Los dueños de Coco no solo se preocupan porque su chihuahua esté al día con sus vacunas. Como cientos de nicaragüenses, el domingo vistieron de gala a su mascota para que recibiera la bendición del protector de los animales y enfermos: San Lázaro. With the celebrations, Nicaraguans remember the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, a poor man covered in sores who longed to eat scraps from the rich man's table, as dogs licked his wounds. However, when the two men died, it was Lazarus who went to heaven, while the rich man went to hell for clinging to material things during his life. Locals have been putting their faith in the healing powers of Saint Lazarus since the 19th century, when a deadly cholera epidemic struck Nicaragua.