When you’re working on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, you expect to occasionally see whales or dolphins swimming past, but what about a stray dog?
That’s exactly what members of the Chevron crew are struggling with in the Gulf of Thailand waters 135 miles off the coast of Songkhla.
The translucent brown pupa, first spotted by offshore planner Vitisak Payalaw, is clearly in distress. “I think if we don’t act quickly, I won’t be able to help him,” Payalaw said. As rescue efforts continued, the water became increasingly turbid. Several attempts to entice the dog in were unsuccessful.
The crew feared it would be swept back into the sea, but the dog managed to hold onto his fragile position on the platform. “His eyes are so sad,” Payalaw said. “He kept looking up as if he wanted to say, ‘help me please.’”
Finally, the workers were able to secure the dog with a harness and pull it to safety. By then, he was understandably shaking and exhausted. After washing him clean and giving him freshwater and food, the crew named him Boonrod, which means “he has made good karma and that helps him to survive, “
No one knows exactly how he got to the offshore waters, although the Bangkok Post speculated he most likely fell from a fishing boat. After two days of recovery, Boonrod was taken by boat to the mainland, where he received veterinary care before being transferred to an animal shelter.
But the lucky dog’s luck didn’t stop there. Payalaw had become so attached to Boonrod that he swore that if no one claimed ownership, he would adopt the dog himself.
Because he was on a mission, Payalaw had to wait 10 days before being reunited with his new best friend. Since there was no owner to offer, Boonrod was made a full member of the Payalaw family on the spot, much to their delight.
There’s a saying that goes, “Dogs have a way of finding people who need them.” Boonrod may have had to overcome more obstacles than most dogs in search of that special person to call his own, but he proved that even an ocean isn’t enough to keep him apart. him and his beloved Payalaw.