Mixed-breed pup Petardo’s name means “Firecracker” in Spanish, and now he’s blowing up all over social media.
The dog became a symbol for protestors in the Bolivian city of Potosi, when he joined a march of the Potosi Civic Committee (Compico). The organization’s demands include more government investment in public infrastructure for Potosi. The mining town residents seek improvements like more hospitals, highways, an airport, and factories and plants to help provide jobs and industry.
Petardo joined the march to Bolivian capital La Paz in a town called Caracollo. Compico president Jhonny Llally said:
From there, he walked with us, but he appeared and disappeared. When we reached the La Paz stretch, he was with us permanently on the march and did not leave us until the end (of the demonstration).
Petardo was named for his bravery in the face of firecrackers and dynamite. He stayed strong through tear gas and hose attacks by police. His story became viral when he was captured in videos and photos and shared in the media. Petardo is a pup for the people! Follow his adventures on his Facebook page, Petardo: potosino y federalista