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On the 14th of December, 2011, a dog named Kabang risked her life to save her humans, Rody Bunggal; his daughter, Christina; and his niece, Princess. The young girls were crossing the street somewhere in Zamboanga City, Philippines, when a motorcycle almost ran them over. Kabang leaped towards the motorcycle’s path to keep it from happening.

All three of them were happy to see her alive after the accident. What made them worry, however, was the fact that her snout could no longer function properly. Fortunately, they met a kindhearted veterinarian named Dr. Anton Lim. He exerted all efforts to help the couple save Kabang’s life.

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Honoring a hero

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It took a while, but Kabang managed to heal from her life-threatening injury. Since the doctors had to remove the upper portion of her snout completely, she had to learn how to use what was left of it. She had to figure out how to bark, drink, or eat with just the lower portion of her snout.

Seeing how determined the dog was to fight for her life made Dr. Lim want to have a stature built for her. The reason behind it being, he wanted to honor her for courageously staring death in the eye to save her humans. The move made her lose a part of her body, but he could see that what mattered more to her was seeing her family alive.

Getting everyone involved

When Dr. Lim pitched the idea, a lot of parties expressed their interest to be part of it. He also reached out to Mindanao artist Kublai Milan and commissioned him to craft a 1.2-meter statue in honor of Kabang.

He wants everyone to remember the unconditional love that Kabang has for her humans. He hopes that it would also encourage everyone to lend their voices to poor dogs that continue to experience animal cruelty.

Credits to Inquirer

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Cathy D. Evans
Life-long fan of all dogs including Finnegan pictured here. He's a Chinook about a year old with the most wonderful personality. Please enjoy this dog website and its content. “Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” —Cesar Millan (dog trainer)

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