ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A tiny Chihuahua has caused a big stir on social media.
“Biggie” ran away from his Nob Hill home last week so his social media savvy mother turned to her Facebook friends to help find him. The little guy now has more Facebook fans than most people.
“Sunday morning, I went to breakfast and I always leave him in the backyard,” Caitlin Cano said.
That’s when she thinks the little Chihuahua spotted a cat.
“I came back an hour later and he was gone,” Cano said. “I was in such panic and sadness and so distraught. It was awful.”
Cano says Biggie is like a child to her, with a wardrobe that would make any canine jealous.
“He’s the only thing that ever gets me happy.”
So the University of New Mexico senior, who makes a living in social media, took to the internet.
“And so I started a Facebook page that night,” Cano said.
In no time, friends started sharing the page. And then their friends started sharing the page. Two Albuquerque radio stations even got in on it.
“In total, it got probably around 1,000 shares and it reached over 300,000 people.”
While Cano was searching the neighborhood and nearby businesses, Ashley Estrada got a call from her grandma, who was down at the federal courthouse for jury duty on Monday.
That call was about a little dog.
“He was shaking and shivering and terrified of people,” Estrada said.
It turns out Estrada went to high school with Cano and they had some mutual friends on Facebook
That’s when she stumbled across Biggie’s page.
“I was like, ‘Oh hey! That’s the dog I have!” Estrada said. “I called him Henry.”
Henry, or Biggie, had made it all the way downtown from his Nob Hill home.
“I’m so happy, I’m so relieved,” Cano said. “It was probably the worst four days of my life.”
“He got hurt on his little adventure,” she said of a small cut on his back leg.
It’s that little adventure, a big one for this tiny guy, that thanks to social media, landed him back in familiar arms.
“The power of social media and power of community really brings everyone together, especially if it’s such a touching subject,” Cano said. “People here in Albuquerque will help you.”
To prevent Biggie from chasing any more cats down the road, Cano says she’ll put up an enclosure. However, she doesn’t think he’ll be going anywhere anytime soon.