After a catastrophic 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City and parts of southern Mexico, rescue brigades and volunteers sprang into action to help recover survivors and victims from the rubble. One of those rescuers captured the world’s attention and heart.
Her name is Frida. She’s a Navy rescue dog and a very good pupper.
Piñateria Ramirez in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, is known for making cool, creative piñatas that touch on major pop culture moments.
Their Frida piñata is an “homage to man’s best friend,” as they said in a Facebook post.
They also thank Frida and the rest of Mexico’s “paw patrol,” who have all been working hard in devastated areas since the earthquake hit.
From the goggles and little boots, to the cute little face and golden fur, Piñateria Ramirez totally nailed it.
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We ❤️ Frida too!
While some commenters joked they could never possibly hit the adorable piñata of such a brave pup, other critics have come after Piñateria Ramirez hard. But the folks behind the Frida piñata had a comeback ready.
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A critic private messaged the shop, scolding them for teaching children to beat a hero. The piñata makers responded:
“All children’s figures are their heroes and they want to have their favorite characters at their parties. It’s a matter of approach. Besides we made it as an homage. Not sure if I’ve explained myself.”
When the critic went on, saying they wouldn’t teach their children to “beat a real hero,” Piñateria Ramirez responded in the best way possible — a Robert Downey Jr. eye roll gif.
“[T]he ones that most understand the concept of the Frida piñata are children,” said Piñateria Ramirez in a follow-up post. They brought the receipts, too.
After being part of over 50 rescue operations, saving dozens of lives and finding over 40 bodies in disaster areas, Frida, a 10-year-old Labrador retriever, is calling it quits. The Mexican Navy held a ceremony for Frida that was part of “International Rescuer Day” in Mexico this past Sunday. Frida was honored with a toy that the Mexican government said: “symbolized the beginning of her new life.”
After a disastrous magnitude-7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico in September 2017, the pup became a household name. Two devastating earthquakes shook Mexico just days apart killing more than 300 people, including 205 in Mexico City. The quakes destroyed and caused major damage to multiple structures.
Frida helped in rescue efforts in both disasters as she assisted in finding more than 40 bodies and saving 12 lives. She was famously captured sniffing her way through rubble as part of the Mexican navy’s canine unite. Images showed the K-9 wearing goggles and neoprene booties as she joined first responders looking for the children that died in a school in Mexico City during the earthquake.
In total, there were 15 dogs that were deployed during the search and rescue but Frida quickly garnered the most attention. “Her bark always gave hope, and in moments of pain and uncertainty she brought relief,” Eduardo Redondo, a Deputy Naval Minister, told the BBC.
Frida’s journey as a rescue dog began before the devastating 2017 earthquake.
Ten-year-old Frida was part of multiple rescue missions involving earthquakes not only in Mexico but also in Ecuador in 2016 and Haiti in 2010. Frida was also part of rescue efforts in 2013 after an explosion at the headquarters of Mexican state oil company Pemex. She was also part of the rescue team that helped find victims after the 2012 landslide in Guatemala.
Frida was honored with a statue last year for her rescue efforts.
Frida’s international fame has made her a national symbol of Mexican strength and pride. Last summer she received a bronze statue on her honor, along with her trainer, Israel Arauz, by her side, at a park in Puebla City.
The plaque on the statue reads: “Memorable symbols of strength that Mexicans can have when we decide to unite for a greater cause.”
People on social media expressed their gratitude for Frida on an amazing career.
There has been so much love and appreciation for Frida after news broke that she was calling it a career. People who never knew or even previously heard of her took to social media to share their appreciation for Frida’s work.
“Today Frida, the heroic Mexican Navy rescue dog, retires. She saved many lives and during the Mexico City earthquake of 2017, she became a national hero and symbol of hope. GRACIAS FRIDA!,” one user wrote.
Even actor Chris Evans chimed in on Frida’s retirement asking: “What did we do to deserve dogs?” I think after hearing Frida’s incredible story we are all asking ourselves the same thing.
“Frida stole the heart of all Mexico and thousands more abroad… Her bark always gave hope, and in moments of pain and uncertainty she brought relief,” said Deputy Naval Minister Eduardo Redondo, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). “Frida, mission accomplished, with honor.”
When we think of Latinx culture, we don’t typically think of pets as the first thing central to our household lifestyle. With thousands of dogs in need of a home, here are some Latin American dog breeds for you and your mom to aww over and who knows, maybe she would even cave in and be up to adopt.
1. Peruvian Hairless Dog
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Known for being loyal and loving, the Peruvian Hairless dog will surely the best part of your day. Fun fact: perceived as an Incan dog, they were also kept as pets during Pre-Inca cultures.
2. Uruguayan Cimarrón
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As the only native dog of Uruguay, people take great pride when having the Cimarrón as a pet. They make excellent candidates in dog competitions as well as for hunting and guarding.
3. Argentine Dogo
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Strong and smart, the Dogo Argentino is one reliable breed where it is willing to protect its human companion and show off a brave attitude.
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Tiny but mighty, Chihuahuas tend to put up on heck of a fight, whether when playing with other dogs or chasing off humans. If you have a spunky personality, then this breed may be for you.
5. Brazilian Mastiff
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The Brazilian Mastiff has great tracking abilities and is very good at being a guard dog. They will always have you feeling safe while making a great cuddle buddy.
6. Chilean Fox Terrier
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It takes a while for this breed to warm to you but once it does, it is non-stop loving. They are growing popular in South America too so they might be even easier to spot out.
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Add on extra cheer to your life with a Cuban native Havanese dog. They can adapt to their surroundings so they are the perfect companion no matter where you are.
8. Brazilian Terrier
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Smart and playful, the Brazilian Terrier is a dog that is always on the go. Definitely one you take for a run or some exercise.
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Also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, this is a rare breed that has been around for a long time. Known for its hyper personality, they are quite fun for the outgoing.
10. Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound
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Double the nose, double the pros. First, by having the Double Nosed Andean Tiger Hound, you would have a rare breed from Bolivia. Second, their nose is what makes them special as no other breed is like them.
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This breed is well known for its white coat and for always being alert. They don’t call them the Venezuelan Sheepdog for nothing.
12. Guatemalan Dogo
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Guatemala’s national dog, they are not only for companionship but also to serve and guard their families. They are also open to the friends of families bring your loved ones to meet this furry friend.
13. Ecuadorian Hairless Dog
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Coming from the Peruvian Hairless Dog, it is now one of the rarest breeds of dogs. Its body proportions allow it to be considered an elegant animal, and perhaps can reflect its shine on its owner.
14. Mexican Pitbull
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Also known as Chamuco, the origin gives the meaning “devil” to represent its fierce personality. A fighting dog, it can remain friendly and confident around humans.
15. Magellan Sheepdog
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The Magellan Sheepdog can handle a lot of outdoor activities, such as snow temperatures, traveling long distance, and, as noted in its name, is able to herd sheep.
16. Argentine Pila Dog
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Due to its small size, Argentine Pila Dog is able to adapt into the apartment life quite easily. This makes the dog breed very easy to train.
17. Rastreador Brasileiro
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Not usually kept as a pet, the Rastreador Brasileiro is a hunting dog that should not be near children and the elderly. However, with enough patience, they can be trained.