Orawan Kaewla-iat spends much of her free time caring and feeding for a group of stray dogs in Thailand. She has helped many dogs stay alive in an environment that is less than kind to them. But she has never had a dog go so out of his way to thank her as this one does.
Meet Tua Plu, a young dog who stops at Kaewla-iat's home with his mother every day for food. But instead of racing to the waiting rice bowls and wolfing them down, like some of the other street dogs do, Tua Plu always comes bearing a gift to give to Kaewla-iat first.
"When he's hungry, he will offer something to get fed," Kaewla-iat wrote on Facebook. "Every day he shows up with an object in his mouth — usually a leaf and sometimes a piece of paper. Before you feed other dogs, you have to feed Tua Plu and his mom."
Dogs often bring presents to those people they care about. In fact, the action may derive from what Elizabeth Legere of Alexandria Pet Care calls the “primal instinct to bring food or other comfort offerings to the pack leader.” If so, then Tua Plu views Kaewla-iat as the head of the pack, the alpha dog that he listens to and cares for.
Kaewla-iat posted a video of Tua Plu bringing her a gift on Facebook, and the video immediately went viral. Now many people are hoping to adopt Tua Plu and his mother and give them a loving, forever home.
We hope that Tua Plu and his mom find a permanent home soon! Until then, we thank the compassionate people kill Kaewla-iat who go out of their way to take care of stray dogs like Tua Plu. Watch the video below of this adorable dog, and then share his story with your family and friends on Facebook.