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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Bagel

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: October 10th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Melanie Segovia
Fans: Lisa Switzer
 


Ellie

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: October 12th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Mike & Miriam Jackson
Fans: Laurie Roberts Fine Art
 


Paisley

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Acquired from: Los Angeles Animal Care & Control: Downey
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: October 16th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Bradley Strout
Fans: Mona Ueda
 


Patsy Cline

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Acquired from: Animal Friends of the Valleys
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: October 10th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Shawn Soutiere & Holly Hoff
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein, Nancy Veach
 


Arnie

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Acquired from: East Valley Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: October 21st, 2017
Date of Passing: October 27th, 2017
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein
Tribute: Just six days ago. He was in very bad shape and an unidentified source was causing his belly to fill with fluid. On Monday we were able to relieve him of 5 liters of fluid, but yet could not identify the cause or develop a treatment plan because he still had so much fluid in his belly. We just kept loving on him, letting him rule the FFF lobby.

If it weren't for his shocking appearance as a result of illness and neglect, you would think he was a happy, laid back grandpa. He loved chewing on bones, and we adequately understood we may not have Arnie in our lives for very long, so we gave him a bone morning and night. He wagged his tail eagerly watching us scoop food, and he always got up and made the effort to be part of the hustle in the lobby. We acknowledged his interest with exuberance thankful he seemed to be embracing his new life. He got a lot of treats and sunshine, and I clearly remember the morning of his passing, squishing his face and pressing his mouth to mine. As gross as that sounds, I absolutely could not get enough of Arnie. I could never hold him tightly enough to make up for all that he had been denied.

Arnie passed between 2:00-2:30pm on his velvet blanketed dog bed naturally on his own. I feel regret for not being able to say "I love you" one more time or holding him as he endured the dying process in just one room over, but I have made peace with the fact that he died on a soft bed, indoors, after just having licked out a peanut butter Kong.

Thank you to all the volunteers who loved on Arnie with us, especially those who helped us grieve yesterday and get his remains to the vet. Arnie was a big boy!

Arnie, we love you.


Redford

Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Central
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: October 21st, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Tyler & Laura Bothel
Fans: Carey Nagoda
 


Jilly

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Acquired from: West Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: October 21st, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Tim & Tammy Larson
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein, Heidi Ostlund
Tribute:


Duncan

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Acquired from: Hope for Paws
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: October 26th, 2017
Date of Passing: October 7, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein, Heidi Ostlund, Sandra Morales, Jodie Reyes Tribute: On Sunday, October 7th, we fulfilled our promise to 12 year old Duncan. Duncan was rescued by Hope For Paws after wandering into an auto body shop. The entire rescue was filmed and it is heartwrenching (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRGg8QqIZGM&feature=share).

Duncan was transferred into our care on October 26th, 2017. Andy and I have both taken the time to write a reflection of our time with Duncan.

Andy shares, "Duncan has been a lobby ambassador at FFF for nearly a year. He was always there to greet visitors and accept loving butt scratches from anyone who walked in the door. Unlike the other 'lobby dogs' we've had, Duncan had dementia. Dementia can be one of the most challenging conditions to deal with because it can be so difficult to keep a dog with dementia happy and in peace. At the beginning, Duncan was no exception. He barked out of confusion and suffered from sundowner's, where he'd be agitated through the night. But, we quickly started learning more about his needs and how to keep him happy.

I always wonder what dogs with dementia were like before they developed dementia. I imagine them being fully engaged with people and running and playing with other dogs. It makes me sad to think that the dementia leaves them incapable of these things, that they have lost some part of themselves. But, if Duncan lost any part of his former personality, he more than made up for it despite his condition. Duncan knew his way around, loved being held, and loved snuggling with other dogs. It was very clear that he was happy, and happy most of the day, most days. This is not usually the case with dementia dogs. Being able to see his transition was beautiful and rewarding.

Duncan's story makes the purpose of what we do more clear. Dementia may have left his mind more simple, but that made his needs more obvious. He could be comforted with anyone's touch and sleep peacefully in anyone's embrace. His basic needs of comfort and love are metaphorical for the needs of all dogs, and humans too. Sometimes it takes a blindingly obvious example like Duncan to remind us of this. I am so proud to be able to have given him a peaceful and happy home for so long."

We learned Duncan was in renal failure about two months ago and began palliative care. We fed him whatever he would eat and when it came down to just cheeseburger patties, we owe thanks to Rick Fishslayer for faithfully grilling them for him. A seizure that Duncan never gained consciousness afterward determined his fate.

Isn't euthanasia the most beautiful, and at the same time, unreal experience? Here we are spending all of our days protecting these innocent trusting animals. From diapering Duncan to making sure he didn't bump into his friends. We helped him finish his meals and pills, and laid with him until he stopped yelping and wandering and fell asleep (where he eventually just earned a spot in our bed on a piddle pad). There we were choosing to extinguish this special light that we worked to hard to keep shining. Leaving him. Leaving him alone on that table with no one to protect him anymore...

We didn't have a choice so at the very least I get the satisfaction of knowing we gave him every last good day. And ironically, the day before his last, I had foolishly exclaimed that he was going to make it to his first Frostiversary just three weeks away because he was so bright and happy.

Duncan, our sweet punkin. Mommy and Daddy love you and we will miss you always. Thank you to all of the volunteers at Frosted Faces Foundation for loving Duncan as your own during your shifts. Thank you to my patient partner, Andy Smíšek. Thank you Caryn & Michael Rosenstein, Heidi Ostlund, Sandra Morales, and Kerry Killeen for being Duncan's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Sophia

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Central
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: October 26th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Daniel McAleavey
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein


Mona

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Central
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: October 30th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Mona Ueda, Martine Moran
 


Audrey

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Acquired from: Los Angeles Animal Care & Control-Baldwin
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: November 4th, 2017
Date of Passing: February 3rd, 2018
Family: Bill & Susan Groux
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein
Tribute: On Saturday, February 3rd, sweet Audrey passed away.

We rescued Audrey, formerly Leslie, on November 4th, 2017 from Baldwin Park Shelter after she was surrendered by her owners. We picked her up from an LA County adoption event hosted by Susie's Senior Dogs and Shelter Me. Upon arrival, we were questioning whether rescue is really what she needed rather than euthanasia. She was lateral and very vocal that she was in pain. We learned that she was a vocal dog anyways which dramatized her reaction to unpleasant movements. She was so painful in her hind quarters that she dragged herself and we explored our treatment options with euthanasia at the back of our minds.

We tried NSAIDS, but they were not effective. While many doctors reach for NSAIDS, our vets work closely with orthopedic specialists who tend to recommend steroids for painful backs. Once we switched Audrey to steroids it was as if witnessing a miracle! She pulled on leash and could push herself from a sit to stand smoothly. To think she wasn't even in a position where we were sure life over euthanasia was fair, Audrey suddenly became adoptable!

Adopted she became when a lovely family applied for Audrey alone. They had nursed a struggling shepherd once before and opened their hearts and home to our Audrey. They gave her every last good day from diapers to booties, until her body said it was all done.

Audrey only had eyes for her humans. She would walk directly to you and nudge your hand or elbow for pets. She was persistent and she deserved all the warmth this world has to offer dear dogs like her.

Her mom shared,
"Thank you for for rescuing Audrey and all of the other frosted faces out there. We took Audrey to the vet this morning and were relieved to be able to ease her out of her misery. Her passing was very peaceful."

Thank you to Bill and Susan Groux for choosing this special girl and making her incredibly happy. Thank you to Caryn & Michael Rosenstein for being Audrey's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Burt

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Acquired from: Los Angeles Animal Care & Control-Downey
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: November 4th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Leah Finley
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein, Mike & Ana Miller
 


Sparrow

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Acquired from: Orange County Animal Care
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: November 9th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: D & S Honeyfund


Yogi

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Acquired from: Orange County Animal Care
Age upon Rescue: 6
Date of Rescue:November 15th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Chris & Belisa Grefe
Fans: Kellie Nelson, Laurie Brewer


Shadow

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Acquired from: Devore Animal Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue:November 18th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Bob & Sue King
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein


Petit Reynard

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Acquired from: Devore Animal Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: November 18th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Jim & Lindy Sebastian
Fans: Caryn & Michael Rosenstein


Dharma

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Acquired from: Harbor Animal Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: November 20th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Sandra Zwaal
Fans: The Catered K-9, Nicole Toliver, Christina Spalla, Helena McArron, Amberly Morgan


Tink

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: November 24th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Katherine Belden-Hillery
Fans: Loree Cook, Christina Arnott Tolle, Sara Preston-Rodelo


Guppy

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Acquired from: Coachella Animal Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: November 29th, 2017
Date of Passing: February 21st, 2018
Family: Michael Albini & Rebecca Gonzalez
Fans: Molly Chance, Denise Ashley, Linda Pham
Tribute:  On February 21st, Guppy drew one last tiny breath and left this world.

We rescued Guppy from Coachella Valley Shelter on November 29th, 2017 after he came in as a stray. He weighed 2.3 pounds, was hairless, and had a giant scab on his back. After weeks of poor bloodwork and his tumor growing rapidly causing pain and infection, fluctuating bouts of failing to thrive led us to the path of peace.

His mom shares,
"My dear Guppy. This is how I want to remember you, I want to always remember how you smiled when I rubbed your tummy while you fell asleep, I want you remember you barking asking to be picked up. You made me the happiest human and saying goodbye to you was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Thank you for letting me be your mom, for loving me and cuddling with me night after night. You are the most wonderful, handsome and special doggie in the universe. I'll love you forever my Gupperino."

Thank you to Michael Albini & Rebecca Gonzalez for making Guppy your baby and going to great lengths to make him comfortable. Your courage is admirable. Thank you to Molly ChanceDenise Ashley, and Linda Pham for being Guppy's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Spruce

Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: December 2nd, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Darby Boudreaux
Fans: Tim Gerrard, Marnie Collier


Jake

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: December 2nd, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Catherine Lynn
Fans: Laura Thompson


Archie

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: December 2nd, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Aubrey Peacock
Fans: Stephanie Stolzenberg


Noble

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: December 2nd, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Amber Tkach


Scotch

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: December 2nd, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Cathi & Lee Grzeskowiak
Fans: Maatje D Scherpenisse


Rogan

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Acquired from: Moreno Valley Animal Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: December 9th, 2017
Date of Passing: February 11th, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Trisha Bednarczk, Holly and Bailey Snead
Tribute: On Sunday, February 11th, Rogan left us no doubt that his body was all done and we had to let him go.

We rescued Rogan on December 9th, 2017 from Moreno Valley Shelter after he came in as a stray. Upon rescue he was diagnosed with lung cancer, had a cancerous looking mass on his bum and toe, and stumbled occasionally when he walked. It was guessed that his cancer may have been metastasizing to his brain.

Andy and I loved Rogan as our own, diapering, home cooking chicken and quinoa, hand feeding him EVERY meal, and watching late night Netflix together after chores. We are so happy that just a few weeks ago we all made time to take Rogan to the beach too! Rogan loved bones so his days often ended with one, right after tricking him into taking a plethora of pills and supplements that truly kept him bright and comfortable until his last day.

We playfully called Rogan and his best friend, Frosted Face Duncan, the RoDunc Club, and we made these silly requirements:

🐾toe tumor
🐾lung cancer
🐾wander aimlessly & bump into your friends unexpectedly so they won't want to join the club
🐾wear a grandpa sweater
🐾pretend the only thing you will eat is chicken
🐾bark all night (from Sundowner's Syndrome) so Mom or Dad will sleep with you

Just in the last two weeks we noticed Rogan losing function of his legs. He became so weak he could not hold his head up on his last day, and the vet let us know his lungs sounded progressively worse and his color was poor.

When you wake up on a Sunday with a full volunteer schedule, adoptions, and other dogs counting on you, there is little forgiveness on the watch for grieving. Together we cried over Rogan at FFF Sunday morning, snot, heaving, and all, before Andy peeled him out from under me to take to the vet for peace accompanied by volunteer, Rick Hoffman. Such a complicated dynamic we have chosen to endure personally and professionally, but I know that deciding to miss the euthanasia of one of my beloved dogs was not the right decision and regret still stings. At the same time, I am satisfied that we were able to relieve Rogan of suffering quickly and that we are blessed with each other as a team.

This is one of my favorite videos of Rogan, "Rogan Wants Two": https://www.facebook.com/frostedfacesfoundation/videos/g.285357275203633/1812297925499416/?type=2&theater&ifg=1

Thank you to Trisha Bednarczk, Holly and Bailey Snead, and Traci Shelton for being Rogan's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.

Mommy, Daddy, and Dunc miss you, Rogan. <3


Melody

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Acquired from: East Valley Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: December 13th, 2017
Date of Passing: November 1st, 2018
Family: Jesse Hanwit
Fans: Elizabeth Cate, Leslie Harris
Tribute: We fulfilled our promise to 12 year old Melly, Melody, on November 1st, 2018.

We rescued Melly from Easy Valley Shelter-LA on December 13th, 2017. Her mom shared, 
"Her decline was quick and so difficult to watch. We had been at my son's house staying with my grandson for four days. Each day she seemed to be tripping and falling more and having a harder and harder time getting up.

We returned home on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning she went out through the pet door and didn't come back. I looked outside and she was sitting at the base of the the porch steps. She could not stand and certainly couldn't get up the steps. On went the sling and her harness that has a handle so I could help her.

I consulted with our vet and adjusted her meds a bit but over the next 48 hours things got progressively worse. She could not get up, stand or walk without my pulling up on both the harness and the sling. By yesterday morning she gave up trying to get up and just lay there. She was exhausted and I didn't see any signs that things would get better. I told her what an exceptionally wonderful girl she was and we celebrated her time with us by sharing a Frosty Paws with her nonFF sister Gracie.

I am thankful that I had almost 11 months to love and care for this beautiful, gentle girl. I hope that I gave her the hugs, kisses and experiences that she had not had in her pre FF days. And who could measure what she gave me. Last night I cried because she wasn't there to come over to the couch every hour or so to say hello and get a big hug and some kisses. This morning I cried because she wasn't there at my bed first thing in the morning with her big furry head and big smile to say good morning.

Although I always know that time with a senior could be short it is always so, so sad to say goodbye. Melly was beyond special and I thank Frosted Faces for the opportunity to be her family. She is very missed."

Thank you, Jesse Hanwit, for trying all of the extra little things to keep your girl going and also recognizing when she lost her sparkle. Thank you to Elizabeth Cate and Leslie Harris for being Melly's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Drake

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Acquired from: East Valley Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: December 13th, 2017
Date of Passing: July 17th, 2018
Family: John & Mary Velardi
Fans: Traci Shelton
Tribute: Yesterday Drake was lovingly put to sleep, freed from his tired body.

We rescued Drake on December 13th, 2017 from East Valley Shelter-LA. When Drake's parents came to FFF they knew they wanted a senior on the younger side who would enjoy walks. Drake was aged at 8 years old, his bloodwork was normal and his x-rays looked normal aside from a mildly plump liver. He was such a good-natured boy, he was an easy choice.

Most will remember Drake because he ran out his spring-loaded front door that closed just a hair too slowly behind his parents' exit one morning. An army of volunteers from FFF united along with Drake's heartsick parents to look for Drake, and for three long sleepless days we hung flyers and strategized. While the incident was a nightmare not knowing where one of our dogs was, it was a rewarding and memorable experience being part of a large group of really good people working so hard for the benefit of one family and one special dog. With careful instructions from the great Babs Fry, Drake was found in a canyon down the road and came out to see his Frosted Friend, Redford, and eat some rotisserie chicken scraps where we were able to leash him to safety.

As soon as life got back to normal sleeping on dog beds and going on walks, Drake's health began to decline and they began supportive care for a failing liver. He lost weight rapidly and strength. An earlier update from his family stated, 
"He had a fasting liver panel done this morning. I won’t have the results until Tuesday most likely. I’m not sure he’s going to make it that long. For now, I’m just helping him get up and when that fails, we carry him outside to do his business. He’s on pain meds, just in case, and we are sitting with him and loving on him. He continues to be one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever known."

Yesterday they shared, "This is so hard. He was the sweetest boy. We feel fortunate to have been able to share our hearts with him for the last six months of his life."

We know this is not what John and Mary Velardi signed up for, but they were fighters through it all, all for Drake. Thank you. Thank you to Traci Shelton for being Drake's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fan.


Janna

Acquired from: East Valley Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: December 13th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Terri Garber
Fans: Traci Shelton


Morrie

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Acquired from: East Valley Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: December 13th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Jennifer Carroll


Lacey

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Acquired from: West Valley Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: December 14th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Leslie Davies
Fans: Pat & Teresa Menke in memory of Floyd Bell


Boltan

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Acquired from: West Valley Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: December 14th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Nathaniel & Faith Crary
Fans: Tasha, Morgan Kleiderlein


Holland

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Acquired from: West Valley Los Angeles Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: December 14th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Ed & Debbie
Fans: Cathleen Orchard, Leslie Harris


Graham

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 12
Date of Rescue: December 17th, 2017
Date of Passing: 
Family: Therrol & Nikki Troxel
Fans: Michael Hite


Manfry

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: December 24th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Ken & Linh Vandermar
Fans: Monica Fitch, Robin Zakoor


Nemo

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: December 24th, 2017
Date of Passing:
Family: Doug & Penny McNamara
Fans: Judith Johnson

 

 

 

 


Laura

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: December 28th, 2017
Date of Passing: September 30th, 2018
Family: Scott & Tracy Klauder
Fans: Jennifer King, Mary Runno
Tribute: On Sunday, September 30th, we fulfilled our promise to 9 year old Laura.

We rescued Laura from Coachella Valley Shelter on December 28th, 2017. She was diagnosed with heart failure, a collapsing trachea, and heartworm upon rescue. She endured and survived two heartworm treatments, we managed her other conditions with medications. Every time she needed to go to the vet for horrendous coughing episodes, we thought Laura was telling us she was all done-but no! With the help of Dr. Innes at The Village Veterinary Hospital, we were able to adjust her medication and send her home comfortable time and time again. It's unbelievable that Laura lived so many good days, and like I told her mom, I am sure it is because Laura did not want to ever have to leave her perfect family.

"Today was the day I should have been preparing for, the day we knew was coming but didn’t want it to. Today Laura’s sweet, loving heart was too tired to keep going. The medication wouldn’t clear the fluid from her lungs. Last night she laid curled up in my arms on the couch for extra comfort.

This girl amazed me with her gentle soul, her incredible resiliency to whatever life was like before, her ailments didn’t stop her. She wanted to be best friends with all the cats; Sugar trusted her completely. I am so humbled by Laura’s trust in me, and that is not something I took lightly. I love you and miss you Sweet-sweets!"

Thank you to Scott and Tracy Klauder for giving Laura every last good day and bringing so much happiness into her life. Thank you to Jennifer King and Mary Runno for being Laura's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Doogie

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Acquired from: Redlands Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: January 3rd, 2018
Date of Passing: April 3rd, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Leta Hunt

Tribute:  Yesterday afternoon, on April 3rd, 2018, we fulfilled our promise to Doogie.

We rescued Doogie, formerly Durango and Doogle, from Redlands Shelter on January 3rd, 2018. He left with Claire Jenkins almost immediately as a Fling, which ultimately became his final home. He trotted around her yard and found comfort in the sun or on a pile of blankets nearest to his friends.

His mom reflects, "I said goodbye to Doogie this evening. His dementia had become so severe with hours of barking, crying and pacing the house during the night. Even with recommended medications it only made him worse. Goodbye little buddy!

Run free with no pain, no more confusion or being scared. Thank you for letting me spoil you for the last three months. It was an honor to be your foster mom in the last months of your life. Always in my heart."

We appreciate that there are varying philosophies about the end of life for animals and the timing of euthanasia. While dementia does not necessarily mean the end of life or even quality, we do believe that when a Frosted Face is distraught and inconsolable with medications on board that are ineffective, euthanasia is not wrong. When Claire first reached out to us as a tired, but compassionate caregiver to let us know she was struggling, she immediately accepted solutions over surrender. The end is always hard, but endings with this disease are even harder. You want to unselfishly make the decision of treatment versus euthanasia for the animal while at the same time experiencing personal exhaustion.

Claire, we know how special and innocent Doogie was. Thank you for persevering with him, and having the strength to let him go in the end. You tried! Thank you to Leta Hunt for being Doogie's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fan.


Brewer

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Acquired from: Orange County Animal Care & Control
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 2nd, 2018
Date of Passing: September 12th, 2018
Family: Vickie Armitage
Fans: Priscillia Seelan, Tammy Ringeisen, Kristy Marie Walsh
Tribute: On Wednesday, September 12th, we fulfilled our promise to 10 year old Brewer.We rescued Brewer, formerly Howie, on February 3rd, 2018 from OC Shelter after the finder made several calls to rescues looking for help.

Brewer had a mass in his chest upon rescue, was very thin, and we struggled to get him to eat. Vickie changed all of that! She is an experienced hospice caregiver for humans too, and she was patient and kind to Brewer. She cooked foods he liked which plumped up his figure and made sure he was always clean and comfortable. Most notably, she wrote thoughtful, detailed updates about him appreciating his minor improvements and character. Brewer had a seizure last month and from then on his appetite decreased and weakness set in.

"Our bond deepened each day. I could read his eyes and body language. He knew how to communicate with me beyond our hand signals.

He enjoyed petting and sitting in my lap more and more. He slept in the walk in closet, which he loved as is his safe place.

I switched to human grade food for my dogs. Who knows, it may have given him even more time.

He got weaker in his rear legs. Yet, his pride took over and he was determined to stand all the way up.

I am so grateful he came into my life. He has also touched my grandsons. They were very protective of him as well and learned how to respect animals."

Thank you for Vickie Armitage for giving Brewer a chance to have happiness, and allowing him to gracefully decline. Thank you also for your courage to let him go. Thank you to Priscillia Seelan, Tammy Ringeisen, and Kristy Marie Walsh for being Brewer's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Dudley

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: January 6th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Robert & Vivien Frankland
Fans: Galia Beitner, Debra Sakata, Roxy Murray


Bea

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 6th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Fernanda Schein
Fans: Galia Beitner, Debra Sakata, ZuZu, Jennifer Glatz


Hoagie

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 8th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: John Fischer
Fans: Tim Gerrard, Nancy Veach


Kiwi

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Acquired from: Baldwin Park Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 6
Date of Rescue: January 8th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Gary & Irene Heselton
Fans: Tim Gerrard


Jimmi

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Acquired from: OC Animal Care
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 9th, 2018
Date of Passing: January 12th, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Tim Gerrard, Lynn Norman in memory of Mo, Mandi
Tribute: Yesterday evening we discovered that Jimmi had passed away. He looked as if he had passed in his sleep curled up under our bed.

We rescued Jimmi just three days ago on January 9th, 2018. OC Animal Care euth-listed him for medical reasons, but he only proved to seem social and content with us. He ate each meal, meowed for attention, slept on our bed nudging and kneading to be consoled, and ventured out of the catio to sit in the bathroom and watch us brush our teeth at the sound of our morning alarm.

Bloodwork showed that he was very anemic, but also regenerating red blood cells. We had started his treatment regimen of antibiotics and deworming. Poor Jimmi was probably bleeding internally and we just didn't know.

While natural animal deaths don't offend me because I can appreciate that humans pass naturally everyday, it bothers me that he passed alone. We don't rescue our Frosted Faces to endure the dying process without us, much less, unexpectedly and without a diagnosis or valiant effort.

Flabberghasted, Andy and I reflected how Jimmi came running at the sound of his food can opening the morning of his passing. He even hissed at our other cat, Lena, as she approached hoping to access her bowl too! We sincerely thought Jimmi was finally going to become our family cat that would stick around for awhile because he was easygoing and well.

We took his body to High Valley Veterinary Hospital to be cremated this morning. We, personally, never have a private cremation because we feel that expense is better used for a living animal, but we always get a paw print for one day when we have a spark of creativity, we can do something meaningful with oh so many paw prints of our loved and lost.

Thank you to Tim Gerrard, Lynn Norman in memory of Mo, and Mandi for being Fans of our Jimmi. We know the value of our Frosted Feline opening and will rescue again soon.


Waverly

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Acquired from: Downey Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 11th, 2018
Date of Passing: October 8th, 2018
Family: Cindy Kisling
Fans: Sofia Merida, James Chen, Morgan Kleiderlein, Dave & Kim Steele
Tribute: On Monday, October 8th, we fulfilled our promise to 10 year old Waverly.

We rescued Waverly, formerly Elizabeth, from Downey Shelter on January 11th, 2018 when she was scheduled to be euthanized for pneumonia. She had a giant ulcerated mammary mass which we removed, including a mass on her leg.

"I have been going over my tribute to Waverly ever since her diagnosis of cancer in June but could never bring myself to do it because it would make it real. Well today it is real.

I adopted her the middle of May. The dog I actually chose from FF turned out to be cat reactive but my sister and I chose to make the trip anyway. I decided on Waverly because she had been adopted and returned already. She was labeled as barrier/leash aggressive and was on Prozac. I never even heard her bark. She didn't want to get on the couch to take her adoption picture. I was determined to break through her tough exterior.

She is true to the chow breed aloof, loyal and independent. She enjoyed walks, car rides and green tennis balls. The first thing we did was take her off the Prozac and put her on cbd oil. Her first vet visit was for a previously treated wound that had opened up. Then her back legs swelled up. While waiting for the results of that x-ray, Waverly's purpose in my life became crystal clear. The decision for palliative care was made.

She got to enjoy a camping trip, a trip to the beach and most recently a puppaccino from Starbucks on the way home from her last vet trip. We never made the burger run but she was treated with some chicken that we brought home Saturday. Waverly truly just loved being at home most of all. She was never one that wanted to sleep on the bed or snuggle on the couch but I knew if I stepped one foot outside she would be up on either one looking out the window for me.

She started to decline over the last few days and we tried a couple medications. I never wanted her last days to involve trying to get pills down so we focused on treating pain. On Saturday night, my sister and I placed her on the bed between us and Sunday morning she wagged her tail. I made sure to tell her that it was okay for her to go. I told her she got a really bad deal and I was so sorry. I told her not to worry, I would know right where to find her because she would be right there at the gates of heaven looking for me. I promised her freedom from the cancer that stole her life too soon. I promised her there would be someone there to throw her green tennis ball as much as she wanted. By Sunday night it became clear she was having more bad days than good and she was ready to go.

When I left for work today I told her that I know you lived life on your terms so if you need to go before I get home, it's okay. She made that choice. I let her know she was the best girl ever and I was so proud and honored to be her mom. I had hoped to make the next anniversary party. That changed to hoping to make her Frostiversary. Then we wished for one more hour, one more day. Our time together was far too short but I have to hope and believe I made a difference in her life and that she knew she was loved.

Goodbye sweet Waverly. I love you to the moon and back, now and forever. I want to thank my sister Carol Schmalbeck for being her biggest fan and helping to choose Waverly, Janice Deen for advocating for this girl, Nancy Klein for making the home check easy and Kelly Smisek for entrusting her to my care. <3"

Thank you Cindy Kisling for making Waverly's last days count. We will not forget your patience and your commitment. Thank you to Sofia Merida, James Chen, Morgan Kleiderlein, and Dave & Kim Steele for being Waverly's dedicated monthly sponsoring Fans.


Carter

Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Escondido
Age upon Rescue: 15
Date of Rescue: January 16th, 2018
Date of Passing: January 30th, 2018
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Jeremy & Jaime Griffith, Tamara Ringeisen Jennifer Murray, Debra Sakata, Lynn Cannizzaro, 
Tribute: Our Frosted Face Carter passed away on Tuesday, January 30th unexpectedly. Breathlessness is what I feel, so much so that I occasionally let out a whimper as if it will relieve the tension and pain.

We rescued Carter on January 16th, 2018 from County of San Diego Department of Animal Services-Carlsbad. He was blind, a super senior, but vibrant. His bloodwork was normal and his x-rays were evidence of a long life ahead. We did surgery to neuter him and remove an undescended testicle from his abdomen, we even did a dental procedure. He recovered fantastically.

We took him home and tucked him in between us at night. He wagged his tail and could see our shadows to bump his nose into our calves as we walked. We keep replaying how Carter was a happy humper in the play yard who wanted to eat all of the cookies, to being so ill with so few identifiable symptoms.

Just this past Friday he started looking quiet. We took him to San Diego Bay Animal Hospital where he was hospitalized with an oxygen saturation of 84%, but was discharged Monday evening bright, eating, and breathing well. X-rays showed some bronchial changes, but the condition of neither his lungs nor heart were alarming. On Tuesday evening he passed away naturally after resting in blankets most of the day, but still regularly getting up for water and going on a little afternoon walk. In the event that this was a virus we are running a respiratory disease PCR and culture on anyone who even looks glassy-eyed.

There are two moments I want to share with you about Carter's short time with us. Tuesday morning he climbed onto the patio furniture with the sun rising while I scooped breakfast. When I looked out, he had maneuvered into the pile of pillows and had his head raised and eyes closed with his ears extended in the breeze. It was Carter peacefully enjoying the beginning of his last day on Earth with sun shining on his face. It makes my heart hurt so much.

Carter's last hours were spent in the arms of volunteer, Angela Gunnett. She bathed him in a warm shower, wrapped him in a towel and held him like a baby while we bustled around her. Carter was looking good, and we were trying different foods to entice him. Angela held him so focused and lovingly, we even poked fun at her lack of help in the kitchen, "Don't get up, you're busy. I will bring that to you." For two hours she held him and stroked his head. Just one hour after she left for the night, Carter passed away.

No one registered to be his monthly sponsoring Fan (many have sponsored him since, and are listed above) and no one offered to foster him... so many tears. Just a symbol of how he has been unnoticed for so long and how we hardly had him for any time at all to tell him how special he was. We at FFF did invest significantly in his care, a total of $1,430.43 including his surgery and hospitalization and we invested so much of our hearts.

We love you, Carter.


Levi

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Acquired from: San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 7
Date of Rescue: January 16th, 2018
Date of Passing: 
Family: Wendy Anderson
Fans: Lyn Spangler


Mosby

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Acquired from:  San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 11
Date of Rescue: January 16th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Wyatt & Kristi Ehrlich
Fans: Lyn Spangler


Cat King Cole

Acquired from:  San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 9
Date of Rescue: January 16th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Frosted Faces Foundation
Fans: Tim Gerrard, Lynn Norman in memory of Mo, Mandi


Ketch

Acquired from:  San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 8
Date of Rescue: January 17th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Gianna Ravenscroft
Fans: Lauretta Johnson, Vicki and Bob Conway


Teagan

Acquired from:  San Diego Animal Services- Bonita
Age upon Rescue: 10
Date of Rescue: January 17th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Greg Cronin & Shannon Mandich
Fans: Theresa Goforth


Pearl

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Acquired from: Coachella Valley Shelter
Age upon Rescue: 13
Date of Rescue: January 17th, 2018
Date of Passing:
Family: Jeff & Theresa Kemper
Fans: Jennifer Murray


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