The story of Luang Jaem, a royal dog of the late King Bhumibol, can make Thai people smile and laugh when it is retold.
Apart from the very well-known royal dogs Khun Thong Daeng and Pae Huay Ew, Luang Jaem is also famous for its good-looking appearance, intelligence and loyalty. In other words, all the royal dogs of His Majesty King Bhumibol have been extraordinary. In Thai, Jaem stands for being bright and clever. Laung Jaem was not only bright and clever by its name, but also what it did was bright and clever. The dog was one of the highly favored dogs of King Bhumibol. It was seen following or beside the King wherever he was. A big fluffy male Saint Bernard dog, Luang Jaem was once called James by Ms. Chanthana Srisawas before it lived with King Bhumibol. Ms. Chanthana lived in a house very close to Klai Kangwon Royal Residence. Consequently, James ducked through a barbed wire fence and entered the Royal Residence.
There, he was caught three times sleeping in the Residence’s airconditioned kitchen. Finally, James was caught inside the Klai Kangwon Royal Residence where King Bhumibol stayed. After officials had caught and returned it to Ms. Chanthana, the king asked where the dog was. The owner then cleaned it before bringing it to the King. The dog stayed with him at the Residence for three days.
Realising that His Majesty King Bhumibol liked James, Ms. Chanthana decided to give her dog to him.
Once James was the King’s dog, he was given the new title of Luang Jaem. The previous owner called it Sir James, however it stayed at the Royal Residence, the King granted it a royal name in Thai. Luang Jaem was well-known for its loyalty to the King; it was also given a last name, Bhakdi, which means loyalty or honesty in Thai.
Laung Jaem was not only a royal dog that His Majesty King Bhumibol favored, but also the pride of Hua Hin people because it symbolised loyalty of the people to him.