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Little dog joins monastery

The tiny little dog in these pictures is Carmelo, a former stray who has won over hearts at the Franciscan Monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Credit: Facebook/Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm

He's been named Friar Bigotón - which is Spanish for "moustache" - to go with his new position, and even has his own tiny habit to wear.

Credit: Facebook/Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm

Friar Bigotón recently joined the order of St Francis of Assisi who, in Catholic tradition, is the patron saint of animals. He was adopted through Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project) and the monastery hope it inspires more monasteries to open their doors to homeless pets.

Credit: Facebook/Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm

The photos of friar Bigotón in his habit were posted to Facebook by Kasper Mariusz Kapron Ofm and have since been shared over 2,500 times.

"Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish," Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm. Credit: Facebook/Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm

Speaking to The Dodo, fellow friar Jorge Fernandez said, "His life is all about playing and running. Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God."