Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Card Trivia on a Flashback Friday!



'Tis the season...for holiday cards! Let's test your musical holiday knowledge! How many of you recall this Christmas classic song? 


"Greeting cards have all been sent 
The Christmas rush is through 
But I still have one wish to make 
A special one for you 
Merry Christmas darling..."

I bet you are humming that tune now!

I am a little late to my own blog hop this week, but it's never too late as you can join in all week with any special memories you may like to share! My special FiveSibes Flashback Friday photo up top is from a few years back when my boys, Wolf and big brother Gibson, joined me in opening up the many wonderful cards sent to us by their fans and friends (they actually receive way more cards than we get)! Since my mother and Gibson's passing, and now with my father-in-law just a month ago, we are taking a respite from sending cards, but do look forward to hopefully once again joining in this wonderful tradition next year. For this year, we will be posting a card online a little later on with our warmest wishes to all our wonderful friends we have been so fortunate to meet here on Blogville, from my "The Sibe Vibe" radio show, and through our FiveSibes social media. We are truly blessed to have made so many wonderful connections through our beloved pets!



Honestly, my FiveSibes always seem to know when it is the holiday season and have always loved to join in on the fun of opening cards! (I think they may have caught a few whiffs of their furpals' scent, too, on them causing them to be extra excited)! I especially love the above photo because my Gibson was here with us, and he was always such a character! In eight more days, he will have been at the Rainbow Bridge for two years. I still cannot believe it has been that long...in some respects it feels like he has been away for way too long, and in some ways, just yesterday. Time is strange like that, isn't it? But oh, how he loved the holidays...and those memories bring me joy, as do all the precious moments of making memories with all of my FiveSibes family!

So did you guess the song and who sang it? If you guessed "Merry Christmas, Darling" by The Carpenters, you were right!



Also as part of today's Flashback Friday, I'm re-sharing some Christmas Card trivia from 2014! Ready? Here we go!


The origins of greeting cards began in the 14th century as wood-block printed New Year’s cards from Germany. 

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The first Christmas greeting cards, called "Christmas Pieces," were of made by English schoolchildren in the 18th Century to bring home to their parents.

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The modern Christmas card as we know it, was first designed by artist John Calcott Horsley for his friend Sir Henry Cole.

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Sir Henry Cole started the custom of sending Christmas cards in the United Kingdom in 1843. Cole, who was a civil servant was apparently fascinated by the new public postal system and he wanted to come up with a way it could be used more by the people.

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Due to the card's popularity, a year later saw the first "mass production" of the Christmas card when 1,000 cards were printed and sold for one schilling apiece.

Sending of the Christmas cards became popular, aided by the fact that the Postal Act of 1840 allowed people to send the cards to family and friends anywhere in the United Kingdom for a "penny post," a cost of just one penny each. This became even more popular in 1870 when the cost to send a greeting dropped in price to a halfpenny.

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The first American greeting cards were printed in Boston, Massachusetts by lithographer Louis Prang, a Prussian immigrant, in 1875 with the simple greeting 
"Merry Christmas." 

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The first - and still the most popular today - greeting on a Christmas card is "A Merry Christmas and a 
Happy New Year to you." 





Do you have a photo from your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week, so join in any time)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog). We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun!

Grab our Badge!




We are also joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and  Barking from the Bayou
Be sure to hop on over and check out their blogs, too!


Friday, December 1, 2017

An Ode to Epi-Dogs Living With Canine Epilepsy on a FiveSibes Flashback Friday



I love Flashback Fridays! While some memories are bittersweet, I prefer to let my mind drift back to those precious moments and relive the joys. Today, as we wrap up November's Epilepsy Awareness Month, I just want to take a moment to say that every day is a day for awareness and to champion these amazing, loving dogs who, even with the challenges of living with Canine Epilepsy, can live full happy lives just the same as dogs who do not have Epilepsy. If your dog has a seizure, always contact your vet immediately, and then research! You are NOT alone! Come on over to my new FiveSibes website and there is a section dedicated to Canine Epilepsy Awareness, where I share all of my books, articles, links to resources, and an encyclopedia information I have learned over the years of loving and caring for my own Epi-dog, Gibson.


And as we close out National Epilepsy Awareness month's photo challenge, here is yesterday (November 30th) Day 30: "Special Photo" of the #30DaysForEpiNovember Photo Challenge. There are so many special moments of live with Gibson. He never let his Epilepsy or challenges keep him from enjoying life! He was such a happy boy! He loved everyone and enjoyed everything we did together! A special highlight was when an artist at my vet's office painted his portrait on their building because of their love for him! What an honor! To know he was so loved, brings tears of joy to my eyes. Here he is pictured with the talented artist, Kat, and his amazing lead vet, Dr. Arnold Rugg in front of his portrait.

I want to thank Kimberley and Rolo of Confessions of a Rescue Mom 
for hosting the month-long awareness photo challenge! Please be sure to visit their Facebook page and our FiveSibes Facebook page or Instagram accounts (@FiveSibesMom and @RescueMomBlog) to see all 30 of this month's amazing awareness photos. We hope you, too, will be inspired, and maybe even consider adopting a dog with Canine Epilepsy!

Being the caregiver to an Epi-dog is not all easy. There are many
frightening, nerve-wracking times...and there is strict medication times, schedules, costs, and a fear that you learn to live with along with the hope that all what you are doing is enough to keep the seizure monster away from your beloved furry best friend. But I can also tell you that the bond you form with your dog is so special, so in-tune, that I would not trade it all, ever.



Gibson brought so much to my life...and he still does. He will
always be my inspiration, my heart dog, my K9 hero. And I am not alone in that! This past June, Epi-dogs and their families from all over came together t celebrate these amazing dogs' lives with an Epi-Pup Party! And what a day they had! Two of the parents, who are photographers, shared their photos of the fun-filled day with me, and I am pleased to share this video - you will be inspired by their joy!




This past month I also had the pleasure of speaking with another amazing Epi-dog mom and Canine Epilepsy advocate, Jeanaann Barnaby from Oh, the Life of Olivia! who was my guest on "The Sibe Vibe." You can tune in here where we discuss sharing life with an amazing Epi-warrior!






Tune in HERE to listen to my "The Sibe Vibe" Epilepsy Awareness Month's Episode with Jeanaann Barnaby.




So many more exciting things are coming up this year that I have been working on as part of my #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness and education campaign that I can not wait to share! So stay tuned, and may one day we have a cure, but in the meantime my wish is that all dogs with Epilepsy be blessed with loving and caring families, and may they all #LiveGibStrong.


My beautiful boy, Gibson, who continues to inspire!



Do you have a photo from your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week, so join in any time)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend!  (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog). We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun!

Grab our Badge!







We are also joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and  Barking from the Bayou
Be sure to hop on over and check out their blogs, too!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Giving Thanks


Flashing back to last year with our beautiful "Chloe" on Thanksgiving! From our FiveSibes home to yours, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!


"Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are." ~Joyce Giraud



How We Spent Black Friday This Year!!!

No busy stores or crowds for us! Just a lovely, warm evening being together in front of the faux fire!



Wishing you and yours a peaceful and warm holiday season!




Today's photo for Day 25: "Purple Flowers" of the #30DaysForEpiNovember Canine Epilepsy Photo Challenge hosted by Confessions of a Rescue Mom. Beautiful purple flowers I received from my dear daughter and son-in-law, on the first anniversary of his journey and the beautiful bouquet and canvas painting from two dear friends I received after his passing. 
These all touched my heart so much, and are so fitting for a "thankful" post.













Do you have a photo from your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week, so join in any time)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend!  (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog). We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun!

Grab our Badge!




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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. Joyce Giraud
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. Joyce Giraud
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. Joyce Giraud
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. Joyce Giraud
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Meet Maddie, an Adoptable Epi All Star!




Meet beautiful Maddie! Maddie currently lives at Husky House Siberian Husky & Fellow K-9 Rescue in New Jersey. She is a sweet eight-year-old Husky/mix who was diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy when she was four. In true Epi-dog form, Maddie does not let seizures keep her from enjoying the things she loves, such as food, tennis balls, and snuggling! 

As I've always said, dogs with Canine Epilepsy, with a little extra care and lots of love, can live full happy lives! And just look at that happy, smiling face of Maddie's! She is just waiting for her forever family to come and get her!

Husky House does stipulate, "Maddie needs a home that can dedicate the time and energy to figuring out her epilepsy. Maddie currently experiences cluster seizures requiring hospitalization at times despite the use of at-home rescue meds. She will need a calm, patient, loving family who can understand and help he with her medical issues."

Could that family be yours? If so, contact Husky House at www.HuskyHouse.org and fill out an adoption application for Maddie!  Be sure to tell them you saw her on our FiveSibes blog!

 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

EPIc Dog Tales Wins NYC Big Book Award!


WoooooHooooooo! Words cannot express how proud I am to have been notified that my book, my labor of love, EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy has just won the 2017 NYC Big Book Award in the Pet Category! *SO PROUD* And...during November's Epilepsy Awareness Month, how appropos! #LiveGibStrong! 💜 Many thanks to my inspiration, my beloved Gibson, and to my amazing ArcticHouse Publishing family! What an honor for us and for Epi-dogs everywhere!

A little self-promotion here...my book (a great holiday gift, hint-hint) can be purchased at www.ArcticHousePublishing.com and on Amazon! A portion of sales I donate to Canine Epilepsy research! I am just so thrilled...time to do some wooing with the FiveSibes, and look up at the shining stars and blow my Gibbie a kiss.

The following is an Amazon affiliate link...should you choose to purchase my book through this link, I will receive a tiny commission at no extra cost to you! Plus, you'll be assured that you are indeed ordering a book that will be hand-packed by me, and I can promise even a strand or two of the FiveSibes Husky fur!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

K9 Epilepsy Awareness: Family and Friends ~and~ Remembering Hu-Nanny & Gibson


Family and friends are so important to families sharing their lives with an Epi-dog, from being supportive emotionally as well as helping hands-on when necessary. They help lift us up on the difficult days, and enjoy all the happy days in between! Days 13 and 14 of the #30DaysForEpiNovember #CanineEpilepsy Photo Challenge, hosted by Kimberley and Epi-dog Rolo of the Confessions of a Rescue Mom blog all month long for November's Epilepsy Awareness Month, focuses on Family and Friends.

Our beloved pets are a part of our families, and for my Day #13 "Family" photo challenge pic, I'm sharing one of my favorite FiveSibes family portrait (with a creative twist!) 




For Day #14 - "Friends" - a fun and wonderful visit with my FiveSibes, with kisses from Gibbie, with Frankie, her mom, and best friend. Frankie and Gibson shared a very special bond - they both have epilepsy. This was such a special day, I will always keep close to my heart!

And today, Day #15 - is "Rock Something Purple" - and it is also the second anniversary of my Mom, the FiveSibes Hu-Nanny, earning her angel wings. We miss her so much every single day, and with Gibson joining her just one month later, I'm dedicating this photo of my two special angels "rockin' the purple" now together forever in Heaven.




Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thank You, Veterans


Today is Veterans Day in the United States and a day to honor and thank our veterans - human and K9 soldiers. 

A special event is the advance screenings today of the new HBO film War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend that according to the film's promo is  "...a deeply personal documentary that highlights the intimate relationship between soldiers and their K9s who serve together as human/animal teams in combat." Here is a sneak peak:



The film will premiere on Monday, November 13, so check your local listings. I know I am eager to watch this special documentary! But, I have a feeling we will all need a box of tissues near by.


For more information and news about our U.S. War Dogs and their handlers, visit The United States War Dog Association.



Today is also Day #11 - "Throwback Photo" -  of the #30DaysForEpiNovember #Canine Epilepsy Photo Challenge hosted by Kim and her partner, Epi-dog "Rolo" of Confessions of a Rescue Mom. With it being Veterans Day, our FiveSibes challenge photo is of my angel Gibson honoring our Military War Dogs and their handlers.




To all our veterans, human and canine,  
Thank You for your service. 

As always, I dedicate this Veterans Day post to my favorite veteran and hero, my dad.