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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!


"Will you be my Valentine?"






Check out my latest article,
"7 Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog With L-O-V-E" over on 4Knines HERE for some great ideas!


 
 
We are joining The Cat on My Head for a Valentine's Selfie Blog Hop!


Monday, February 13, 2017

International Epilepsy Day


My beloved Gibson Always and forever.


Today is International Epilepsy Day. For us here at the FiveSibes, it is a day to pay tribute to Epi-dogs and Epi-angels, true warrior dogs who inspire(d) us with their love and zest for life as they live with Canine Epilepsy. To read more about this and my inspirational Epi-angel Gibson, please check out my post HERE


For important Canine Epilepsy resources and information, please check out my books at ArcticHouse Publishing (with a link to Amazon.) 


A portion of sales from both books is donated through my #LiveGibStrong campaign to the Canine Epilepsy Resources/Epil-K9 Foundation's "Emma's Seizure Fund" through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Neurology Department.

I also want to remind folks that House Woof Dog Biscuits formulated a special wholesome treat specifically created for the canine epileptic and named "Gibbie Snacks" after my boy. House Woof donates $1 per bag of Gibbie Snacks sold to The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy (TWF). TWF offers possible financial assistance for much-needed Epi-medications to families of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy. Order through HouseWolfDogBiscuits.com!
 
***Adoptable Epi-Husky*** 


Meet handsome "Gaiga"
 
Gaiga is "good with female dogs only. Good with kids and adults. *Not* good with cats. Personality is low energy, very submissive. Gaiga has been neutered, has current vaccines and is on medication for seizures." 
 
Gaiga is currently *at high risk* of euthanasia!



According to RescueMe.org, "Gaiga is very friendly and affection, loves company, 8 years old, taking preventing seizure medication 2x day, loves walks but loves to chill with you. Must move him because of the landlord. Will need to find a foster home tomorrow or a non-kill shelter that has availability until I find him a home. Please help."
 
Gaiga is located in New York
Please contact Maria at: 646-625-9240.

Please remember, Epi-dogs are amazing and have lots of love to give. Being sure go keep them on a strict medication schedule is key. Need info on Canine Epilepsy? Feel free to contact me!
 Won't you consider adopting Gaia? 



 

Friday, February 3, 2017

#TackleEpilepsy and Help Coach Jerry Kill Raise Awareness & $$$ for Epilepsy!

We here at FiveSibes are joining Coach Jerry Kill, who as partnered with UCB and EpilepsyAdvocate,  in his #TackleEpilepsy social media campaign to help spread the word about Epilepsy Awareness. On the Big Game Day - February 5 - UCB will feature an ad in the Super Bowl program advocating for Epilepsy Awareness. From now until then,  you can join in by posting pics of your (and your dog's) "game face" as your Facebook profile pic, tag some friends, and also share your pic on all of your social media with the hashtag #TackleEpilepsy. That's it! And... "UCB will donate $26,000 to the Epilepsy Foundation in honor of #TackleEpilepsy participation!"

In memory of my sweet Epi-dog, Gibson and our continual #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, I have my purple-for-Epilepsy-awareness game face on and we are in! Will you join in, too, for both K9s and humans living with Epilepsy?


 And since it's our Flashback Friday blog hop...my photos are of my sweet angel and Epi-Husky, Gibson, with my two books on Canine Epilepsy inspired by him and his journey. If you are not familiar with Gibson's journey with Canine Epilepsy, you can visit the blog listing HERE that contains posts all about Gibson, our Epilepsy Awareness advocacy, my books, articles, and my "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio episodes on the topic.  My and Gibson's message will forever be that dogs can ~and DO~ live full, happy lives with Canine Epilepsy. He will always be the inspiration for other dogs with seizure disorders to #LiveGibStrong!



The following are my direct affiliate links to purchase the books through Amazon. A portion of sales from both books is donated through my #LiveGibStrong campaign to the Canine Epilepsy Resources/Epil-K9 Foundation's "Emma's Seizure Fund" through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Neurology Department.












Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and now also our co-hosts, Love is being owned by a Husky each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our blog hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week!


We are also joining The Pet Parade! Please be sure to pop over to the hosts Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, Love is Being Owned by a Husky, and Barking From the Bayou blogs to visit all the pet stories on parade!
 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Woo! Happy #NationalSledDogDay!



Woo! Today is all about the sled dog and our Siberian Husky lovin' household invite you to share in celebration of today by enjoying the following wonderful music video by award-winning singer/songwriter Nancy Simmonds who featured my FiveSibes, along with my "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show executive producer and lead musher of Alaska's Team Ineka's sled dogs, in her music video "Husky Dog!" What a special honor for us to have our Siberian Huskies: Harley, Gibson, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit star in her video set against the awesome song she wrote and performed! So turn up the volume and enjoy the ride!






Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happy 9th Birthday to our #FiveSibes Pupsters! Three Times the Love!






Surrogate Momma Harley joins in for some nom-noms!

What a party it was! Check it out...




Gibson once again stopped in from The Rainbow Bridge to visit his  younger siblings for their birthday! 
~Once FiveSibes: Always FiveSibes~



Since I'm posting at the end of the day Thursday on the Pupsters Birthday, I'm tying it in with our Flashback Friday!


 In addition to the Pupster's flashback photo from 2008 when they were just mere pups, here's another special Flashback Friday photo from four years ago of all FiveSibes, including big brother furangel Gibson, enjoying the best part of the day...cake time...at the Pupster's 5th Birthday party!






Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and now also our co-hosts, Love is being owned by a Husky each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our blog hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week!
 





 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year & Happy Birthday, furangel Gibson! It's been a few weeks since I've last posted and what a roller coaster of a ride it has been. Some of it pretty wonderful, and some tragically sad, which led to my blogging absence during the holiday season. It seems along with our return, the new year, and in keeping with the theme of  "Auld Lang Syne," it is very appropriate that we return today on a Flashback Friday and on what would have been Gibson's 11th Birthday, with a recap of our holiday, and a tribute to family members no longer with us.


With Gibson always in our thoughts, the rest of the FiveSibes patiently awaited Santa Paws' arrival on Christmas! They also have been adjusting to having a newborn baby in the house (see my 4Knines article on "How to Prepare Your Dogs for a Newborn Baby")! It has been a fun and exciting time for all here.




I have been so in love with my new grandson, Cody, enjoying spending time together, and celebrating his first holiday season! What a special time of year, and even more so with a precious, beautiful little baby boy! He is such a joy and we are so blessed to have him!



Then the roller coaster spun out of control when, tragically, on December 21st, my nephew, Matthew, passed away suddenly at the young age of 33. He had just moved back to our area and he had arranged with my daughter to come over to meet his new little baby cousin and have dinner with us, when we received the horrible call that while he had been out looking for his missing dog, he suddenly passed away. To say the world suddenly spun off its axis is a total understatement. As the holiday season was in full glory all around us, this handsome, young man was with us no more. No more smiles, no more laughs, no more holidays for him. With his sister and friends coming in from out of town and Christmas in four days, he would not be laid to rest until after the holiday. So while we were enjoying the high of having our beautiful new grandson here for Christmas, we also hit the low of losing Matthew. His services were held after Christmas, and we all tried to hold on to that infectious smile of his, knowing he would not be happy that we were all sad. He would be so happy to know his dog was found at the shelter and is now living forever with his father and family. Matthew would want us to remember how he embraced life, and always smile brightly when we think of him.

Then it was New Year's and time to once again celebrate and enjoy Cody's first New Year with us and spend time with family who had traveled from out of town to ring in the new year with us. 



We did celebrate in the blessing of this new beautiful baby in our family, as well as being together. New Year's Day was a double-treat as it also marked Cody's one-month Birthday! We celebrated with my making my Mom's recipe for her traditional New Year's Day dinner of Sauerbrauten and potato balls, which helped keep her near and share in the memories of holidays past.


Throughout the season, our missing loved ones were never far from our thoughts...dear Matthew this year, and my beloved mother and Gibson last year at this time. It has indeed been an emotional roller coaster ride for over a year now, especially the tail end of 2015 and 2016, and the beginning of 2017. It is taking a little bit, both emotionally and mentally, to get back in the groove, but I know it is a process and it will happen all in its own time. Always remember to enjoy life's small moments, for they do indeed become cherished memories. 


Since we missed celebrating the holidays here on our blog, I'd like to wish a belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all our readers. May 2017 be a healthy, prosperous, and very Happy New Year for all of us and our families.


And since it is Gibson's birthday and Flashback Friday, we are kicking off the new year with this special video of Gibson from 2 years ago, on what was his 9th birthday! Oh, what fun times we had and how the ice cream cake was the highlight of his day! Happy Birthday my sweet boy. Hope you are having a fun day filled with snow zoomies and lots of friends, North of the Rainbow Bridge. Miss you for always.


    



 The FiveSibes celebrating Gibson's 9th Birthday on January 6, 2015
 
Let us never forget family and friends who are gone, and all the times gone by..

"For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne."
~Robert Burns




 
Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-host, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box. We hope you'll come join us!