Frida saved the lives of 12 people whom she found in the aftermath of multiple disasters. And she is responsible for finding at least 41 bodies throughout her service, the AP reports.
Now, Frida is retiring, Mexico’s navy announced Monday. She was awarded a toy for her service, marking the end of her career as a rescuer and the beginning of her low-key life in retirement.
The Mexican navy announced her retirement at a ceremony for International Rescuer Day. Frida spent nine years in the canine unit and the urban search and rescue unit.
“Frida stole the heart of all Mexico and thousands more abroad,” Deputy Naval Minister Eduardo Redondo told Agence France-Presse. “Her bark always gave hope, and in moments of pain and uncertainty she brought relief.”
In 2018, the dog and her trainer, Israel Arauz Salinas, were honored with a statue in Puebla, Mexico, Remezcla reported. The bronze figure depicts Frida in her characteristic rescue gear: doggy boots and goggles.