People can be profoundly impacted by even the most insignificant acts of kindness and consideration for others. It’s common to talk of compassion in terms of other human beings – relatives, friends, and neighbors; coworkers and strangers; and those who are suffering out around the globe. On the other hand, compassion should be extended to all living beings, including animals. So, when Khemjira Klongsanun, a runner from Bangkok, Thailand, rescued a stray dog she became an inspiration to many. As much as she enjoys competing in races, Klongsanun understands the need of prioritising other concerns.
Khemjira Klongsanun is an avid runner and loves to participate in marathons. When everyone else was running around the dog, focused on completing the race. A puppy looking lost at the side of the road made her stop and forget about the competition. And Klongsanun decided to rescue him. The tiny puppy was afraid and took some coaxing to come over to her. Afraid that he would not survive living alone on the streets, she scooped him up and continued running the marathon.
She didn’t leave the puppy to someone in the audience, she carried the puppy all the way to the finish line, forging a bond that won’t be easy to break.
Finally, she finished the race with the puppy in her arms, and she was overjoyed because she had been able to save the sorrowful dog. A video was taken of the touching occasion, and everyone was moved by her generosity.
“Running almost 20 miles carrying dog was truly a challenge. It was two times tiring than a normal marathon but I did it anyway just because he is adorable,” the athlete said.
After the race, Khemjira tried to find the puppy’s owners, but no one came to find her. She concluded that the pup had been abandoned, so she took the pup home with her and named her Nom Chom. The puppy has now a loving home where she will be happy and loved by her new human mom and canine friends.
“It might take a while for him to adapt himself. But Nom Chom is a very smart boy. I’m sure he is going to be happy living with us,” Klongsanun said.