Her expressive brown eyes protected by what seems like a swim masks and her toes in blue booties, Frida—a 10-year-old yellow Lab—sat obligingly for the digicam. After 9 years as a member of the Mexican navy’s canine and concrete SAR unit, she’s retiring, however as an alternative of a gold watch, her reward is a brand new chew toy.
A veteran SAR canine, Frida’s credited with discovering greater than 50 folks, 12 of them alive, throughout her profession. In 2017, as she looked for survivors within the rubble of a Mexico Metropolis faculty that collapsed in a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, a tweet from the Mexican navy put her on the map—or reasonably, on the Twitterverse. Whereas she wasn’t the one SAR canine on the job, she turned the face of the rescue effort.
Very quickly, Frida went viral. On social media, folks shared their Frida tattoos, knitted figures (full with masks), piñatas, drawings, even a 500 peso invoice on which her picture had been Photoshopped rather than the “different” Frida’s.
An emblem of hope and what could be achieved by working collectively, Frida and her handler, Israel Arauz Salinas, had been commemorated with a bronze statue put in in Puebla, Mexico, the next 12 months.
In retirement, we perceive, Frida could have a much more laid-back life as a part of the Salinas household. Like all SAR canine in all places, she’s greater than earned it.
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