A Fitting Epitaph for Ciccio, the Faithful Dog

19 Feb

Ciccio, the dog who continued to “attend mass” after the death of his longtime owner and caregiver, has died from cardiac arrest. In my January 25 post, Losing a Faithful Companion, I shared the story of Ciccio, the faithful companion of Maria Lochi, who continued to search for Maria each day at church after her funeral.


With health failing, Ciccio, also known as Tommy, had been hospitalized in a local clinic.  He had become quite a celebrity, with local people making sure he was cared for. He even had his own Facebook page, which published many messages of encouragement to the dog after the death of his beloved Maria.

Farewell, Ciccio. Thank you for warming the hearts of so many and for leaving us to wonder, as my friend Pat expressed, “did he die of heart failure due to old age, or could it have been heart break due to the loss of Maria?” I guess we’ll never know, but what we do know for sure is this: he loved and was loved in return. A wonderful epitaph indeed.



7 Responses to “A Fitting Epitaph for Ciccio, the Faithful Dog”

  1. Florence C. Connelly February 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM #


    Florence C. Connelly faclarsen@aol.com


  2. Sandy Holswade February 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

    I’m so sad – I didn’t know he died. I think he died of a broken heart. Thanks Judy.


  3. Nikitaland February 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM #

    I just found your blog today and I thank you so much for posting this story. It amazes me every day when you see the bond between a dog and their companion can be so strong. It is so sad that Ciccio passed away and it was probably from a broken heart. I spend every minute of every day with my two dogs and I know that they would miss me if I was not around. I just started following your blog today, and I hope that you stop on over to my blog too at http://www.nikitaland.wordpress.com and see the two adorable dogs that keep me company every day of my life. ~Valerie~ Chow!


    • Judy Gingerella February 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM #

      Val, Thanks for your note. I enjoyed finding your site as your dogs are adorable! Good writing too! Ciao, Judy


      • Nikitaland February 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM #

        Hi Judy, I am so glad that I found your blog and I look forward to your upcoming posts. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog, and yes, we have two of the most adorable good four-legged girls! Hope you subscribe to our blog! Have a wonderful day!


  4. Jennifer Meek March 10, 2018 at 7:24 PM #

    Thank you for the heart warming story.


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