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Thai man starts radio station for dogs
泰國男子開辦狗狗電台

A woman with her dog in Bangkok, Thailand.
泰國曼谷一名婦女和她的狗。 (照片:歐新社)

PHOTO: EPA

A Thai entrepreneur who started an Internet radio station for dogs said he hopes to reach out to the country's dogs and cheer them up.

Anupan Boonchuen, director of a dog grooming school in Bangkok, said he started Dog Radio Thailand because he noticed that dogs seem happier when he plays music as he grooms them.

``I have close contact with dogs every day. Dogs get in a better mood if they listen to music,'' Anupan said.

Often when Anupan's students practice grooming for the first time, they do not know how to handle the dogs. So during class, he plays music because it ``puts the dogs in a good mood and they're more willing to let the groomers handle them.''

The programming on www.dogradiothailand.com mainly consists of Thai pop music, but Anupan also plans to have programs in which the DJ will talk to the dogs in Thai.

Anupan said he had long dreamed of starting a radio station for dogs, but it always seemed too expensive. He was able to bring his project to fruition after hearing an international news story about a cheap Internet radio station for dogs in the United States.

He hopes that the DJ will be able to communicate through the radio and that the dogs will respond.

``If we play a slow song, we may have the DJ howl ... because dogs howl too when they hear sad sounds,'' Anupan said. (AP)

一名泰國企業家為狗狗開辦了一個網路電台,他表示希望能關注全國的狗,讓牠們笑顏常開。

安努潘*彭朱安是曼谷一家狗美容學院的執行長,他說會開辦「泰國狗電台」,是因為他在幫狗理容時注意到,他若放音樂,狗會比較開心。

安努潘說:「我每天與狗有親密的接觸,牠們在聽音樂時心情比較好。」

安努潘的學生在第一次為狗理容時,常不知道該如何對待牠們,所以他會在課堂上播放音樂,因為「音樂給狗好心情,讓牠們比較願意受理容師打理。」

這個網址 www.dogradiothailand.com 的網路電台,主要播放泰國流行音樂,但安努潘也計畫製作有 DJ 用泰語跟狗說話的節目。

安努潘說,他一直希望能為狗開辦電台,但因所費不貲而未能實現,從一則國際新聞中得知美國有廉價的狗狗電台後,這個夢想才開花結果。

他希望 DJ 能透過電台跟狗溝通,而狗狗也能回應。

Reading Comprehension
閱讀測驗

1. What is Anupan's job?

a. He grooms dogs.

b. He runs a dog grooming school.

c. He is a radio DJ.

2. Anupan thinks listening to music makes dogs ...

a. tired.

b. energetic.

c. happy.

3. The radio programs will consist of everything EXCEPT ...

a. sounds of dogs barking.

b. Thai pop music.

c. the DJ speaking to the dogs.

4. Why didn't Anupan start the radio station earlier?

a. He didn't realize the effect music had on dogs.

b. He thought it would cost too much money.

c. He was too busy with his job.


他說:「我們如果放慢歌,可以請 DJ 長嚎,因為狗聽到悲傷的聲音也會哀嗥。」 (美聯社/翻譯:鄭湘儀)

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