Loyal dog spends six years at master’s grave

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Loyal: Capitan has not left the side of Miguel Guzman's grave since 2006 - and sleeps on top of it every night

Loyal: Capitan has not left the side of Miguel Guzman’s grave since 2006 – and sleeps on top of it every night

A dog is known to be man’s best friend. This is indeed true in the case of a faithful and loyal dog in Villa Carlos Paz in Argentina named Captain who stayed at his master’s grave for six years and counting. The news first came out from Argentinian newspaper La Vos last September 9, 2012.

Capitan was a German Shepherd which was a gift by his master Miguel Guzman to his son Damian Guzman in 2005. Initially, Miguel’s wife Veronica Moreno refused the dog because it will just bring extra work to them. Little did they know that this dog will become a loyal and faithful friend to Miguel even after his death in 2006.

When Miguel suddenly died in 2006, the family found that the dog was missing upon returning home right after the funeral.

“We searched for him but he had vanished. We thought he must have got run over and died. Until one day, when me and my son went to the cemetery, we found him there. Damian started screaming after seeing Capitan, and the dog approached us, and barking as if it was crying,” Veronica, Miguel’s widowed wife told a local newspaper.

Hector Baccega, the cemetery’s director recalled the day when he first saw the dog. “He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master. During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave and stays there all night,” he said.

Miguel’s son Damian tried several times to bring the dog back at home but Capitan always goes back to the cemetery. “I think he’s going to be there until he dies too. He’s looking after my dad,” he said.

Currently, staffs at the cemetery feeds and cares for Capitan. Until now, the mystery still lies as to how on earth did Capitan know where the location of his master’s grave where in fact the family never brought him in that place.

This is a true test of love and loyalty. It goes to show that Capitan’s never ending faithfulness to his master Miguel cannot be broken even after death.

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‘My kidney has healed itself’: Emma, 9, is given the all-clear after battling cancer twice

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Recovered: Emily Clark, 9, (left and aged four, right) has been cancer-free for five years. She was on kidney dialysis for 18 months before her organ seemed to heal itself

Recovered: Emily Clark, 9, (left and aged four, right) has been cancer-free for five years. She was on kidney dialysis for 18 months before her organ seemed to heal itself

A little girl who developed kidney failure after twice battling cancer made a miracle recovery after her organ healed itself.

Emily Clark has now been cancer-free for five years – and the landmark date means it is unlikely to return.
The nine-year-old had a kidney removed after her first brush with cancer and then the remaining kidney failed after she had intensive treatment to battle the cancer a second time.
But doctors were startled when the organ began to heal itself.

Emily is now the picture of health and her parents Claire and Stuart, from Newcastle, are planning a big party to celebrate the end of a very traumatic time.

Claire, 34, who works as a pharmacy dispenser, said: ‘I told her “You have beaten both the cancers that were there and I don’t think they will come back”, but I still don’t think she fully understands what a big deal this is.

‘It’s just wonderful.’

Emily was first diagnosed aged just two, when experts detected a Wilms’ tumour, a rare form of cancer found inside a kidney.

It appeared she was recovering well after having the kidney removed and four months’ of chemotherapy, but a routine check-up 10 months later revealed the disease had returned.

Emily Clark (left) with her parents and younger sister Lily. Emily was first diagnosed with a tumour aged two

Emily Clark (left) with her parents and younger sister Lily. Emily was first diagnosed with a tumour aged two

Mrs Clark said: ‘She was diagnosed again on the day after I had had her sister Lily, who is now five, and when they said “it’s back” our whole world collapsed.

‘For a year we were all practically living on the ward at the RVI. And this cancer was a mixture of two types of cancer which they had never seen happen before.

‘It was a total newbie so they held lots of meetings to decide on her treatment – they had to get it right so we didn’t mind, and it means they can use this course of treatment if it happens to anyone else.

‘From a mum’s point of view it was awful and I just wished I could swap places. There were times when she was very, very poorly.

Emily Clark, 9, (right) pictured with little sister Lily has one functioning kidney

Emily Clark, 9, (right) pictured with little sister Lily has one functioning kidney

‘She had 10 months of chemotherapy and they really blasted her to make sure they killed all the bad cells, and there were some awful side effects.

‘She developed mucositis, which stripped the lining of her throat and mouth so badly she couldn’t talk, and she lost her fingernails, toenails and her hair, and that bit she found very hard – not a very confident little girl at all.

‘We had pink bandanas for her but people used to mistake her for a boy, which really used to upset her.’

To add insult to injury after the intensive treatment, Emily’s remaining kidney failed, leading to her having dialysis for 18 months.

Claire was ready to donate one of hers when doctors found Emily’s kidney was functioning again and since then she hasn’t looked back.

Two trips away without Claire or Stuart, 41, a roofer – one to Lapland and one to Scotland – have further boosted her confidence.

And from now, Emily only needs to take medication for her kidney and a nightly growth hormone injection.

She also only needs to visit the Long Term Illness Clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary once a year, but her mum has opted for six-monthly visits for now, for extra reassurance.

Claire said: ‘It is a mum thing. I am not ready yet to go once a year, so I want her to be checked over more regularly.

‘Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am the mum because she’s so much more grown-up than other nine-year-olds and so blase about the whole thing.

‘It is her 10th birthday in September and we are going to have a big party with all our friends and family who have gone through this with us.

‘She is a little miracle.’

[source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2194257/Girl-kidney-failed-cancer-treatment-given-clear-organ-heals-itself.html]
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Siew-Chen + Melvin = j.u.s.t. m.a.r.r.i.e.d.

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actual wedding day photography in Melaka

Congratulations to Siew-Chen and Melvin

Another brilliant day with Siew-Chen and Melvin in early June this year. We, Kenn-Wai, Fred, Brendon and I had the pleasure to photograph and video-shoot their big day.

On the lovely morning, we found ourselves with a pretty bride and her attractive bridesmaids wearing beautiful Cheong Sam. And the guys weren’t bad either; groom was smart looking in black Zhong Shan Zhuang while the brothers were wearing Chinese Tang Suit.

Both Siew-Chen and Melvin play band and sometimes perform in public. This explained why they and their friends were so sporting and happening on that day especially during the door games to pick up the bride.  The guys had to finish up the girls’ secret recipe bitter gourd juice, specially made extra spicy sausages, and lastly the ladies’ favorite, cicada pudding. These so-called food would definitely get into the Top 10 Most Gross and Disgusting Food in weddings.

The wedding kiss happened after Melvin read up and signed a marriage contract, a loving yet unequal treaties I would say. Then he and the brothers sang the song “If I Have A Million Dollar”, kind a funny song to please the bride before he was allowed to enter the room and kissed the bride.

Soon after the tea ceremony at Melvin’s place, they went to their new house and Siew-Chen changed from her white wedding gown to a red traditional Kwa, a heavily embroidered formal Chinese wedding gown. Then she had an ornate headdress on and looked gorgeous.

The fun carried on into the night. The reception was held at LTP Restaurant Melaka. Siew-Chen’s mom spiced up the night by giving a few songs on the stage and drew large applause from the guests. And now we know where Siew-Chen’s beautiful voice comes from.

Thanks to Siew-Chen and Melvin for having us on your special day. Congratulation and may the singing of enjoyment be along with you, may the life in the following year filled with joyance and happiness, and may you have a wonderful new life togEEther!

May all beings bEE happy. Sharing some shots taken on the day and hope you enjoy.

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Blood donation schedule in Melaka

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Donate blood, give love, save life

Donate blood, give love, save life

Good day.

Just found a website which has the schedule for blood donation in Melaka. The site is created by Perkhidmatan Darah Melaka (Melaka Blood Bank) and it has the schedule for upcoming blood donation campaigns’ details of date, time and venue which is very convenient for the public to check instead of asking around or checking the papers.

http://melakabloodbank.blogspot.com/

Click on the link above and check out the closest date for blood donation campaign in Melaka. Donate blood, give love and save life.

Here are some benefits of donating blood:

  • It feels great to donate!
  • You get free Milo drink.
  • It’s something you can spare – most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.
  • You will be someone’s hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.
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