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Merry Christmas from my mom and our dear neurotic dog, Bax.

You see them everywhere nowadays, K-9 units, mostly of the breed Belgian Malinois, in malls, hotels, airports, and even hospitals.  We know them as the dogs trained for protection and bomb/drug detection, hired to ensure our safety should the human guards become negligent and fail to stop a bomb or a gun from entering a public place (and by the way they are being negligent, seeing how many people have been gunned down in malls recently).  I’m sure the dogs will do a better job.

 What most people don’t know, however, is that while off-duty, some of these dogs participate in a sport called Mondioring.

Mondioring is a sport that tests the dogs’ capabilities and discipline.   Watch one of the local competitions and you’ll see how dedicated both the dogs and their handlers are.  This year, the Philippines was the first country in Asia to enter the Mondioring World Cup in Switzerland.  Results?  Well, one of the Philippine’s four K-9 units, Baddy, won tenth place and was included in the top ten canine participants in their category II competition.  Hooray for us!  

Unfortunately, the dancing dog that you see in this video, Booger, was injured and couldn’t compete.  Another was disqualified, reason undisclosed.  That put a big dent in the Philippines’ point score (217 points, the lowest out of 12 countries).  Still, not bad for our country’s first Mondioring world cup, with one dog in the top ten.

I went to Megamall today to see a dog show.  It was more of an exhibition of working dogs- bomb sniffing and personal protection, mostly of the breed Belgian Malinois.  Yes, I really have nothing to do.  My dad trains and breeds dogs like those, so yeah, he’s an enthusiast, as most of us are in the family.  This is how they look like:

bax with my dad's feet

bax with my dad's feet

That is our monster of a dog, Bax.  We didn’t have him with us, this is just an old picture.  I didn’t take any today since I was too far, and too disappointed.

It didn’t seem like anyone prepared for the show (the dogs, the trainers, the event organizers, I could go on and on).   My dad’s friends, who were invited as the judges, took over the emceeing since there was no host (c’mon, a show with no host?  Argh).  I am also very sorry to say that the quality of training of those dog was so bad that the audience found it entertaining and I started shoegazing.  6 to 7:30PM.  That is how I found out that one of the dog handlers was wearing slippers in the ring while showing his dog.  That was funny.  Why, oh why did he have to wear slippers?  I wish I was close enough to get a shot!

I was so bored that I was able to finish drawing one of the dogs on my DS:

one of the dogs at the show

one of the dogs at the show

I am quite worried about those dogs.  If dogs with that kind of training are being used for bomb-sniffing in malls, hotels, and other public places (and they probably are), I won’t be surprised if the bombs went off and there would be chunks of debris and maybe, but hopefully not, human parts flying in the air (I can recall an event like that that happened one or two years ago, cause unknown, or being witheld from the public by the government and the mall owner, or something).

I’m just saying, Belgian Malinois are a great breed as working dogs, one of the best even- with the right training, that is.


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