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An Adorable Dog Has Just Become This Monastery’s Newest Friar

Look at this pious little pup!

The latest addition to the Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia, couldn’t be more adorable if he tried. He’s a tiny dog, and he fits right in among his new surroundings. I mean, he’s got the outfit and everything.

Before joining the monastery, this pup was a stray, but now not only does he have a new home, he’s also got a new name and a newfound purpose in life.

His name is Friar Bigotón (which is Spanish for “mustache”), and the name is absolutely appropriate. As far as his duties at the monastery, he’s in charge of keeping his brothers company and looking cute, of course.

“His life is all about playing and running,” Friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”

It’s no surprise that Friar Bigotón should come to join this monastery because these brothers are known for their compassion towards animals.

The adoption was made possible thanks to a group called the Cold Nose Project. The organization hopes that this adoption will inspire other monasteries to allow pets to live with them, too.

“If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón,” the group wrote in a post on Facebook, “we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”

And when you see the adorable photos of the little furry friar on the monastery’s grounds, I don’t know how you could not be inspired to go out and adopt a pup for yourself.

This little guy seems to be very pleased with his new home. When he’s not keeping his owners company, he’s “preaching” to the fish and minding the grounds—you know, important things like that. So, yeah, this little pup is enjoying the good life, for sure.