Friar Moustache

Tuesday, March 14, AD 2017

I assume that Saint Francis is giving this a big thumbs up from Heaven:

St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia is named after the patron saint of dogs, so it makes sense that one of their newest members happens to be a stray dog they’ve rescued off of the streets. Named Friar Bigotón, which adorably translates to Friar Moustache, this lucky pup has his own habit and monk duties, and is given free roam of the monastery.

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4 Responses to Friar Moustache

  • I thought he was a discalced Carmelite at first glance…

  • One error has crept into this reporting–St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. Dogs have two patrons all their own–Saint Hubert and Saint Roch. It is not (entirely) that I am a pedant, but I have two dogs at home and we make sure to celebrate their patronal feasts.

  • Andrew is correct,and as a dog owner I’ve had occasion to ask for the intercession of St. Hubert. And…if you’ve enjoyed a bit of Jagermeister in the misspent youth; there is a nice connection.

  • Named my crazy dingo Hubert in honor of the great saint….Rocky has always been a popular name for dogs, from St. Roch presumably!

Greater Love

Friday, August 19, AD 2016


Heroism and self sacrifice such as this is why dogs will always be the best friend of Man:


The girl’s mother, Erika Poremski, told WBAL-TV that she’d stepped out of her house for a few moments on Sunday evening when the fire broke out. Her young daughter, Viviana, was stuck on the second floor of the house.

“I just heard her crying and I couldn’t get to her,” Poremski said. “I tried really hard, everyone in the neighborhood tried. They were kicking the doors in and kicking the windows out. I couldn’t (get her out). Nobody could.”

Firefighters from Baltimore City Fire Department arrived on the scene to find fire and smoke billowing from the house. They entered the burning building and found Viviana in her room – where Polo the dog was covering the infant with his body. 

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2 Responses to Greater Love

  • I bred a dog, who now works as a medical dog for a little boy with Type 1 diabetes. She has to be with him 24/7 – a spaniel’s idea of heaven – and, apparently dogs are currently more reliable than an electronic monitor, with fewer false positives and, of course, they are more fun.
    When I took a litter from my Welsh Springer Spaniel bitch, Megan (she was the best gundog I ever owned and a Field and Trial Champion; but that is by the by), I was asked if I would donate a pup to train as a medical dog; Springers are preferred as having the keenest scent. The training is long and demanding and not all dogs make the grade, so when she passed out, I was rather gratified and mentioned it to a number of my friends.
    Just to show how stories seldom lose fat in the telling, about a week later, one of the girls who comes to ride my horses and help out in the stables asked me, very reproachfully, if it was true that I was breeding puppies for medical research.

  • “Just to show how stories seldom lose fat in the telling, about a week later, one of the girls who comes to ride my horses and help out in the stables asked me, very reproachfully, if it was true that I was breeding puppies for medical research.”

    Comment of the week MPS! Take ‘er away Sam!

Cali or Kali ?

Sunday, October 5, AD 2014


 “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Quote from the Bhagavad Gita, where Vishnu transfoms himself into Kali, the Hindu goddess of death, that flashed through the mind of Robert J. Oppenheimer after witnessing the first atomic bomb test.

As faithful readers of this blog know, my dog Baby passed away at age 14 in May.  Go here to read about it.  Yesterday my bride and I adopted a Jack Russell terrier, Cali, from the McLean County Humane Society in Normal, Illinois.  The staff were friendly and efficient, and we were in and out in 40 minutes.  I regard it as propitious that we adopted Cali on the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi.cali01a

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Man’s Best Friend

Tuesday, May 6, AD 2014


There is sorrow enough in the natural way

From men and women to fill our day;

And when we are certain of sorrow in store,

Why do we always arrange for more?

Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware

Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy

Love unflinching that cannot lie —

Perfect passion and worship fed

By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.

Nevertheless it is hardly fair

To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits

Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,

And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs

To lethal chambers or loaded guns,

Then you will find — it’s your own affair —

But . . . you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,

With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)

When the spirit that answered your every mood

Is gone — wherever it goes — for good,

You will discover how much you care,

And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,

When it comes to burying Christian clay.

Our loves are not given, but only lent,

At compound interest of cent per cent.

Though it is not always the case, I believe,

That the longer we’ve kept’em, the more do we grieve;

For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,

A short-time loan is as bad as a long —

So why in — Heaven (before we are there)

Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Rudyard Kipling

Go here to Hot Air to read Jazz Shaw’s salute to his dog Max.  There is an old tale that when Adam and Eve were cast from the garden all the animals named by Adam turned their backs on them, except for the dogs who trotted out by their side into the Wilderness.

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  • I’m sorry for you Donald. As disloyal as it may seem I recommend finding a new companion. Chad died in 1997 and we rescued Sammie in 2011. My questions are: 1) who rescued who and 2)why did we wait so long 3)are we sure they don’t have dogs in heaven.

    They are certainly a gift from God to mankind. My wife’s Presbyterian pastor says if they aren’t in heaven he doesn’t want to go there. I must say that draws a certain sympathy. (don’t yell at me people, he is kidding).

  • My dog is still alive Steve although aging and infirm. Whenever Baby exits this Vale of Tears my wife and I will probably mourn for about a year before getting a new dog, which is what we did after Josie died in 1999 at age 17.

  • Opening your heart to love opens it to grief. Can’t stop loving, tho’
    Kind of weird and kind of sad that in Mr. Kipling’s time, 14 years was apparently considered an average lifespan for a dog; the minor fortune we spend on holistic food and topnotch veterinary care these days has not made any difference.

  • Donald, Sorry for the misunderstanding. Thats what I get for trying to read it on my phone.

    I read it on the computer this morning. I’m less touched putting it into context.

  • I’m NO less touched etc.

  • “3)are we sure they don’t have dogs in heaven.
    They are certainly a gift from God to mankind. My wife’s Presbyterian pastor says if they aren’t in heaven he doesn’t want to go there. I must say that draws a certain sympathy. (don’t yell at me people, he is kidding).”
    A Protestant minister once said that if we love our animals, they will surely be with us in heaven, as a tribute to perfect love.

  • I know nothing more disconcerting than the look of blank astonishment with which a sheepdog – Border Collies at least – will sometimes greet one’s command.
    They obey, of course and then one realises that they were right – a vexing trait.

  • I recently viewed the movie “Heaven is For Real”. A little boy Colton had a Near Death Experience and when he described heaven, he said that it was full of animals, and that everyone was young, and noone wore glasses, and everything was brightly colored and beautiful. He described Jesus physically and said that Jesus held him on His lap and spoke to him. Jesus’ resounding message….we should not be afraid.
    I thought of my beautiful little bijon frische Molly who died May 31, 2011 when I watched the movie and again as I read this post.
    There are few things that can make me cry so easily.

  • Saint Thomas Aquinas speculated that everyone in Heaven will be 33, the same age as Christ at the Crucifixion.

  • 33 works for me. : )
    Here is what little Colton says Jesus looks like….
    The young woman who painted the picture also had visions of Jesus as a four year old.
    And finally, for those couples who have experienced a miscarriage…you will meet your baby in heaven. : )

  • Dogs (for me) are definitely one of God’s best works.Anyone who has lost one (or on more than one occasion…) can identify with the heartbreak.My last lost dog,little Mary, was gone as I held her in my lap at the exact moment that Andrea Bocelli began to sing “Ave Maria” from “Sacred Arias” one Sunday morning a few years ago. I now have little Lena living with me (as well as Donnie the cat that I adopted) and I love her too.I pray sometimes that God will permit me to have my furry friends with me if I make it to heaven.

  • For all dog loving Twilight Zone fans:

  • So they say all the animals, (except the dog), turned their backs on Adam? And the cat’s reaction was…?…
    “I see the tall can opener and the short can opener both got kicked out of The Garden. meh.”
    (The link brought a bit of a tear to my eye too.)

One Response to Loyal Like a Dog

  • Aww, that’s a Brittany Spaniel. I don’t know why, but I’m surprised they have them in Japan. They’re not super popular even here but are known for being great bird dogs and family pets. I’m not surprised to see the loyalty and apparent affection though. They’re all around nice dogs but very dedicated to their master and family.