Remains of Thai king's favourite pet dog laid at base of statue

Remains of Thai king's favourite pet dog laid at base of statue
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The remains of Tongdaeng, His Majesty's beloved pet dog, are now placed inside the base of her statue at the Hua Hin Dog Shelter Foundation under Royal Patronage. Some of her ashes were also released into the sea in front of Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin yesterday afternoon.

Tongdaeng died peacefully at the age of 17 years, one month and 19 days on Saturday at the Klai Kangwon Palace in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin district.

Her corpse was cremated on Tuesday, and the Royal Household Bureau was in charge of taking Tongdaeng's remains to the statue yesterday.

His Majesty adopted Tongdaeng when she was just five weeks old, and she proved to be very loyal. She had been photographed posing with His Majesty for the New Year card sent to the public for several years.

His Majesty also penned the "Story of Tongdaeng", which recently inspired a privately funded Thai animation film, which debuted on December 3 and has been playing in cinemas nationwide.

His Majesty sprinkled holy water on the Tongdaeng's statute himself on February 13 last year.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of T-shirts featuring Tongdaeng was used to help set up the Hua Hin Dog Shelter Foundation.

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