A touching story of loyalty has emerged from a small town in Italy, where a devoted German shepherd has been attending Mass at the church where his owner’s funeral was held for the past two months.

Tommy, a 7-year-old stray who was adopted by Maria Margherita Lochi, used to accompany her to services at the Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy. He was even allowed to sit at her feet during the services.

After Lochi passed away late last year, Tommy was seen following her coffin as it was carried into the church for her funeral service. Since then, he has been showing up at the church every day when the bell rings to mark the beginning of services.

Father Donato Panna, who conducts the services, said that Tommy is always well-behaved and never makes a sound. The other parishioners have not complained about his presence, and some even give him food and water and let him sleep nearby.

“I’ve not heard one bark from him in all the time he has been coming in,” said Panna. “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.”

This is not the first time that dogs have demonstrated their extraordinary loyalty to their owners. In 2011, a fallen Navy SEAL’s Labrador retriever lay down next to his owner’s casket at a funeral service in Rockford, Iowa, refusing to leave. The heart-wrenching photo of the scene went viral on social media.

And just recently, a dog waited for 30 minutes for the fire department to rescue his owner, who had fallen through thin ice into the freezing waters of the Colorado River. The dog paced back and forth, trying to reach his owner, who repeatedly waved him off, fearing for his safety.

Experts say that these stories are a testament to the strong bond that exists between dogs and their owners. Dogs have been our companions for thousands of years, and they have become an important part of our lives.

“Dogs are heroic to us because they live up to that relationship,” said Dr. Karen Overall, an animal behavior expert. “We have had a close, cognitive, emotional and working relationship with dogs for tens of thousands of years, and we have both been changed by that history.”

The story of Tommy’s loyalty has captured the hearts of people all over the world. It is a reminder of the special relationship that exists between humans and their furry friends, and of the unconditional love and loyalty that dogs are capable of.

The story of Tommy the loyal German shepherd has touched the hearts of people around the world. Photos of him waiting patiently by the altar during Mass have been shared widely on social media, with many people expressing admiration for his devotion to his late owner.

But Tommy’s story also highlights the remarkable bond between dogs and humans. Dogs have been bred for thousands of years to live and work alongside humans, and they have developed an uncanny ability to read our emotions and respond to our needs.

In fact, research has shown that dogs are capable of complex social cognition, including empathy and even a sense of fairness. They can also detect changes in our bodies, such as drops in blood sugar or the onset of seizures, and alert us to potential dangers.

It’s no wonder, then, that dogs have been dubbed “man’s best friend.” They provide us with companionship, protection, and unconditional love. And when we pass away, they mourn our loss just as deeply as any human family member.

The loyalty and devotion of dogs like Tommy is a reminder of the unique bond we share with these incredible animals. They truly are our faithful companions, and their love enriches our lives in countless ways.

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