The late summer of 2017 has been one full of natural disasters on an unprecedented level. If coastal areas aren't getting beaten into oblivion by category 5 storms, then the ground beneath the feet of residents in places like Mexico is shake, rattle and rolling from deadly earthquakes. Currently in Bali islanders are eying potential disaster from Mount Agung, where evacuations have already begun.
Search & Rescue
But it's after the devastation when we see the heroes emerge. They are often great in number and behave selflessly in their desire to help their fellow man. In this vein there are too many faces and names to remember, but in Mexico one hero stands out among the others: Frida, the search and rescue dog.
So far, this shining star has rescued 52 people in her career, 12 of which were hanging on in life-threatening situations after the September 19 quake that registered a terrifying 7.1 on the Richter scale.
Decked out in protective gear that includes goggles, vest and booties, Frida has been working diligently these past weeks. With each successive hit she's on the job scrambling through debris sniffing out and listening for even the slightest sound or sign of life among the rubble.
Many of the victims probably thought they'd never see sunshine and safety again. Thanks to this dedicated dog, who looks to be a yellow Lab, dozens of people will get a second chance at life.
International Show of Love
The outpouring of love and admiration for Frida has been overwhelming. People everywhere have been sharing her images and praising her on social media. She has done such a remarkable job that even Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has sent her a thank you tweet for all her hard work and incredible successes.
In fact, she's become so popular and emblematic that her likeness can now be seen on patches and pins designed in conjunction with charitable donations to the Mexican Red Cross. Bravo, Frida!