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Friday, April 21, 2017

Flashback Friday: How To Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Pawprint on Earth Day and Every Day!

Saturday is Earth Day! So I am combining it into our Flashback Friday, by looking back to past Earth Day celebrations and here's our Harley and Binx bringing some helpful Earth Day tips on how to help reduce our pets' carbon pawprints!

For more helpful and Earth-friendly tips, check out my article "12 Ways to Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Pawprint" over on 4Knines HERE!

How are you reducing your 
pet's carbon pawprint? 
Tell us in the comments below!

To read more about how you can help our Earth, visit 

We hope you'll join in our weekly FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop by sharing photos from your pet's Memory Lane, grabbing our badge below, and linking up (we are open all week!) so we can all share in those precious memories!  Joining us is our co-host, Love is being owned by husky!

We are also joining in the Pet Parade! Hosted by , Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, Barking From the Bayou and Love is being owned by a Husky. They, too, are open all week so hop in the parade with us! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Waiting for the Easter Husky Bunny!

My boy, Wolf, staring pensively out of our front window patiently waiting for the arrival of the Easter Husky Bunny in this special Flashback Friday moment from 2012! 

What do you think he's wishing to find in his Easter basket?

We hope you'll join in our weekly FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop by sharing photos from your pet's Memory Lane, grabbing our badge, and linking up (we are open all week!) so we can all share in those precious memories!  Joining us is our co-host, Love is being owned by husky

We are also joining in the Easter Pet Parade! Hosted by , Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, Barking From the Bayou and Love is being owned by a Husky. We are open all week so hop in the parade with us! Happy Easter!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wolf, Siberian Husky Nurse on Duty!

Wolf, Siberian Husky Nurse (S.H.N.) on Duty!

My boy, Wolfie, (Gibson's little bro) has been living up to his "working breed" classification as he has been a very good furry nurse keeping an eye on me while I recuperate from acute bronchitis. He sleeps right on my feet, and hasn't let me out of his sight!


It's (Almost) Wordless Wednesday! 


Monday, April 3, 2017

The Rainbow Bridge Welcomes A New FurAngel - Buddy, the Christmas Husky

Original photo by and courtesy of Lisa Byrd; modified by FiveSibes

The Rainbow Bridge must be some (p)awesome place to be for it has so many amazing, beautiful angel animals there. My beloved Gibson is there. As is my Chelsey, Sandy, kitty Smokie, bunny Sunny, my fox Ah, many horses, and so many others pets. We have many furfriends who have also crossed The Rainbow Bridge. All of these beloved animals are healthy and happy, with all the dogs enjoying their zoomies and playing Fetch all day in a land that is eternally beautiful. Sounds perfect. Only catch is when our devoted companions are there, we can no longer physically be with them. So while they are in a place where the spirit soars, our hearts are broken as we are missing them here with us. It is a hurt we all as pet parents now way too well. 

And today, as unbelievable as it seems as I write this, we have to bid a final farewell to another dear furpal, Buddy, the Christmas Husky, who has now earned his wings and has made his journey to North of the Rainbow Bridge.

Photo of rescued Buddy courtesy of Shari Baillargeon

As many of you know, Buddy's story is what my book, Buddy the Chrismas Husky~Based on a True Holiday Miracle is about. His tale started out very tragic, where he was abused, shot, sick, and abandoned, left wandering the cold, snowy streets in an Arkansas town until a good Samaritan named Geneva Ryan stepped out into traffic that snowy Christmas Day and saved him. Through a whole online community known as "Team Buddy," Buddy found his way to his amazing and loving foster "Mama Shay" Shari Baillargeon, states away in Georgia, who opened her heart and home to to the sickly, barely recognizable Siberian Husky. 

Mama Shay, with the continued help and support from Team
Buddy, nursed Buddy back to a much healthier boy under the veterinarian care at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and she bestowed upon him so much love and healing, and shared his journey with us, reaching out and traveling to meet so many of Buddy's friends across states. Mama Shay provided him with a rescued dog's dream life. The unique thing about Buddy's story is that Team Buddy is a worldwide community of dog lovers, most who have never met in person, who joined together to help him throughout his ordeal, and continued to support Mama Shay and Buddy all through his health issues, some that stayed with him leftover from his unknown days of abuse, and a more recent diagnosis of lymphoma.

Book illustrations by Barbara K. Slocum
Mama Shay and Buddy's incredible story touched my heart so much that I was inspired to write the book about his life, from what I thought would be Buddy's point of view, along with a timeline of photos chronicling his journey from abuse and abandonment to rescue and love. The book, published by my ArcticHouse Publishing, not only tells of this rescue story, but a portion of sales I donate to help with, even if in a small way, Buddy's ongoing healthcare expenses. It's a book I'm very proud of and many thanks go out to the amazing FiveSibes and Buddy communities who purchased Buddy's book, which in turn enables me to make the donations. 

Latest book sales donation to Mama Shay's "Buddy's Buddies" Fund

Me meeting Buddy! Love at first sight!

This past summer, I had the joy of meeting this handsome boy when Mama Shay and Buddy drove from Georgia up the East Coast to upstate New York with traveling companions fellow Siberian Husky, Nala, who Mama Shay was fostering, and Nala's new adoptive Mom, Susan. They came to join me in a book signing event and a meet and greet at The Parish in New Paltz, where Buddy was the star! Children and adults alike loved meeting him, and Buddy, well, he was in his glory! It is a day that was so special and filled with love. One that I will cherish forever.

Photo by Judy Herron

The day was such a fun-filled special day for all of us, many who traveled great distances, including several states, just to attend! You can check out all of the fun here in this video:

Our fun "The New York Adventures of Buddy & Nala" cartoon strip from the day! We all know Huskies are characters and have a great sense of humor, and Buddy and pal Nala show us that!

 Buddy was the cover Husky of American Pet Magazine, where my article on him, Mama Shay, and Team Buddy was published. And he was my lead story about Buddy the "Traveling Husky" coming to the Hudson Valley, New York gracing the pages of Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine.

Buddy and Mama Shay were guests twice on my FiveSibes "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio Show! You can tune in here to hear his story:

December 2016

 December 2012

Today, Mama Shay shared with the Buddy community the following:

Mama Shay & Buddy by Lisa Byrd
"Mama Shay here. This is the hardest post I have ever had to write. Our Precious Buddy ~ The Christmas Husky has gone over The Rainbow Bridge. I am devastated but it was the right decision for Buddy. The MRI showed a tumor in his spinal cord. We could have waited to see if he could walk again on his own but he was very stressed and upset that he couldn't use his legs. He was always used to being the Strong Husky In Charge and he didn't like being helpless at all. He was in pain that I couldn't control at home. We all have Our Angel Buddy watching over us now. It was storming and pouring down rain when I was leaving UGA, Buddy cleared the sky for me so I didn't have to drive home through it. He is already taking care of me and I am sure he is watching over all of you who love him so much. I hope you understand that I won't be on much right now, my heart is hurting. I hope Buddy's page and legacy can be used for something good to honor him. We will have to decide what route to take but hope that you will all stay with us as we remember and honor our Special Husky In Charge. I want to send a special Thank You to Veronica Doster-Booth and Amanda Bee for coming to the hospital and being with me during this difficult time. Buddy has brought so many wonderful people into my life, he was a blessing as are each of you. We love you all!"

The Christmas Husky by Shari Baillargeon
Mama Shay has been such an amazing, loving forever foster hu-mom to Buddy, providing him with the best of care and giving him a life full of love, friends, and travel (Buddy has seen more of the USA than I have!) 

I grieve with Mama Shay and the entire community of Buddy friends and fans over the loss of this very special boy. Buddy was a true miracle story. He was, and always will be, a symbol of hope for rescue dogs everywhere. 

When asked what Buddy's message would be, Mama Shay said, "Just remember me when you see the next 'mangy mutt' on the side of the road. Instead of blowing your horn or shooing me away, pick me up and offer your kindness and help! The world can be a better place with one act of kindness which leads to others. After all, look what happened to me, Buddy, the Christmas Husky! Roo, Roo, Roo!”

So today, I am sending big Husky hugs to Mama Shay and must say good-bye to our dear, sweet furangel friend, Buddy, the Christmas Husky

Buddy, may your Husky-in-Charge star shine brightly forever.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Purple Day® Blog Hop is Here! Show Us Your Purple in Support of Those Living With Epilepsy

Today is Purple Day® for Epilepsy and World Epilepsy Day™. As many of you loyal readers are aware, my Gibson was, is, and always will be my inspiration behind our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign and Canine Epilepsy advocacy. 

What is Purple Day? 

Here is a short video that will help explain it all...but know, it's credited to a 9-year-old girl named Cassidy Megan who wanted to have a special day for others like herself, who live with Epilepsy, to know that people around the world care, and there should be no stigmas or fear attached to Epilepsy. I whole-heartedly agree, and want to add the very same goes for our canine companions. Please take a moment and watch the video if you have not yet had the chance to view. And be sure to check out the end credits for a condensed list of Canine Epilepsy informational resources. (A more extensive list is in my book, EPIc Dog Tales).

Gibson, the Face of Canine Epilepsy & #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign

For my new readers, and to recap, Gibson was diagnosed shortly after his third birthday in 2009. I have written much about our journey together over the years, sharing our experiences, Gibson's amazing determination and his constant rehab from side effects due to the Epi-medications, as well as stories of other Epi-dogs, adoptable Epi-dogs, and valuable information on seizures and Canine Epilepsy. My beautiful wooly warrior boy who loved to talk, give me Gibbie kisses, do the Gib hip-hop dance, and have an understanding and connection with me second to none. Our bond was unbreakable. There was no road too rough for him to travel, if I asked. He was feeling wonderful...just rehabbed (again) from weak hind issues and a fall on the ice, and was back to running and feeling good...and then one night, he collapsed. Not from seizures, but rather from the sneaky beast called cancer. Hemangiosarcoma to be exact. He fought gallantly for a week, with home care and IVs, but when he went in for surgery on his bleeding spleen, the cancer was discovered, and it metastasized, including a hidden orange sized tumor. So... my brave, beautiful, fluffy spirit guide, slipped peacefully on to his next journey. He will always be by my side, and as I always say, he is proof that dogs with Canine Epilepsy can and do live full, happy lives for however long we are blessed to have them. Gibson sure did.

Gibson inspired me every single day. I learned that when the going gets tough...keep going. Just like he did. I became an official Purple Day Ambassador in 2012, and joined The Wally Foundation as a volunteer case manager to help guide and support others who have dogs with seizures. He was the spark behind both of my books on Canine Epilepsy that I wanted to write to help others understand and not be afraid. 

Through my books, the illustrated children's FiveSibes Tale, What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and my EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy (ArcticHouse Publishing), and our first benefit auction, we have raised over $3,200 for Canine Epilepsy research and assistance. Since I pay for all the work on my books myself, and for the publication, I am so proud that we were able to make these donations to day, and that is also thanks to all of you who helped support this cause by purchasing* the books! 

*Books are available through ArcticHouse Publishing, with links to Amazon. Please always be sure on Amazon that the seller is ArcticHouse to be sure you have us! A portion of my books will always be donated to the Epil-K9 Foundation, home of the Epil-K9 List and Canine Epilepsy Resources, for the "Emma's Seizure Fund" at the North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

What Are We Doing For Purple Day? 

A Blog Hop!

I am proud to announce that here at FiveSibes, in Gibson's honor I am hosting our 3rd Annual FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Purple Day Blog Hop to promote awareness and help support both humans and canines (and horses, cats, and bunnies) who live with Epilepsy, and to let them know they are not alone in their journeys. I am pleased to pair up with co-hosts and fellow Epi-dog hu-moms, Kimberley Matchem and her handsome "Rolo" from Confessions of a Rescue Mom and Jeanaann Barnaby and beautiful "Olivia" from Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. Grab our badge down below, follow the linky directions below, and let's show the world our purple! The Blog Hop will stay open until 11:59 PM EST on March 31st, so spread the word!

A Radio Show! 

Today, I am also taping the newest episode of my show "The Sibe Vibe" on Dog Works Radio and in honor of Purple Day, my guest is Margit Maxwell, trainer and canine behavior specialist for Siberian Huskies and Malamutes, and an Epi-dog parent. Margit is also the author of The Divine Dog Project on Facebook. We will be discussing the important correlation between zinc deficiency and seizures on today's show. You can tune in live HERE at 1 PM EST. If you can't join us live, I will be posting the permalink here after the show so you can check back and listen in at your convenience. It will also be available on iTunes under the Dog Works Radio family of shows.

A K9 Epilepsy Book Giveaway!
Also, in honor of Purple Day, you can have the opportunity to *win* a copy of my beautiful resource book, EPIc Dog Tales. Just pop over to Kings River Life Magazine, read my latest article, and at the end you can find out how you can enter to win a copy of this book every pet owner should have on their library shelf. For more details, please visit HERE. Instructions on how you can enter are at the end of the article. *Drawing is April 1*

Raising Funds to Help Epi-Dog Families!
And...don't forget about Gibson's namesake "Gibbie Snacks" from House Woof Dog Biscuits in Vermont. They were his favorite treat and were created by the chef and nursing masters at House Woof based on Gibson's diet and with the nutritional diet of the Epi-dog in mind. 

No preservatives, salt (important for Epi-dogs who may be on Potassium Bromide), or rosemary - ever! Just organic ingredients such as beef puree, cooked green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, fresh parsley,  and oatmeal. Yum! And as if it couldn't get any better...House Woof donates $1/bag purchased to The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy, a non-profit organization that offers possible financial assistance for much-needed medications to families, rescues, and fosters of Epi-dogs. To find out more about Gibbie Snacks, visit HERE. 

And Co-Hosting a Facebook Event!

We'd love for you to share your Purple Day pics with us over on our Purple Day for Epilepsy 2017 Facebook event page HERE, also hosted by FiveSibes, Confessions of a Rescue Mom, and Knotty Toys for Good Dogs! 

For more info on Purple Day, please visit ~and~

What are You and Your Pet Doing for Purple Day?

Please tell us in the comments below, and join in our Blog Hop!

Time to Hop! Grab Our Blog Hop Badge!

And please be sure to link to us!

Thanks for joining us in spreading the word that dogs who live with Epilepsy are amazing...and they can and do live happy lives!