A heartbroken dog whose owner died has been attending services in the church where her funeral was held.
In the small town of San Donaci, Italy, a 7 year old German shepherd called Tommy goes to mass nearly everyday and just sits there.
Its as if Tommy, the adorable dog is patiently waiting for her to return.
All the church goers know Tommy and seeing him attend the services along with them is a normal sight.
Tommy’s faithful companion Maria Margherita Lochi adopted him when she found hum abandoned in fields close to her home.
Mrs Lochi adopted several strays she found but apparently her and Tommy had a special bond.
She would walk to church with him from her home every day and the priest would allow him to sit patiently by her feet.
Following her death at San Donaci near Brindisi, a funeral service was held where Tommy joined mourners and since then he has been a regular at the church.
He always arrives on time when the bells ring out to mark the start of services and just sits quietly by the side of the altar.
“He used to come to Mass with Maria and he was obviously devoted to her, I let him stay inside as he was always so well behaved and none of the other parishioners ever complained to me.”
“He’s still coming to Mass even after Maria’s funeral, he waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. “
“I didn’t have the heart to throw him out – I’ve just recently lost my own dog so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out”
“Tommy’s been adopted by everyone in the village now and he is everybody’s friend. Everyone looks out for him and leaves food for him, although it would be nice to find a proper home for him”