The Water Bowl: Dog Regularly Attends Mass at Church Where Owner’s Funeral Was Held

01/18/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET

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Two months after the death of his owner, Maria Margherita Lochi, Tommy, a German shepherd, attends mass regularly at the church in southern Italy where her funeral was held. “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,” said Father Donato Panna. –Daily Mail

To determine if crabs can feel pain, scientists created an experiment in which the crustaceans were given the option of hiding in one of two shelters, one that shocked them with electricity and one that didn’t. Following repeated runs, the crabs learned to avoid the shelter with the shocks. –TIME

Residents of Vermont are most likely to own pets, according to a study conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association. In contrast, Washington, D.C., has the lowest percentage of pet ownership, possibly showcasing that a location’s environment, rural vs. urban, could be a contributing factor as to whether people take in animals. –ABC News