If you’re a pet (as I imagine many of my audience are), you’re probably living a pretty good life.
If you’re a cat, maybe you wake up after spending all night sleeping in a warm bed, give yourself a little lick and a wash, circle round your owner’s ankles until they remember it’s breakfast time and they feed you, maybe then they scoop your poop and you get to spend all day lounging around your apartment doing not a whole lot of nothing getting head scratches and the beloved butt scratch on demand.
Dogs? They get walked three times a day and spend their days waiting for table food (which inevitably comes), have their bellies rubbed and get love and affection heaped upon them. Two square meals a day, all the water they could want to lap and people to pick up after you go to the bathroom? What’s not to love. For most pets? The life I just described is pretty standard. But for some special pets, their lives take on a….higher purpose.
I recently read an article about a Schnauzer in Cochabamba Bolivia, who was adopted by a Franciscan monastery! Adorably named Friar Bigotón (Friar Moustache), this schnauzer has a life unlike most pets. Surrounded by people who spend their days involved in service and prayer, the little schnauzer has some serious work to do.
In an effort to make him fit right in, the friars gave him his own little doggy-sized habit, his very own brotherly name, and a hearty dose of love. Adopted as a part of an initiative by Frías Proyecto Narices (Project Cold Nose), the hope is that other religious organizations will be inspired by the brothers in Bolivia and will adopt their own stray animals as well as encouraging their congregations to do likewise. This pooch may not have it as easy as the rest of us but he’s certainly doing more to help the world than most of us can claim. Well done, Brother Bigotón.
Til’ next time,