If you’re having vampire problems, the best place to do it might be Bulgaria. In Bulgaria, you’ve got backup.
While some vampire hunters are half vampire, Bulgaria’s subotnik are all human. Sometimes. Other times, they are all canine.
At this point, you’re probably thinking they can change into dogs. Which would be nice, I imagine, if you’re trying to hunt vampires. But it’s not the case. Here’s the deal.
The sabotnici (That’s the plural form of sabotnik), are humans–men and women– born in Bulgaria with special powers to hunt vampires. They get these special powers from being born on Saturday, the day when the dead are honored and vampires must take an extended dirt nap. Sabotnici can also be born on the Unclean Days that happen between Christmas and Epiphany (January 6).
Sabotnici have the power to see vampires in their shadow forms when other people can’t. They have magical knowledge that helps them kill vampires, but also use conventional weapons.
But dogs can also be sabotnici. Dogs born on Saturday, or on the Unclean Days also have vampire-hunting powers. The human sabotnici use canine sabotnici to help them in their hunts because of their enhanced puppy senses, and also because a bite from a sabotik dog is instantly fatal to any vampire.
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley