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. Their "Family" is listed as "Frosted Faces Foundation."  View 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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Fern

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Acquired from: San Bernardino City Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: May 8th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Sarah Owings & Eric Brandle
Fans: Roxy Murray, Elaine Byrnes


Grant

Acquired from: West Valley Shelter- LA
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: May 8th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Gary & Kelly Ravens
Fans: Beverly Mitchell


Punkin

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Acquired from: Camp Pendleton Animal Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: May 14th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family:  Brian Szymanski & Debbie Dunivan
Fans: Raymond Heller, Tom Hudson


Rowen

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Acquired from: Animal Friends of the Valleys
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: May 15th, 2018
Date of Passing: November 4th, 2018
Family: Bob & Sue King
Fans: Joni Duke, Sue King
Tribute: On Sunday, November 4th, we fulfilled our promise to 11 year old Rowen.

We rescued Rowen on July 17th, 2018 from Animal Friends of the Valleys. He had a mass on his mouth and he looked so bright, so we decided to remove the mass along with part of his mandible. It grew back in a flash and we knew very well what were up against- a short timeline of living and loving.

His mom shared, "It was going to be a two week Frosted Fling, but that all changed with that dreaded diagnosis that another tumor had appeared in Rowen’s mouth. He was now hospice, and we were asked if we wanted to keep him. Absolutely! We didn’t know how long he had, but we were going to love and spoil him.

He adapted quickly to our routine and with the rest of our pack. Rowen was a good boy, rarely barking, and always wanting to be near us. As time went on, the cancer spread to his lymph node, and we watched it grow week by week. It amazed us that he showed no signs of cancer impacting his life. He ate heartily – always the first in the kitchen for his meals. He would often just romp around me showing his love for life.

We had Rowen groomed, an excursion to the pet store, and a trip to Fiesta Island. He attended the FFF Halloween party and had a blast on the trick or treat trail as this boy loved his food.

He wasn’t one to lay with you and cuddle, but he would often come up and stand in front of us, waiting to be petted. As soon as I got up in the morning, he would jump up and follow me to the bathroom and wait for me as I got ready for work. He’d be at the door waiting when we got home. How our hearts ache as we go through the day missing those special moments with Rowen.

I had decided not long ago that I wanted to foster hospice dogs. Rowen was my first. Was it hard? The hard part was knowing that his time with us was short. Would I do it again? Absolutely. We were fortunate, Rowen only had one bad day in the four months he was with us. It was his last day. He wouldn’t eat, and I was in touch with the FFF team letting them know he had a slight temperature, but his gums were pink, he was mobile and alert. We decided to monitor and I’d take him in if he got any worse. I got up at midnight and 1:30am to check on him. He was the same. I managed to give him some CBD oil at 1:30am, but he resisted when I tried to syringe water into his mouth. He moved away, going to lay on the big pillow bed I had bought for him a few days before. I sat on the floor, talking to him softly, and just petting him until he relaxed and closed his eyes. At 6:00am I found that he had passed away. My regret, is that I wasn’t with him in his final moments.

Rowen was a gentle boy ,with sweet soulful eyes. He didn’t know he had cancer, and lived each day to the fullest with an amazing spirit, and inner strength that were wondrous to behold. Rest in paradise my RoRo until we meet again."

Thank you to Bob and Sue King for your courage to love a sweet boy who deserved your gentle touch and sweet family. Thank you to Sue King and Joni Duke (in memory of Carole Duke) for being Rowen's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Goose

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Acquired from: Downey Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: May 18th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Letha Morrison
Fans: Nanette & Rob Wood, Kathy Park, Charla Hall, Debbie Christianson


Fozzie

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Acquired from: Humane Society of Imperial County
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: May 19th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Lee Movic & Erica Browning
Fans: Nick & Heidi Nguyen, Megan O'Brien, Raquel Baehl


Joey

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Acquired from: Carson Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 16
Date of Rescue: May 22nd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Lynda Berkhan
Fans: Janet Hermann, Lena Peters, Margaret Scaglione, Goodman Family


Cookie

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: May 23rd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Michael & Karen Hansen
Fan: Allison Landa


Fenwick

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Acquired from: Carslbad Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: June 2nd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Tristan & Marsha Poh
Fan: Bee Pagarigan, Laurie Stringfellow, Rob & Holly Mitchell


Annette

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: June 3rd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fan: Angela Gunnett


Ron Swanson

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: June 3rd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Russell & Jennifer Surbur
Fans: Tralynn Gray, Dana Vines


Petie

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Acquired from: Final Wish Program
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: June 4th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Moses Bell & Carrie Leverett
Fan: Beth Pratt


Denver

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fan: Tanya Nielsen, Christy Guitreau


Jones

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Acquired from: Downey Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: June 17th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Kim Monaghan
Fan: Porter & Toby, Heather Osswald, Karen Billington, Marnee Carpenter & Nic Harvard


jESSIE

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Acquired from: Downey Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: June 23rd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Kent and Barbara Mueller
Fan: Sarah Stous, Dana Vines


Chesterfield

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Acquired from: Downey Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: June 23rd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fan: Lori Jasinski


Poli

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 24th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Nichelle Wentz
Fan: Bonnie Sposato, Angela Ballard


Maybelline

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Acquired from: OC Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 26th, 2018
Date of Passing: August 19th, 2018
Family: Kendra Ramada
Fans: Patricia Gonzalez-Powell, Beth Ruch
Tribute: We make it clear that we do not send Frosted Faces to a hospice Forever Foster home to die, but to LIVE. While she was busy living, she died.

On Sunday August 19th we fulfilled our promise to 12 year old Maybelline. We rescued Maybelline from OC Shelter on June 26th, 2018. She was diagnosed with a mass in the back of her throat and it had metastasized to her chest. Because she was still eating and had vigor for life, we decided to treat palliatively and place her.

Our first and last call was to Sam and Kendra. "Yes People," you know the very special type. They live a pretty dog-centered fun life, they're rational, and forgiving of extra responsibility. We knew they'd take good care of our girl, but they exceeded expectations.

Maybelline's feet touched the sand and ocean most days of the week, she ate countless yummy foods at home and at restaurants, she slept on the biggest beds, and even went to a movie! We know the mouth mass caused her to drool a lot of slime, and you can see in photos they did a great job keeping her clean to give her dignity.

"We said goodbye to Maybelline. I’m still a little in shock because it all went so quickly...I had noticed she was losing weight and eating less and less but thought she was just having a bad week. When I left for work Friday morning, she grabbed a bone from my hand with gusto. When I came home that evening, I was having a hard time even getting her to take fresh cut salami from me.

We went to the beach yesterday morning hoping it would perk her spirits. When we got home, she seemed tired so I let her sleep. Around midnight, she was crying in her sleep so I helped her up and she headed to the back door (with assistance) and plopped down in a bed we have on our yard patio. I gave her some pain meds and fell asleep on a lounge chair next to her.

When I woke up around 7 AM, she was struggling to breathe and made it very clear it was time to go. I had planned to take her to Long Beach with me next week for a work trip - I didn’t even think she wouldn’t be with us long enough to go. I so appreciate the almost two months I had with her and this organization for letting me post way more than the requested 2 or so photo updates a month.

It’s so hard processing timelines in these situations because you always wonder if you had done something a little differently, would things have been different, would you have gotten more time. I’m not sure .... hug your babies, often and always 😌"

Thank you to Sam and Kendra Ramada for the incredible love and attention you gave to Maybelline. Thank you to Patricia Gonzalez-Powell and Beth Ruch for being her dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Dempsey

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: June 27th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Rand & Jo Reed
Fan: Stacy LaFrance


PEECASSO

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 
Date of Rescue: June 27th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Jeff & Debbie Kronsburg
Fan: Katrina Doy


tink

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Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 29th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Kim Jackson
Fans: Nelson & Dan, Stacy Cullen, Ruth White


Buttercup

Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: June 29th, 2018
Date of Passing: November 5th, 2018
Family: Jim Ito & Melanie Granfors
Fans: Charlene Buechner, Jessica Schlueter
Tribute: On November 5th, we fulfilled our promise to 10 year old Buttercup.

We rescued Buttercup on June 29th, 2018 from Redlands Shelter. She had a mass on her heart that was growing quickly, but still seemed bright enough to enjoy family.

Her mom writes, "It’s such a struggle to find words that fully convey the grief we endure after the loss of our pets. These two pics are worth a thousand words about the emptiness we’re experiencing.

Our sweet, spunky, yet star-crossed little girl will never be forgotten.

I say star-crossed because we fell in love with her at first sight, accepting the ill-fated reality that we wouldn’t have her for long. A tumor in her heart! But bless that little heart, she had no idea. She was never sickly or slowed by it. There is solace in that.

The day simply came —as we knew it would— where she couldn’t compensate any more and we are so grateful we could quickly give her the gift of peace and no pain or suffering.

For over 4 months she showed her love and loyalty by keeping me company from dawn till dusk... and all night long as well. She slept on a special spot right next to my pillow.

We spent every morning in the adirondacks together... a couple of old ladies watching the birds and warming up in the sun.

That empty chair. Our aching hearts. But there are more Frosted Faces to cherish and protect... which we’ll do in honor of our darling Buttercup."

Thank you to Jim Ito and Melanie Granfors for the sunshine and soft pillows. Thank you to Charlene Buechner and Jessica Schlueter for being Buttercup's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Sheldon

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Acquired from: Harbor Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: June 29th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Jason & Maeleen Cardoni
Fans: Caryn Burgess, Jan Dally in memory of Reno


Peppa

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Acquired from: San Bernardino City Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: June 29th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Vickie Armitage
Fans: Lindsay Eland, Mandy Salter, Lilly McGann


Scooter

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Acquired from: Downey Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: July 2nd , 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Matt Minkalis & Rob Cottner
Fan: Monroe Gene, The Urban Hippie, Traci Landberg


Neecey

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Acquired from: Downey Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: July 2nd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Debra Neilson
Fans: Rob & Holly Mitchell, Spottie


Maggie

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Acquired from: Final Wish Program
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: July 17th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Erin Tavaglione
Fans: Kristin Sparkland, Susan Mohr, Julie Vokal, Kris Sunderland, Samantha K Lee, Siobhan Sullivan, Kristi Hendriks, Luda Selasco


Trike

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 6
Date of Rescue: July18th, 2018
Date of Passing: July 20th, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Kendra Ramada
Tribute:  This doesn't happen very often and the confusion has not quite exited through my fingertips to write anything profound. We do what we always do. We do our best, we try to do what is right and in the animal's best interest, and today we are left heartsick.

Trike, formerly Bandit, entered Riverside Shelter as a stray on June 24th, 2018. He had a severe luxation in his front left elbow where amputation was recommended as treatment. It was swollen, awkward, and painful. (There is shelter video in the comments of how Trike struggled.) He struggled to walk or lay down and he was going to make a strong happy tripod - hence the name Trike.

Erin Tavaglione rushed to Riverside shelter to escort Trike on his freedom ride straight to San Diego Bay Animal Hospital on Tuesday, July 17th. His x-rays looked okay, other than his elbow, and his bloodwork showed elevated liver values. We did an ultrasound prior to surgery to make sure we weren't diving in on a bigger problem unnecessarily, and there were no abnormalities.

Trike got to come back to Frosted Faces Foundation to meet us and all the volunteers for two days. He got bathed and a nail trim by Kris ValverdeJen Stahel bought him a camo bow tie collar, and he snacked on chicken happily. He would roll over for belly rubs and offer kisses. Trike knew nothing of snarky chi behavior, he was gentle and grateful.

Rick Fishslayer loaded our kiddo up yesterday morning to head into San Diego for surgery, and we never suspected we would never see him again. We were going to "lop his leg off" and life would go on, one of the simple, great, silly things we say and can do for these guys. Three legs, no big deal- see ya tomorrow!

Trike made it through surgery, no complications, no significant blood loss, just a very standard procedure. He woke up bright-eyed as most do. This morning Dr. Traversi called to let us know our boy had passed away. We don't know how or why, Trike was even a youngin' for us at only 6 years old! Of course there's the assumption that he developed a blood clot or had an underlying disease that we did not identify.

Trike, we are sorry. We are accountable for anything that could have been done or not done to prevent this very final goodbye. You deserved to be pain free, you deserved to know family.

We owe a special thanks to Kendra Ramada for getting Trike on our radar, naming him, and registering to be his monthly sponsoring Fan. We owe you a little black and tan with Frosting in honor of your Trike.

Yes, we are still responsible for the expense of Trike's surgery that hovers at $800.00, which is fair. If you are moved to do so, please offer a donation in memory of Trike. Thank you.

We love you, Trike. All fours now, buddy.


Skippy

Acquired from: Final Wish Program
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: July 24th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Rob & Marci Peck
Fans: Kim Salt


Jack

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Acquired from: Final Wish Program
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: July 24th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Elizabeth Brehmer
Fans: Michele Simon


Greta

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: July 27th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Ann Vertrees
Fans: Kendra Ramada, Wendy Edwards Davis


Pixie

Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: July 30th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Steve and Marcie Richardson
Fans: Laurie Roberts, Ashley Hopkins


Coco

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: July 30th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Maria Munoz
Fans: David & Amy Zamastil


bella

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: July 30th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Maria Munoz
Fans: Denise Mendonca


HAZEL

Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: July 30th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Laurie Zarrella
Fans: Danielle Silhanek, The Callans, Victoria Conway


Kit

Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: July 30th, 2018
Date of Passing: November 25th, 2018
Family: Michael Arena & Courtney Ferrick
Fans: Holly Ann Hoff, Lissa Moon
Tribute: On Sunday, November 25th, we fulfilled our promise to 8 year old Kit. We rescued Kit from Bonita Shelter on July 30th, 2018 after she had been surrendered by her owners due because they said they were allergic to her.

"With a very heavy heart, we had to say good night to Kit last night. She was being her ever playful self yesterday morning when she laid down and started shaking. Mike and I checked to see if she was ok, thinking maybe she strained a leg or something simple but we noticed how her abdomen was swollen and she cried out in pain when we touched her tummy.

We took her to the vet where they found she had a tumor the size of a grapefruit in between her spleen and kidney that had burst and was bleeding internally. We are still in shock over what has happened.

We were so blessed and thankful for having her apart of our lives for the short time we had her. She was the sweetest, funniest and most playful baby who was a perfect fit for put family since the day we brought her home. We are missing her so very much."

I want to add how unfair this feels. We did our due diligence of labs and x-rays with no evidence of a mass less than 6 months ago. We even reverified this with a second vet after Kit's passing, and they agreed they saw nothing. When we first got the call that Kit had internal bleeding we were in "go mode." It's gotta be her spleen, let's get her under, get it out, and wake her up to keep on playing fetch. When we learned that the mass was not a splenic mass and how poorly Kit was doing, we were in utter shock. We never know how long we have with any of our animals and this is a reminder to hug yours very closely tonight.

Thank you to Michael Arena and Courtney Ferrick for choosing Kit and being her advocates just in time. Our hearts are with you. Thank you toHolly Ann Hoff for being Kit's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fan.


Heidi

Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: July 30th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Temy & Jessica Suciawan
Fans: Paula Schader, Lisa Pascale, Emily & Vu Patel, Clare Thomas, Lois & Jack-Jack Taylor, Caryn Cronin, ellis_the_lab


Libby

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society-Escondido
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: August 2nd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Amanda Felion
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein


Petty

Acquired from: West Valley Shelter-LA
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: August 3rd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Maryann Caban, Linda Haberkern, Suzy Massey, Susan Ryan, Kat Matv, Charlene Norris


Kenpo

Acquired from: Harbor Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: August 4th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Maria Neuzil
Fans: Karla Mejia, Nikki King-Troxel, Rosary Califano, Charlie & Wally Brazel, Lottie & Kerstin Siann, Vanessa Solis, Debra Sakata, Melody Harper


May

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Acquired from: South LA Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: August 8th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Jackie Solano
Fans: Lauretta Johnson, Rhonda M., Alisa Dieterich, Skylar, Stacy King, Tails That Teach, Inc., Jasmine Shepherd Kilpatrick, Joanne McLaughlin, Gabriella, Veronica, Tami Schnitman, Kat Warren, Lauren Stewart, Karen Vineyard, Marti O'hara, David & Amy Zamastil


Emily

Acquired from: Final Wish Program
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: August 9th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Heather Muncie


Jennifer

Acquired from: Final Wish Program
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: August 9th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Valerie Parry


Kimmy

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: August 9th, 2018
Date of Passing: August 16th, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Suzy Massey
Tribute: 12 year old Kimmy passed away late last night at Frosted Faces Foundation.

We rescued 12 year old Kimmy just last week on Thursday, August 9th. We knew she had severe congestive heart failure that had gone untreated. Our veterinary team felt that Kimmy deserved a chance at treatment and she began to improve after just one day. Her belly had been full of fluid, but it got smaller as she expelled fluid, her color became pink, her labored breathing calmed, and she was perky and participating in life.

Kimmy bed hopped in the FFF lobby where we could keep an eye on her and she recruited attention from volunteers. We made her boiled chicken for each meal and she loved it!

Everyone here at FFF is aged, many have chronic conditions, and all need stand-in mommies and daddies while they wait for approved adopters. It is not easy figuring out how to divide our time to make sure each Frosted Face feels special. We want them to be touched with gentle hands everyday and be genuinely engaged with by ourselves and/or volunteers. Over the last week we have taken Kimmy home with us, she notably watched Mulan with us one night entranced with the screen, and last night we had just taken her to On the Border with FFF volunteers where she sat on Andy's lap throughout dinner and ate off his plate. Her sudden decline was an alarming heartbreak.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who show up weekly and love our Frosted Faces. Kimmy is an important reminder that not all Frosted Faces find families before passing, so the role of volunteers is all the more necessary and rewarding. In the same tune, Kimmy deserved a family and anyone could've sacrificed his/her time and heart for her. Please dig deep and have the conversation with your family about Fostering or Forever Fostering. We do cover medical expenses.


Milo

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: August 20th, 2018
Date of Passing: October 30th, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Christina Lewis, Ryan Malina, Matthew Linch, Lois & Jack-Jack Taylor, The Porto Pack, Angie Bartholomew, Victoria Conway
Tribute: On Tuesday, October 30th, we fulfilled our promise to 15 year old Milo.

We rescued Milo from Baldwin Park Shelter on August 20th, 2018 after he had been surrendered by his owners. A volunteer's plea for Milo's safe exit went viral when animal lovers everywhere saw confused Milo in a jail cell covered in feces.

Upon rescue we learned that Milo had a very large liver mass and he paced either from anxiety or pain. The first week we were confused as to whether we could give him more quality days. He paced relentlessly causing his toes to bleed and was inconsolable. We started him on a concoction of pain medication and supplements that proved to enhance his quality of life exponentially.

He was a "normal" dog who sought attention, enjoyed begging for food, and slept through the night. Nearly immediately we accepted that the best place for Milo was at Frosted Faces Foundation where we could provide him with round the clock care. The volunteers were Milo's family, making him special meals, changing his diapers, giving him baths, and taking him on outings.

He drooled down Jenna's leg until she sacrificed part of her sandwich for him and followed me into the "Littles' Room" to help me clean out their bowls while I cleaned kennels. This weekend a volunteer escorted him through the Trick or Treat Trail and he couldn't have possibly had more fun with all of the interactive food puzzles. Just this last month he showed us that he could run! He loved to chase Frosted Face Pixie around the yard like she was a squirrel. One of Milo's Fans, Ryan, drove all the way from Del Mar multiple times to take Milo to the park, eateries, Bates Nut Farm, and most notably, stand up paddle boarding with SUP Pups California.

When Milo showed some decline about a month ago we took him to College Animal Hospital where we learned that he had new metastasis of the cancer in his chest. Last night Milo's health worsened quickly. He was not acting like himself and while we were making decisions and contacting his FFF Family, he collapsed and appeared to be in the process of passing. We had no choice but to rush him to VCA Animal Medical Center of El Cajon on emergency. FFF Kennel Manager, Jenna, met Andy and I there and we all held Milo's tired body in our pajamas and sobbed over him as he slipped away.

We agree that after that first week, Milo had a steady wonderful existence at FFF among kindness and patience. He wanted to live, so we provided supportive care without too much fuss and a lot of accommodation, and he kept on smiling his sweet smile. He had gained weight and made himself at home. We are thankful Milo made the end of life decision easy for us because he would have been very hard to let go. Today there is an emptiness in our lobby crew, and Journey-girl is crying in Milo's absence.

Thank you to Christina Lewis, Ryan Malina, Matthew Linch, Lois & Jack-Jack Taylor, The Porto Pack, Angie Bartholomew, and Victoria Conway for being Milo's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.

Thank you to the volunteers of FFF who made memories with Milo and provided him with excellent loving care. <3


Ali

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Acquired from: Moreno Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: August 21st, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Bryan & Linda Johnson
Fans: Susan Thomas


Trooper

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: August 21st, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Ryan Whaley
Fans: Michelle Gavaldon


Starfire

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Acquired from: Owner Relinquishment
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: August 23rd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Michael Albini & Rebecca Gonzalez
Fans: Bonnie Heinrich, V. Chin, Amanda, Roberta Fragosa, Maddie Berson, The Tucson Trio


Omar

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Acquired from: Harbor Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: August 23rd, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Marisa Salas
Fans: Melody Harper, Tammy Gregory, Bonnie Lassiter


Boomer

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Acquired from: Carson Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: August 29th, 2018
Date of Passing: August 29th, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: 
Tribute:  Yesterday 12 year old Boomer was relinquished to Carson Shelter by his owner. He looked like he was in immediate need of medical attention as we watched video of him shaking on the shelter's cement floor. https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/videos/1861916007263299/

Mary Arkwright and Tere Molina rushed to his rescue on behalf of FFF this afternoon. The shelter had moved him into the medical building before our arrival, loaded him on a rolling cart, and helped lift him into the car on a soft blanket. His body was tired, but Mary described him as bright and aware of his change of environment.

Peace and security must have washed over him on his ride to San Diego. Just 30 minutes away from veterinary care he took his last breath with Mary's hand stroking his side letting him know it was okay to rest.

Shelter workers let us know that Boomer's owner called the shelter repeatedly today to ask if he was better yet and if she could come get him. Captain Care / Capitán Cuidado Intervention is an organization that sets up outside of Carson Shelter on weekends in an effort to help owners keep their pets. They do tireless, incredible work. Officers always have the information on hand and offer it upon relinquishment to families all week long. Somehow there was a disconnect. We wish Boomer's owners could have been with him to let him go. This was certainly a circumstance of a family's financial hardship preventing Boomer to get the care, and ultimately, the peace that he deserved.

Mary didn't know she was heading up to do her first freedom ride to be the last person to lovingly wrap her arms around someone else's dog. Volunteerism presents opportunities to make a difference, and Mary was the right person for today's selfless assignment. She is soft spoken, kind, and focused. If she could have driven faster, stopped sooner, held him longer- she would have. So many hugs to you, Mary.

Boomer, it was our honor to have offered you the comfort to leave this world in the presence of compassion.

Mary transported Boomer's body to VCA Animal Medical Center of El Cajon where they will handle his remains and return them to the care of Frosted Faces Foundation.


Remi

Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: September 6th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Alison Breidenstein
Fan: Jeanne Wilder, Robin, Linda & Rick Knorr


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