingly, the monastery was named after St. Francis of Assisi, well known Roman Catholic saint known for his adoration of animals.
The pup was lovingly adopted by the Franciscan fraternity, and he eagerly accepted his new role as the monastery's mascot.
To properly welcome the new addition to the family, the brothers christened him with his own holy name: Friar Bigotón, which comically translates to "Brother Mustache".
To be an official friar, Carmelo was given his very own tiny habit, an outfit he proudly wears while exploring his new dwellings.
And, being as adorable as he is, the kind-hearted Carmelo is surrounded with constant attention from his compassionate rescuers. "His life is all about playing and running," said friar Jorge Fernandez and added that "Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God."
However, the new dubbed Friar Bigotón's life isn't all fun and games. As a new friar of the monastery, he takes his religious duties very seriously. Whether it is "preaching to the fish", patrolling the grounds, or keeping his robe neat and tidy.
Friar Bigotón's lifesaving adoption was facilitated by Proyecto Narices Frias, which is "The Cold Nose Project", a local animal rescue organization.
With Friar Bigotón's heartwarming story, both Proyecto Narices Frias and the Cochabamba monastery hope that it will inspire other compassionate religious groups to follow in their footsteps.
"If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón. We are sure that the parishioners would follow his example."