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Frida, The Most Famous Rescue Dog In The World, Has Finally Retired

After a lifetime of hard work and life-saving deeds, Frida, the most beloved and recognizable rescue dog in the world, has finally retired from the Mexican Navy.

Frida, the endearing rescue dog that has captivated the world's hearts throughout an illustrious life-saving career—most notably during the 2010 Haiti earthquake—, has retired from the Mexican Navy after nearly 9 years of loyal service.

The famous canine, a Labrador Retriever, was born ten years ago—that makes her about 70 in dog-years. Though now officially retired, she'll remain with the Navy assisting in the training of a new generation of rescue dogs, with includes talents like Ecko and Evil, two young Malinois rising stars that are already surprising the world with their intelligence and agility.

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According to the Mexican Navy, the beloved Labrador Retriever has located 53 individuals during her career, of which 12 were successfully rescued alive. Most of these rescues occurred during the terrifying 2010 Haiti Earthquake, which devastated most of the capital.

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Frida also assisted in search & rescue efforts in the immediate aftermath of several other tragedies, including the explosion of the Pemex Tower, on January 31, 2013, the 2012 Guatemalan landslides, the 2016 Ecuador earthquake, and the September 2017 earthquakes in Mexico. 

From loyal companion to a national hero

It was her heroic performance during the latter disaster that earned her a nation's gratitude and launched her to international fame. Her name and image flooded the news and quickly became widespread internet memes. Merchandise was sold across the country in order to raise money and donate it to the disaster's victims. Frida herself made TV appearances to be "interviewed." Children lined up to meet her, and she became the very face of the Mexican Navy Rescue Dog program. As such, Frida, with her signature goggles and rescue vest, was among the most recognizable dogs in the world.

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An article for The Wall Street Journal about the Labrador chronicles the massive social phenomenon:

"Frida T-shirts and Frida piñatas have popped up for sale, two merchandise-related trademarks were filed in her name, and Facebook users are nudging Mexico’s central bank to replace muralist Diego Rivera with a portrait of Frida in her rescue gear on the 500-peso note. She would be the second Frida on the bill. Painter Frida Kahlo, Mr. Rivera’s wife, is on the back."

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Frida was born in 2009 in the building for the Canine Unit of the Mexican Navy, in Mexico City. The Unit currently houses over 60 rescue dogs, most them either Malinois or Labradors, who stand at the ready for any emergency anywhere in Latin America and beyond.

On Monday, Frida was given an orange ball as a symbol for her retirement and the beginning of a new stage in her life. Thank you for everything, Frida!

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Translated by Oliver G. Alvar

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