A dog whose owner died a few months ago, still visits the church where her funeral was held every day in the hope she will return. Ciccio, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, attends Mass at the church of Santa Maria Assunta in San Donaci, Puglia, every day.
The grieving hound mourns daily for Maria Lochi, his former owner who was known in the area for her love of animals. As a sign of gratitude, Ciccio goes to church every morning, sitting beneath the altar, near the priest. His hope to see his beloved Maria, the person he accompanied everywhere, even in church, moves the faithful."
The parish priest "does not dare" to chase him away.
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. He used to come to Mass with Maria and he was obviously devoted to her. I let him stay inside as he was always so well behaved and none of the other parishoners ever complained to me."