Joan Larsen Introduces Friar Moustache: The Stray Dog Adopted as the Newest Friar in a Bolivian Monastery

Posted on May 17, 2017


From Joan Larsen,

a story to delight you !

Meet Friar Bigotón (Friar Moustache), the stray schnauzer, who just became a member of the St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The saint, after which the Franciscan order was established, is known as the patron saint of animals there.  So it is only natural that the resident monks extended their helping hand to the darling dog that was found living in the streets.


Now he is one happy doggie who gets to enjoy life to the fullest.  The monastery grounds are perfect for a dog to run and play – and there is a lot of space to explore and new friends to meet every day.  Friar Jorge Fernandez tells us:  “Now his life is about playing and running.  And here all the brothers love him very much.  He is a creature of God”.

The newest friar – newly named Friar Bigotón – even gets to wear his own habit, proudly.  Perhaps, inspired by his habit, the doggie was caught seriously attending to his monk duties:  “Here we see him preaching to the fish,” wrote Franciscan Kasper Kapron, who could not resist posting these adorable photos online.


“If only all the churches of our country would adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón,” the local animals rescue’s  Cold Nose Project wrote, “we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example”.


Photos via Facebook

Writer Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on Earth.  But it is the polar regions of our world that she has been drawn back to again and again.  She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”