A woman from Bangkok ran 19 miles of a marathon clutching a puppy that she had rescued during the race.
Khemjira Klongsanun spotted the tiny dog on the side of the road, with no mother or owner nearby.
She was about seven miles into the race, but she decided to take a detour so she could scoop the helpless pup up in her arms.
She didn’t put the dog down until she crossed the finish line, 19 miles later.
The running enthusiast could have given the puppy to an onlooker, but she wanted to make sure he was taken care of – so the dog became her running mascot.
At the end of the race, Khemjira couldn’t bear to part with the pup, so she decided to take it home to be a part of her family.
Since that fateful day on the racecourse, the dog, who has now been named Nong Chom, has been for a check up at the vets and has been introduced to Khemjira’s other dogs.
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Khemjira even went back to the point where Nong Chom had been found to double check that there wasn’t an owner or mother dog looking for him – but it seems as though this puppy had no one else in the world.
So it seems as though Khemjira and Nong Chom finding each other during the marathon was a happy accident of fate.