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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Dory

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: November 26th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Matt Seaman & Derinda Mora
Fans: Sheryl Dufficy , Tonya Burdine


Skipper

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: November 26th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Russ & Barbara Venti
Fans: Tim Shannon, Goldstein Family


Sheena

Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: November 26th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Libby Frandsen
Fans: Teasha Hutcheson


Viva

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: November 28th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Sam & Kendra Ramada
Fans: Victoria Barcenas


Gizmo

Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: December 4th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Janice Criss
Fans: Judith Johnson, Faith Macias, Gigi Ebert, Stephanie Pellegrini


Aster

Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: December 6th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Bill & Liesman
Fans: Rachel Quint, Alexis & Preston


Pluto

Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: December 7th, 2018
Date of Passing: April 7th, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Kav, Porto Pack, Fellow Old Buddy Rufus, Jacquie, Bobbi Holzworth, Ginger Haggerty, Deborah Regosin, Lucky FF Family, Emma Jones, Leslie K, RZ, Joanna & Mimi, Connie Jackson, Jenni Westphal, The Kane Family of Furbabies, Erin Brown, Lois Taylor, Judith Johnson, Carrie Gonzales, Michele Weaverling
Tribute: On Sunday, April 7th, we fulfilled our promise to Pluto, formerly Judo.

When a dog who lives at Frosted Faces Foundation passes away, my first thought is always how much I wished they had been chosen to have a family. I do wish this, and I can think of so many nice mommies and daddies in our network who have given their dogs exceptional lives and I may have parted with Pluto for one of them, but I am not-so- secretly glad he stuck around because I felt like he was mine.

I look back at all the positive things Pluto had in his life BECAUSE he lived at FFF. FFF rarely, if ever, is unattended. That means Pluto had me or another mommy home with him all of the time!

Pluto lived in the lobby and every time anyone walks through the door they pet all the lobby dogs. Imagine in a normal house the excitement of a dog when you get home, the pats on the head, and the plopping on the couch. Pluto got greeted multiple times each day and the people were there for HIM and his FRIENDS! That meant not just one or two walks each day, but lots of walks. We have big donated Costco beds scattered everywhere in the lobby where Plutes had his pick!

Watching food get prepped for 30 dogs twice each day, and lounging with volunteers on snack breaks meant he definitely got his fair share of scraps. Between Christmas and "just because" Pluto had so many nice gifts of treats and toys mailed to him. He went to the beach, had a bonfire, watched lots of movies on our laps, even went to a few restaurants. Pluto loved toys and he even knew how to fetch. So many outfits...man did Pluto look handsome in his wool argyle sweater.

Although Pluto may have seemed antsy upon introduction, if you sat on his bed and pulled him into you, hoisted him onto your lap on the couch, or if he curled up to another dog, he settled quickly. His nuzzling and "no bubble" attitude were traits we all desire from our animals to love on them harder.

When we rescued Pluto he dribbled pee and was fecally incontinent. No more messes at FFF! He got his diapers changed throughout the day and baths when needed. In the end, gosh I wished I saw dribbles of pee coming out. Would've given anything. That was how we knew to take him to the vet because he was not going potty. Everything went downhill so fast. We started expressing his bladder, but he began spinning tight circles to the left and lost complete mobility. X-rays, labs, ultrasound- nothing was evident. We took him to a neurologist at Veterinary Specialty Hospital where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on the left side of his brain. The entire right side of his body was paralyzed and he had lost vision in his right eye. If rehab would've fixed him, I would have invested the time. If surgery was sensible or affordable, I would've done it. All rationale goes out the window when you're in love.

When we knew we needed to make the very final decision for Pluto, volunteers came to hold him, kiss him, and give him treats- all of his mommies and daddies. On his last day Paws into Grace came to FFF and put Pluto to sleep on the breezy patio where he enjoyed working on his bones. You may know the feeling where you are doing the right thing, but you absolutely cannot let him go. Where you want to steal him away at the last minute and make a deal with God.

My only regret was not finding him in the shelter sooner where he sat for three good months that we could have spent together.

Please go find your "Pluto" in a shelter.





Giuseppe

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Acquired from: Harbor Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: December 15th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Erin W, Catered K9


Scotty

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Acquired from: Camp Pendleton Animal Control
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: December 18th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Lynda Berkhan
Fans: Janet Davis, Lani Isbell, Klaurdi Sherzer, Chris Macomber


Saint

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: December 19th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Sierra Van Laethem & Emily Pellerin
Fans: J9 Loves Pets, Sylvia, Cathy Karr


Gidget

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: December 19th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Tim & Tammy Larson
Fans: Kym, Bonnie Sposato


Fleury

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: December 19th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Stephanie Zukowski
Fans: Ashley Burks, Misty Phillips


Kees

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: December 19th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Ken & Jonna Waite
Fans: Senneca Di-Tusa Brown, Kirsten Rutherford


Lexie

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society-Escondido
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: December 31st, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Arnold Valdez, Judith Johnson, Delia & Titan


Rhonda

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: January 4th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Steve & Debbie Williams
Fans: Angela Battle


rosie

Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Tiffany Allen
Fans: Natalie Domanic


Kevin

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Acquired from: Chula Vista Animal Care Facility
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Audrey Vespe
Fans: Kathryn Warren


Ember

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Vincent Yee & Jennifer Valentine
Fan: Emily Leshon


Arrow

Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Giueseppe & Beth Gutierrez
Fans: Justin & Jackie Craddock


Atari

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Rosa Infante & Estefan Marquez
Fans: Claudia Martins, Elizabeth Cate


Ava

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Debra Styres
Fans: Dena Kinsey, Andrea Liesman


Teddy

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Stanislav & Olga Caramac
Fans: Sue Vermett


Candy

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Scott & Madeline Osborn
Fans: Bonnie Sposato


Coco

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Acquired from: Bonita Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: January 26th, 2019
Family: Augustine Alvarez & Loren Cummings
Fans: Teasha Hutcheson
Tribute: This is about the time we would be posting a two week update to let you know how our Frosted Face is doing in her new home.

Instead, I am writing to share that we fulfilled our promise to 14 year old Coco on Saturday, January 26th, and she is no longer with us.

When she was surrendered by her children of her deceased owner they noted that her back end seemed painful. Bloodwork showed elevated liver values and x-rays showed a bright liver. We sent the x-rays to be reviewed and started Coco on Denamarin. Over the last two weeks her new parents packed in so much fun and so many great photos, we can only hope it will make up for any unhappiness or pain this innocent little girl had to endure.

On Friday they rushed her to College Animal Hospital for lethargy and we did an ultrasound that revealed a large liver mass. We treated her discomfort palliatively and her parents wanted her to be at home in the event she did not make it. The following morning Coco returned to the vet in more pain where Dr. Savides newly discovered fluid in Coco's abdomen. She described her to be in so much pain that when she rolled her on her back, she didn't correct herself and her little legs pointed into the air.

Coco was one of the most energetic dogs we have ever rescued. She was a pistol playing fetch, ripping up toys, fence fighting, and snapping on your hands hard if you picked her up unfavorably. Looking back, it was probably a reaction to pain. Her family soaked up every second with her and loved her immediately. They had even visited her at the shelter previously!

"We will miss this sweet little baby girl Coco so much! We only had her for 2 weeks but she was a blessing and we wouldn't change a thing. Baby girl had a huge mass on her liver and she was not happy, playful, crazy Coco for a couple days. We ended her sadness and suffering today. Coco, we love you like we had you your whole life. We just wish we had more time for more adventures. ❤❤❤ Thank you Frosted Faces Foundation for all your help, support and love!"


Dante

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Tracy & Tonya Burdine
Fans: Lisa Switzer


Dobby

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Laura Backe
Fans: Karen Kahue, Porto Pack, Rena McDonald, Jodi, Heike Maglaque, Laurie Gentry


Falkor

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 6
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Judith Johnson


Foxie

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: January 22nd, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Natalie Domanic
Tribute: On Wednesday, January 23rd, we fulfilled our promise to 12 year old Foxie.

We just rescued Foxie from the San Diego Humane Society on January 9th. Her owners surrendered her because they said they were no longer allowed to keep her.

Upon rescue we continued her insulin to treat diabetes. We did a couple blood glucose curves to be sure we were administering the correct dose. There was a point last week where Foxie's BG dropped low, so we were more diligent about her meals and insulin monitoring.

On Wednesday, FFF volunteer Courtney noticed that Foxie was wobbly in the play yard. We tested her BG and it was 20. We immediately put karo syrup on her gums and monitored her until she was acting normal. Her BG was rising and made it to 77. Just 30 minutes later she had a violent seizure and again when we retested her BG it was so low the machine could not read it. Something was going on beyond our capabilities.

I rushed her to VCA Animal Medical Center of El Cajon and she seized on and off the entire drive. They put her on oxygen and began a dextrose drip and diagnostics. Nothing was making sense, they could not keep her blood sugar regulated. They proposed three scenarios of what could be wrong:

1. Insulinoma where there is a mass on her pancreas.
2. She ate sugar free gum. Xylitol causes this. 
3. She had a bacterial infection stealing all the glucose.

Insulinoma didn't make sense to us because her BG was always too high, and with this disease it's usually too low from what we understand. We tried to scan her, but her bladder was too full to see. Xylitol would have been a more sudden reaction, and we had seen her BG drop the week before. Other values in her labwork did not support a bacterial infection. A radiologist report of her x-rays later stated that they saw a mass-like effect in her bladder, but that would not have caused this. It may have simply supported that she had cancer spreading.

Foxie began acting neuorologic, her legs were paddling, her head was extended, and her eyes had involuntary movement. She began to have trouble swallowing and no amount of hope in the world could have turned back time or given us answers that would change the outcome. We had to let her go and I was with her until the end.

Somehow her owners who betrayed her kept her alive for 12 years, and in two weeks it must have been that we changed something to cause this. It was too sudden, too soon, and I am working to come to peace with the fact that we may have flawed something in Foxie's life although I know we were doing our best- it's just heartbreaking that it all had to happen in the first place.

Foxie was fun and full of life. She barked for attention, loved being part of the ruckus. She knew she was gorgeous and she wasn't afraid to strut her stuff. The stinger is that we had an approved adopter coming to add her to their family on Sunday. They were notified of Foxie's passing and have still agreed to keep their appointment to help another senior dog.

This story is the exact reason why volunteerism is so important at Frosted Faces Foundation. We, volunteers were her final family. Foxie knew love from all of the volunteers here at FFF that made her smile while she waited for her new home. Here she is pictured in Kris Valverde's arms, who is a regular volunteer on Wednesday afternoons with her son.

Please come hold our Frosted Faces. We never know how long they have and we are so grateful to be able to reflect on moments of joy you bring them. Register at https://frostedfacesfoundation.org/volunteer/

We love you, Foxie. <3


Gabby

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: April 15th, 2019
Family: Steve & Luann Pollett
Fans: Melissa Burrows, Debbie Dunivan
Tribute: On Monday, April 15th, we fulfilled our promise to Gabby.

Gabby, formerly known as Pixie, was a little spitfire the day she was rescued. She chirped her whole way out of the shelter into her freedom ride!

She was diagnosed with a collapsing trachea and a severe heart murmur that turned into congestive heart failure quickly. We treated her with medication, a few visits to the vet to adjust medications, and even an ER visit on a scary night where we thought we would lose her, but she rallied! In the end we rushed her to San Diego Bay Animal Hospital where she was hospitalized in oxygen, but her little heart could not go on.

Gabby was an itty bitty bird who loved being held. Her mom and dad just loved her so much and the proof is in the photos. "She was a special little girl and it was an honor to be her Mommy & Daddy even if just for a short time. Thank you Kelly and all the people of Frosted Faces for all you do!!"


Jacob

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Curt & Beth Luthye
Fans: Alaina Kenworthy


Koda

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family:
Fans: Marnie Collier


Mulligan

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Acquired from: Chula Vista Animal Care Facility
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Shelton & Tanya Rice
Fans: Marie & Mary of Stitch M


Muriel

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Acquired from: Chula Vista Animal Care Facility
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Aylin & CodyDePoorter
Fans: Ian McCallum, Camila de Andino de Jesus


Tig

Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Russell & Jen Surber
Fans: Debbie Meeder


Roman

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: March 30th, 2019
Family: Brook Benson
Fans: Vanessa Bernal-Kopp  
Tribute: On Saturday, March 30th, we fulfilled our promise to Roman.

Roman was confiscated from a property by Animal Control when he was not living in adequate conditions. I still remember seeing him in his kennel at San Diego Humane Society. He could barely stand, struggling to roll over on his kuranda bed. We had to turn his life around!

At FFF Roman was like a different dog, and surely he was 5 years old and not 12! He played fetch, was mouthy with us in a playful way that you crave, and he loved other dogs. We were confident we could make his horrible past life forgotten and he would go on to live happily ever after.

Roman was chosen by Brook just back in February after he volunteered at FFF and took Roman on one of our Valentine's Dates. A couple weeks ago Roman started not using one of his back legs and from there declined quickly. By Friday evening he could not walk at all on either of his back legs, was not eating, and seemed painful despite his pain medication. After a long visit at Veterinary Specialty Hospital it sounded like Roman had pressure on his spinal cord and Roman's dad let us know that he was put to sleep per the veterinarian's recommendation based on the amount of pain he was enduring.

Maybe it was a horrendous turn of events, or maybe we rescued him just in time to be placed with a dad who took him on walks, let him sleep on a soft bed, fed him good food, and he finally knew what it meant to be loved.

We are very sad for Roman and his dad, and all of the volunteers who loved our happy boy.


Olive

Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Michelle Williams
Fans: Loren Steinfeldt


Lola

Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Naveen Rajan & Brandi Gutierrez
Fans: Joni Duke (in memory of Carol Duke)


Veronica

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Ian Smith
Fans: Jeri O'Donnell


Waffles

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Acquired from: Chula Vista Animal Care Facility
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Monique & Matt Lyons
Fans: Teasha Hutcheson


Jolene

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Cheryllanne Abrio & Tamara Abrio
Fans: Teasha Hutcheson


Laura Ingalls WildPug

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 16th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Ruby McGrath-Horn
Fans: Lucien Bianchi, Me-Shell, The Gardner Family, Gina Gattari, The Floyd Family, Tommi Ellis, Hilary Hanna


Rue

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: January 16th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Rae Donaldson
Fans: Sandra Buechner, Kay in Memory of Finn


Shelby

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Acquired from: Humane Society of Imperial County
Age upon Rescue: 14
Date of Rescue: January 18th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Teena Deering, Holly, Jennifer Sain



Blue Jay

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 16
Date of Rescue: January 22nd, 2019
Date of Passing: February 1st, 2019
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: In memory of Chatcha Porto, Kathleen Kudrna, Lisa Switzer
Tribute: Today was the day. Actually yesterday was the day, and even last week Tuesday upon rescue could have been the day...

Today, on February 1st, we fulfilled our promise to 16 year old Blue Jay. Yesterday Blue Jay stopped eating. He had developed a UTI and a wet cough over the course of the week and progressively got weaker. To press on did not seem sensible and Blue Jay was tired.

Andy pointed out that oftentimes when we rescue Frosted Faces in really bad shape they seem to have an adrenaline rush. They are falsely strong and bright for a good week, sometimes two, and then we start to notice them struggling. This really seemed true for Blue Jay. Gosh, that light in his eyes I know was real though in all the time he spent with me, and I hope that we fanned that flame as meaningfully as possible to buy him every last good day before it extinguished.

Sharing a dog like Blue Jay with everyone at FFF is different than when we were a smaller entity of just Andy and me. Tonight Andy whispered, "Jenna (the FFF Kennel Manager) should be there too," and when we invited her to Blue Jay's euthanasia, she said, "Of course, his whole family should be there."

In reflection Jenna shared that she was upset. The three of us have shared the experience of letting our Frosted Faces go together as a "family" before and we all cry and can't look at each other as we personally digest the grief. Tonight Jenna didn't cry. She walked into the exam room a few minutes after we arrived and Blue Jay lifted his head to acknowledge her and laid back down. She said she was upset because she felt like Blue Jay's gaze darted for her as if he was looking for someone--- and she wasn't who he expected.

Today I curled Blue Jay up on my bed to watch a movie until it was time. Earlier this week he had a second massage from Healing Hands Canine Massage. Ocean naps, the park breeze, the dignity of being clean and in good company of doting volunteers... As many sacrifices and as much kindness as we had to offer, Blue Jay never got to see his true family in his final moments. We all held him as he passed away.

We love you, Blue Jay. Fly high. 


GUSTAFF

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Acquired from: San Diego Humane Society
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: January 26th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Dave & Kate Rogers
Fans: Beth El, Barbara Roblin Mirza, Jamie Lewis, Carol Diaz-Zubieta


Summit

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: January 29th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Christine Castiglioni, In memory of Chatcha Porto, Lois & Jack Jack, Phyllis, Cindy Lewellen, Rita Stanfield, Alaina Kenworthy, Stephanie Silberstang & Colin Barth


Natalie

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: January 29th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Bryan & Alicia Tremble
Fans: Heejin Kim


Einstein

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: January 29th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Terri Schroeder
Fans: Lauretta Johnson


Yeti

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: January 29th, 2019
Date of Passing: June 10th
Family: Cem Kantarci
Fans: Heejin Kim
Tribute: Yeti had elevated kidney values upon rescue and went straight into foster, which proved to be his best and final home. His dad did fluids everyday, changed diapers, took him on work adventures, and he was the light of his Instagram page!

This week Yeti declined to the point where he was not eating and lethargic. Anti-nasea meds and hospitalization did not help and we had to let him go.

His dad reflects, "Thank you all for your help. I am so glad Yeti & I got to spend some quality time over his last few months. I hope I'm speaking for him as well, when I say it's been short but really, really sweet."


Poppy

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: January 29th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Jocelyn Nabel
Fans: Peanut's Mom, Rachel Charles, Lynda Donato


Merino

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Acquired from: Riverside Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 29th, 2019
Date of Passing: 
Family: Jocelyn Nabel
Fans: Joan Stone