THE FROSTED FACES

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Enjoy scrolling through all of our Frosted Face senior animals who have benefit from our mission at Frosted Faces Foundation.  They are listed in order of date of rescue, including those that have passed. If you have been following a certain Frosted Face's story and would like to know how he/she is doing, please email us at friends@frostedfacesfoundation.org.

Please make note of animals still looking for families as their "Family" is listed as "Frosted Faces Foundation."  View their biographies and more photos at Available Frosted Faces, learn more about becoming a family and the different programs we offer. You can also help fund their care by registering as their monthly sponsoring Fan.  

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Hildy

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: April 18th, 2019
Date of Passing: April 26th, 2019
Family: Andy & Kelly Smisek
Fans: Donna Frye
Tribute: 11 year old Hildy #A0615442 was surrendered to Riverside Shelter by her owners on March 20th. She languished there for nearly a month until last week on Wednesday she was added to the euthanasia list. We had just been there the same day rescuing three others set to be euthanized and it was almost close of business. Heck, we emailed and promised to send a transporter right back up there for her the following morning.

We vetted her immediately upon rescue because she had a big belly. We learned that she had end stage renal disease and a giant splenic mass, but no free fluid. She was eating great and seemed to like to participate in the happenings at FFF, so we gave her a good weekend, hospitalized her to flush out her kidneys for bit to buy her more good days, and spent the last week giving Hildy lots of treats and attention. Center of attention, to be exact.

On Wednesday night she had a one minute violent seizure that Jenna and I held her through. We thought for sure we were going to lose her, but she popped right up and wanted deli meat and more couch time. After a great day yesterday, this morning Hildy had a couple more seizures, was pacing, declined breakfast, and could not keep her balance. Andy stayed home late from work and rushed her into High Valley Veterinary Hospital with me where it was confirmed she had a significant amount of fluid in her abdomen. Her mass had ruptured. Hildy was so weak and still, we didn't even notice loss of life wash over her as we euthanized her to give her peace. Dr. Lipman was so gentle for us and our girl.

This girl... it was love at first sight how her little chiclet teeth looked just like our late Frosted Face Emerson's and how sweet she was to all of her fellow Frosteds. She melted in our laps and was grateful for the big beds and fancy meals. How she literally landed in our laps just a week before her natural passing is beyond words for me and perhaps we should just bask in that inexplicable perfection of timing.

We love you, Hildy. ❤


Copper

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Acquired from: OC Animal Care
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Rich & Kelly Dickerson
Fans: Deborah Regosin


Stella

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Acquired from: OC Animal Care
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Maggie Kay
Fans: J Hart Enterprises


Kanga

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Acquired from: OC Animal Care
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Kate, Anonymous


Gus

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Acquired from: OC Animal Care
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Taylor Denniston
Fans: RZ


Cricket

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Dawn Manalo-Coelho


Mason

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Todd Gunther & Jane Sparks
Fans: RZ


Cappy

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing: July 11th, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Matt Wilcox
Tribute: Yesterday we fulfilled our promise to Cappy.

Our relationship began and ended fighting the good fight. Recall the shelter transferred Cappy to us and his owners showed up a day late wanting to claim him and euthanize him. We said "no" within our rights because he had life left to enjoy.

Rushing to the ER last night knowing Cappy was in critical condition I had to ask, "Should we have just let them have him? Maybe they knew his time was up? Was four good months worth it knowing he could have been put to rest with people who loved him?"

Cappy's bloodwork and x-rays were normal upon intake and we removed a giant benign bloody mass from the side of his face and did a dental. Cappy was a happy guy, even humped his friends sometimes, and was a shadow to all the FFF volunteers. He had the privilege of living in the FFF lobby and he would undeniably get adopted because he was housetrained, well socialized, and looked like a puppy. There was not a single day we guessed he would die without a family.

Two weeks ago he finally got picked to go on a Frosted Fling with Robin D. Kardon. She treated him like one of her own, sleeping on big beds, Stella & Chewy's for meals, and baths for his skin. She was overflowing with empathy for Cappy as she returned him for diagnostics after a sleepless night, along with a few poopy rugs and a handful of baths.

Just two days ago he began having diarrhea. No one thinks their dog is going to die from diarrhea, but it was so watery and he got weak quickly, so we hospitalized him at High Valley Veterinary Hospital. Last night we transferred him to Animal Urgent Care where he had a neurologic event that caused him to go blind, start "paddling," and inappropriately vocalizing. It was absolutely confusing and heartbreaking. The doctor called us to return and put him to sleep because it was very unlikely he would recover.

Should he have just gone back to his family four months ago? Like Andy said, it didn't seem then like they were making the decision out of love, where here we were asking all the questions and trying to determine all of the possibilities of causes and treatment so that we would NOT have to let him go. What if he could make it through this? It was just horrible diarrhea still, right? We wanted to fight for him again and the only unrealistic scenario we held onto was when Frosted Face Christina survived CPR and recovered after a night of paddling and chirping to be her normal self. This was magical, but it is not the norm.

We did not have to make any decisions and it truthfully made it so much easier. When we were about 10 minutes away from the clinic the vet called to let us know that Cappy was agonal breathing and he would likely not be alive when we arrived. We were able to drape ourselves over his gurney and stroke his soft fur, but he was gone.

Cappy was the forever puppy at FFF. He went to wineries, on lots of slow walks, and it was fun to play grabby-face with him on the patio where he would paw at your hands and nibble on your fingers. So many people met him and passed him up and it was less of a "If not you, then who?" notion, because pretty much any soul who walks into FFF to look at old dogs is made of something genuinely good. It was more of a, "If not now, then when?" scenario.

If you walk into any shelter and a regular volunteer tells you "This dog is so easy," "He's perfect," or "You won't even notice you added a dog"... think twice I guess. Losing a dog who we never had the privilege of placing is really the toughest part of a these losses. The being with them at the end and being "his people"- that's the easy part because at least they had us.

These many Frosted Flings that went home the last two weeks at FFF have truly been a showing of good people getting out of their comfort zones and having "one more homeless dog" for a little while. They are sacrificing routine, some space, and a piece of themselves so another can have greater comfort. For Cappy, it was his final comfort. We owe our sincerest "thank you" to all of the selfless people we know and have yet to meet.

We love you Cappy.


Malibu

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Rich & Kelly Dickerson
Fans: Stella Stutz


Roo

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Alisa & Todd Luvisi
Fans: RZ


Pippin

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Tami & John Harelson
Fans: The Kane Family of Furbabies


Judy

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Gail Shirley


Mr. magoo

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Paula Sharp
Fans: Amber Tkach


Jeb

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Acquired from: Long Beach Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Brie Caldwell
Fans: RZ


Polly

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Acquired from: Long Beach Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing: May 30th, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: RZ
Tribute: Polly entered the shelter with declining health as a stray. She spun circles, had rotten teeth, and a large mammary mass. She was inconsolable, but some CBD oil calmed her down, made her circles bigger, and helped her fall into routine. She loved Stella & Chewy's, and when she stopped eating that, we boiled chicken for her.

This week she began head pressing more frequently, crying out in confusion, and would not eat. The timing of her passing was a fairly obvious decision and a blessing that she didn't have awareness, which always makes euthanasia difficult for us to bear.

For awhile Polly enjoyed walking on a leash and we really saw her healthy personality shine at Walk for Animals. When she first arrived slightly more conscious of her surroundings, she would paw at big soft blankets and make a little nest for herself. Volunteers worked to keep Polly clean by giving her baths and holding her as long as she would tolerate it. Her coat was always so soft and brushed.

We did our best for Polly, maybe beyond reason. Call us hopeful. It's so sad to not have the honor of placing a Frosted Face with a family, but sometimes they arrive so sick the best we can do is evaluate them over a short period of time while meanwhile loving them on-site, and then let them fly free.


Paloma

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Acquired from: Long Beach Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 16
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing: June 10th, 2019
Family: Linda Maxwell
Fans: Beverly Perry
Tribute: Paloma looked rough upon rescue with a capital R. She was in the late stages of renal failure, matted, and weak. In the coming days with good food (just about anything she would eat!), brushing, and diaper changes, she felt good enough to let us hear her roar. She snarked when we tried to pluck eye booger out and if we wiggled while she was asleep on chests.

Paloma got subcutaneous fluids every day and appetite stimulants on days pizza didn't make the cut. She went to live with FFF volunteer, Linda who continued in these rituals. We had the privilege of boarding Paloma back at FFF a couple weeks ago and she actually looked great after not seeing her for a bit. Her fur felt thicker and the little bag of bones felt meatier!

On Monday morning her mom knew something seemed wrong so she brought her to San Diego Bay Animal Hospital to be hospitalized, gave her a gentle embrace (she held Paloma like no one else could draped over her shoulder), and headed to work. Later in the day Dr. VanMaele let us know that Paloma looked like she was passing away and we struggled to get in touch with her mom. The core team of FFF volunteers rallied, and willing volunteer who could be there the quickest to hold our girl in passing was Mary Arkwright. Mary relayed that she got there just in time and Paloma went peacefully with the help of euthanasia.

Paloma's mom wrote, "I only had her for about 6 weeks, but my little Paloma touched my heart."


Glenda

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Acquired from: Long Beach Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing: September 26th, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Cathy Jimenez, Molly Chance, Susan Ryan
Tribute: On September 26th, we fulfilled our promise to Glenda.

I am as shocked to be writing this as you are to be reading it. Yesterday evening Glenda declined her dinner and seemed “spacey.” We took her temperature, which would have been impossible had she been feeling well, and it was 95 degrees. We rushed her down to Animal Emergency Clinic of San Diego and they immediately admitted her for critical care.

Her bloodwork showed off the charts liver and kidney values, where there had never been concern previously, and a WBC count of 35,000. Dr. Walsh explained the likelihood of hepatic encephalopathy causing poor mentation, and offered us a glimmer of true hope that Glenda may recover with the honesty that she may not. X-rays and an ultrasound did not show anything obvious, so we decided to hospitalize Glenda for treatment.

Glenda was known for her fiery character. She “smiled” and she was the first one to “throw down” if her space wasn’t respected. Aside from that, she loved being held like a baby by those who knew how to address her, she purred with enjoyment. She played fetch, which surprised us all, and she liked going on walks with no reservations despite her cataracts. When the Littles ran from their bedroom out to the patio, all you had to do was let her out of her kennel and she dashed right down the hallway, hung a left, and straight into the yard to potty like such a smart girl.

When people who watch our work on Behind the Scenes at Frosted Faces Foundation finally come to visit FFF, they say “Oh THAT’S Glenda.” She was our own little popstar. Andy pointed out in reflection this morning that although she was well loved and documented playfully by volunteers, her naughty nature was truly because she was so scared. It makes me so sad that she never found a family where she didn’t have to feel scared anymore. If you recall, Glenda’s family tried to surrender her to the shelter but wouldn’t or couldn’t pay the surrender fee so they left. Later that day staff found her running around the shelter grounds and they impounded her as a stray. We soften the scenario by saying, “Well at least they brought her to the shelter instead of doing worse,” but really… just let me hold someone accountable today for once. To surrender your defenseless senior dog to the shelter is irresponsible and careless. To leave your blind senior dog running around the parking lot, that’s ugly. I will never forgive Glenda’s family for doing that to her.

Glenda lived at FFF longer than any other little dog, but had the privilege of going on not one, but TWO Frosted Flings with volunteer, Carol Leary. Glenda was on alert when she heard her voice always. Carol brought out the best in Glenda and was so good to her. Even when Carol did not have Glenda in her care, she drove to FFF weekly to spend special time with her. She rounds out all the sharp pangs of regret for not advocating harder for Glenda to find her own family.

As soon as we noticed Glenda’s neurological changes at FFF and were heading to the ER, we notified Carol to let her know. She flew across San Diego County at 10:00pm to be at her girl’s side. She held her like an injured baby bird in two outstretched palms, finally an opportunity to hold Glenda to her face and whisper her the courage to fight or let go. Early this morning at 2:19am, Dr. Walsh called to let us know that Glenda had passed away.

It seems that every lesson in a resident Frosted Face lost is that we wished they had had family. Frosted Faces live an average of 1.5 years beyond rescue, and by then, it's far too short. If senior dogs move you, act on it. If they change the way you live your life, let them- even if it means added caution picking her up in a special way so she doesn't bite you, but you know she still loves you anyways. 🙂

There is nothing better than being part of something bigger than yourself. We are looking for you. They are waiting for you.


Kyle

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Acquired from: Long Beach Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Kathy MacIntyre


Shamus

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Acquired from: A Way Home for Animals
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: April 20th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Karen & Jonathan Bunkell
Fans: Lisa Clifton, Patricia A Thompson, Katherine Ruse


Hula

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: May 1st, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Nancy Winter
Fans: Julie McCall, Ginger Haggerty, Nancy Dagdag, Clara Janis, Jeff & Sam Marxen


Barney

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Acquired from: Carson Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: May 1st, 2019
Date of Passing: August 7th, 2019
Family: Andy & Kim Green
Fans: Cori Higley, Stitch, Mary Runno, Anonymous, Sarah Taylor & Zoe, Stella, Nicole in honor of Jaime & Lewis, Karen Fuller
Tribute: On August 7th we fulfilled our promise to Barney.

"It’s with a very heavy heart that I write to tell you that we said goodbye to Barney this afternoon. His condition declined noticeably two days ago when both his neurological issues and kidney disease seemed to conspire to advance at the same time. His back legs could no longer support him, his thirst was insatiable, and his sleep became fitful. We knew it was time to help Barney be at peace after a final night of holding him in our arms and being surrounded by his brothers and sister as he took turns resting his head on each of us. After a final meal of his most favorite food - rotisserie chicken – Barney passed quickly and peacefully.

Although Barney was only with us for one month and eight days, it was no easier to let him go. From his first day with us, Barney made it clear that he loved being part of our family. He quickly learned our routines and eagerly became part of them all: snuggling on the sofa while watching TV, lining up for treats, sleeping in bed (all six of us), going on car rides, joining our other seniors in the wagon after getting tired on walks, road tripping to Laguna, and many more! Seeing this was bittersweet – we loved how he easily assimilated into our crew, but it reminded us how devastated he must have been when his family abandoned him at the shelter after 14+ years. Thank you, Frosted Faces, for rescuing Barney the very next day. We are so grateful for the time Barney was with us. We love him, and he has a huge, permanent spot in our hearts."


ramada

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Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: May 3rd, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Christine Paradise
Fans: Carolyn Campbell, Larissa Gamarra


toochie

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Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: May 3rd, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Olivia Aiza & Eric Gomez
Fans: RZ


Hyatt

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Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: May 3rd, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Jim Ito & Melanie Granfors
Fans: RZ, Ann Sehorn


Frida

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: May 3rd, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Kaitlyn Salazar & Elijah Mesa
Fans: Anne Westmoreland


Champion

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: May 5th, 2019
Date of Passing: September 16th, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Kelly Kittle, Peri Walmsley
On Monday, September 16th, we fulfilled our promise to Champion.

We rescued Champion when he had a terrible pneumonia at the shelter. Previous behavior notes showed that he was growly in his kennel, but we all know how demeanor changes when brought into a scary environment. We exited Champion and treated him for pneumonia for a long two weeks. During that time he was the cuddly bear he appeared to be, he even got a freedom bath and brush which was great for breaking up congestion!

When he started to feel better he got a little more growly and we went on to take care of him. We scheduled his dental, neuter, and cherry eye surgery as we would for any of our Frosted Faces. Because an oral exam was challenging/non existent prior to anesthesia, once he was sedated for the procedures the vet found a large mass inside of Champion's mouth. We decided to move forward with the scheduled procedures so that he could live comfortably, and she also removed the mouth mass and sent it out to be biopsied. It came back as a melanoma, which is an aggressive type of cancer.

Knowing about this mass helped us to define reasons perhaps why Champions gait was unstable, why he didn't seem to see well, and why he displayed aggression. Champion came out of surgery, well... like a Champ. We felt like champions too as we problem solved how to accommodate him.

We were having problems leashing him safely, so we got a harness for him to wear permanently with a leash to drag behind. Volunteers could now take him on walks and lead him to and from the play yard without incident or infringing on his comfort zone. We removed the kuranda bed from his kennel because he could not climb on it, and placed a spongy kitchen standing mat in there so we wouldn't slip, with a giant comforter that fit in our washing machine (in case he had an accident). He hated all food except for plain dry kibble and Beggin' Strips. Don't even think about hiding his pills in yummy wet food! They had to be disguised in tightly packed pill pockets to appear like kibble. He ate great once we figured all of this out!

We could not administer drops in his eyes or clean his eye boogies, it was simply a no-no and our compromise with him. His cherry eye surgery soon failed like they regularly do later in life, and his eyes became more goopy. We did muzzle him a few times to switch out his bandana, give him a good brushing, and wipe down against his wishes.

Last week Champion had a neurological event it seemed that resulted in him not being able to use any of his legs. All four of his legs curled up like something had recoiled in each. This had happened once before and he recovered after about two days, so we waited. Imagine this grumpy guy not walking and being picky suddenly with pills! We certainly could not pill him so he did without. For the week we threw a towel over his head to carry him in and out of the yard (so he wouldn't bite us) where he knuckled around. He began to lose control of his bladder over the weekend, but we could not clean him adequately without a stressful muzzle extravaganza, and on Monday morning when he vomited, we could not console him or clean up his legs. We brought him to the vet feeling helpless, but optimistic- ready to work him up.

Dr. Gordon gave me a real pep talk, and it stung in all the right places. The things I could never admit, but needed to hear and accept. All this time, me and my extraordinary peers went above and beyond for Champion like we do for all of our dogs. No one else could care for a dog like Champion like we did....

...but as I said that I realized, it wasn't about keeping him around as long as possible no matter how bright his little eyes searched for more Beggin' Strips or how fiercely he barked to scare us away. He was scared, his body was changing as the cancer spread, we were struggling to give him dignity and that was our ultimate promise. We could do more diagnostics and trial some medication, but it wasn't right for Champion, and I think the admission saying "that's it" without all of the answers is where the pain originated and still lingers. We want to do our best for every single Frosted Face. Was the hard part this time not the back breaking round the clock care, but actually making the excruciating decision that this was the fair end?

I hate to always reflect so much on the passing of a Frosted Face, but even for us, it is still that mysterious, monumental event that we all want to understand and do perfectly.

It was not easy to bond with Champion without the physical component to touch him, not to mention, our own underlying fear. At the same time he was a significant presence, I know we all feel an overwhelming loss this week because we had poured patience and hope into Champion. The guy loved laying in the breeze of the yard on a fresh grass mat under the shade sails. He followed us around the yard as we scooped poop and twisted his head to the side inquisitively when we talked to him. He was so soft, teasingly soft! His big dopey jowls taunted you to squish them and I hope someone did in his lifetime.

Don't worry, all dogs go to heaven, right Champy?


Skye

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: May 5th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Jeannie Islander & Pam Metz
Fans: Sofia Merida, Nancy Dagdag


MinDY

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: May 5th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Anita & DeanMeyer
Fans: Tails that Teach, Inc.


Widget

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: May 5th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Sammy and Mack, Denise & Mike Reeves


Rook

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Acquired from: Downey Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: May 6th, 2019
Date of Passing: September 3rd, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Jaimee Beach, The Brennans in Memory of Chief, Lisa Sears, Lennon & Friends, Cindy Lewellen, Kelly Saklamaev, Letha Morrison, Hula Diego, Maria Beatty
Tribute: This morning we fulfilled our promise to Rook.

Rook was surrendered by his family to the shelter. He was said to be immobile, and the shelter said he was growly. When we finally met him in person he was a tiny little thing, very thin, and he could walk! He didn't walk like a normal walk, he walked much like a little gorilla hunched and bouncing from foot to foot as his momentum propelled him forward, curling his knuckles with every spring! He had one pace and it was FAST! We named him Rook as our special pits from Downey have fallen into suit similar to Knight and Bishop. If anyone rustled near the entrance of FFF he bellowed a deep scary bark, and grumbled until the visitor came to pet him. He would never hurt anyone or anything. Rook had the most exaggerated overbite which you will see pictured. We often called him "Guppy face!" He loved soft toys and rolling around with them on the grass mats in the sun. This is my happiest memory of him.

For the first month Rook would not walk on the wood floors, not even with rugs. We carried him to be outside, and he would walk BACKWARDS inside to get back to his bed. It was just recently that he began to walk like a "normal dog" inside, and following us straight into the kitchen.

Rook went on two 2-week Frosted Flings to give him a break from the regular shuffle at FFF. He was the easiest dog to place because he was housetrained and great with dogs, cats, and kids. He never got one application which was sad and confusing, but he was ours at FFF. He was known for graciously sharing his bed with anyone who plopped down next to him! Knight, Spaulding, oftentimes Bindi, Jessie, Viva... all the greats.

We hike our dogs at night when it cools off, and as we loaded up our crew, Rook stood up and ran to the door hoping to be included. He went on many hikes surprising us with how far he could make his skinny legs go! If he got tired, he would plop down and one of us would carry him. The joke was, "He ain't heavy, he's my pit bull!" Rook was a welcome winery date and went with volunteers a number of times.

This week Rook was declining meals which was followed by bloody puke and poop. We hospitalized him at Animal Emergency Clinic of San Diego, and then San Diego Bay Animal Hospital for a few days. It was suspected it was from a GI ulcer. We discharged him last night because he was walking, eating, and looking great! This morning he was terribly pale, his temperature was high, and he was vomiting more blood. After clear scans all weekend, a final ultrasound showed that an ulcer in his stomach had ruptured. We were advised how painful that was and how he would have a poor prognosis with the number of ulcers and now fluid in his abdomen. High Valley Veterinary Hospital guided us through this morning's diagnostics and treatment, fitting us in on emergency as they often do. Alicia AnthonyJenna Larson, and I held Rook as we put him to sleep. Andy was present this morning before work to say good bye to his boy when we rushed him in for an ultrasound. We couldn't even tell Rook was gone as his heart stopped beating. Jenna noted how his feet were tense bracing from pain, and how they released as he was given peace.

We owe special thanks to Alicia who championed all of Rook's transport and communication with the team for back to back days while not even scheduled to work. I am sure this loss hit her the hardest.

Brace yourselves for a week of us sharing monumental losses that have occurred over the last few days- then go adopt and love a senior, because that is the only thing that heals this heartbreak is knowing someone chose them and they were not alone.


Zoey

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: May 10th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Doug & Kass Rose
Fans: RZ, Jeffrey Cummings, Kim Stroup


Renner

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Acquired from: OC Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 6
Date of Rescue: May 14th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Wendy Lipman & Richard Burg
Fans: Lisa Christensen


Big Sam

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Acquired from: Owner Surrender
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: May 17th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Joel & Nancy Blair
Fans: Erika Allis, Klaudia Sherzer, Cassandra, Vera Marshall, Maria Beatty, Matthew Morrison


Stella

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: May 23rd, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Xia Ly & Rob Weik
Fans: Holly Hoff


Meadow

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Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: May 23rd, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Kasie Miller & River Edgren
Fans: Marla Hernandez, Goldberg Family in memory of Roxy


Farrah

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: May 23rd, 2019
Date of Passing: May 28th, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Walter Kaplan, Marie Ligety
Tribute: Today we fulfilled our promise to Farrah.

We just rescued Farrah last week and she was notably sick at the shelter and scheduled for euthanasia. If we knew then what we know now, maybe that would've been the way to go...but then she wouldn't have touched our lives.

We did bloodwork and x-rays immediately which only indicated a URI, so we started her on antibiotics. When she stopped eating this weekend and was no longer taking her pills orally, we hospitalized her at Animal Emergency Medical Center of San Diego where she continued to decline.

We moved her to our regular vets with College Animal Hospital this morning where she had to be placed in oxygen and they continued IV antibiotics. We shot new x-rays that showed her whole right lung was filled. Farrah had been doing this odd consistent hacking that came more from her upper airway, and Dr. Mendez suggested that she may have largyngeal paralysis that was exacerbated by the coughing from pneumonia. Both clinics had a very hard time regulating Farrah's temperature that was sky high. This afternoon Farrah went into cardiac arrest and passed away shortly after. Another possible diagnosis proposed was that Farrah could have had SIRS. It was suspicious how she quickly declined with excellent care and certainly not fair.

Farrah was still exited to us as Good Samaritans while she waited out her 10 day microchip hold. Her owners have not yet come forward, but we do have her records so we can show them that we cared and we tried.

Farrah gave gentle kisses and just last night wagged her tail at the sight of me even when feeling so unwell. We are shocked to say the least. We have had so many Frosted Faces with pneumonia pull through lately, and we did not get closure or appropriate goodbyes with her sudden death.

Thank you to Richard Hoffman for escorting our girl around town these last couple days, to all the FFF volunteers who spent time with her this weekend, and to the Baldwin Park volunteers who advocated for Farrah's rescue to get her the diagnostics and treatment she deserved.


Adelaide

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society-Escondido
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: May 26th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Mimi Pepin
Fans: Christina Orlovsky, Maria


Ralphie

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Acquired from: Chula Vista Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: May 31st, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Nancy Winter
Fans: Emma Caperelli Loerky


Colby

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Acquired from: OC Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: June 4th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Jackie B.


Kraft

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Acquired from: OC Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: June 4th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Larissa in memory of Frankie


Feta

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Acquired from: OC Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: June 4th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans:


Maywho

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Acquired from: Humane Society of Imperial County
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 7th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Leal Family


Macy


Acquired from: Moreno Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: June 8,2019
Date of Passing: June 9th, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: RZ
Tribute:  Upon rescue from Moreno Valley Shelter, 10 year old Macy had a hematocrit of 9%, so we did a blood transfusion at Animal Emergency Clinic of San Diego and she was hospitalized overnight. Today her hematocrit jumped to 27% and she was doing well, so she was discharged for observation.

Volunteer, Jackie Klein, transported Macy back to FFF and held her delicate body amidst the bustle of Open House in the warm breeze. Macy was anxious to be out of a stainless steel vet kennel to sniff the flowers and stretch her legs.

Wrapped in a fleece blanket napping on the FFF lobby couch this afternoon we monitored her, hopeful to see her thrive until tomorrow morning when she had surgery scheduled to remove her mammary mass.

It was early this evening Andy was heard desperately rushing around FFF with Macy tightly against his chest, "Where's Kelly? We are losing her!" It was painfully clear that Macy was suddenly actively dying, and we sat together no longer than 90 seconds as Macy took her final breaths under the arches of the FFF patio... the entryway to new beginnings and oftentimes pure magic that unfairly offered no mercy to our Macy.

We ushered Macy's body back to AEC together in silence, Andy still cradling her in his arms as I held her soft little back paw while driving. She will be cremated and her ceramic paw print will be returned in memory, as with all of our Frosted Faces.


Jessie

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Acquired from: Carlsbad Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: June 8th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Gerard & Anja Kroon
Fans: Linda Haberkern


Tippy

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Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Traci & Brian Curry
Fans: Nicole Massara


Hannah

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Elizabeth Sulack, Delia Haust


Luigi

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: RZ, Katie Smith


Enid

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Walter Kaplan


Watson

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Sam's Family


Shammy

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Lisa Hernandez
Fans: Leslie K, Trish Bednarczk, Christin Nielsen, For Coula, Gretchen Slater-Beard & Sherrie Slater, Karen Fuller


Hashbrown

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Pam Reeder
Fans: Jennifer Glatz


Chopper

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Brittany & Mark Romano
Fans: Beverly Perry, Colleen Sanchez


fOXXY

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Joaquin Murrieta
Fans: Heather Ramsey


Bindi

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Acquired from: Upland Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family:
Fans: Marie Ligety, Alyssa S.


Wendy

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Acquired from: Upland Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2019
Date of Passing:
Family: Teresa Larkins
Fans: Matthew & Shannon Linch