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, 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: February 26th, 2019
Family: Lynda Berkhan
Fans: Janet Hermann, Lena Peters, Margaret Scaglione, Goodman Family
Tribute: On Tuesday, February 26th, we fulfilled our promise to 16 year old Joey.

His shelter video shattered hearts and we are privileged to have been able to pair him with an incredible mom.

"Joey was adorably cute and quite a people magnet. He stole the hearts of everyone we met. Most people assumed he was just a perky little puppy. Everywhere we went people approached us and asked questions about him and so Joey also became an ambassador for FFF!

Joey was an amazing little old guy full of spirit and moxie with a huge personality. He was feisty, spunky and quite independent even though he was blind, deaf and already weakened by kidney failure and horrible dental issues including rotten teeth and painful ulcers in his mouth. His absolute favorite thing was to eat which he did with gusto at every meal never leaving a morsel in his bowl. Sadly, his diet was restricted because of his failing kidneys. I know he would have been excited to enjoy a much wider variety of treats.

Joey was very smart, always curious and fiercely brave. He was distrustful and defensive when being handled by humans but he learned to trust me and expect nothing but love, affection, a comfy bed in every room and a full belly. He made me laugh nearly every day and reminded me of how important it is to live in the moment. I cried tears of joy the first time he kissed my cheek! I cried tears of anguish while helping him to cross the rainbow bridge.

Joey has left huge paw prints on my heart for such a little guy with tiny feet! He was an enormous gift in my life. I loved him immensely and treasured every day of the short time we had together. I will never forget him and love him always."


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: Jennifer Nayer, Alana Lawler


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: Sheryl Boze
Fan: Angela Gunnett, Robin Kardon


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: February 8th, 2019
Family: Moses Bell & Carrie Leverett
Fan: Beth Pratt
Tribute: On Friday, February 8th, we fulfilled our promise to 13 year old Petie.

We acquired Petie through our Final Wish Program when his mom became ill. If adoption photos tell the future, his sure did. It was memorably one of the happiest days.

Last month Petie began to struggle with his mobility and he slowly lost the function of his legs. When medication was not able to manage his discomfort, we turned to acupuncture to find him relief. We are so grateful to Dr. Cynthia Redfield of Vets to Pets Mobile Veterinary Service for making time for Petie so immediately. Her guess was that he was suffering from myelomalacia.

Just a week into treatment Petie's cornea ruptured in his eye. We were faced with the decision to enucleate his eye in hopes that he would also someday regain his mobility and would be able to be kept comfortable, or accept it as a grand reasonable sign from above that it was Petie's time. We did decide to let Petie go.

"It was extremely hard to say goodbye to this guy last Friday. We so miss his nighttime snoring, his random amped moments, and his old man attitude. Forever grateful that Frosted Faces Foundation gave us the opportunity to have him in our family."


Denver

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: June 12th, 2018
Date of Passing: June 10th, 2019
Family: Darrin & Christy Guitreau
Fan: Tanya Nielsen, Christy Guitreau
Tribute: Denver had lived at Frosted Faces Foundation for 9 whole months, until one day his FFF monthly sponsoring Fan just decided, "Heck! I can be his mom!" She drove all the way from Denver, CO to escort him home. When a dog lives with us for so long it is bittersweet to see him go, but only to the most perfect family~

"We lost our boy at 4:00 pm Monday afternoon. He was brought to our vet last Wednesday for mobility issues and to do a senior panel. We left there happy with a new plan to improve his mobility in his back and hind legs, but his bloodwork showed that his HCT (among other values) was incredibly high. Denver had an appointment today for a further exam, xrays, and an ultrasound. His back and legs actually got worse, despite new medications, between Wednesday and Saturday. By Sunday, we could tell that something was really wrong as he was losing fundamental functionality in his back/legs, and couldn't walk easily and without discomfort. He needed to be carried outside. We called our vet and she gave us some suggestions to keep him comfortable until his appointment today, and that it was possible that he had inflammation due to something acute that might settle down with rest and medications. By yesterday morning, he was in extreme pain and it was clear that he had several things going on that we couldn't fix, and our hearts are broken... it saddens me beyond words that we couldn't fix him.

Seventeen years wouldn't have been enough time with Den, but our less than three months with him went by too fast. What I wouldn't give for just a few more pain-free days to spend with him. It was so incredible to see him come out of his shell a bit with four other senior dogs in the house. His favorite things were his toys, his bed/our bed/beds in general, new smells on our walk, love from Mom and Dad (I'll never forget the day he finally gave us very intentional kisses, what a thing to be deserving of!), yogurt, naps, and rides in his wagon.

I'm grateful for the hundreds of pictures and many videos that we have of him. I looked through them again for the umpteenth time this morning and I let my heart break all over again. We miss him terribly, but we're immensely grateful for everyone at FFF, and for Kelly and Andy that loved him before us and shared him with us so we could call him our boy... even for just a short while. Thank you all. With many, many tears... thank you."


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: March 13th, 2019
Family: Rand & Jo Reed
Fan: Stacy LaFrance
Tribute: On Wednesday, March 13th, we fulfilled our promise to 8 year old Dempsey.

Dempsey was scheduled for euthanasia at Riverside Shelter because he had a large mass on his chest. Heck, we thought we could lop it off and write him a fairy tale. Not only was Dempsey dog selective making it hard to find him a family, after we removed his chest mass we found a mass in his mouth. We operated again with the warning that we could only debulk it for comfort. That surgery was in October and man did his mass grow back quickly. His fate had been determined.

While we expected his mouth mass to grow, what we didn't expect for Dempsey was to find him a family. Time tested, patient, loving Rand and Jo Reed came out of nowhere with their well balanced pack and offered to give Dempsey a chance.

"Dempsey's visit went well yesterday for the most part. We went to Midland and waited for the 'back entrance' Rand, Demps, and I walked around the parking lot. Rand says 'he's walking fine let's go home.' I was so trying to re-justify this visit with the same thought 'he's walking,' but have come to the painful realization I might have waited 2 weeks too long. Why? Because that's about the time he started growling at me - and skipping his mid day snack, but still eating breakfast and dinner. Then this week is when he went to one meal a day and 2 of those days he declined meals.

Anyway when they came to get us he didn't want to go in the door and growled at me and turned around. He walked about 10 feet then decided to lay in the sun. I told them beforehand no restraints or muzzles or anything. Vet came out and said he would give him a shot to relax him. He did and Rand and I sat with Demps in the sun until they brought the gurney out. We walked with him in and to the room. There was soft music and a waterfall noise on. He was alert but sleepy. We loved on him while they put the IV in and then the sedation shot. We said we were ready and they injected him with the final shot. They waited till his heart stopped and said we might see some twitches and all (been there).

They left us alone and I'm talking to Demps and kissing his face and all of a sudden his head rises about 1/2 inch and a gasp comes out. Rand normally expressionless face was hysterical to say the least. It happened 2 more times and I called the tech in. She said it was air in the lungs and rechecked the heart and assured us he was gone. Looking at my face she called the vet in to recheck. Demps did it another 2 times and let us know about agonal breathing. His heart was not beating, but he was gone. We stayed a little bit more and he didn't do it again. I will bring him home in a week or so.

I miss him - his slow walking - his growling/mumbling at me for attention. Most of all I miss him looking for me whenever I walked out of the room - or out of his sight. Sadie and I slept downstairs one more time last night with Dempsey's bed in place. He was part of the magnificent 6 dogs here (2 of which are granddoggies ) who accepted him and loved him as he did them. No doubt Sadie was his Bestie!!!

Thank you Kelly for trusting me with Demps. I gave him tons of love."

It is obvious how easy it was to fall in love with Dempsey and then how hard it was to watch him decline as his body failed him. These decisions are never easy and always made with love. We are so grateful for Rand and Jo extending themselves for Dempsey and making him their own.


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, 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: February 19th, 2019
Family: Maria Munoz
Fans: Denise Mendonca
Tribute: On Tuesday, February 19th, we fulfilled our promise to 10 year old Bella.

Bella had been getting treated for thrombocytopenia since her rescue. She was on a few medications and she visited Veterinary Integrative Center weekly to have her platelets checked which fluctuated significantly. This week she passed out on a walk and her mom rushed her to the vet where her gums were pale and her hematocrit was 12%.

Poor Bella had just made an appointment for tarry stools and lack of appetite, so her mom knew something was going on. Dr. Han advised that she likely had a type of cancerous mass that is now bleeding and perhaps spawned the autoimmune disease she suffered from. Although we could have done further diagnostics, we understood that they likely would not have led us to a treatment plan since she was so sick and we were advised to let her go.

Her mom shared, "We had to say goodbye to our sweet Bella today. Her spirit was so strong but her little body just couldn't keep going. We will miss her."

It was a magical day when Maria offered to adopt both Bella and her bonded sister, Coco. We are terribly grateful they got to be together until the end. Bella loved food and good soft blanket. She was always quiet and we suspect that is because she didn't feel well for awhile. Bella was easy to love because she required tender care.

We also owe extra thanks to Maria for the many many trips to the vet during the work week to monitor Bella's needs. She went way above and beyond for our girl in such a short period of time.


Lola

Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: July 30th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Laurie Zarrella
Fans: Danielle Silhanek, 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: December 14th, 2018
Family: Temy & Jessica Suciawan
Fans: Paula Schader, Lisa Pascale, Emily & Vu Patel, Clare Thomas, Lois & Jack-Jack Taylor, Caryn Cronin, ellis_the_lab
Tribute: On Friday, December 14th, we fulfilled our promise to Heidi Bear. We rescued Heidi from Bonita Shelter on July 30th, 2018.

We never treated her as a hospice dog because she didn't ask to be. She had ulcerated mammary masses with no metastasis so we removed them. When under anesthesia the vets found a mass in her throat, and we removed that too. Just three weeks ago she had an ear hematoma and we fixed that to make her comfortable. When she wasn't feeling well this last week, it had to be a simple bug. What they found was a gigantic splenic mass that had not been there four months previously. If we needed a sign to let Heidi rest, that was the one. Her family held her tightly for a few more days, but the mass was so large and likely pushing on her other organs causing her lethargy and not to eat, that we put her to sleep.

"We said goodbye to Heidi Bear this morning. She had been so weak the past week and we know it is time to let her go and let her rest. Heidi came to us as a hospice. We knew what we were going into. It could be just days or weeks or months with her. But we loved her anyways, gave her as much love as we could possibly give. And boy did she love us back. Even at the end, when she was too weak to lift her head, she still watched me with her adoring eyes whenever I was in the room with her.

Here’s a video of Heidi falling asleep on my chest as I sang to her last night (in the comments).

And thank you Santa Emily for the gifts we received yesterday. I am sorry Heidi didn’t get to enjoy the toys, but she LOVED the Bear 🐻 sweater! ❤️"


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: June 3rd, 2019
Family: Sam & Kendra Ramada
Fans: Maryann Caban, Linda Haberkern, Suzy Massey, Susan Ryan, Kat Matv, Charlene Norris
Tribute: "I lost Petty on Monday. Taking him home back in November and feeling his heart pound so hard against my chest as I carried him to my car, I knew we would get to this day eventually. I just didn't expect that day to happen so soon. Petty and I enjoyed our last hike together on Sunday morning and snuggled watching TV Sunday night. He woke me up early Monday morning breathing rapidly and gulping for air and I took him to the vet thinking an oxygen chamber and some hearty doses of medication would make everything better. I went to the pet store and bought a special "welcome home" bully stick because I was so sure I'd be bringing him home. But this time, medicine couldn't fix what was broken. I went back to the vet office, held Petty, said goodbye, and he died in my arms.

I always joke that of all the dogs I've adopted and fostered, Maddie (my big girl) is the only one I chose, and that the rest were just foisted upon me. Maddie will have to share her "chosen one" title now because I absolutely and resolutely chose Petty. Back in August, 2018, FFF posted on Facebook about a tiny, puppy-faced dog who couldn't walk, and it was love at first sight. I shared Petty's post with every dog-lover I knew, declaring forever loyalty to my new dog crush, hoping somebody would want to take him home. When that didn't happen, I asked to Fling him, but Petty and my Fling became our forever. My only regret is that I didn't ask sooner, and the three months Petty spent at Frosted Faces could have been three extra months he and I had together. If there's any lesson to be learned here, it's that if you want to help and are able to help, do it now - life is short and tomorrow is not promised.

I often thought (and still think) about the family that left Petty behind, that had him for seven years and told the shelter they didn't want him anymore when he ended up there as a stray. I don't know what they did to him or how Petty, at only 8 years old, ended up with such a weak heart and atrophied, damaged legs. It's not a productive thing to dwell on because I can't change it, but it’s hard not to wonder.

What I will take with me is that we had the opportunity to give Petty the loving home he always deserved, and got to know and love him in all his tiny, feisty, loud, bark-y, demanding, sweet, playful glory. I am forever grateful for the 7 months that were ours - goodbye my sweet, sweet boy.

Including pictures here from this past weekend. It was action packed, with hikes and burritos and “wrestling” and couch snuggles ❤️"


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, 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: Andrea Brugger
Fans: Heather Muncie


Jennifer

Acquired from: Final Wish Program
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: August 9th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Andrea Brugger
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


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