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Frito Moran

February 7, 2023

Frito

8/30/2010-2/6/2023

The longer you spend working in rescue, the greatest the chance that you will cross paths with one of “those dogs”. One of those dogs that you did not expect to meet. One of those dogs you did not expect to save. One of those dogs you did not think would make such a profound impact on your life. One of those dogs you never thought you would come to love so much so quickly. For us, Frito is one of those dogs. 

Frito joined our family as a forever foster through the Southeast Corgi rescue in August 2021. Rescue pulled him from the shelter where he wound up as a stray, and we all committed to giving him the best possible life we could for as long as we possibly could. And, admittedly, we did not think it would be very long. Frito was estimated to be about 11 when he came to us, and he was in rough shape to say the least. He had cherry eye in one eye, limited sight in the other, was likely deaf, and battling a bad skin infection and UTI. A visit to the vet also confirmed that Frito had advanced cardiomyopathy, leg and flank growths that were a suspected sarcoma, and advanced dental disease. He was- in every possible way- a hot mess. It was pretty amazing to see how much this sweet old man transformed as soon as he had a family to call his own. 

Frito had surgery to take care of his cherry eye and remove his growths, and his health took positive, slow steps in the right direction. He was an old man who had already been through more than his share of strife, so no one expected a miraculous change. But, in his own way, that is exactly what Frito made. Miraculous change. After much too long a wait, he felt better, found all the comfiest spots to lay his head for a nap, got some pep in his step for romps in the yard, learned what it was to love and be loved, and discovered he'd no longer have to go with out one of his favorite things in the world- food. There was not a meal Frito did not crave or a treat he would turn down, and he'd always remind us how ready he was for breakfast and dinner by hovering under foot and hopping to his bowl. He always made sure we knew, too, how thankful he was for his new lease on life and the people- and foster siblings- that made it happen for him. 

Frito did not really have a reason to be kind or loving or have the profound trust in us that he did. While we did not know much about his background, the condition he was in when he came to us told us people had probably only let him down in the past. But, despite that, Frito had a heart of gold and left the past in the past to focus on the present he had here with us. And we are so grateful he did, because his calming, soulful presence was one that helped us as much as we helped him for longer than we ever though it would- nearly a year and a half. 

Over the last few months, Frito slowed down considerably, still happy and as food-motivated as ever, but spending more of his days napping than he had before. 

Frito's last day with us was an unexpected one. We held his paws, told him we loved him, and let him go peacefully over the rainbow bridge surrounded by all the love and light he brought to our lives for the last year and a half.

Mealtimes will likely never be the same without that sweet old man hovering at our feet. But, we are all so thankful that Frito spent his last day doing all the things he loved the most- with the people he loved the most- and that when it was time to go he was able to do so quickly and pain- free. Dogs like Frito are ones we should always be thankful for, because as much as we think fostering changes them, it does more to change us- and reminds us that it is the little things in life that are the biggest. Thank you, Frito, for everything you have done for us, what you have taught us, and the lasting mark you left on our hearts. We will love you forever and always.

Thank you to the crew at Southeast Corgi Rescue and Suzanne Mann for all the support and care. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Triad Pet Cremation & Cemetery of Greensboro, NC.

 

Frito crossed over the rainbow bridge on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Triad Pet Cremation & Cemetery of Greensboro, NC.

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