If you think aspins (or asong Pinoy) can’t be K9 combat dogs, think again. Because the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gave the highest award to one for his bravery and heroism.
According to Ruben Guinolbay, who shared the post on Facebook, Roy is a seven month old aspin who finished top in his class and played a major role in the search and retrieval operations in Benguet last month.
Introducing Roy. He’s no ordinary member of the Army’s combat force but a battle scarred seven-month-old askal, sometimes known as aspin or asong Pinoy. Finishing on top of the class that included pure breeds, Roy was deployed for his first assignment as an Army tracker dog at the 5th Infantry Division.
Roy played a major role in the search and retrieval operations conducted by the Philippine Army in the landslide-stricken Mankayan, Benguet last month. Roy was able to guide rescue teams to retrieve four cadavers buried in the landslide, allowing their relatives to give them decent burials.
For his vital role in the search and retrieval operations, Roy and his unit, the 5th Company of the Army K9 Battalion, were awarded a certificate of recognition by the Bureau of Animal Industry.
Roy was also invited as a guest during the founding anniversary of the Army’s Intelligence Service Group last month, where he was awarded a star.
At present, the Philippine Army has at least 40 aspins combat working dogs deployed in different field units nationwide for combat tracking and explosive detection and as scout dogs.
Good job Roy! You just showed the world how great Aspins are and that breed does not matter.
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