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She Saved Lives During the 2017 Mexico Earthquake And Now After 10 Years Of Bravery She’s Getting Her Retirement Party

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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.”

Frida became a national hero in Mexico during deadly earthquakes that killed more than 300 people in Mexico City in 2017.

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.

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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.”

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This Little Girl Loses It When She Sees What Her Dog Looks Like After He Goes To The Groomers

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This Little Girl Loses It When She Sees What Her Dog Looks Like After He Goes To The Groomers

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We don’t know about you but we were very attached to our perritos as kids. We brushed their hair, wondered what they were thinking about and loved on them like crazy. No matter how much you think you were obsessed with your pet growing up, we bet this girl has you beat. The animal-loving platform The Dodo shared a precious video of a Spanish-speaking niña sobbing her eyes out after picking her dog up from the groomer.

It was simply a transformation she wasn’t ready for and didn’t want. Watch the phases of grief here.

This is her dream dog.

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He was chubby and furry and he was her chubby, furry boy before the groomer got their devilish hands on him. For this little girl, this is the dream dog. A baby Chewbaca.

One commenter with 58 likes said, “It looked like a sewer rat before.” We already know where this is going…

But now, her furry little monster is “totally bald!”

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Literally everyone in the comments thinks he looks cuter. “Que pena estaba llorando que le habian cortado el pelo al perro esta guapo asi,” comments one user. The verdict seems unanimous: “love the dogs haircut it looks really nice.” For her, the haircut is devastating.

“Parece puerco,” she cried. “Now he looks like a pig!”

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Que que?! We don’t see it, girl. 😂This user incredulously asks,Did you not see the before picture kid?”

Then it dawns on her, he looks like a niña! It’s a travesty.

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At this point, the subtitles in between her laments just read “crying,” when really, she’s crying in Spanish. Big difference. Huge.

“Mira! Estaba parecer coletas. Mi pobrecito bebé!”

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She hates it. She’s hating all of it. Now, commenters are calling for the groomer to be fired for upsetting the girl so much. Don’t fret. A groomer made it into the comments: “Actually me and my mom are dog groomers, and what the groomer did was right. If the dog hadn’t been trimmed he would have smelled bad and would be all matted up, which isn’t good for the dogs coat. And from what the dog looked like, he needed it. Me and my mother have groomed dogs like that before and you wouldn’t believe the smell and how many bugs were in his coat. So good job for the mom and I hope the dog gets trimmed like that from now on.”

His fluffiness is her happiness. What can we say?

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This commenter is just trying to understand the situation from the dog’s perspective:

“Girl: he is baaaaaaaaald
Dog: why are you holding me upside down?
Girl: he doesn’t have puffy cheekssssss
Dog: are trying to give me food? Oh please give me food”

Meanwhile, the dog is just a limp rag doll the whole time she’s wailing.

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People in the comment section are trying to comfort her with the truest words, “Ur puppy will always be ur puppy no matter how bad he looks😍🐶” Others will never get it. Looking at you Coraline Williams with the, “The dog looks fine calm down,” comment. 🙄

“Aww poor upset girl,” reads one comment. “The dog is like what is going on.”

I guess our kind are all groomed to like los cachetónes. 😂

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Woof, though. Lots of parents can relate. One parent related so much she commented, “That feeling when your baby “ya no es un cachetón”. Breaks my heart. Thanks for the adorableness!!” The rest of us are feeling commenter Marilyn Alvarez’s vibes: “LOL…I wish I looked thinner when I get a haircut :)”

Then, she lifts the dog up to show her mom the worst of it all: he’s lost his chubby cheeks.

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Wait until she sees his feet. 😅They look like creepy creature-of-the-night fingers!! shudders The comment thread for this video is filled with “pobrecita”‘s and “ya no puedo.”

Of course, every Latina mom ever is just going to look at this laugh fest and say, “A ver, dimelo.” All the non-Latinos are wondering why the mom isn’t explaining to her daughter what’s going on. Pero, we know why. Latina moms love recording the goofy reactions we have has kids. There’s no time to explain that the hair will grow back. How else would we have been gifted the bendiciones of this video?

Watch the full breakdown below!

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A Large Mural of Frida Kahlo in Traditional Mexican Dress Has Just Been Unveiled and She’s Never Looked More Electric

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A Large Mural of Frida Kahlo in Traditional Mexican Dress Has Just Been Unveiled and She’s Never Looked More Electric

Frida Kahlo is the most recognizable Mexican painter of the past century. That bold brow, traditional Mexican garb and piercing stare are undeniably Frida in a way that makes her completely unique among other artists. She’s also one of the most widely portrayed Mexican figures of all time. Her image adorns everything from tee-shirts and jewelry to murals and makeup. Her image is so recognizable that flower crowns, red lipstick, and ungroomed eyebrows will forever have an association with the artist.

To add to the Frida imagery in our world, a new mural featuring the famous artista has just been unveiled in Mexico and she has never looked better.

Painted by Irish artist Fin DAC, the mural portrays Frida Kahlo in bold primary colors and traditional Mexican dress.

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The artwork is named “Magdalena” and is located in Guadalajara — the capital of Jalisco. In the mural, Frida is represented with a full-body image, hands placed together in front of her as if in prayer. Vibrant flowers and butterflies adorn her like a crown in true Frida fashion.

She wears a huipil (a multicolored blouse traditionally found in southern Mexico), a pink shawl and a long blue skirt accentuated with various-sized skulls. The ten-story mural also depicts the artist with a blue mask across her eyes. This is artist Fin DAC’s signature that he adds to all of his pieces and works to enhance the dark stare that Frida gives viewers.

The artist responsible for this mural has lots of experience creating urban art in Latin America.

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Between 2012 and 2017, Fin DAC visited Latin America several times. He created six murals total in Colombia and Brazil during that time. This is his first time creating art in Mexico. The artistic is known for his style — called “Urban Aesthetics” —  and has made art on the streets of five different continents. His images also include women dressed in the native costume of their countries and are finished with his signature mask.

The artist explained the reasoning for his attention to national traditions to Mexanist. He said:

“No matter the culture and nationality for me, I am more interested in the type of clothing typical of each place, each country and each place has something to offer and show in this sense.”

For Fin DAC, the choice to depict Frida on this wall was an easy one. The artist explained that her own artwork always sought to exalt the women it depicted — much like his own. Frida’s own famous way of dressing always incorporated traditional Mexican costuming too so the decision to paint the famous Mexican for this piece was “almost obvious” to the painter.

The artist was invited to create this mural as part of celebrations for the Despertares Impulsa dance festival.

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Created by famous Mexican dancer, Isaac Hernández, the Despertares Impulsa dance festival began as a way to gather and stimulate the creative industry in Mexico. With the backing of the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts, the event offers performances, workshops, lectures, master classes and meet and greets. The festival also offers opportunities for free auditions to different international dance companies.

Fin DAC was invited to create this piece by the director of Despertares Impulsa. The image was painted on a wall facing Chapultepec Avenue — a busy street that receives lots of traffic in the urban area. Fin DAC choose this location purposefully for this reason.

“When you see a spectacular advertising pole,” he said, “You see an image trying to sell you something you don’t need, but it makes you feel like you want it. (On the other hand) when you see a piece of art on the street it brings you a moment of happiness and peace, nothing from the advertising you see will make you happy, but art can definitely do it.

The mural was officially unveiled on July 15th, 2019 as part of the festival’s celebrations.

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The unveiling comes at a time of year significant to Frida fans. July 6th was the 112th anniversary of the artist’s birth. The 65th anniversary of her passing also happened this past month on the 13th of July. As such, this beautiful mural is an appropriate gift to honor the late Mexican artist.

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