May 14, 2019
International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
Around the world, Chihuahua lovers annually celebrate Chihuahua day on May 14th.
Named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, this is the smallest breed of dog in the whole world, the tiny Chihuahua is between 15 – 23 cms in height and weighs around 1.5 – 3 kgs. Famous Chihuahuas include Paris Hilton’s Tinkerbell and Moonie from the movie Legally Blonde.
How did the International Chihuahua Appreciation Day start?
There are a few different theories but the one we like best is that it was started on Canadian Nadia Alterio’s website on 14th May 2010, when she declared it to be International Chihuahua Appreciation Day in honour of her dog, Teaka. The 14th of May was her dog’s birthday. Nadia is a former Miss British Columbia and women’s fitness advocate, she has even written a book on the breed.
Now in its eighth year, the day is celebrated worldwide.
To celebrate people around the world do everything from share photos of their treasured Chihuahuas, donate to Chihuahua rescue groups and even hold parties in their honour.
Poco the Chihuahua
In honour of this special day, we are sharing Poco’s story. As a Bondi local, Poco the Chihuahua used to pad Bondi’s Promenade but swapped his native Australia to live in LA LA Land where is now rubbing shoulders with celebrities and their pooches, and also sampling the different cuisines, beaches and culture on offer, this capable canine is showing the locals, “what’s up Down Under.”
I got to meet the adorable and well-travelled Poco, who flew over 12,000kms when I visited LA last year. You can read more about his story here.