My grandpa Maunuel Almeida (1914-1982) got a chihuahua from my Aunt Mary Ann and he named her "Floofers". He loved that dog and would go on to get two more named "Cachita and Chaquita". There were 22 grandchildren in the family and we would visit Grandma and Grandpa Almeida in their little casita on 502 1/2 Camino Sin Nombre in Santa Fe, NM . We would run through the house chasing those little dogs. If you own chihuahuas you know they aren't the most easy going in temperament. They used to growl at us and most of us got snapped at more than once. Grandpa Almeida or "LoLo" loved those dogs. My Grandma Reynalda on the other hand hated them because they weren't house trained. So she'd follow them around the house laying down newspaper everywhere. Inevitably, they'd poop on the floor and grandma would call out in her sing-song voice, "Mawn-WEEEEEE-LLLLLLLLLLL (a long drawn-out Manuel), Floofers left a little present for yoooooouuuuu!" and my Grandpa Almeida would look all sheepish and go clean it up! Good times...good times!
July 20th, 2014
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