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||Khun Tongdaeng - The Royal Dog
Illustrate the activities of Khun Tongdaeng and her family, the dogs of H.M. the King. (The photos were provided by the courtesy of His Majesty's Private Affairs Division, Suan Chitralada, Dusit Palace.)
Tongdang (family name: Suvarnnachad), a female municipal dog, is the 17th dog owned by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Tongdang was born on a sub-road, by a Medical Center, on Rama IX Road, on Saturday, November 7, 1998, as one of a litter of 7 puppies - Tongdaeng, Lamun, Kalua, Nun, Koro, Koso (female) and Tonglueng (male).
"Daeng", Tongdaeng's mother, was a stray on Rama IX Road. A medical doctor presented Tongdaeng to His Majesty the King when the King presided over the Opening Ceremony of Rama IX Medical Center. At that time, Daeng was ill and unable to care for her pups adequately. His Majesty took tongdaeng to the Palace where she was adopted by "Mali", the King's dog, who, herself, had just had 9 puppies the day before Tongdaeng was taken to the Palace.
On Tuesday, September 26, 2000, Veterinary Surgeon Noppakit Chantik performed the delivery of a litter of 9 puppies at the Veterinary Faculty Clinic, Kasetsart University, to Tongdaeng by Tongtae, a Basenji dog, also raised by His Majesty. The 9 puppies were Tongchompunut, Tongyod and Tong-att (female), and Tong-ake, Tongmuan, Tongtat, Tongphu, Tongyip, and Tongnoppakun (male).
Quantity of stamps: 1,500,000 stamps
Sheet Composition: 20 stamps per sheet
Designer: Miss.Veena Chantanatat (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printing Process: Lithography Multi-colour
Souvenir Sheet Price: 17.00 Baht
Quantity of S/Sheet: 200,000 sheets
FDC Price: 22.00 Baht
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