Cotabato folks turn to ‘K9’ for security PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:23

Raising pedigree guard dogs is fast becoming a fad among Cotabato City folks — both as hobby and as an added layer of protection from burglars and “hired killers” operating in the area with impunity.

There are, in fact, groups of pet owners in Cotabato City now contemplating on working out free trainings of their dogs on bomb detection by trained police and Army K9 handlers to enable them to help local authorities curb perennial bombings by bandits and extortion gangs.

“It’s the police and the military, and the community, in general, that will benefit from our dogs anyway if they can detect hidden explosives,” said an owner of two adult Belgian Malinois, who asked to be identified only as Henjie.

Henjie, son of a businessman, is one of dozens here that have resorted to “man’s best friend” for protection, amid mounting threats from criminals.

Veterinarian Abel Manalo, who is based in Angono town in Rizal and helps educate local enthusiasts on K9 health care and discipline, said disciplined dogs can provide people with good protection on a round-the-clock basis.

He said there can never be any question on how well fed and disciplined dogs can be so loyal and protective of their owners.

Manalo, owner of the Manalo K-9 firm, is producer of the Superdog shampoo and conditioner, made of non-toxic ingredients that can eradicate lice and fleas from pets.

There are wealthy Chinese residents in Cotabato City that have also lately been buying pedigree puppies they want to train as protection dogs.

Manalo and his aide, Jeffrey Calimpong, administrator of the Superdog Products, both said they are ready to help educate local dog owners on the rudiments of K-9 handling.

Burglars have been operating in the 37 barangays of Cotabato City with impunity for several years now.

More than 200 people have also been killed in one attack after another by suspected “hired guns” the past three years in the area.

The killings only waned the past three months following the assumption of a new city police director, Senior Supt. Rolen Balquin, who, along with his subordinates, managed to arrest in recent weeks several notorious hired killers implicated in high-profile killings..

Local dog enthusiasts have been gathering here clandestinely during Sundays and non-working holidays to talk and exchange ideas on K-9 management and protection trainings.