Heartbroken dog attends mass daily

Every day when the bells ring out to mark the start of services at a church in Italy, Tommy is there. The German Shepherd used to attend mass with his owner Maria Margherita Lochi. Two months ago Lochi passed away and Tommy continues to attend mass without her, heartbroken and missing his companion.

Lochi adopted Tommy, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, when she found him abandoned in some fields close to her home. Lochi had rescued several strays over the years, but with Tommy she developed a very special bond. Every single day Lochi and Tommy would walk to church from their home and the priest would allow Tommy to come in and sit at her feet during services.

When 57-year-old Lochi passed away, Tommy was there with the mourners at her funeral service. He continues to mourn and attends services every day. “He’s there every time I celebrate Mass and is very well behaved,” said Father Donato Panna. “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.” Panna, who recently lost his own dog, can’t bear to turn Tommy away.

Tommy has become part of the entire village’s family since Lochi’s passing. “Tommy’s been adopted by everyone in the village now and he is everybody’s friend,” said Panna. “Everyone looks out for him and leaves food for him – although it would be nice to find a proper home for him.”

38 thoughts on “Heartbroken dog attends mass daily”

  1. Poor baby! Why doesn’t the priest adopt him and let him live at the church? The priest should at least be asking the parishioners to adopt him. If this happened at my church, I would come with a leash, bag of treats, and a lot of love. I hope he finds a good home soon.

    Reply
  2. I hope and pray someone adopts Tommy. He needs a home and love. This is so heartbreaking. Please somone adopt Tommy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
    • Please if anyone knows the priest, ask him to adopt Tommy, I am sure he will make a good companion, since the priest himself just lost his dog. I am sure the church is the only place Tommy feels safe since that’s where his former owner brings him to everyday.

      Reply
  3. Would someone please adopt that sweet dog and give him a real home? How hard can that be? In exchange you get a real friend. And that IS hard to find. Pitty I don’t live closer. I wouldn’t hesitate…

    Reply
  4. This is such a poorly photoshopped picture and such a bogus story. Do none of you understand that this site is here as a vehicle only so that the owners can make money off the web advertising that you see off to the side? The articles are lame, the pictures are bogus. Come on, people, demand better of yourselves intellectually. You owe it to yourselves to be smarter.

    Reply
    • I don’t think it is photo-shopped there are multiple shadows from different light sources. Kindly put your intellect to better use.

      Reply
    • And begin smart like you are, much smarter than the rest of us, you are here reading stories because……………

      Reply
    • You obviously know as much about photoshop and you do class and sympathy. And by the way, since you checked out this site how do you feel about being “reeled in” so advertisers could make money out of YOU. It’s also blatantly obvious you lack the intelligence yourself….Fool.

      Reply
    • Photoshopped? Hardly. Notice the shadow cast by the dog? Now look at the shadow cast by the plant on the altar step behind the dog. Now look at the shadow cast at the base of the wall at left, background. All shadows, repeat ALL shadows fall in the same direction due to the light source coming from the right. You must have been out playing keyboard cowboy during photo class. Get a clue before making an asinine statement about something you know zero about.

      Reply
  5. I googled the story- it is in San Donaci near Brindisi – maybe an Italian will read the post & get in touch with Father Donato Panna about Tommy…

    Reply

Leave a Comment