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Friday, 1 June 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 22 Thailand

Xui is gambling again on the Thai Boxing Finals in Bangkok and Roland Poland learns a fascinating fact.

He writes to his half-brother Malcolm

Hi Malcolm,
Do you know that the dog 
on the stamp was a stray 
that was adopted by H.M. The King of Thailand.  
Talk about falling off the Co-Op roof and landing
in the Divvie!  
Wouldn't have minded being rehomed with the
Queen when I was at Manchester Dogs Home.
Some folk live the life of Riley!
R.P.

The dog to which our hero refers is Khun Tongdaeng - The Royal Dog.  She was adopted by the King as a tiny puppy in 1998 and raised  with a litter belonging to another of the King's dogs.  In 2000 she had a litter of 9 puppies of her own and they all live with H.M. The King of Thailand.  A First Day Cover was produced in 2006 to illustrate the activities of Khun Tongdaeng and her family.  I have included a picture of this in Roland Poland's travel book.

My postcard of Thai boxing is inspired by a photograph I saw on The Lonely Planet site.  I have coloured the background with Distress Stains Shabby Shutters and drawn the figures with grey Copic Markers.  The travel book shows scenes of great beauty around Thailand.  I should love to visit myself one day.

Do please visit the other travellers on this fascinating journey (see sidebar for link) and thank you for the lovely comments you leave - they are most uplifting.

13 comments:

  1. Great card, and a lovely doggie-story to go with it. That was sure a lucky dog! Valerie

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  2. Good drawing, well done you. Love the dog pics and story, Roland sounds rather jealous. Don't blame him.It is a beautiful country isn't it.
    Jen x

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  3. Great drawing. Love your story. A xx

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  4. I missed out on a couple of weeks and very glad to see Roland still traveling. Love your card and page! ♥

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  5. Great commentary on the stamp and Roland's reaction to it...great drawing as well!! Always FUN!!

    Hugs,
    abby

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  6. great story about the dog..

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  7. great card, lovely research about the adopted dog.

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  8. another lovely postcard and very good research.

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  9. That's a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing! Fantastic postcard!

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  10. Love your Thai kick boxing theme, great sketch! M

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  11. Janet the book page is very nice- The information about the 'adopted' dog was new info for me TFS

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