Tale of a holy dog with Mass ap­peal

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

LAST week in a town in Si­cily I learned about a stray dog who be­came an Ital­ian national hero.

The town of Sci­cli was home to Italo, a cross­bred golden Labrador who ar­rived in 2009. Some say he wan­dered into the town af­ter the death of his master and took to hang­ing out at the town hall. Lo­cals soon no­ticed he reg­u­larly at­tended Mass, and never missed a fu­neral or a wed­ding. He would wait for chil­dren to fin­ish school and walk them home. He even ac­com­pa­nied tourists around the town.

His heroic sta­tus was con­firmed af­ter a wait­ress fin­ished her shift and was ac­costed by a drunk. Italo chased him off and al­ways waited to walk her home there­after. Af­ter this, he was made an hon­orary cit­i­zen.

Italo, the Mass-go­ing dog, died in 2011 and was buried in con­se­crated ground in the church grave­yard.

dog almighty: Italo

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