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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Happy 150th Anniversary, ASPCA! Come Celebrate #ASPCA150 & Enter Giveaway!



Woo! This month, on April 10th, the ASPCA celebrated their 150th Anniversary! In honor of this very important milestone, the ASPCA launched 150 Days of Rescue, “a nationwide action campaign that seeks to unite the country in making a difference in the lives of homeless and abused animals.”  

So how can we help the ASPCA celebrate?

It's simple! Just visit ASPCA.org/150days and pledge a little time to volunteer time and help animals in need from now until September 7 "with the goal of reaching 150,000 actions for animals in 150 days."


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 What are some ways to participate? 





By volunteering at a local shelter/rescue. 

Donating. 

Fostering a shelter pet. 

Adopting. 

Start a fundraiser. 


Contact your government representatives about an animal welfare issue. 


Help educate others about shelter pets.












Your Good Pet Deeds Could Win Your Fave Shelter or Rescue  $150,000!
Do a good deed to help shelter pets, log it in over at ASPCA.org/150days and get an opportunity to WIN  $150,000 grant for your favorite shelter or rescue!!! 



 
Check out this video where celebrities, like Martha Stewart, Kesha, 50 Cent, Edie Falco, Nathan Lane, Julie Bowen, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and others speak out in a unique and humorous way about helping animals in need!


 



Our beautiful furangels, Sandy and Chelsey, both adopted as puppies from our local SPCA, say "please adopt, foster, visit, and spread the word about the ASPCA and what wonderful, loving pets shelter pets are!"




In honor of the ASPCA's 150th Anniversary and their goal of reaching 150,000 actions to help animals in need in 150 days, we are joining them in hosting a fab giveaway of a Commemorative ASPCA 150th Anniversary Gift Pack consisting of:



 ASPCA 150th Beach Ball

ASPCA 150th Towel

ASPCA 150th Luggage Tag

ASPCA Frisbee

ASPCA Tote


*Must  be 18 & a resident of the United States to Enter



Enter today until Midnight EST May 9, 2016 for a chance to win the Commemorative ASPCA 150 Gift Pack!



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Dog Faming - No Shaming Here! Our Dogs Tell Us What They Are Really Thinking!


We here at FiveSibes do not like the phrase "dog shaming"  so back in 2012 we put out a call for pups and their families to put a positive spin on this and we did our version of "Dog FAMING!" Check out this amazing trip down Memory Lane featuring many furpals and now furangels who joined us on this trip to highlight what our dogs are really thinking about! Enjoy! And you may even spot a few friends in here...



Flashback Love: My FiveSibes Kids!
 
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.  Come join us! We'd love to see your pets' Flashback pics! Just grab our badge below:






We are also hopping along to The Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal & Rocco,  Bionic Basil, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to check them out and all the hoppers', too! And we want to send out some Husky "woos" of thanks to The Pet Parade's host, Rascal and Rocco, for highlighting us as their Featured Favorite today! Wow! We feel very special! Please be sure to check them out! They just made our Flashback Friday a very happy one! Thanks, guys!


   


   
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

#Trees4Earth: Plant a A Tree and Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Pawprint on Earth Day


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Pin Our Harley Poster to Share Our Tips!


A Billion Acts of Green

Woo! To date, 2,023,267,635 Acts of Green have been reached! Now, let's reach 3 Million! Share and Pin our poster with our Harley highlighting some very easy and important ways  you can help reduce your pet's carbon pawprint! For even more ideas, visit the Earth Day Network's Billion Acts of Green site HERE.

#EarthDay2016 is 
History-in-the-Making!

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Earth Day 2016, today, marks a historical moment as it is the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement Signing Ceremony in New York City! More than 150 world leaders are signing the #ParisAgreement for global climate change, and you can watch it, learn more about what our leaders are doing to help our environment and become a citizen signer HERE.


According to Earth Day Network: 

Trees Help Combat Climate Change 
How you ask? “They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.”



Trees Help Us Breathe Clean Air 
Is there anything better than stepping outside on a warm sunny day and breathing in the air? Hopefully, clean air! Explains Earth Day Network, “Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.”



Trees Help Communities 
Of course they do! Not only do our pets seek out the shade and coolness of lying beneath a tree, and families and friends gather under the shade of a tree for gatherings, games, and get-togethers, Earth Day Network shares that trees also “help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.”



So what can we do?


Recycle that pool water!
First, hug a tree. Yep. Go right ahead. Be thankful for trees and what they do for our planet. Here we are once again sharing our tips for helping to reduce your pet's carbon pawprint and our effort toward helping global climate change.


Walk your dog whenever possible instead of going by car.


Use recycle shopping bags when going grocery shopping for your supplies and food.


Feed your pet their food in a stainless steel dish.


Make your pet's snacks whenever possible.


Recycle pet food containers and cans instead of throwing them in with the trash.


Recycle pet medication containers (check with your vet, pharmacy, and acupuncturist as many happily accept them. My acupuncturist loves them).


Clean "green" with chemical-free household supplies (we should be anyway for the health and safety of our pets).


Use biodegradable "doggy-do" bags.


Don't use the microwave to warm up their food.


Plant a tree in memory of a pet.


When emptying out a pet pool or water dish, use it to water flowers, shrubs, and trees.


Recycle old dog beds, blankets, and toys. Stitch em' up, give them a wash, and donate to shelters.


Spay or neuter pets to reduce the epidemic of homeless animals and overpopulated shelters.


Look into reducing energy by installing solar panels (we did this last year), or simply by turning off TVs, computers, lights, iPods, radios, etc. and getting outside more to play with your pets or volunteer at a shelter to play with some homeless animals.  You'll save energy AND have happier furbabies!
*Source: ©Dorothy Wills-Raftery, FiveSibes.blogspot.com


To become part of the Earth Day movement, make a donation, and see what else you can do to help, please visit the Earth Day Network at www.earthday.org.

You can also help by sharing information about Earth Day by using the hashtags #EarthDay2016 and #Trees4Earth.


In 2020, Earth Day Network will be celebrating 50 years of their environmental movement! Let's help them achieve their goals, which should be all of our goals ~ plant a tree (or two) and reduce both yours and your pet's carbon pawprint today because protecting the Earth is protecting our home.

Together, we can do this.




My Flashback Friday photos are of Gibson and our adopted feral kitty, Binx. The above photo of my Gibson during one of our springtime strolls from a few years ago is perfect for today's Earth Day Flashback Friday! Gibson loved the feel of grass under his feet, sniffing flowers, hanging out under the shade of a tree with me, and always the first of the FiveSibes to get into the kiddie pool! On this Earth Day, and every day, it's good to stop and really feel the sun, hug our pet, and be thankful for the beautiful moments we share together on this Earth.




 
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.  Come join us! We'd love to see your pets' Flashback pics! Just grab our badge below:
2,023,267,635
2,023,267,635
2,023,267,635



We're also hooking up with The Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit their blogs & others' too!

   

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Newsy Tuesday: Celebrating First Donation to Save Our Siberians-Siberspace Rescue Fund, And A Tribute to a Husky Friend




Woo! We are so excited to announce that we have now been able to send off our first donation check in the amount of $50 to the Save Our Siberians ~ Siberspace Rescue Fund from sales of my second FiveSibes Tale, Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness!  

Barb Branham of the SOS-SRF shared these wonderful photos of her beautiful Huskies who are howling their thanks for the donation to help Huskies in need!



"Jolie" is howling a happy "thank woo" and looking forward to it helping Huskies in need through the SOS-SRF!

"Shaka" is very pleased!

Epi-dog "Sabre" and "Jolie" thank everyone who purchased Getting Healthy With Harley and hopes more will buy this fun book children's book so SOS-SRF can received more donation checks to help more Huskies in need!



 
The Save Our Siberians - Siberspace Rescue Fund (SOS-SRF) is an organization that, according to their website, "raises and disburses funds to assist Siberian Husky rescue groups and individuals with non-routine expenses incurred for rescue dogs. This might include paying for heartworm treatment or making a contribution towards major surgery or multiple medical expenses." To date, the SOS-SRF has helped "nearly 500 dogs" since first forming in 1998!  Applications for funds must be submitted to their rescue coordinator by visiting their website at www.SOS-SRF.org 
 



Many thanks to all of you who have purchased my Getting Healthy With Harley book, illustrated by Michelle Littler! A great book for children and adults alike! A wonderful book to read together so children learn about making healthy choices (for pets and people!) And...because of your purchase, this (I hope first of many) donation check to the SOS-SRF was made possible! Thank you!!! I'm proud to also say that Getting Healthy With Harley has also been awarded "Best in Print" by American Pet Magazine, and named to the Talent Hounds 2015 "Top Dog Books for Kids" list!



  

If you'd like to purchase my fun and educational Getting Healthy With Harley book, Harley and the SOS-SRF would so appreciate it as a portion of all purchases is donated to help rescue Huskies in need! You can purchase the book through our publishing website - ArcticHouse Publishing - or through Amazon.com (Note: Please always look to be sure the seller is ArcticHouse Publishing, that's us!) And, if you'd like it autographed and personalized, just let us know!


I would like to dedicate this post to Bob Baker, who was the SOS-SRF Rescue Coordinator since 2002, and one of the founding members of the Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue in Pennsylvania. Sadly, Bob passed away November 30, 2015, two weeks after my Mom passed away and two weeks before my Gibson journeyed North of the Rainbow Bridge. I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Bob, first three years ago at the 10th Anniversary of the Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue Tails on the Trails event in Pennsylvania. He and one of his Huskies starred in my rescue video. Then, I once again had the pleasure of speaking with him in depth about the SOS-SRF, rescue work, and Huskies when he was a guest on my "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show (To listen to the show featuring Bob, please visit our channel HERE). Bob was a great lover of Siberian Huskies, and a devoted volunteer who helped Siberian Huskies in need. While we are truly saddened by his passing, we know he is now enjoying the company, and receiving many Husky kisses, from so many he has loved and helped who are now with him, North of the Rainbow Bridge. 

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