All our pets are little heroes to us, but some animals go above and beyond, whether they’re service dogs or pups who have been trained to search and rescue. Frida the dog is a lab who falls into the latter category: In 2017, she rescued a dozen people after an earthquake in Mexico leveled buildings, trapping people in the rubble.
Many dogs are trained to sniff people out in catastrophes, but Frida stood out from the pack. She found 12 people, saving their lives. Remezcla reports she was awarded a medal for her bravery a few months later called the Pagés Llergo prize.
She was also somewhat iconic for her search outfit, which involved goggles to protect her eyes from dust and debris, and specially-made booties to protect her feet as she traversed the broken buildings:
Here she is bravely accepting her award, clearly not sure what’s going on:
Frida is so good, she is being honored with her own statue in the Parque Ecológico of Puebla. The statue was unveiled on July 19, and the plaque underneath reads, “Memorable symbols of the strength that Mexicans can have when we decide to unite for a greater cause.”
Featured with Frida is her trainer, Israel Arauz.
She seems a little weirded out by all the attention, but has Arauz to comfort her:
The world loves Frida, and she loves doing her job. To be honest, I couldn’t visit this dog statue, because every time I think about brave dogs, I start weeping. It makes blogging very difficult, because there are so many brave dogs on the Internet. I can’t meet them in real life, too!
And look how much she loves her person:
Frida has inspired the nation with her selflessness and love, and her extremely powerful nose. She even got a bunch of fan art:
And I’m not the only one who gets emotional about Frida’s sweet face:
This is a painting of Frida, it’s in a bar located in one of the most damaged zones in the earthquake of September in our beloved Mexico City. For us it’s more than a symbol, is part of our history.
Every time I walk near of that zone and see it’s face in there, it give me hope. pic.twitter.com/y7QAaN94MH
— Giv (@GivMansfield) July 20, 2018
But the greatest fan art is now cast in bronze in Frida’s city:
Thank you for your service, Frida. I hope they gave you bacon to go with the bronze.