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Friday, February 28, 2014

'Twas the Night Before the Iditarod...


 Bandit has visions of sled dog racing dancing in her head!

Woooo! Tomorrow kicks off the Iditarod 2014

In honor of this being the Iditarod Eve, here's a great video created by students posted on the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail blog along with some great stories along the trail. According to the site, "The purpose of this website is to provide an area of the Education Portal for the Finalists for 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ to post articles and information throughout our selection process. These articles will share information about their journey to Alaska, the 2014 Winter Conference for Educators, and Iditarod."

Lots of great stories, photos, and videos, so check it out! Here's one of the videos created by students just perfect for tonight's post:


For all the latest info on the Iditarod, the mushes, the dogs, and the Teacher on the Trail, be sure to check out the Iditarod website HERE

You can watch some videos on the dogs getting ready for the race on Discovery.com.

And to get you in the mood and all ready for tomorrow...here's a great video by Gone to the Snow Dogs showing beautiful sled dogs doing what they love!



We want to wish all the Iditarod mushers and dogs a safe and fun run!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Celebrate International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day With "Gibbie Snacks" and Benefit Epi-Dogs!


It's Our 4th Blogiversary! Come Celebrate!




We are so excited! Four years ago today we debuted our FiveSibes™ blog featuring our alpha queen, Harley, flashing her pearly white Sibe smile in our very first post "February is Canine Dental Health Month!"  

It's so hard to believe it's been four years already - I guess what they say is so true, time does indeed fly when you're having fun. We are thrilled to be rated one of the Top Siberian Husky Websites globally, and we have you all to thank for that recognition! The Sibe kids and I have made so many wonderful friends here in Blogville and we are very proud to be part of this amazing community. We look forward to the next four years!


So, what's an anniversary without presents? To help us celebrate, we're holding a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance for two to snag one of our (we think) pretty cool FiveSibes "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show T-shirts featuring the adorable cartoon version of our Sibe kids created by very talented FiveSibes illustrator, Michelle Littler! 
 
To be entered to win, just complete the Rafflecopter below. We would love for you to follow us on all our social media, but it's not mandatory...so we do hope you'll pop in and visit us from time to time.

Thanks for making our four years so special!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Courage Doesn't Always Roar


As many of you know, my beautiful 8-year-old wooly boy, Gibson, is an Epi-dog, having been diagnosed shortly after his third birthday with idopathic epilepsy. Since then, he and I have embarked upon a "Live Gib Strong K9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign" to help others understand Epi-dogs can and do live happy, full lives. He suffers from weak hind issues for years as a result of his meds, but we work through it with laser therapy, diet, light exercise, home massage, supplements, sling harness when necessary, and this past Christmas he slipped on ice and tore a CCL, which I am treating with through Conservative Care Management and the aid of an Woundwear A-Trac Stability brace and a GingerLead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Harness.  (review to come).

Gibson is amazing...his spirit and will unwavering. He has the courage of a lion. Every step of progress he makes, just makes my day! I've been reporting periodic updates of his progress, which is slow and steady and promising. 

Just recently, I've been asked, "Why don't you put him down?" Well... You can imagine my reaction. Shock, disbelief,  horror, anger...I felt it all! Unfortunately, this is often times the sentiment that is shared by some people to those of us who are working hard to rehabilitate our dogs through one ailment or another. Why would I consider such a thing when there is so much life in him and so much I can do to help him? 

I hope and pray that through our awareness campaign, we can help to educate and inform people in order to help them understand that there are other options to HELP dogs with these type of ailments and injuries. There are therapies, medications, and supplements to all try. If we can help to change the opinion of one, just one, than we've succeeded.

Is it work to rehab Gibson every day for months and months? Of course. But, he is worth every single minute of my time and love, the same as any other family member would be. And I know in my heart that he knows I am helping him and he loves me for helping him to the best of my ability. I will always take my cue from him...and I am confident that if it was time for anything different, he would let me know. Right now, he is full of life and hope and is on a road to recovery that will always, always be filled with love.

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.”  
~Mary Anne Radmacher

Friday, February 21, 2014

Flashback Friday: Belated Thank You of Love

With all the rehabbing going on, we're terribly behind in our posts. One of the things I want to play catch-up on is my "thank yous" so I will be trying to do that and hopefully get back into blogging on a more timely fashion and getting back to visiting all your blogs, too, as my furkids continue to recuperate. First up, we'll start with Valentine's Day and the Pupster's birthday as they are most recent...a big "thank woo" goes out to Holly and the Huskies for their wonderful and thoughtful gifts for Valentine's Day and Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit's sixth birthday in January. They had a wonderful time opening up their presents, and I think they know who the packages are from when they come as they get all excited! With rehab being the top priority here since Halloween...what a wonderful surprise and treat for the furkids to have! 



 "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~Marcel Proust


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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Oh No! We Sprung A Leak!

Rot-ohhhh....

As many of you know, Gibson is an Epi-dog and a wooly-coated Siberian Husky, so to keep him cool, he has a therapeutic water bed. While he's rehabbing from his Christmas Eve injury, his pack family loves to be around him and sometimes the girls Harley and Chloe share his water bed. Very sweet, however, the bed is only meant for an 80-pound dog, Gib is 95, plus Harley at 48 pounds and Chloe at 60...needless to say, tonight it popped a seam! Poor Gib, I had to dry up the floor under the water bed and his regular bed had become wet as a result...so I patted that down and wrapped it in a towel. Now Gibson is snoozing, but he wants his water bed! Luckily, it only takes a few days to have a new one shipped! I typically have a backup on hand, but since he ate the filler cap off the new one, this one was the back up! Poor guy...his expression in the photo above just says it all!

Friday, February 14, 2014

♥ Have a Sweet Valentine's Day! ♥ And a FREE Printable Card!


And if you're looking for an adorable Valentine's Day card to send...look no more! Here is a FREE printable card compliments of our fantastic FiveSibes™ Tales illustrator Michelle Littler who specially designed this for our FiveSibes friends and fans! 
(Thanks, Michelle!) 
 It's simple to download Michelle's card: Mac users click "Command" and track pad; PC users right click to download to your own computer!

How adorabe is this card?! Very!
Please be sure to check out her blog HERE, too, for lots more fantastic artwork and tell her the FiveSibesMom sent you over! And have fun sending your sweetpup a pawsome Valentine!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Puppy Bowl Sunday! Go Team Suri the Sibe!


Bandit and Wolf were excited to see Suri on the TV!

We had a fun day here just relaxing and watching the Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl X...but what made it extra special was that a very special little furfriend - a Siberian Husky puppy named "Suri" (check out her Little Miss Suri Facebook page and be sure to tell her the FiveSibes sent you over!) 

Little Miss Suri's professional Puppy Bowl X portrait!

Suri traveled all the way from Iowa to New York City to audition and not only was she selected, she was in the starting lineup! It was all very exciting! She was also featured on Fox News, along with her daddy photographer Carl Bromberg, who volunteers at the Last Hope Animal Rescue in Iowa. Click HERE for the link to the news broadcast where they talk about "viewing parties" that were hosted in order to raise donations for rescue dogs. The Puppy Bowl also shines the light on puppies and dogs who need homes and looking to be adopted into forever families.


Harley was into the game!
Today's Puppy Bowl kicked off with a warm welcome from First Lady Obama and the National Anthem along with some very special guests - police responder K9 officers and the First Dogs of the White House. What a great start to a pawsome Puppy Bowl game! Be sure to check it out on Animal Planet HERE.

Beautiful Suri commanded attention from the second she trotted out on the field with those captivating blue Husky eyes! My FiveSibes were all ready to woo for their little friend and fellow Sibe during the game, and there were some howls and woos, too!

"Cheerleaders" Gibson & Chloe rooting for Suri!

If you didn't get a chance to catch the game, check your TV guide listing for On Demand repeat showing, and check out some highlights over on the Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl website! Way too much fun and adorable overload to miss, especially Little Miss Suri!

Go Team Suri the Sibe! Congratulations on a great game! 


Let the the After-Party begin! 
(Flashback to last year's couch hoppin', stuffie rippin', toy rippin' celebratory fun!)

Gibson sums it all up!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

And the Survey Says...


The results are in from 239 Epi-dog parents from across the world who complete our FiveSibes™ "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Tell Us About Your Epi-Dog Survey that asked:

  1. How does your Epi-dog take his/her medications? (i.e. with peanut butter, cheese, slde down throat, etc.
  2. How does your Epi-dog react right after
    taking meds? (i.e. cough, gag, sneeze,
    bray, experience ataxia, lethargy, anxiety,
    sleepiness, no symptoms, etc.)
  3. What type of medications and/or
    holistic supplements is your Epi-dog on?
  4. Does your Epi-dog get any type of
    therapies to help relax or reduce anxiety,
    stress, ataxia (lack of coordination), limb
    weakness?
  5. Is your Epi-dog on a special diet or
    have dietary restrictions? If so, please
    explain.
  6. Does your Epi-dog have/require a
    special, therapeutic, or cooler bed to sleep
    on?
  7. How often does your Epi-dog have
    blood work done per year?
  8. Do you have a First Aid Kit for your Epi-dog?
    If so, what is in it?
  9. Do you belong to a Canine Epilepsy
    support group and/or online group? If so,
    what group?
  10. Is there anything about Canine
    Epilepsy that you would like to know about
    that you have not already discussed with
    your vet or neurologist, or educated
    yourself about from a reputable Canine
    Epilepsy resource site?
To read the results, including lots of great info and valuable tips from fellow Epi-parents worldwide, visit HERE

While most of the results are individual responses, there are a couple charts. Here's a sneak peek at one:

 
A huge "Thank You" to all the Epi-dog parents who took the time to complete our survey. It's so important that we continue to network and share resources, ideas, info, and tips to help give our amazing Epi-dogs every benefit we can so they can live happy, healthy lives, even with Canine Epilepsy.