A marathon runner, in Western Thailand, found a lost puppy while competing in a race-- she decided to carry him 19 miles to the finish line and later adopt him.
Khemjira Klongsanun, 43, had seen the other athletes evading the dog seven miles into the 26-mile marathon in Ratchaburi, prompting her to slow down by the roadside and gently approach the trembling little Thai bangkaew breed dog. As there were no houses nearby, she assumed the puppy was lost or had been abandoned and she feared he would struggle to survive in the wilderness, Daily Mail reports.
Khemjira picked up the dog and cradled him and once she made sure he was unhurt, she proceeded to run with him under her arm for a further 19 miles. This footage shows her running along with the puppy clutched in her hand, with reactions from fellow competitors.
At one point, she held the puppy up so onlookers could see it. She even crossed the finish line holding the dog.
Klongsanun, who owns a shop, has now adopted the dog who is believed to be just a couple of months old. She named him Chombueng after the name of the marathon. She admitted that running almost 20 miles carrying the dog was quite a challenge. It was two times more tiring than a normal marathon but she did it anyway because she found him so adorable.
After crossing the finish line, she tried to find the owner of the dog but without success. She took him home and appealed again for the owner to come forward, but has not had any contact. Hence, Chombueng has now joined the family with Khemjira's two other grown-up dogs.
Khemjira said that "It took a lot of time to take the new dog for checkups, vaccinations, and treatments" but she is glad she saved him and welcomes him as the newest member of her family. She admits that it might take Chombueng a while to adapt to his new surroundings, but she is convinced he will be happy with them.