Dog Whisperer meets Kabang, Zamboanga City’s dog hero and ambassador PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

Mexican-American Cesar Millan, the renowned dog whisperer, best-selling author, and an award winning host of National Geographic’s “Dog Whisperer” and “Cesar to the Rescue,” is in our country this week.  He had a live presentation, “Cesar Millan Live in Manila,” (presented by Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, MMI and Ovation Productions) last Tuesday evening, April 29, at the Eastwood Central Plaza in Libis, Quezon City. He talked about being a responsible pet owner, understanding dog behavior and common dog misbehaviors—all to help dog owners establish an effective communication with their pets. The ticket to see him live was as low as P6,000 to up front seat of P8,000.

One of the applauded part of the program, Millan met Kabang portion, which the audience loved. Kabang is Zamboanga’s Dog Hero and Dog Ambassador, who lost her upper jaw and snout when she got in harm's way to save two young girls in Zamboanga City from being run over by a motorbike in 2011. Her face was repaired with 5-hour surgery at the University of California-Davis in the United States with funds raised from dog lovers all over the world.

Kabang was accompanied on stage by veterinarian and civic leader Dr. Anton Lim. Kabang. The hero dog is also going around the country to inspire people to take care of their dogs and be responsible owners.   Today May 1 Kabang will at Showtime, May 3 at Capitol, Quezon City, and May 4 at Circulo Verde.

In an interview, Millan shared that “the biggest challenge for me is not the dog. To me, the challenge in my life is the stubborn human, the fearful human, the human who denies, humans who do not want to participate, humans who do not have hearts for the animals, and that’s hard,” he said.

With this statement, Millan encouraged the audience to join him in his advocacy: “Hopefully, you can join me in this mission that I have around the world. We don’t have a problem with dogs, we have problems with our habits, and as soon as we change our habits, we’re going to change the outcome of every single dog of any kind of breed. What we need to practice is empathy and compassion, ” he said.

“Dog Whisperer” is broadcasted in more than 80 countries worldwide and has been showing in the Philippines since 2004. He has also written books including “Cesar’s Way,” which became a New York Times best seller, having sold two million copies in the US alone, and is now available in 14 other countries.

By Dante Corteza

Proverbs 12:10. “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”