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Friday, April 24, 2015

Feeling Fit and Fine on a Flashback Friday!

We were so thrilled to have won first place in the BlogPaws "Get Fit With Your Pet Month" back in January, so I thought this would be perfect for our Flashback Friday! This is one of my favorite photos I've taken of my FiveSibes having fun in the back yard playing their version of Husky Ball! (Note the tennis ball in Harley's mouth to the far left!) So naturally, I was very proud and pleased it was selected as the first place photo in the BlogPaws Photo Contest!

As a result of my photo being chosen - I received a fantastic $75 gift certificate from Pet360 for which we selected a case of the FiveSibes fave dog food and treats from Blue Buffalo! When the box arrived, they excitedly sniffed it and knew full well it was for them! Thanks so much to BlogPaws and Pet 360!

  Today is also our co-host's birthday! So please join us here at the FiveSibes in sending out warm wishes and woos and Husky hugs to Jenna over at Love is Being Owned By a Husky for a Siber-ific day!

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We do hope you'll share a pic of your pet from yesteryear and join in our weekly blog hop!

Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our new co-hosts, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from your 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!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day: 45 Years of Caring for Earth; Be a Leader, Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Pawprint

Our FiveSibes Earth Day Poster

 We are going "wordy" for today's Wordless Wednesday as we are sharing in the Earth Day celebration! This year marks 45 years of the Earth Day Network caring and promoting for the care of our Earth - everyone's backyard. States, "Earth Day 2015. The year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. The year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty. The year in which citizens and organizations divest from fossil fuels and put their money into renewable energy solutions. These are tough issues but we know what’s at stake is the future of our planet and the survival of life on earth. On Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example. In 2015, let's redefine what progress looks like. It’s Our Turn to Lead."

We here at the FiveSibes have thought about not only our carbon footprint, but also our pet's carbon pawprint. We take the lead in our home by:

 Once again this year, I'd like to share some tips* that are also in my article published in the Volume 2/Issue 2 of American Pet Magazine to help everyone "think green" when it comes to our pets and their pet care, and help to reduce not only our carbon footprints, but their carbon pawprints as well:

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, 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,

Us Hu-parents have also "taken the lead" by installing solar panels this past year on our home.

Do you think you're pretty green? Take the Earth Day Carbon Footprint Quiz. It may surprise you! We're pretty green here with the solar panels, recycling, less driving, and in our pet care...and we still have room for improvement!

Take the quiz HERE.

This stunning time lapse video, "The Untouched" by photographer Shreenivasan Manievannan, is a project that was two-years in the making and contains photos from National and State parks throughout the United States, says Manievannan, "to create awareness about conserving natural resources of our planet, including preserving our skies." Such beauty is a true gift, aren't we all stewards of the Earth and therefore responsible for ensuring the care, safety, and future of such a gift for generations to come?

According to,  1,123,964,427 Acts of Green have been reached! Let's all do our part with our pets to reach 2 Billion! After all, the Earth is everyone's backyard.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Squirrel Watch on a Merry Meme Monday

It's Merry Meme Monday and today we are kickstarting the week with this great photo by You Know You Own a Husky, When with the perfect caption by Oh, the Life of Olivia! They both are beautiful furpals and Olivia is a fellow Epi-dog! Please stop over and visit their Facebook pages, and be sure to tell them we sent you over! We hope our meme poster brought you a few smiles today and a great start to hopefully a wonderful week!

"It's just another Manic Monday..." 
~The Bangles

Our FiveSibes™ Merry Meme Caption Contest is periodically hosted over on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page featuring gorgeous Siberian Huskies and clever memes suggested by and voted on our readers. Mondays have you down? Come join us each week for some Merry Memes and lots of smiles!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fond Memories on a Flashback Friday

Today, I'm flashing back to 1991, when my daughter was three and playing out in the yard with our sweet boy, Sandy, who we adopted as a puppy from our local SPCA. Note the matching beautiful smiles! Such fond memories!

"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."
~Honore de Balzac

Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our new co-hosts, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from your 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!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blog the Change: Pet First Aid Awareness

Harley with my First Aid book from class.

Do you know how to help your pet in case of an emergency? Are you certified in First Aid...for your pet? Do you have a First Aid Kit all stocked and ready? April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and today for Blog the Change for Animals,  (which is part of Be the Changes for Animals, or BtheC4Animals, where bloggers share their "cause" quarterly to help benefit the welfare of animals worldwide), we here at the FiveSibes homestead are talking about Pet First Aid Awareness.

To kick it all off, we are starting with a brief pop quiz to test your knowledge on recognizing and responding to a pet emergency. Now come back one likes quizzes, but this one could save your pet's life...

Ready? Here we go...

1. Your dog has a seizure, what do you do?
2. How do you know if your pet ingested/inhaled, or absorbed a poison?
3. Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke?
4. What to do if your pet gets stung by a bee?
5. Do you know the signs of bloat?
6. What are the ABCs of CPR?
7. Do you know the signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?
Answers at the end of the post.


"Woo...what's he bag for, Mom?" asks Wolf.

Do you have your vet, pet emergency hospital, and poison control numbers in your cell phone’s contact list or posted near your landline phone? Also include a family member, neighbor, or friend  you can call to help in case of an emergency. Sometimes we may need an extra set of hands to help transport the animal in need, or to stay behind with the pets left home.

Charges Apply.
Charges Apply.

Bandit wondering about the bag, too.

Do you know how to administer First Aid or CPR to your pet if need be? Have you taken any courses? Did you know you could sign up and get certified for a Pet First Aid, AED, and CPR course? It's not only a very important thing to learn, but classes are fun, too. And, I was even given my own mini First Aid Kit, including a stethoscope, that is now part of our First Aid Kit. You can check HERE for American Red Cross classes near you.

 Do  you know what a "Fly" bag is? 
(answer below!)

"Is this a 'Fly' bag, Mom?" asks Chloe and Wolf.

Do you have the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App on your cell phone? The app shows step-by-step instructions for:
  • First Aid emergencies
  • CPR
  • Pet profile for storing tag ID, photo and medical information
  • Early warning signs for when to contact a veterinarian
  • Animal hospital locator
  • How to include pets in emergency preparedness plans & a hotel locator
  • It also has First Aid quizzes for both cats and dogs.
To download the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App, visit Apple App Store or Google Play Store for Android, or go to

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Okay - time to see how well you did on your Pet First Aid Quiz!

1. Your dog has a seizure, what do you do? 

Keep your dog in a safe place away from anything that may hurt him/her during a seizure (wires, items falling off a shelf, other pets, etc.) keep hands away from mouth, speak softly, keep calm, note all symptoms and time lengths of seizure. Post-seizure, dog may experience disorientation and temporary blindness, keep safe and away from stairs. Contact your vet.
2. How do you know if your pet ingested/inhaled, or absorbed a poison?

Signs include bleeding externally or internally, dilated pupils, drooling or foaming at the mouth, seizures or other abnormal behavior, trembling, drowsiness, shock, diarrhea, vomiting, red irritated skin or eyes, burned lips, ulcers in mouth. Contact your vet immediately.
3. Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke? 

Bloody diarrhea or vomiting, wobbliness, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, mucous membranes very RED, increased salivation. Get your pet to a cool spot, apply cool water, contact vet immediately.
4. What to do if your pet gets stung by a bee? 

Do NOT try to remove the singer as it may release more toxin. Contact vet. If hives progress, bring pet to vet immediately for a shot of medication or instructions on administering on-hand antihistamine.

5. Do you know the signs of bloat? 
Signs include hyper salivation, restlessness, pacing, distended abdomen, non-productive vomiting, shock. All life threatening and pet must get to veterinary hospital immediately!
6. What are the ABCs of CPR? 

A = AIRWAY. Check Air to be sure nothing is their mouth.  
B = BREATHING. Begin rescue breathing. Place hand over nose or nose and mouth. Gently exhale until chest rises.  
C = CIRCULATION. Check circulation. Start chest compressions. (Please check with your vet, be sure to take a First Aid class, or refer to the American Red Cross First Aid App for instructions.)
7. Do you know the signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)? 
Dog is wobbly, may twitch, seem blind, go into seizures, and even collapse. Rub corn syrup on dog's gums, even if comatose. Check ABCs and perform CPR if needed. Take dog to vet hospital IMMEDIATELY!
*Sources: American Red Cross Pet First Aid App & FiveSibes™

The Doctors TV Show presents "Ask the Vet" Pet CPR with Dr. Courtney Cambell:

Do you have an up-to-date First Aid Kit for your dog? If yes, check to be sure you have current supplies and that topicals (and meds if you carry them in the kit) are up-to-date and have not expired. If no, there's no time like the present to either get one or create your own. I used to have a First Aid “Basket” for the FiveSibes, inspired by my future son-in-law who is a volunteer firefighter and EMT who has a "fly" bag (a fully-stocked First Responder medical and trauma kit housed in a duffel bag), I have now updated and upgraded our First Aid Basket, that also contained a mini on-the-go kit, to a bright red First Aid “fly” bag that includes: a stethoscope, antiseptic, antibiotic cream, gauze, bandages, scissors, ear and eye ointments, First Aid instructions, Benadryl® (in fridge), ear thermometer, alcohol pads, latex gloves, portable water bowl, pet's photo ID, etc. 

Gibson checking out our First Aid Kit.

Since my Gibson is an Epi-dog, I also include things such as his journal (containing medications, vet and ER contact numbers, and notes about seizures, including date/time, length, type, etc.), instant ice packs, medication list, and anything that I keep on hand in case of a seizure (i.e. Rescue Remedy®), disinfectant wipes (for clean up), and paper towels.  It also has pockets so I can toss his meds in when we are traveling, or on "the fly!" As an extension of sorts to our First Aid Kit, I also keep natural vanilla ice cream in the freezer at all times (to help raise sugar levels post-seizure) and a "cooler collar" (a collar that a thin ice pack slips into) for Gibson to keep him cool on a  hot day to help prevent triggering a seizure, or to help keep his body temp from rising should one occur.

We all hope we are never faced with an emergency or disaster, but if we are, it is better to be prepared and have emergency vet numbers and First Aid information at our fingertips because in an emergency, seconds are vital.  

Ben Franklin summed it up best when he stated, 
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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