As kids, we’re told it’s polite to say thank you to someone who feeds us or gives us a present. It turns out, it’s not just humans who are taught manners. A polite stray pup in Thailand uses little gifts to show the woman who feeds him how much he appreciates her.
For years, Orawan Kaewla-iat has been feeding the stray dogs near her home. She’ll put out bowls of rice for any hungry dog to snack on. One day, a dog she named Tua Plu and his mom began showing up at her house. To Orawan’s surprise, before Tua Plu began eating, he always made sure to give her a present.
“When he’s hungry, he will offer something to get fed,” Orawan wrote on Facebook, as translated by Coconuts Bangkok. “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.”
Orawan shared a video of Tua Plu’s thoughtful gesture on Facebook. In the video, Tua Plu carries a leaf down some stairs and places it in front of his bowl of rice. Once he’s sure Orawan has seen the gift, he tucks into the food.
The video of Tua Plu’s giving his sweet gift went viral in Thailand, and then it spread abroad. Many people have asked Orawan about adopting the generous pup and his mom. Orawan is thrilled that Tua Plu might soon have a wonderful home where he can shower his owner in gifts.
Tua Plu shows how thoughtful dogs are and how grateful they are for the humans who help them. Watch Tua Plu give Orawan his lovely gift in the video below.