Earlier this week, veterinarian Anton Lim announced the death of Kabang, the hero dog that saved two children from getting hit by a motorcycle in 2011.
On Wednesday, the medical professional—whom Kabang’s owner Rudi Bunggal entrusted her to in 2012—honored the courageous canine that lost her snout in the potentially fatal accident: “You’re 13 years old or 91 in human years and I knew one day this would come. No matter how I prepared myself mentally, the suddenness of how you died, left a deep void in my heart.
“You did not even give us the chance of nursing and taking care of you in your old age and watch you drift away. Seeing you motionless in your bed with feet soiled from running around with the other dogs was just shocking.
Back then, Bunggal refused to have Kabang euthanized and the latter’s story reached foreign news outlets. In 2012, the aspin was brought to the University of California, Davis for surgery following a successful fundraiser called ‘Care for Kabang.’ She returned to the Philippines next year and received a hero’s welcome in Zamboanga.
Lim said: “I will miss you jumping over the gate to greet me every time I get home, staying beside me when I work in the garden or acting like a supervisor when I mow the lawn. You were just there. Tonight, I missed washing your bowl and feeding you.
“Thank you for the eight wonderful lesson-filled years in loving life and loving unconditionally. Me and the family already miss you Kabang, even though you are gone for just a few hours. May we see each other again.”
According to the veterinarian, Kabang will be laid to rest inside a concrete vault at the foot of the hero’s statue by Davao artist Kublai Millan. Team Kabang also made a negative impression of her iconic profile and paw prints.
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