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    Dog goes to church every day since owner died

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    "San Donaci - Ciccio, a 12-year-old German shepherd, still turns up each day at church two months after his owner Maria Margherita Lochi, 57, died. He waits in front of the altar at the Santa Maria Assunta church in the village of San Donaci, for his owner to appear.
    According to The Huffington Post, the dog continues to return to the church in the southern region of Puglia, Italy and attends Mass where the funeral of his mistress was held two months ago.
    Ciccio attended his mistress's funeral. He followed the coffin as it was carried into the church. According to The Telegraph, since the funeral, he heads to the church each afternoon as soon as he hears the bells ringing, as he did for years in the company of his owner while she was alive.
    Ciccio's owner was known popularly in the village as "Maria tu lu campu" ("Maria of the fields"). She took ill and died suddenly in November.
    The dog's devotion has so impressed villagers that they have adopted him. Villagers come to church with gifts of food and water. The church authorities let him sleep in a covered area outside the church.
    According to Sud Italia News, the dog appears to mourn daily for Maria, who was known in the area for her love of animals.

    Sud Italia News reports: "As a sign of gratitude [to his dead owner], 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 12-year-old hound obviously misses Maria Lochi. The Daily Mail reports 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 parishioners ever complained to me.
    "He's still coming to Mass even after Maria's funeral, he waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn't have the heart to throw him out - I've just recently lost my own dog so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out.
    "Tommy's been adopted by everyone in the village now and he is everybody's friend. Everyone looks out for him and leaves food for him - although it would be nice to find a proper home for him."
    Ciccio's story is reminiscent of the story of a German shepherd mix, Capitán, who stood guard over his master's grave for six years. He ran away from home after his master Miguel Guzman, died in 2006. Digital Journal reports that when Guzman's family visited the grave after the funeral, they found the dog sitting on it. Capitán has grieved his dead master for six years at the cemetery in the Villa Carlos Paz in central Argentina."

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    Dogs are awesome, wish I still had my german shepherd.

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    Such a sad story, it makes you think though, animals arent as stupid as we may think.
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    Truly heart warming story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b0sanac View Post
    Such a sad story, it makes you think though, animals arent as stupid as we may think.
    Why? He's just acting out of habit. Sounds like he went there every day/week/whatever and just continues doing that. Humans are just projecting their emotions onto the animal. They see a sad story of an owner dying and their pet continuing the normal routine and immediately create a story around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0sanac View Post
    Such a sad story, it makes you think though, animals arent as stupid as we may think.
    They aren't? This dog didn't even hear the shot that his master is dead and keeps repeating the same thing over and over again, for nothing.

    Animals are stupid for the most part, but some are very loyal. That's the real thing about animals that fascinates me... loyalty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0sanac View Post
    Such a sad story, it makes you think though, animals arent as stupid as we may think.
    I only would them call not stupid, if the dogs would not do that. All those examples show, that they are things without own will who stick to long engrained habits. The one person they were trained to love is not more and they can't think of something else to do. Their purpose is invalid but they are still alive. Is it just me, or does this look like the exact opposite of not stupid?

    A cat wouldn't have done something like that.

    Therefore cats > dogs.

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    This almost makes me want to get a dog ALMOST! cats > dogs

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    Stop comparing a dogs intelligence to humans.

    I really think dogs are mans best friend, they are so useful, not only as friends but to help us in so many ways as well

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    I got a bit teary-eyed. Think I need to go hug my dog now.
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    Manly tears were shed.
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    The dog is smarter than most of the people on this forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokru View Post
    I only would them call not stupid, if the dogs would not do that. All those examples show, that they are things without own will who stick to long engrained habits. The one person they were trained to love is not more and they can't think of something else to do. Their purpose is invalid but they are still alive. Is it just me, or does this look like the exact opposite of not stupid?

    A cat wouldn't have done something like that.

    Therefore cats > dogs.
    Dogs are "things" without own will?
    First of all, dogs have just as much or as little free will as humans have.
    Secondly, humans are also animals.

    Do you honestly expect a dog to understand that his owner is dead? Do you think a dog knows what death is? The fact that dogs develop habits like this is the impressive part. Cats don't do that. That's why they wouldn't do it, they don't understand one bit that their owner is dead and is never coming back either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokru View Post
    I only would them call not stupid, if the dogs would not do that. All those examples show, that they are things without own will who stick to long engrained habits. The one person they were trained to love is not more and they can't think of something else to do. Their purpose is invalid but they are still alive. Is it just me, or does this look like the exact opposite of not stupid?

    A cat wouldn't have done something like that.

    Therefore cats > dogs.
    If you think dogs have no will of their own you clearly know absolutely nothing about dogs.
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    It's plausible that the dog knows what death is, and actually is mourning. We've observed it in other animals such as Elephants & other apes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninaran View Post
    Why? He's just acting out of habit. Sounds like he went there every day/week/whatever and just continues doing that. Humans are just projecting their emotions onto the animal. They see a sad story of an owner dying and their pet continuing the normal routine and immediately create a story around it.
    And that he does that 2 months after his owner died also has a reason:

    "Villagers come to church with gifts of food and water. "
    "Everyone looks out for him and leaves food for him".

    So the church is now a place where he gets a friendly welcome and food. If I was a dog I also would continue to come to such a place.




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    D'aww, what a bitter-sweet story I love dogs. I hope someone gives it a good home; you can't mourn your losses forever.

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    Animal's are a lot smarter then most people give them credit for. It could be that the dog is merely conditioned to do that every day because of years of repetition, akin to someone in the military doing PT every morning. Routines become ingrained if done long enough. Having owned severely dogs in the past though, I choose to believe that this poor creature is actually in mourning for his beloved companion. Animals have emotions and wills of their own just like we do, they are after all sentient beings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StayTuned View Post
    They aren't? This dog didn't even hear the shot that his master is dead and keeps repeating the same thing over and over again, for nothing.
    Because he is trained to do it.
    Animals are stupid for the most part, but some are very loyal. That's the real thing about animals that fascinates me... loyalty.
    Please do not confuse loyalty with a reflex.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning

    The similarity is just hilarious: Dog hears bell, he goes to church.
    Not because he is loyal, but because he is taught to do that and continues to do it as a reflex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StayTuned View Post
    They aren't? This dog didn't even hear the shot that his master is dead and keeps repeating the same thing over and over again, for nothing.

    Animals are stupid for the most part, but some are very loyal. That's the real thing about animals that fascinates me... loyalty.
    I have 2 cats and... i dont get it.

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