While on a family vacation in Mexico in 2017, Sophie Gamand wanted to help out with a local animal rescue. After finding Riviera Rescue, Gamand, an award-winning artist and animal advocate (see her story here), visited and met Matteo, who runs the rescue and dedicates his life to the neediest of dogs there.
She soon came upon a paralyzed dog named Frida and instantly fell in love. Frida needed human contact and rolled over for belly rubs while sporting an infectious smile that was pure joy. “I knew I couldn’t leave her behind and her intense gaze made me want to move mountains for her,” Gamand wrote in her book, Pit Bull Flower Power.