The Mysterious Dog
He managed to get inside the church without drawing any attention to himself, but once somebody noticed him the pastor tried to get him to leave. However, his attempts were unsuccessful. It was almost like a divine power had decided that the dog belonged there, and there was nothing he could do about it.
He took his seat with a blank expression on his face. His eyes were glued on something, and he acted as if he was possessed. What on earth did he see? The mysterious dog in the church consumed the town’s gossip.
Pastor Gregory Malroy had been serving the community of Santa Maria Assunta church for as long as he could remember. He thought he had seen all that the world has to offer, and he knew each and every churchgoer by name.
He devoted his life to others, and many would describe him as a gentle soul. He gave sermons over the weekends, made himself available for confessions, and always ensured that he was involved in local charities. His community believed he was a real saint, and they loved him.
A New Member Of The Community
San Donaci was a small community. Everybody knew each other, and they all knew each other’s secrets as well. If one small thing happened one day, the whole town would know about it come morning time.
The first time the dog was found inside the church, the pastor did his best to try and get him to leave. He was an old German Sheppard who was unwilling to do what he didn’t want to. Time was running out and he had to start the sermon so he left the dog be. The churchgoers were delighted by their new furry friend, but the situation was much darker than anybody could have anticipated.
A Good Boy
The dog did not make a sound throughout the entire sermon, and he kept to himself. He sat in the aisle with his eyes glued to the left side of the church.
After the sermon ended, all the churchgoers went to go and give him a pet. Even Pastor Malroy joined in on the fun and said, “You’re not so bad, aye!” He could feel his heart soften, and so the next time the dog came back, Pastor Malroy had no problem letting him stay. However, he soon realized that something was amiss.
At first, he didn’t believe it was odd, but the weekend after weekend the dog would position himself at the very same spot with his eyes pierced on the left aisle. What was he looking at? Some churchgoers noticed it as well and began gossiping about the dog’s odd behavior. They even started a rumor claiming that the dog is staring at ghosts.
Pastor Malroy could not see what he was looking at, so he turned to the security cameras. What he found stunned him.
Was He Sick?
The dog was so still it appeared as if he was possessed. He just blankly stared at the congregation. Pastor Malroy developed a bond with the dog and began feeling concerned for his new friend.
What was the dog looking at? Was he visually impaired? Pastor Malroy knew each churchgoer by name, and this dog’s owner was not one of them. He went door to door and asked if anybody lost a dog, but he had no success. Thus, he decided to take the dog to the vet. Perhaps they could determine why he was acting so strangely.
As soon as the pastor got a moment, he took the dog to the vet. He explained to the receptionist what was going on and after the vet did an assessment, it was clear that the dog was in perfect health. The pastor let out a sigh and began gathering his things, but just as they were about to leave the vet spotted an interesting note.
The contents of the note left him speechless, and he instantly grabbed a pen and paper.
A Good Sign
It turns out that the dog was microchipped! Thanks to this, they learned that the dog was 12-years-old and his name was Tommy. He immediately wrote down the number and called the owners. After three attempts, he felt hopeless.
He felt like the poor dog would never get back home. He returned to the church to lock everything up, but Tommy refused to leave. The pastor did his best but Tommy was a stubborn dog. It was clear that the dog was waiting for him.
Waiting For Him
The pastor realized that Tommy wanted something from him. He began approaching him, which caused Tommy to get up and walk. He turned around a few times to make sure that the pastor was still behind him.
He was intrigued, and he followed the old dog. He was completely unaware that Tommy was leading him somewhere that would forever change his life.
Where Were They Going?
Tommy led the pastor into the dark streets and they passed numerous houses and finally arrived at a house located at the end of a very dusty and deserted road. There was one light coming from the house, and it was clear that somebody was home.
Tommy took his place in front of the door and waited eagerly. As soon as he sat down, somebody opened the door.
Pastor Malroy couldn’t deny that he was feeling a little uneasy. But he wanted to meet Tommy’s owner. Did they know he went to church everyday? But when she opened the door, it wasn’t what the pastor expected.
A friend of Tommy’s owner opened the door. He had never seen her before. After the pastor introduced himself, she told him Tommy’s story.
Pastor Malroy found out that Tommy’s owner had sadly passed away some time ago. His owner’s name was Lochi. She was a quiet woman who kept to herself but one thing she was known for was taking in a number of stray dogs every now and again.
Tommy was Lochi’s third dog to rescue and the two created an incredible bond that she didn’t experience with her other rescues.
She found Tommy when he was 2 years old, abandoned in a field in a remote part of the countryside. He had no collar and no microchip. He was in a bad condition so she immediately took him home.
With her two other adopted rescues long gone, she was able to focus all of her attention on Tommy. From then on, he was always by her side. He even sat outside the church entrance and waited for her whenever she went to Mass.
Dog In Mourning
When she passed away, her friend recalled how Tommy was so heartbroken that he followed her coffin into Pastor Malroy’s church. Not one of the mourners had the heart to prevent him from entering the church so instead, they let him join them at the funeral service.
The town mayor said that now, all the locals want to adopt Tommy and he quickly became “everyone’s dog” from the butcher’s to the baker’s – they all take care of him.
Lochi’s friend told Pastor Malroy that after Lochi died, whenever the heartbroken dog heard the sound of the church bells, she’d find him at the church, perhaps hoping his owner may appear again or because it felt familiar to go. Tommy would sit in front of the altar, facing the congregation. Priests would even descend into the aisles to give churchgoers the Eucharist so that ol’ Tommy wouldn’t be disturbed.
The next story is about a remarkable dog who refused to be parted from his owner.
For Dale, things had been rough over the past year, but it was nothing compared to what his wife, Nancy, was going through.
The hospital visits were endless and drained a bit of her soul away every time. He did everything he could to make sure she at least felt as comfortable as possible. But he did have an extra set of hands … or paws.
This last visit had taken more out of her than normal. So, after he had tucked her into her favorite spot on the sofa, he rushed to make Nancy her favorite cup of tea.
Out of the corner of his eye he saw their two dogs Sissy and Barney already snuggled up to his wife, comforting her. They could definitely tell how ill she was.
Mom’s The Favorite
They were both his and Nancy’s fur babies.
However, Sissy, a miniature schnauzer, clear loved her human mom the most. In fact, in a few days, this dog was going to show just how much she adored her owner and what dangerous lengths she would take to show that love.
Under The Knife
Dale knew that surgery was inevitable.
It was going to give Nancy a shot at beating the cancer and letting them spend the rest of their lives together. It had been hours of anxious pacing in Cedar Rapids Mercy Medical Center before the doctor came back to tell him everything was okay. He finally allowed himself to smile.
It had only been three days since he had come home to take care of the dogs. But he could tell they were antsy. They wanted their mom. Sissy most of all.
On the morning of the fourth day, Dale opened the door to let the dogs out for a bathroom break. But when it came time to bring them in again, he felt his heart stop. Sissy was missing.
Somehow, the little pooch had managed to dig a hole under their fence and squeeze her way under.
The pounding in his heart went into overdrive. Their dog was out, who knows where, with plenty of traffic and other dangers. Dale’s mind raced with worst-case scenarios and he pictured the devastated look on Nancy’s face. He had to find Sissy before something happened.
Dale jumped in his car with Barney and started his search.
She was a small dog, so she couldn’t have gone too far. She would probably have gone to their favorite park or ice cream shop that served doggie cones – anywhere she was used to going with Nancy. Tears streamed down his cheeks as he turned down another block. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
A few hours later, his phone rang. It was Nancy.
His hands shook as he pressed the button. What was he going to tell her? Should he tell her at all or wait until she got home? Maybe Sissy would be back by then. “Honey,” Nancy said. “How did our dog get to the hospital?” Dale stepped on the gas and rushed to Mercy Medical. Exactly how far did Sissy run?
Small Dog, Big Journey
From their home to the hospital was over 20 blocks!
Nancy and Dale had no idea how their little angel had managed to find her way to a place she had never been before and with no scent to help her. She had even walked through the emergency room’s doors on her own and scouted the hallways until she found Nancy’s room.
Woman’s Best Friend
It wasn’t just Dale and Nancy that were in shock. The entire staff heard about the amazing journey and their new visitor.
This fuzzy pooch was on a clear mission. She had traversed rush hour traffic and a nearly impossible path to get to her human mom. It was clear how much she loved Nancy.