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Hero dog draws sympathy, visitors with gifts


Kabang, a hero female aspin, enjoys Rudy Bunggal's scratching of her head and neck. Kabang saved Rudy's daughter Dina and niece Princess in a road accident last December 14 along Nunez Extension, Zamboanga City. JULIE ALIPALA/INQUIRER

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—The one-year-old dog here whose face was horribly disfigured when she saved her young masters from being hit by a speeding motorcycle two months ago, has become a celebrity of sorts.

Kabang, a white-and-black “aspin” (short for asong Pinoy or native dog) shielded Dina Bunggal, 11, and cousin Princess Diansing, 3, from harm when she jumped into the path of the motorcycle. But her head got caught in the spinning front tire, causing her to lose her entire upper snout, including her nose and lower part of her eyelids.

The dog also had a miscarriage after the incident in December last year, according to Dina’s mother, Christina Bunggal.

City Veterinarian Mario Ariola told the Inquirer that Kabang’s story generated reactions, including on the Internet, “where many people got interested.”

Her deed has been described as heroic and her resulting plight has drawn a wave of sympathy.

Despite the still open wound on her face, Kabang (a Visayan term that means spotty) is not showing any sign of trauma, according to Ariola.

“She was very calm, friendly and submissive when she was brought to our clinic,” he said.

In fact, a medical checkup on Tuesday showed Kabang is almost two months pregnant. “(W)e are hoping she can give birth after the accident,” the veterinarian said.

The dog’s owner, Rudy Bunggal, said the checkup done by Ariola was Kabang’s first since she was fished out from a swamp a year ago.

“She has become a superstar. People come here to have their photos taken with the dog. Some came with medicines and vitamins,” Bunggal said.

One visitor even brought roasted pig for Kabang.

“Kabang had ‘lechon’ while I had none for breakfast,” Bunggal said in jest.

Donations have poured, not only for resilient canine, but also for her owners. “Some people came bringing in clothes, a little money for us. We are so thankful. We did not ask for those things, but still we are thankful,” he added.

Among the visitors were 10-year-old Cherryl Arevalo and her sister Mia, who dropped by Rudy’s vulcanizing shop to see Kabang and give her cookies.

The Arevalos said they were hoping they could get one of Kabang’s puppies.

“If Kabang was able to save her masters, I believe her puppies will do the same thing to us,” Mia said in Chavacano.

Bunggal said the family was willing to share Kabang’s puppies. “We can’t afford to feed several dogs,” he said.

Mona Consunji of the Animal Welfare Coalition said she would also like to see Kabang for medical attention and find ways how to protect her open wound.

Animal doctor Anton Lim of the Tzu Chi Foundation, who was among the first veterinarian to attend to Kabang, said the dog was “OK.”

Lim said: “She is healthy and I see that she is adjusting to her situation.”

Bunggal had refused to bring Kabang to an animal clinic after some City Pound personnel suggested that the dog be put to sleep.

Ariola admitted that some of his personnel had recommended euthanasia “after seeing her pitiful state, but the owner strongly objected and we respected their decision.”

The veterinarian also urged the Bunggals to be more responsible “by putting her on a leash or placing her in a cage.”

Bunggal, however, said Kabang, unlike other dogs, does not scavenge for food in garbage dumps when she’s hungry. “She waits for feeding time,” he said.

Ariola also appealed to other animal doctors, seeking specialized surgery for Kabang.

“Her snout can still be reconstructed and we are looking for an Elizabeth collar (cone-shaped protective medical device worn on the head of an animal) for the dog because yesterday we saw the dog following the owner harvesting swamp cabbage, so it’s inevitable that her open wound will remain fresh,” Ariola said Wednesday.

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  • Datu_Bago

    I hope and pray that more good souls would work together to have this dog’s snout repaired. This is not because of the hype of the dog’s heroism, but as an act of kindness to the animal that man has considered as best friend since old times. Stay healthy Kabang!

  • http://twitter.com/pangittalagaako pangittalagaako

    Kabang is a reincarnated good soul that in his/her lifetime he/she was or still a real hero.  Kabang  ’s characteristics should be admired especially those whom we elected to SERVE,PRESERVE and PROTECT the integrity of our country plus WE…the so called FILIPINOS!

    Mabuhay ka Kabang!

  • noonyan

    at last KABANGs disfigured face could be repaired and i hope it will be sooner, its nice to see KABANGs face back to normal

    • Guest

      Yes i’d would like to see this dog to be given medical attention soon kawawa naman siya and i’m willing to help for her operation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000222076592 John Arvie Lazaro Evangelista

      I hope it can be fixed sooner because its hard to him that his mouth is broken ryt!

  • WeAry_Bat

    Buti pa sila, mey chance to rear hero dogs, :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XFH3CDZSZKVLX4G74PJOQ3L64U Natx Bacalzo

    I feed a number of askals in our village  and in return they look after my car which I park outside our house at night. Kabang deserves to be taken cared of.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000222076592 John Arvie Lazaro Evangelista

    I salute all the dog like this one because they dont mind if they lives be in trouble just to save people I’m very proud of you “KABANG”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001288848522 Jenniene Hiponia

    thank you kabang!!! we love you!! :) <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000983004197 Debbie Aguilar Aton

    this bleed and touches my heart…KUDOS… I love my two dogs namely BETINA AND COOKIE……….loves na loves ko din sila… show them love they will be loyal to you….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000983004197 Debbie Aguilar Aton

    thankyou KABANG!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TYAWOMAI4BRDA2BDIWHQUVJCOM chinky

    Kawawa naman si kabang saan pde  pdeng magdonate para sa madaliang operasyon nya naaawa tlgaa akp sa  kanya kc may 3 dogs ako sa haus  ko at malambing cla.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kaval-Caralinacosa/100002588666932 Kaval Caralinacosa

      buti pa kay doc anton lim na lang ibigay donations for operation ni kabang. yung may ari kasi at yun taga city vet mukhang di mapagkakatiwalaan. donate ka rin food kasi buto pinapakain nila kay kabang hirap na hirap siya.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Acou.Sxii.Aira Aira Crystel Hernandez


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RDXOFFWMUGT4JZAAIGWMPAUAHM riza

    buti pa si kabang marunong sumagip kahit aso lng,i salute u kabang…

  • http://habagatcentral.com/ Berniemack Arellano

    No to euthanasia! All praises for Kabang! Buena perro porque el heroe ya.

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