Im just new here and i want to share a heroic story of a DOG named KABANG in the phillipines.

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    adaacupan New Member

    Feb 27, 2012
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    ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—There must have been something about Kabang, the pet dog that recently lost half her face saving the lives of two children. Until she came into their lives as a foundling puppy, the Bunggals occasionally kept dogs but only for meat.
    In fact that was what Rudy Bunggal had in mind over a year ago when he found Kabang, then a few weeks old, in a swamp where the unwanted puppy had been left to die.
    “The dogs we raised did not last longer than three months. I slaughtered them. It’s our only way of eating meat,” Rudy Bunggal told the Inquirer in an interview. “Life is difficult and I have to feed my family.”
    Bunggal, 57, is a “vulcanizer” who earns a living mending punctured tires while his wife, Christina, sells small quantities of candy.
    The couple has one daughter, Dina, 11, but a niece, Princess, 3, lives with them.
    Neighbors agreed that life for the couple was difficult and that the family subsisted mostly on water spinach—”kangkong” or swamp cabbage—harvested from the nearby swamp.
    As Rudy Bunggal tells the story, he plucked Kabang out of the swamp amid heavy rain over a year ago. He initially had the same thought about what to do with the puppy: make a family meal at the right time.
    So the Bunggals raised Kabang, initially giving her coffee creamer because milk was expensive.
    But days, then weeks and months went by and Kabang never came close to being placed in a cooking pot. Bunggal said he did not know why he never felt any urge to slaughter the animal.
    Ricky Llorete, one of the family’s neighbors, said they too had looked forward to eating Rudy’s “azucena,” as dog meat as referred to by Filipinos, after Kabang’s arrival.
    Llorete said the Bunggal family was known in the community as dog eaters and would share with their neighbors cooked dog meat.
    “During Christmas or New Year, we ate azucena and drank tuba (coconut wine),” he said.
    Christina, Rudy’s wife, said she, too, was puzzled when Kabang lasted longer than her predecessors.
    “It was maybe because we treated her differently. Of all the dogs we raised, she was the only one we fed coffeemate and milk. None of the other dogs we had raised spent the night in the same space with our daughter,” Christina said.
    The family shared whatever food they had with Kabang.
    Dina and her cousin would play with the dog, who never ventured alone farther than the door of the Bunggal family’s shanty on Nuñez Extension here.
    “If she went out of the house, it would be with the children,” Rudy said.
    He described Kabang as a “sweet dog,” who wanted to be cuddled.
    Rudy said that aside from providing joy to Dina and her cousin, Kabang would also guard the family’s house against intruders.
    “She would sit on the (vulcanizing tools) apparently to prevent strangers from taking them,” Christina said.
    “Rudy became a different person when Kabang came. He became humane to animals,” Llorente said.
    Rudy admitted that he could not thank Kabang enough when she saved Dina and her cousin from harm one day last December.
    The two girls were walking across Nuñez Extension one day in December unaware that a speeding motorcycle was bearing down on them. From out of nowhere Kabang jumped onto the path of the motorcycle.
    Kabang lived but she lost her upper snout, which got caught in the spokes of the motorcycle’ front wheel.
    Rudy maintained that the incident was Kabang’s way of repaying the Bunggals for saving the puppy and caring for her.
    “I believe she was God’s gift to us,” he said.
    adaacupan, Feb 27, 2012
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    Victor Leigh Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2011
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    I had a look at the pictures of Kabang, the canine hero. The pictures looked too horrible to post here. Now let's all pray that someone will be able to raise the funds to have Kabang's upper snout reconstructed.
    Victor Leigh, Feb 28, 2012
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    zararina Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2011
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    Yes kabang was all over the news being a hero dog here. And luckily there are now vets and maybe sponsors to provide her the right care and treatment for the injury and for her future snout reconstruction. She was pregnant as the previous report and for sure a lot would want to have her puppy. ;)
    zararina, Feb 28, 2012
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    Becky Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2011
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    Welcome to the forums adaacupan :)

    I hope that Kabang's story has a happy ending!
    Becky, Feb 28, 2012
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    Victor Leigh Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2011
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    I think someone should talk to Kabang's owner and consider setting up a site to accept bids for Kabang's puppies. With the condition that half the proceeds go to setting up a rescue home for dogs. Specifically for dogs destined for the dinner table. Any volunteers?
    Victor Leigh, Mar 2, 2012
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