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Monday, May 23, 2016

Wild West Huskies Dress Up for Whitley


Today, we are joining in the Blogville's "Dress Up for Whitley" Day in memory of our sweet furpal. 

Since Whitley loved wearing pretty little dresses her momma made for her, and she loved all things Texas, I thought my FiveSibes Wild Bunch dressed in their Old West duds would be the fitting photo to honor our sweet little furangel friend. 

Whitley, you and your pretty little dresses sure are missed! Please find my sweet boy, Gibson, a/k/a "Marshall Gentleman Gib," send him my love, tell him I miss him, and then you two enjoy a nice round of frosty root beers together, share a burger, and enjoy some paw-tappin' music while giving a spin around the dance floor together, with your skirt twirling!  (Whitley, Gentleman Gib is a great dancer!) 

There sure will be a rootin'-tootin' fun time up at the Rainbow Bridge today, that's for certain!



Here's the rest of our FiveSibes pack in their 
Western party best!




Ride into the sunset, sweet little cowgirl Whitley. Gentleman Gib and so many furpals are waiting, ready to take that great trail ride in the sky 
together, forever.


 "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learnt something from yesterday."~Inscription on John Wayne's Headstone

 

We are joining Dory's Backyard and many other Blogville folks today in the Dress Up for Whitley blog hop! We hope you'll join in and be sure to hop around and see what other wonderful outfits bloggers are wearing today for sweet Whitley! What a wonderful community Bloggerville is!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Shave a Husky? Don't Do it!

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When the warmer weather arrives, I hear so many folks talking about shaving their Siberian Huskies. When I hear this, I want to hold up that big red STOP sign, and say, "Please, Don't!" 





While you may be hot looking at a Husky with all its fur - especially a wooly - but trust me, it does not bother him or her! Unless specifically for medical reasons (as recommend by your vet), it is never a good idea to shave a Husky. Last summer, after having a conversation with my groomer about shaving Huskies, a double-coated breed dog, I realized just how popular this idea is with folks, groomers included. I have also had readers send me photos of their dogs that had been shaved ~ without their permission ~ and concerned about the regrowth of their hair. It seems when the thermometer rises, folks are tempted to shave their Husky (or northern-breed dog), so last spring, after Gibson was finished being groomed, I did a photoshoot with him and put together the top graphic about why Huskies should never be shaved in the hopes of helping educate others, including first-time and potential Sibe parents, as well as groomers unfamiliar with the breed, to help stop this all-too-frequent seasonal ritual from occurring! It is important and for your dog's health to always keep your Husky well-groomed and brushed.



Why Shouldn't I Shave My Husky?


*Their double coats serve as insulation from both 
cold AND heat.


*Exposed skin is susceptible to skin allergies, sunburn, 
and skin cancer.


*A shaved body can more easily allow for bug and 
parasite infestation.


*Shaving the fur can corrupt proper growth.


How Can I Keep My Sibe Cool?


*NOT by shaving!

*Turn on A/Cs or fans!


*Put on a cooling collar!

*Buy a cooler water bed! Therapeutic & cool!


*Swimming, splashing in kiddie pools, and running through sprinklers and chase away the heat! 

*A portable sprayer bottle with a fan is pretty cool!


*Wearing a bandana dipped in cool water is very refreshing!


*Apply cool water to paw pads!


*Go outside in early AM or late PM to beat the heat!


*Walk in shady spots, and beware of hot blacktop & sand!


*Always have fresh, cool drinking water available!


*Never, EVER leave them in a warm car!

 Flashing back several summers to when all FiveSibes enjoyed some splashing in their pools!


So, go ahead and enjoy the warmer weather and let your Siberian Huskies have fun staying cool  
without shaving them!

 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 joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Newsy Tuesday: Article on Pet Preparedness in American Pet Magazine! Do You Have a Plan?



*New Release* - Check out my article on "Disaster Preparedness: Do You Have a Plan for Your Pets?" that includes pet preparedness information, items for an emergency first aid kit, and some helpful mobile apps. See pages 6-11 in the newest V5, Issue 2 edition! Read it online at American Pet Magazine HERE!





 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Original Love on a FiveSibes Flashback Friday



Today, Harley is showing a photo of "the Originals" of our FiveSibes pack family ~ her and  Gibson from when they were puppies! We are flashing back 10 years to when Gibson joined our family at four months of age, and Harley, the love of his life from first glance, was just over a year old! While this month marks five months since Gibson journeyed North of the Rainbow Bridge, in other ways it seems this photo was just taken only a short while ago. I miss my "married couple" and how they were always together, snuggling. As much as I had a very special bond with Gib, so did Harley. He was so smitten with his beautiful alpha queen. Oh, how precious time is, and it does indeed keep marching on. So keep sharing special moments together, making tomorrow's memories today.


You never know when you're making a memory. Rickie Lee Jones
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"You never know when you're 
making a memory." 
~Rickie Lee Jones
You never know when you're making a memory. Rickie Lee Jones
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/rickieleej193159.html


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For Whitley

I'm dedicating today's blog post to one of our sweet Blogger friends, Whitley Westie, who just recently made her journey to the Rainbow Bridge, or, as Whitley wrote, the "Land of Infinite Bacon, Smashed Taters, and Eggie Weggies." We sure are going to miss this beautiful little gal and all of her pretty little dresses made with love by her hu-mom. I asked Gibbie to keep an eye out for this sweet lass and take her under his big fluffy paw and show her all of the great places to play and swim, especially since they both loved to be poolside. Whitley, thanks for being our friend. We sure are going to miss you.





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 joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ode to All Moms: Happy Mother's Day!






Today marks my first Mother's Day without my beloved Mom and my boy Gibson. My heart is heavy with their loss, and just one month apart. This month marks six months--a half of a year--that my mother has been gone. Five months since Gibson earned his silver wings. And today is the date my father passed away, 42 years ago. Time stops for no one, yet leaves us in such a surreal state. They will always be in my heart and in my memories, and I'm so thankful for having them in my life. I am also very blessed to be a mom to a wonderful, caring, beautiful daughter who makes every day a gift with her joy and love! I am also happy to be the FiveSibesMom, and for my four remaining Sibes who continue to share their Husky love and make me smile, even though we all feel Gibson's absence.

Grieving is a strange companion. Such an emptiness where
loved ones who have left should be...yet, happiness for all the blessings still remaining in our lives. There are many kinds of mothers out there - moms, moms-to-be, adoptive moms, foster moms, moms in Heaven, moms of angels, stepmoms, you-are-like-a-moms, moms-in-law, and pet moms.  Today, is a day to rejoice that we are moms ourselves, and to cherish, spoil, thank, remember, and pray for all moms, worldwide for a mother's love is everlasting.

My gift - my beautiful, kind daughter, co-Husky mom & very best friend.

 My Mom loved to go down by the water and feed the seagulls at the beach.We used to freeze our leftover bread during the week to take down with us, and a local sandwich shop saved us their leftover rolls. The seagulls would have a feast and my Mom had so much fun. Growing up, we spent summers at the shore. The seagulls and waves brought us back to those sweet earlier days of my childhood my Mom and I spent at the ocean with my grandmother, aunt, and two cousins. Listening to my Mom laugh in this video brings me right back to that particular Mother's Day five years ago, and I smile. This was our special thing to do, and it brought her so much joy. And I really think the gulls knew when she was there! If I close my eyes, it's as though we were just there, together.


 
I love and miss you, Momma.


"A mother's love is like an everlasting bed of roses that continues to blossom. A mother's love bears strength, comfort, healing, and warmth. Her beauty is compared to a sunny day that shines upon each rose petal and inspires hope." ~Ellen J. Barrier

From me, the FiveSibesMom! 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Flashback Friday: Huskies Take Manhattan!

Photographic rendering.
Gibson Over Manhattan

Today's Flashback Friday dates back to 2012, when my photographs were selected to be part of the Creative Rising See.Me digital art exhibit in New York City. I was contacted after the show with a special announcement that one of my photographs would join other photographers and artists from around the globe in a skycraper show in Manhattan - my photo of Gibson was shown at 11:32 PM on Saturday, October 5, 2012!


Photo courtesy of See.Me
Times Square Skyscraper Gibson Adorned.


This was my See.Me artist statement:

I am a photojournalist, author, blogger, and parent to one daughter and five Siberian Huskies. I have been a photographer and animal lover for almost my whole life! Through my photos, I love to not only tell stories, but capture a mood; a moment in the life of my Huskies (known as the FiveSibes™), one of which was diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy in 2009. Their innocence, devotion, and essence of happiness is so pure and amazing to witness each day. They have added so much joy and dimension to our lives, and photographing them is pure enjoyment for me and my way of eternally honoring them and their breed, while also promoting and supporting Canine Epilepsy Awareness. It is my hope that when people look at my photographs, they will smile and think, 
"Wow, life is beautiful."

This was definitely one of the amazing and defining moments in my career, and in my life. I'm so honored my FiveSibes lit up the digital screens at the art exhibit, and that it was my portrait of my boy, Gibson, soaked in melting snow, that represented not only my work as a photographer, but it represented the magnificent breed of the Siberian Husky, and together we showed the world the face of Canine Epilepsy is a beautiful one. For one brief moment in time, five Siberian Huskies, known as the FiveSibes, showed the world their beauty, and a wooly Siberian Husky named Gibson took over the Big Apple! Woo! 

 #LiveGibStrongForever




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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 joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers!