Kabang, the Philippine "hero dog" that lost half of her face trying to save her masters from being hit by speeding motorcycle, will receive recognition from the American Red Cross for being "one of their everyday heroes."
Kabang is a female "Aspin," short for Asong Pinoy (Philippine dog breed) that is being treated at the University of California - Davis, after she jumped into the speeding motorcycle path to save her young masters.
Kabang lost half of her face after her head hit the front wheel of the speeding motorcycle and as the wheel rolled, her snout got stuck in it.
Eyewitness Jovito Urpiano said Kabang (a Visayan term that means “spotty”) shielded the two girls from certain harm, Inquirer.net writes.
“I thought somebody threw the dog on the motorcycle, but I could not see anyone who might have done that,” Urpiano told the Inquirer. He said it later came to him that Kabang had intentionally blocked the motorcycle’s path to save the girls.
Kabang's owner Rudy Bunggal is the father of one of the two girls who were save by the stray dog while the other girl is her niece.
Bunggal said he found Kabang as a puppy near the family home a year ago. “We raised her like she was ours. We gave her Bear Brand (a milk brand) and porridge,” Read more.
Kabang was brought to the US for treatment on the initiative of Karen Kenngott, a nurse from New York who saw the dog's story on the Internet. She started a fund raising campaign to raise funds for Kabang's trip to the US and for her medical expenses.
Kenngott's initial efforts to raise funds for Kabang's surgery failed to gain grounds but as soon as she launched the fund campaign on Facebook and Twitter, donations came without let up from dog lovers around the world.
SFGate.com reports a UC veterinarian revealed Kabang has "heartworm and an aggressive cancerous tumor that could prove deadly if treatment isn't started promptly." Read more:
Dr. Anton Lim, a local veterinarian who is assisting Kabang while undergoing therapy and treatment at UC-Davis, said the American Red Cross in Davis County will award Kabang as one of their everyday heroes.
Since Kabang is under continuing treatment at the university clinic, a representative of the veterinary clinic will receive the award in behalf of the dog. The awarding ceremony will take place in December, according to Dr. Lim. Read more.