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Super saving dog

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Three-year-old Khai Jeaw is the perfect dog for the grocery store couple who own him. 

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Kai Jeaw, a three-year-old male dog, likes to help his owners save money by carrying banknotes in his mouth and putting them away in the house. (Photos by Sunthon Pongpao)

Super saving dog

Kai Jeaw (which means omelette in Thai) is a cross between a chihuahua and a poodle.

He lives with a couple who own a grocery store in Ayutthaya’s Uthai district.

He is the perfect dog for them. As a super saver, he has helped his owners, Pramote Kongsaema and his wife Sudarat Srikachin, both aged 51, achieve financial stability.

It all began, says Mrs Sudarat, when Khai Jaew was very little. He found a 100-baht banknote someone had dropped in front of the shop. He took it to her and she gave him a compliment. Later, some other people dropped a 20-baht note and a 50-baht note and Kai Jeaw took them to her again.

“Then I tried to hand him a banknote which I got from selling goods. He did the same by taking it inside the house,” Mrs Sudarat recalled.

Encouraged by the dog, now three-years-old, she and her husband thought it was a good opportunity to collect the family’s money through Kai Jeaw.   

Since then, the couple hand some of the money – usually between 300 and 400 baht – from grocery sales to Kai Jeaw every day.

The money collected by Kai Jeaw had been kept separate and never used for household expenses until recently, Mrs Sudarat said. 

Mr Pramoj said he and his wife were able to collect a large amount of money unknowingly due to Kai Jeaw’s cleverness. They estimated the dog has carried more than 200,000 baht for them over the past three years.

“We have found that we can use Kai Jeaw’s 'savings' to pay the installments on our Toyota Fortuner every month.

Adapted from a story by Sunthon Pongpao.

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Vocabulary:

chihuahua: a very small dog with smooth hair -

compliment: something nice that you say to praise someone - ชมเชย, สรรเสริญ

couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คู่แต่งงานกัน, คุ่รัก

due to: because of - เนื่องจาก

encouraged: having more confidence or hope about something - มีกำลังใจ

estimate: to say what you think an amount or value is or will be, either by using available information or by guessing - คาดคะเน

financial: involving money - เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน

grocery store: a shop/store that sells food and other things used in the home - ร้านขายของชำ

household: a group of people, often a family, who live together - ครัวเรือน

installment: one of a series of regular payments for buying something several months or years. It only belongs to the person who is buying it when all the payments have been made. - ค่างวด, ค่าผ่อนส่ง, การผ่อนส่ง, การผ่อนชำระ

male: belonging to the sex that does not give birth to babies - เพศชาย, เพศผู้, ผู้ชาย

omelette: a hot dish of eggs mixed together and fried, often with cheese, meat, vegetables, etc. added - ไข่เจียว

opportunity: a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส

poodle: a dog with thick curly hair that is sometimes cut into special shapes - สุนัขพันธ์พุดเดิ้ล

separate: to keep apart - แยก

stability: the quality or state of being steady and not changing or being disturbed in any way; a situation in which things happen as they should and there are no harmful changes - เสถียรภาพ, ความมั่นคง

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