An Italian German Shepherd dog travels to church every Sunday unaccompanied.
Reports out of Italy reveal Ciccio, goes to church every Sunday and when church has finished, he is ushered out.
According to the Italian paper, Il Messaggero, the dog continues to return to the church in the southern region of Puglia, Italy and attends Mass where the funeral of his mistress was held two months ago.
San Donaci – Ciccio, a 12-year-old German shepherd, still turns up each day at church two months after his owner Maria Margherita Lochi, 57, died. He waits in front of the altar at the Santa Maria Assunta church in the village of San Donaci, for his owner to appear. Ciccio attended his mistress’s funeral. He followed the coffin as it was carried into the church.
According to The Telegraph, since the funeral, he heads to the church each afternoon as soon as he hears the bells ringing, as he did for years in the company ofhis owner while she was alive.
Ciccio’s owner was known popularly in the village as “Maria tu lu campu” (“Maria of the fields”). She took ill and died suddenly in November.
The dog’s devotion has so impressed villagers that they have adopted him. Villagers come to church with gifts of food and water. The church authorities let him sleep in a covered area outside the church.