Frida the rescue dog is retiring after saving 12 lives in her career. She has been with the Mexican Navy for nearly a decade. In addition to saving lives, she has located at least 41 bodies after natural disasters.
Frida rose to fame after an earthquake devastated Mexico City in 2017. Images of the yellow lab in her custom goggles and boots went viral and many began to call her a “symbol of hope.”
The Mexico Navy celebrated Frida’s retirement at a ceremony on June 24. She got a dog toy as a thank you for her hard work.
“Frida as a Navy sailor you have elevated the name of our institution,” Deputy Naval Minister Eduardo Redondo stated. “You have fulfilled your mission with honor. You have united the heart of Mexico. Good sea and better winds to our dear Frida.”
In addition to helping after the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, Frida was on the ground after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a 2016 earthquake in Ecuador, and a 2013 explosion at Pemex tower in Mexico City. In 2018, a statue honoring Frida and her trainer was erected in Puebla.
“Frida stole the heart of all Mexico and thousands more abroad,” Redondo told Agence France-Presse. “Her bark always gave hope, and in moments of pain and uncertainty she brought relief.”
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