The King with Thonglarng, dog no. 18 of the royal pack, also from the litter of a street dog.
In order to get a treat, also a royal dog has to show some effort.
Thongdaeng joins the king also in the office.
Driving is fun also for a royal dog.
THE KING OF THAILAND AND HIS DOG THONG DAENG
His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has a very big heart for dogs, especially for street dogs. His favourite dog Thongdaeng was presented to the King on Sunday, December, 1998, at the age of only five weeks and became Khun Thongdaeng. Thongdaeng is from a litter of street dogs and was brought to the king because of some characteristics which made her different from her siblings: the half necklace on her neck, four white socks, the curled tail, and most important, the white s pot on the nose and the tail tip.
When Thongdaeng was brought to the king, she cried all the way. Perhaps it was because she missed her mother and was lonely because she was so very young. Strangely enough, once she had been presented to His Majesty, she stopped crying, and crawled to nestle on his lap, as if entrusting her life to his care, and fell fast asleep, free from all worries, loneliness and fear.
Thongdaeng is a very intelligent dog and very faithful to the king.
When the king wants to powder Thongdaeng, he only has to tell her "belly-up", and she rolls on her back immediately.
Thongdaeng never leaves the king...
...and still shows a lot of respect and gratefulness towards her surrogate mother Mae Mali.
On 26 November 2002 the king wrote about the street dogs:
"...dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. Moreover, they are not inferior to imported dogs in terms of intelligence. Some are attractive or have a distinctive smart look like Thongdaeng. In this country, there are thousands to choose from. They are, in fact, too numerous, but if the authorities would help, many people would be more than willing to give a suitable home for these dogs. It would help to solve part of the problem of dangerous stray dogs as well as reduce the import of expensive "luxury pets" which take a toll on the economy of the country. Therefore, we should encourage the improvement of the existing varieties of Thai dogs, which can provide good looking as well as faithful pets."