Mexico says its final farewell to Frida the heroic dog

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
The rescue dog Frida became a national icon in Mexico thanks to her efforts to find victims buried in the rubble immediately after the powerful earthquake that hit Mexico City in 2017. Photo: Courtesy

Frida, the rescue dog who became a national sensation during the aftermath of the 2017 Mexico City earthquake, has passed away. 

Frida retired from active service in 2019 at the age of 10 and was 13 when she died. Her remains are to be cremated and placed at the base of a statue in her honor in Mexico City. 

Frida was specially trained by Mexico’s armed forces to seek out individuals injured during natural disasters. 

Wearing her signature protective goggles, Frida became a beacon of hope and rallying point for rescue efforts after several disasters.

Over her career, Frida is credited with rescuing 12 people and helping to recover over 40 bodies. 

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“Our beloved Frida. Though your departure leaves us scarred we vow to honor your memory, loyalty, sacrifice, and love. Thank you for serving Mexico; you will always be in our hearts,” said a message sent over social media by Mexico’s armed forces. 

Yucatán’s governor Mauricio Vila expressed his gratitude to Frida during a tweet featuring an image of himself and the heroic canine. 

Since the news broke Tuesday, tributes to Frida have poured in from around the world.

Frida’s death is also being used by several animal shelters to help promote the responsible adoption of dogs across the country. 

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