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Woofing, wagging and we’re off to the whimsical wonderland.

And that was the tagline for this year’s dogathon. The 15th Dogathon to be organized by the VETERNAK & Zoologico Club of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM. Aside from being a meeting of all dogs, and a fun filled day for both dogs and owners and visitors alike, it also functions as a charity platform to generate funds for ProKasih in order to provide better stray animal welfare & to promote responsible pet ownership. Even though the weather during the event was gloomy and it looked as if it could have rained at any moment, it didn’t prevent gathering of the dogs and the games to be carried out. Here are some shots of the day: Dogs are still man's best friend

~Dogs are still Men’s best friend~


~Alice and her deck of cards~


~A Pomeranian~


~An assortment of dogs~


~I think this is a Shih Tzu~


~A variety of competition for the dogs. E.g: The obstacle course~


~A Schnauzer going through the hoop~


~A Chow Chow chilling out being massaged by its owner~


~A tiny Chihuahua~


~Go go go!!! The female category dog race~


~Followed by the men’s category dog race~


~And they’re off (Men’s category dog race)~


~I think this Doberman was one of the winners for the Men’s category~


~There were huskies running in the race as well 🙂 ~


~A Dalmatian followed by a German Shepherd~


~You’re almost at the finish line… Lets keep going~


~Tired but still in the race… Lets slow down a bit~


~I may look tiny but I’m faster than the whole lot of them 🙂 ~


~A very lovely husky in the race~


~Go get the ball, boy~




~This beagle is staring at the food in the handler’s hands~


~Huskies galore!!!~


~Looking attentive 🙂 ~


~Fetching the stick 🙂 ~


~Saving the best for last 🙂 Isn’t it the cutest thing ever?? ~

Kudos to the Vet students for another successful Dogathon event. Will be looking forward for next year’s Dogathon :).

For more photos of this year’s Dogathon: Please visit my Flickr

Interested in seeing the previous years Dogathon photos: Please click on the following link: 2010, 2009, 2008 .

P/S: Lack of blog post recently… Was a bit busy… Might post a bit more from now on.


The month of the doggies has arrived once more (In addition to Merdeka), and the vet students  of UPM have once again carried out their annual Dogathon in great Egyptian mythical style.

In case you didn’t know, they had various themes throughout the few years it has been held, starting off with Aerospace in 2008, followed by Carnivale Canine in 2009 and Ancient Egypt this year.

Their sub-caption for the Egyptian theme was ‘Celebration of the Timeless Guardians’. I found this quite meaningful since dogs have been ‘Man’s best friend’ ever since anyone could remember. Do a quick search on Wiki and you will find a few articles on notable ‘Man’s best friend’ throughout the ages. There’s Bobbie, the Wonder Dog who travelled 2800 miles to return to his owners, Greyfriars Bobby who guarded the grave of his owner who passed on for 14 years until he died, and Hachiko who waited at the train station his owner normally got off (at the precise moment the train was due at the station) for 9 years not knowing that his owner had passed away. Another notable story was George Graham Vest’s ‘Eulogy on the Dog’.

Sadly only part of the transcript survived

Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

Gentlemen of the jury: A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death. (Source)

It’s really a beautiful eulogy which describes our timeless guardians.

The annual event managed to make it into the Malaysian Book of Records for the largest gathering of dogs (around 1100 dogs) but I think that pales compare to it being a celebrative tribute to our timeless friends worldwide.

That said, here are some photos of the dogs (I brushed up on my knowledge on dogs’ breeds but do correct me if I get the names wrong)

Baby poodle~Baby poodle in a cute red outfit~


Husky 4



Pomeranian 2 ~A Pomeranian~


Rottweiler ~A Rottweiler~


Schnauzer 4 (Center compo)

~A Schnauzer~


Shih Tzu 10 ~A Shih Tzu (one of the many you will see at the event)~


Shih Tzu puppy 2~The cutest Shih Tzu puppy I’ve ever seen ~


Beagle winner

~This beagle is a winner~


Bernese Mountain Hound

~A huge Bernese mountain dog~


Disciplined Border Collie

~Border Collie, if there’s a dog I would want to take as a pet, it’ll be a border collie~



~A border collie participating in one of the events~


Chihuahua out of the box

~This little Chihuahua seemed a bit intimidated by the other larger dogs~


Chow Chow 2

~A lion-like Chow Chow~



~Shih-Tzu with a make-over~



~ A Dashund staring curiously at its owner~



~This little one managed to fetch the Frisbee~


German Shepherd 3

~A tired looking German Shepherd~



~A beautiful Golden Retriever (just look at the fur, tempted to touch)


Hound 7  ~Wishfully looking at something, possibly food?~



~There’s this jogging event where dogs and owners can take part in. But this doggie just look worn out after the jog~


Husky and a kid's hand

~A beginning of a beautiful friendship~


Husky with contact lens

~Husky with heterochromia, different coloured eyes~



~A maltese~


Poodle in a stroller~Three poodles in a stroller (one is hidden)~


Schnauzer flirting with a poodle~There is some flirting going on between the dogs as well, especially this horse-looking-like Schnauzer. The poodle seemed uninterested though~


Spainiel~Beautiful Spaniel woof-ing~


St Bernard

~St Bernard (reminds me of Marley & Me)


I was walking around the event area when I noticed this man sitting down by the pond. His golden retriever was not on a leash and was standing right beside him. After a while it sat down next to its owner, patiently waiting for him. The bond between the man and the dog was just amazing, and it simply shows how a dog really is ‘Man’s best friend’.

 Dog is man's best friend 2

~The bond between man and dog are just beautiful at times~


But this also applies the woman…

Dog is the lady's best friend 2~This little one shows us that they can also be ‘Women’s best friend’~ 


After the event, I’m really considering getting a dog as a pet in the not-so distant future.

And I’m really in love with the Border Collie!!!


Border Collie 4~WOOF WOOF!!!~

I’ve started using Photoshop Elements 7.0 a few months back and I found that it really helps towards improving a poorly taken photo.

I have no sense of creativity especially when I’m out in the field taking photographs. And I felt most of my photos lack something in the end. So proper post-processing is essential for me to make the photo ‘right’.

Sometimes I get a poorly composed photo, badly lit and have a bad colour cast but all this can be fixed in post-processing. I take photos in RAW mode so that it gives me a wider choice of selection when doing the editing.

I’ll give you an example.

During the recent Dogathon at UPM (I have more photos pending for a new blogpost so do look out for it), I’ve taken quite a number of photos. One of the photo look like this unedited.

Shih Tzu

There are pros and cons to this photo.

I love the sharpness of the photo. I love the eye contact the dog gave. It was taken at 200mm so hoping for eye contact at that range is not easy and I got it here. I love the bokeh (blurring out of the background) as well.

The bad parts will be the legs. The big legs which covered the Shih Tzu’s butt is hurting the photo horribly. Not to mention there’s another 2 pairs of legs in the background. There is also a bit too much green grass area which are not needed. This shot was taken sometimes at 8am on a cloudy morning with my colour balance set to AUTO, making it have a bluish cast towards it. The photo definitely can be improved with some editing and cropping.

I bump up the warmth of the photo. And did some cropping to it and got this in the end.

Shih TzuIt’s quite amazing how photo editing can improve your photo nowadays. And so I would recommend to all photo enthusiasts to spend some time to learn how to edit your photos and do some editing. You’ll be amazed.

Last Thursday till Saturday, there was a postgraduate studies fair in the Grand Hall of UPM. Graduate Students Club was asked to help out in setting up the booth and maintaining it throughout the whole 3 days. The tradition was that our faculty are title holders for best booth for 3 years running and I was a bit worried that the title will fall out of the hands of the current batch of Exco.

However surprisingly, we won. I’m really thankful for all those who helped out in the booth. Especially to my secretary who did quite a lot since I was out with a cold and also had to plan for a secondary booth during the Biomedical Symposium at Faculty of Medicine and Health Science. It has been a hectic few days but I guess the hard work paid off.

I’m still wondering though how we’d managed to win as I really could see other booths that are on par, if not nicer than ours.

Anyway, here are some photos of the booth


PG Fair 1

PG Fair 2

PG Fair 3

PG Fair 4

PG Fair 5

Lets hope that we can retain the same achievement next year 🙂

Here are some of the photos from the secondary booth for the Biomedical Symposium.

PG Fair 6

PG Fair 7

PG Fair 8

PG Fair 9

PG Fair 10

PG Fair 11

I’m really grateful for Phoebe [girl in white in the above photo] who helped me out when I was facing the prospect of guarding the booth on my own for 4 hours [being sick and all]. Thank you very much.

And now, after all this, I can finally focus on other things which I really have to get done.

And gosh, I’m still not completely well 😦

If there is anyone reading this who would like to stay back in UPM during the holidays, please get a car…

If those reading this wants to send their child to UPM to study… Please read on and then reconsider…

I hate the buses here… Waited for almost 2 hours for the hourly K17 bus again… Before I moved towards the KMR bus stop area to get a taxi

Amazingly the taxi drivers there seemed to be the worst I’ve seen… RM8 for a trip to college… Impossible… That’s just pure extortion…

Asked them to use meter… They don’t want… Maybe I should report them… Next time I will… If they charge me ridiculous amount…

So in the end I started walking… Yup… The 2nd time in 2 weeks… Was about to reach Mardi when a nice Malay uncle (Must have been sent from above) stopped beside me and asked me where I’m headed and offered to send me there on his motorbike…

I hopped on… Without a helmet… And he really sent me to K17… Amazing… Why can’t there be more people like him…

If there are more people like that uncle, rather than those never-punctual bus drivers or those I’ll-leech-as-much-money-as-I-can-from-you taxi drivers… Then perhaps Malaysia will be a better place to live in…