As reported on yahoo news on Jan. 17, there is a loyal dog in San Donaci, Italy.
Tommy is a seven year old German Shepherd who lost his owner at the end of 2012. Tommy used to accompany his beloved owner, Maria Lochi, to Mass every day. Tommy would sit at her feet during the service and not make a sound.
At Maria's funeral, Tommy accompanied the coffin as it was carried into the church.
For the past two months, Tommy shows up when the bells ring at the church every morning for Mass. The priest allows him to sit at the bottom of the steps leading up to the altar. Tommy is perfectly quiet during Mass, never moving or making a sound.
Once the service is over, the priest lets him out and the local villagers give him dog food and water and let him sleep nearby.
As explained by Dr. Karen Overall, an animal behavior expert, "this is simply what dogs are. We have had a close, cognitive, emotional and working relationship with dogs for tens of thousands of years, and we have both been changed by that history. Dogs are heroic to us because they live up to that relationship."
Dogs also show loyalty towards each other as depicted last year when, after an accident in Florida, a male pit bull wouldn't leave the side of a female pit bull who had been dead on the side of a road. The male dog remained at her side for more than 14 hours.