The adoption story behind Carmelo, a little stray dog in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is admittedly a little different than the ones you have heard before.
This particular dog, named Carmelo, was once a stray roaming the streets in a Bolivian town until he was adopted by the St. Francis Monastery.
Photos posted to Facebook of Carmelo have gone viral. The poster, Kasper Mariusz Kapron OFM, wrote that his theology students started dressing the dog in traditional Franciscan garb as a “nice joke.” (OFM stands for the Order of Friars Minor, a Roman Catholic order commonly known as the Franciscans.)
This lucky pup has his own habit and monk duties, and is given free roam of the monastery.
“His life is all about playing and running,” according to fellow friar Jorge Fernandez. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”
“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,” the group wrote in a Facebook post.
We’ve got more photos of Carmelo.