Patron Saint of Dogs and those who love them. "The least we owe them is to live a life that is worthy of their devotion..."
As a dog lover St. Roch is one Saint I can relate to. His story is an interesting one. He was born with a privileged background but renounced his nobility and wealth to go to Rome to care for plague victims. While in Rome he contracted the disease himself. Not wanting to burden anyone with his own suffering he went to live in the forest. There he met a dog who brought him food daily and licked Roch's wounds until he recovered from the plague.
Unfortunately, all his family had died and no one recognized him when he returned. He was imprisoned for false impersonation where he died with his faithful companion 5 years later.
The picture of the painting was taken a St. Joseph in St. Joseph and the statue in St. Peter of St. Peter.