A shepherd-mix who lost her snout saving two
girls returned on Sunday to her owner's home in the southern Philippines after
eight months of veterinary treatment in the United States, earning a new title
as "dog ambassador of goodwill".
On Saturday, two-year-old Kabang,
her tail wagging, faced television cameras and fans at Manila International
airport and toured a nearby upscale shopping mall and park frequented by dog
lovers. She was an instant star.
Authorities are planning a short
motorcade on Monday in honor of Kebang, which means "different colors" in local
dialect, in the southern town of Zamboanga.
"What we want is to make
her an ambassador of dog good will, and to promote responsible pet ownership,"
said Anton Lim, a veterinarian who accompanied Kabang to the University of
California in Davis for surgery.
US doctors closed her facial wound
but could no longer save and reconstruct her nose. Kabang also survived a
cancerous tumor and heartworm.
"What we see here - she saved two
lives, so the whole world actually came together to save her."
year, Kabang jumped in front of a speeding motorcycle to save two young girls in
Zamboanga. People from around the world donated lunch money to raise $27,000 for
her medical treatment abroad.