Do dogs really suffer from a broken heart when their owners die? I believe the answer to this question is a ‘yes’. Take the case of a dog from a village in Italy that goes by the name “Ciccio”.
Ciccio was found abandoned in a field close to Maria Margherita Lochi’s home. Lochi, who apparently had adopted several strays, made the decision to take him in and she seemed to have a special bond with him, according to friends.
The two would walk to church and back together every single day. The priest even let Ciccio sit by Lochi’s feet inside the church. Sadly though, the pair’s daily routine would come to an abrupt end.
Lochi passed away leaving Ciccio once again on his own. After his owner’s death, a funeral service was held at the same church that Ciccio and his owner attended every day. In addition to the other mourners, Ciccio was also there.
Ciccio’s visits to the church didn’t stop after the service though. According to church members he still comes to this day and arrives on time for the start of the service.
Father Donato Panna said, “He’s there every time I celebrate Mass and is very well behaved – he doesn’t make a sound, I’ve not heard one bark from him in all the time he has been coming in.”
In case you’re wondering who takes care of Ciccio, well it takes a village to raise a dog so to speak. Although village goers say they would prefer if someone gave Ciccio a stable loving home, he’s pretty much been adopted by the whole village. They look after him and make sure he has food to eat.
The story of Ciccio is a remarkable one, and you can’t help but wonder if a piece of him died with his owner the day she passed. One might say that he goes back to the church every day looking for that missing piece (or maybe even his owner).
Although sad, it’s still a little comforting to see that Ciccio still has his church family that loves and supports him. God bless this fur baby’s poor little precious soul, and thank you to the village members for taking care of him.
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