Policeman-dog duo win run for a cause

CLARK FREEPORT – Driven by passion and agility, a Kapampangan policeman and his four-pawed best friend secured a back-to-back victory in the one-kilometer human-dog run for a cause on October 15 in Quezon City.

A four-year old Dachshund, Civic, and his 34 year-old owner, Police Officer (PO) 3 General McJerrus Bautista Lansangan of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) won first place in this year’s “Run FUR Life! 2” in a blistering five to six minutes sprint. Last year, the duo also known as the “Flash and Bolt” finished the same race in seven minutes.

The Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), organizer of Run FUR Life! said participating in the this charity race allows AKF to continue its rescue and rehabilitation efforts to hundreds of dogs afflicted by the cruel dog meat trade, as well as animals that are subjected to various forms of neglect, abuse and maltreatment. Located in the province of Tarlac, AKF is a non-government organization registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

PO3 Lansangan who lives in Del Pilar, City of San Fernando together with his canine buddy have joined in over 20 run for a cause events in Metro Manila and Region III.

“Running is a way of promoting healthy lifestyle and at the same time, promoting responsible dog ownership,” said Lansangan in a recent interview by SunStar Pampanga.

“Running has been a way of life for us. I guess Civic and I share the same passion and it made us even closer,” the Kapampangan policeman added.

Lansangan is a Special Weapons And Tactics-trained police officer. He is assigned in the logistics branch of the PPPO as a police non-commissioned officer in the engineering department.

Lansangan’s Dachshund-buddy is mostly seen wearing a tactical vest created by Dog Pull Philippines. Civic has been accompanying PO3 Lansangan in various police duties such as mall patrolling, hot air balloon festival and holy week assignments, among others.

“Si Civic, volunteer po siya sa office namin sa PNP, madalas sinasama ko siya sa mga field duty ko,” said Lansangan. Civic is my personal dog, protection dog, therapy dog, agility dog, sports dog, whatever you call it, he is more than a K9 buddy to me,” Lansangan, a “furent” (noun: parent of a fur baby/dog) said.

As an avid dog lover, Lansangan named his Dachshund-pet after his car, a lowered Honda Civic. A Dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied, hound-type dog breed.

“Civic jumped into my newly washed car in 2013 when he was still two months old. Since then I began to like him,” the policeman recalled.

Fondly called by Lansangan as the “Fast and the Furry,” Civic is a survivor of canine parvovirus, a life-threatening illness that affects dogs. The Dachshund will be celebrating his fifth birthday on November 8.

Aside from participating in several fun run events in the province, Civic’s major achievements in running include: two-time championship on fastest in recall small-breed category during the pet fair and pack walk organized by the Canine Lovers Association of Pampanga.

Lansangan’s canine buddy also earned first place in best-groomed pet in “Pet Mo, Show Mo” Kaganapan 2017 at the Old Train Station, City of San Fernando.

Civic garnered second place in Run for the Aspins 2.0 held at Camp Aguinaldo in 2017; first place in Run Along: Dog Trade Fair in 2016 held at the Villages in Clark Freeport; 3K finisher in Eco Park half marathon; Pulayan Keng Dalan 10K finisher in 2016. He also ranked 29th in the overall Doggie Run 2017 finishing 5K with a personal record of 30 minutes. The said running event was held at Pet Express, Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City with almost 300 participants.

The “Fast and the Furry” was also a champion in agility contest on March 19, 2016 held in Baler, Aurora. (Astrud Q. Aguinaldo)