When the friars at a Francisan monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia posted photos of their latest member, they didn’t know that he would become a viral sensation. The good-humored friars dressed up the dog they adopted from an animal rescue in the traditional Franciscan garb as a humorous gesture, but it has gone on to win the hearts of millions of people around the world and to help encourage animal adoption.
Kasper Mariusz Kapron OFM (OFM stands for the Order of Friars Minor) adopted Carmelo from Proyecto Narices Frias (Cold Nose Project), and nicknamed him Friar Bigoton (which in Spanish means “Moustache”).
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The photos picture the dog exploring the monastery…
Cuddling with friars Freddy Albarez and Jorge Fernandez…
And “preaching to the fish”.
Carmelo had formerly been a stray, according to The Dodo. “His life is all about playing and running,” Jorge Fernandez said. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”
And for those wondering, Carmelo doesn’t wear the robes all the time, it was just for this special occasion. He certainly joined the right order. The founder of the Franciscan order is St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
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