Dog Names Ending in 'za' in Pop Culture
There are many inspiring stories in the dog world that make us want to hug our pups hard and commit to giving dogs all over the world a better life. The story of Alvaro Munera and his dog Esperanza is one of those stories. Here is how these two souls were destined to be together.
Alvaro Munera was a professional bullfighter. At the age of twelve, he fell in love with bullfighting after a staged bullfight was the entertainment at a restaurant where Munera and his family were dining. He started taking bullfighting lessons and finally stepped into a real fight at the age of fourteen. When Alvaro stabbed his first bull, he says that he was instantly traumatized. The passion he felt for bullfighting was immediately filled with hatred and disgust at the thought that he had injured an animal. However, his family and local supporters convinced him that this was just part of a long tradition of a popular sport and Munera continued to fight.
A few similar events during his bullfighting career made Munera want to quit the sport as the more he fought, the more he felt the sport was extremely inhumane and he couldn't bear to hurt any more animals. Munera even tried to quit but he had already signed a lucrative contract that would require him to fight for another five years- he was, after all, quite talented.
Then, one day, a bull threw Munera in the air and sentenced him to life in a wheelchair. Munera's bullfights were over but his life as an animal activist had just begun. Munera decided to use the fame he had earned and put it to good use, creating laws that promoted animal rights.
Munera had been working for several years as an animal rights activist when a landslide hit a nearby town. A veterinarian friend brought back a dog that was found in the landslide. Her injuries were severe and it appeared that someone had tried to euthanize her previously but failed. The dog was suffering but with a lot of care, she recovered from her injuries and went to live with Munera.
Esperanza was her given name which means 'hope'. She was skittish around Munera for a long time but he saw her as his soulmate- someone who had been run down by life but now had a second chance. Esperanza and Munera are now inseparable and Munera continues to pursue his work fighting for animals, like Esperanza, to have a second chance at life. After all, sometimes the first part of your journey may not go as planned but if you can turn it around, the world can be a better place!