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Friday, September 23, 2016

Flashback Friday: Memories of Birthdays Past

With my birthday coming up, I have been reflecting back on how much has changed since last year's birthday when my family surprised me with a beautiful Gibson cake! 

I had fun that day with him and the cake and now cherish we had that as no one knew what the year ahead held. Not only did I lose my beloved Mom in November, but then Gibson left to keep her company in December.

My Flashbacks are from birthdays past that were shared with my amazing mother
and beloved Gibson. Pictured here is my Mom and me with a Husky she gave me as part of my gift! This birthday almost closes out the year's "firsts" of holidays and celebrations without my Mom and my boy, Gibson, here with me. 


I wish I could say it has gotten easier. It hasn't. I miss them both with all my heart every single day. I'm just learning to adjust my life to their not being part of it; the absence they have left is always felt. They will be forever be in my heart.

"Those we love don't go away, 
they walk beside us every day. 
Unseen, unheard, but always near. 
Still loved, sill missed, and forever dear."  
~Author Unknown


 The Flashback Friday Blog Hop is brought to you by us - the FiveSibes!  We welcome our co-host Love is being Owned by a Husky! We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each Friday! 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.  Come join us! We'd love to see your pets' Flashback pics! Just grab our badge below:
 




We are also joining in the Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers!




 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pathology Report Is In: It's Fantastic News!

Harley says, "Thank woo, everyone, for all your kindness!"

Harley Update: Wonderful news! The pathology report for Harley's dewclaw tumor was benign! Happy dance! It showed a deep infection, but no cancer! SO relieved! She had her bandages changed by our fab vet, and she is now limping less. (To read original post and view the pics, visit HERE).
 ❤️Thank You❤️ for all your prayers, healing vibes, lovely messages, and love for our girl. Harley sends you all big Husky hugs and once again a reminder to periodically check those paws and dewclaws.

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Harley Update: Home From Surgery!


Yesterday was a long day of waiting as Harley went in for her surgery to remove the infected dewclaw and tumor (see previous post and pics HERE), but our Harley is back home! Surgery was performed by my "dream team" and it went well. Dewclaw and suspected tumor have been removed. Harley had a severe abscess deep in there. The vet sent off a sample, but preliminary report seems good, other than the infection. 

Harley is currently on restricted rest, antibiotics, and pain medication, and she will have the bandage removed and a follow-up on Thursday. She was quite out of it from the anesthesia, but now is resting and more herself. We and the #FiveSibes Pupsters are just so happy she is back home! Chloe, since she loves to chill, is busy keeping her company!


❤️THANK YOU❤️ for all your amazing prayers, well wishes, and caring notes since my post about her surgery. Harley sure feels all the love! I am so thankful to be part of such an amazing and caring pet community.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

#PrayersForHarley - Dewclaw Tumor


Dewclaws. Such an unnecessary evil for a dog. In August, I noticed Harley limping. At 11-and-a-half, she is a bit stiff-legged at times from arthritis, but this was a more pronounced limp and she was having an extra tough time sitting down. She seemed very uncomfortable. She was also becoming a bit snarley, especially when I was touching her paw, which is something that never typically bothers her. Upon further checking, I noticed an odd lump around her dewclaw on her right leg, thinking it was possibly a pulled dewclaw, maybe a splinter, thistle, or even a bee sting, she became extremely agitated when I touched it.  

(Warning: some photos may be somewhat graphic, but I am sharing for educational purposes).


 Oddity beneath the dew claw.

 Off to the vet we went.


At the vet, Harley is protective of her paw by hiding it.

Harley's paw was shaved and it uncovered a very large inflamed area surrounding the dewclaw and beyond, as you can see in the below photo. It was infected. No wonder she was snarley! I would be, too! We surmised that it became infected after a round of "Get the Groundhog" with the other FiveSibes, digging in the dirt, chasing it across the yard, including running down a wooden ramp, over some twigs and rock, and cornering it under the ramp. Harley was placed on antibiotic for two weeks. After a few days, it had greatly improved.

What lies beneath...

Fast forward a couple weeks...


 Almost hidden at first glance, but something is not right...again.


I woke up in the middle of the night to sounds of licking. Flicking on the lamp, my heart stopped when I saw Harley's face covered in blood. I honestly can not remember my feet ever hitting the ground as I jumped out of bed and went to her. How in the world could she be injured? We were all sleeping. The other Sibes were snoozing (until the light went on). I washed her face off, and thankfully, nothing there. Then I noticed her paw. The lump by the dewclaw was back...and bleeding.

Back to the vet we went. An X-ray has shown it is a tumor, it is infected, and it appears to be eating into the bone. Yes, my heart dropped with a heavy thud.

 The ugly, sneaky tumor under the dew claw.

Harley has once again been placed on antibiotics and is schedule for surgery for immediate removal of tumor and digit Monday morning. My vet has assured me this does not necessarily mean what I am fearing, and that the removal of the dewclaw and tumor is a fairly straight-forward surgery. I pray our girl does well in surgery, that there is nothing else underneath, and that the pathology report all comes back clean. 

If you could join us in a #pawcircle of prayer and healing for our girl, it would be greatly appreciated! I will post an update after her surgery. 

And please, be sure to check out those paws and dewclaws.

*Post-Surgery Update HERE* 

9/11 Fifteen Years Later - We Will #AlwaysRemember; #NeverForget


Friday, September 9, 2016

Flashback Friday Visits Debut of Gibbie Snacks!

Woo! Today's FiveSibes Flashback Friday takes a fond look back to when "Gibbie Snacks" were first introduced, and named after my sweet (now furangel) Epi-dog, Gibson. It was the Summer of 2013... 



As part of our Flashback Friday, here's our video featuring our star Siberian Husky, Gibson, when Gibbie Snacks were first introduced!
 

Do You Know the History of Gibbie Snacks? 

  • Did you know they are named after our #FiveSibes #Epidog and #CanineEpilepsy spokesdog, "Gibson?"
  • Did you know they are healthy, fresh baked-in-the-USA and formulated by the experts at House Woof Dog Biscuits with the canine epileptic in mind and are made from lean beef? 
  • Did you know they never contain preservatives, salt, or rosemary (all possible triggers for seizures). 
  •  Did you know they always contain farm-fresh and mostly organic ingredients?
  • Did you know they donate $1/bag sold to help other Epidogs in need via The Wally Foundation- canine epilepsy? 


First release of Gibson's "Gibbie Snacks" Photo!
Gibbie Snacks are a fave here for all our dogs since they debuted in July 2013. (You can check out our original post HERE). Not only do the Huskies think these are so yummy (love that beef), as part of our #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign and fundraising, House Woof continues to raise donations through the sales of Gibbie Snacks to help other Epidogs! Here's a flashback to the history...(House Woof was formerly House Wolf, then rebranded a few years later to the new label up above. To order Gibbie Snacks, visit HERE).



House Woof Dog Biscuits has just unwrapped their new packaging for their treats, and we love it!
 
Typically, we would do a giveaway, but instead, are asking our readers and listeners to consider purchasing a bag for your dog and know that $1/bag House Woof DONATES to The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy (TWF)
and invite your dog to be in our next video! (See below for deets!)

Purchase Gibbie Snacks HERE.
www.HouseWoofDogBiscuits.com

 I am also a volunteer case manager with them for several years and help talk with families who find themselves caring for a dog with Canine Epilepsy to know they are not alone!
TWF offers possible financial assistance (for much-needed medications) to families, fosters, and rescues of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy.



We Invite Your Dog to Star 
in Our Next Video! 
Send a photo of your dog (Epi or non) with a bag of Gibbie Snacks to star in our next FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness video (to be released November 2016)! Send us one photo (per dog), your permission to use, your dog's name & state/country by October 1st! Be sure to put "Gibbie Snacks" in the Email subject line and send to:
FiveSibesLiveGibStrong(at)gmail(dot)com 


Thank you for joining us in supporting dogs with Canine Epilepsy!

Please Note:
We here at FiveSibes sincerely thank House Woof for creating "Gibbie Snacks" and continuously donating to The Wally Foundation to help Epi-dogs as part of our #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign. FiveSibes does not receive compensation for the sales of Gibbie Snacks, but we do buy them for our dogs, love that they are healthy, Epi-friendly snacks, made here in the USA, and that House Woof donates from the sales of every bag of Gibbie Snacks to help Epi-dogs through TWF!



 The Flashback Friday Blog Hop is brought to you by us - the FiveSibes!  We welcome our co-host Love is being Owned by a Husky! We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each Friday! 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.  Come join us! We'd love to see your pets' Flashback pics! Just grab our badge below:
 



We are also joining in the Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Paw Prints Forever on My Heart


I've really been missing my big sweet boy, Gibson...and today began as one of "those" days where his absence feels so overwhelming. Then, while out with the rest of the #FiveSibes on the deck this morning, I actually heard a fifth set of paws crossing the wooden floor as they were all coming back inside... Perhaps a visit, or his way of showing us he is always with us. 


Paw Prints On My Heart

You came into my heart one day,
So beautiful and smart,
My dear and sweet companion,
I loved you from the start.
And though I knew the time
Would come,
When we would have to part,
You’ll never be forgotten,
You left paw prints on my heart.
~Author Unknown



And, as coincidence would have it, after I posted Gib's photo on social media, I then hop over to link up to BlogPaws' Wordless Wednesday, and read that this is a very special month indeed...maybe Gibson was letting me know! I hope he knows I miss him...every single day...and how much I love him... for always.