Karwar: As many as 17 puppies of a unique breed reared by Raghavendra Bhat of Bhavikeri in Ankola, who had gone to serve in the Indian Army, were given farewell to the service of the nation. Indian Army commanders and Soldiers personally came and took away 17 puppies to Assam.
Raghavendra Bhat of Bhavikeri, an employee of the Women and Child Welfare Department, has a hobby of rearing different breeds of dogs. He has also reared dogs such as Doberman, Pit bull, German Shepherd, American Bully, Mudhol, Pakistan Bully, Boxer, Pug, Great Dane, Labrador and Belgian Melinois. At present, the Belgian Menolins breed of puppies are now out to serve the country.
The Belgian Melinois breed of dogs, which he had reared earlier, are also operating with the police department in Bengaluru, ANF in Karkala, Belagavi and Hubballi airports. On seeing his Facebook post in which he had given the dogs to the police department, Indian army officials contacted Raghavendra Bhat and visited his house. He also passed on information to the army’s head.
As per the directions of the authorities, a team of the Indian Army, which arrived at Raghavendra Bhat’s house, came on its own and took the puppies along with them. These dogs cost Rs. 80,000 to Rs. They are priced up to Rs 2 lakh. It is a good breed for accurate targeting and efficiency.
Earlier, an Army jawan had stayed at his house for 45 days to learn about the behaviour of the dogs and their daily diet. The team, which arrived in Ankola , took the puppies reared by Raghavendra Bhat and his wife to Assam in a private aeration bus. Raghavendra Bhat’s wife Rajeshwari and her family are happy to see that the puppies they have reared are going to serve the nation.