Almost exactly four years ago, I spoke to a woman at a local animal rescue and told her I wanted a French Bulldog. She told me she didn’t have any Frenchies, but she did have a 5 month old Chihuahua that I should come meet. He was very sweet and timid, she said, but she was pretty sure he wouldn’t chase my cats and that he’d do nicely in my small apartment. Dubious (at the time my impression of Chihuahuas was not entirely positive), I went to meet this little guy. When I arrived, they handed me a tiny fawn colored pup with gorgeous green eyes and a pink nose and lips. It was literally love at first sight. The next day I picked him up for good and brought him home.

Wilfredo had been abandoned in the Central Valley of California. He was in good health. He was rescued with his brother, to whom he was very attached. His brother had been adopted a few days earlier, and apparently Wilfredo (I gave him this name) was despondent after his brother was taken away (the thought of this still makes me weepy).

When I brought him home, he immediately fell asleep, which I took as a good sign. Upon waking, he began following me around and, of course, peeing everywhere (thankfully I managed to house train him pretty quickly!). He was immediately really great with people and every day his bright personality emerged more and more. Turns out Wilfredo is sort of a big dog in a little dog’s body. He loves to play fetch + do tricks, loves people + table scraps, is super mellow and will kiss your entire face if you let him. He’s incredibly affectionate and the quintessential lap dog. I think he’d make a great therapy dog. He loves to be held and petted, kissed and coddled. He gets a lot of that in our house.

It’s been four years now and I cannot imagine my life without this little guy. Shortly after I got him I met my partner and so now Wilfredo has two moms. He is like our kid and we love him to pieces. I often say that he is magical, and I mean that in the truest sense of the word. I feel so grateful to have this incredibly warm, sweet, kind-spirited animal around me all the time. He calms me and makes me feel so happy. I love him so much.