Stella Rodriguez scolded her Pomeranian, El Toro, but the overwrought dog continued to bark excitedly and scratch at the front door.
“You just went out in the back yard, Torito. You know you can’t go into the front yard while the decorations are up.”
Stella’s family always celebrated Halloween in a big way.
Since coming north from Oaxaca, Mexico, they combined the traditions of Halloween with their own festival of the Dia De Los Muertos.
Stella looked forward to the pan de muerto her mother would bake and she hoped this year she would be the lucky one to bite into the plastic skeleton hidden inside.
“Torito! Go lie down!”
The little dog reluctantly went to his bed.
Uncharacteristically, he continued to growl and whimper as he watched the door.
Stella wondered what had gotten into the little dog as she returned to her work of setting up the family altar to welcome the souls of her departed loved ones.
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