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Friday, October 17, 2014

Puppy Kisses on a Flashback Friday!

Who doesn't love puppy breath and puppy kisses?! For today's stroll down Memory Lane, here is a precious flashback to my daughter when she was just a little girl getting sweet kisses from our local SPCA rescue pup, a beautiful German Shepherd/Akita "Chelsey." These two would grow up together and be best friends for life. Chelsey would always watch over and protect my daughter. And when she grew older, her choice play to nap was on my daughter's laundry pile in front of her window in the sun spot!


Flash-forward 13 years, and here's a very grown-up Chelsey getting sweet puppy kisses from our Harley! Chelsey taught baby Harley everything she knew! And to this day, Harley has a few habits that we know she learned directly from her furry teacher!


Awwww...puppy kisses...is there anything sweeter?!

Happy Flashback Friday!





And joining us again this week is our new co-host, those beautiful Sibes and their mom from Love is Being Owned by a Husky blog!

To catch up on past FiveSibes Flashback Fridays and see what all the fun is about, visit us here: 

Flashback Friday #41: Husky Hugs!
Flashback Friday #40: When the Sun is Shining
Flashback Friday #39: Of Christmas Past
Flashback Friday #38: Gibson's Epi-Tip #22
Flashback Friday  #37: Too Cool For His Shades


Join our hop with a #FlashbackFriday pic of your own! Post it on your site, then hook up to our link below, and don't forget to include our badge and a link back to ours and our co-host's site. Be sure to visit the hosts & hoppers to check out their fab Flashback photos, too! And show us your pet's flashbacks!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's National Vet Tech Week! Have You Thanked Your Vet Tech? #WeHeartVetTechs!

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We love our Vet Techs! We really do! We are so fortunate to have a great team of talented, caring professionals at Kingston Animal Hospital who really love the animals they care for and truly respect the pet parents. I enjoy visiting my veterinary office and so do my FiveSibes! My Huskies know the way to the office, and my Gibson looks forward to visits from the vet techs (and getting in a whole lot of Gibbie kisses!) 

In honor of National Vet Tech Week, we put together this video of some of our wonderful vet techs as they give K-Laser treatments to Gibson, and Harley, and you can see just how much Gibson enjoys all the attention! For him, it's "Spa Day" with some very special ladies! 

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And we here at the FiveSibes say, "Thank You!" 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blogging the Change for Canine Epilepsy Awareness

November is right around the corner, and with it people begin to think about the fun and exciting
winter holidays we wait all year for to return complete with turkey and stuffing, visiting family and friends, Christmas decorations, lights, candles, lots and lots of food, and in some areas - snow! But I'd like to take today's Blog the Change for Animals (#BtC4A) and talk about celebrating something else - the canine epileptic, also known as the Epi-dog. As many of my readers and "The Sibe Vibe" listeners are aware, one of my Siberian Huskies, Gibson, was diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy shortly after his third birthday in 2009. We have since embarked upon a #LiveGibStrong awareness campaign that dogs can -- and DO -- live full, happy lives with Canine Epilepsy. Over the years, through our campaign, my first children's book What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy (ArcticHouse Publishing), and through social media, I've met so many wonderful people who love and care, or have cared for, these amazing Epi-dogs. Seizures are scary. Seizures can change a dog's lifestyle. Seizures can change the way a family lives. But seizures are NOT a death sentence for a dog. Once upon a time, euthanization was the suggested course to take if a dog had seizures. That is so not the case today. There are so many resources, support groups, and methods of treatments now available to help dogs and families faced with a seizure disorder. Not all have happy endings, and sometimes the very medication used to help try and manage the seizures can harm the dog, but more dogs than ever are now living wonderful, happy lives in between seizures and many are even managed by the medication so they can live life as a dog should - happy, loved, and in the moment.

I am putting the finishing touches on my new book, EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories  About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy that will star many of these amazing dogs who are living, or who did live, with Canine Epilepsy. It's been a labor of love for almost two years and I cry each time I read these stories. I am very excited to finally get this book published and share these amazing stories and within the pages, these families share their Epi-dog's lives and what treatments and therapies they used with the hope that maybe their story will help another. The key is education. The more we know, the better lives we can give to our Epi-dogs, and they in return, give us so much love, and a few life lessons! I am putting this book out myself through my own indie publishing company, and after the cost of the book, my goal is to raise enough money so that a portion of proceeds can be donated to the Canine Epilepsy Resources, home of the (fantastic and ever-helpful) Epil-K9 list for their "Emma's Seizure Fund" through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

**To check on publication date and to order your copy, visit ArcticHousePublishing.com.**


I am also thrilled to present the very first FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness online auction! The auction is being hosted by the AFA - Auction for Animals and opens for bids November 1 at 10 AM EST and closes on November 15 at 8 PM EST. There are so many (p)awesome items already listed, and many generously donated! We do hope you'll go over and check out the album's preview of items, and plan to come back and do a little shopping for a great cause! The auction will not only help shine a light on Canine Epilepsy Awareness, but profits from the auction will benefit the Canine Epilepsy Resources, Epil-K9 Foundation's "Emma's Seizure Fund" through the North Carolina State University College of VeterinaryMedicine ~ AND ~ The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy that offers possible financial assistance to help purchase much needed medications to rescues/fosters/families of dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. Two fantastic non-profits really making a difference in the lives of dogs with seizures. Please support them and be sure to come visit the auction HERE.

And coming up on my Sunday, November 9th episode of  "The Sibe Vibe" on Dog Works Radio I will be talking all about Canine Epilepsy Awareness and seizure research featuring Karen  Muñana, DVM, MS, professor of Neurology, and Julie Nettifee Osborne RVT, BS, VTS, from  at the State University of North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine. It will be a very important and informative hour, so mark your calendars! And as always, if you can not join us live, I will be posting a permalink also so you can tune in any time.

We also continue our support of House Woof All Natural Dog Biscuits (a branch of the Edelweiss Bakery in Vermont) home-baked, healthy, and Epi-friendly biscuits, the "Gibbie Snacks," named after my Canine Epilepsy Awareness spokesHusky, Gibson. 
 For every bag purchased, House Woof donates $1 to The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy!  

Together we can "Be The Change" by spreading the word that with a little special care, and lots of love and support, these Epi-dogs can full happy lives and that their hu-guardians you are not alone. Help and support is just a keyboard stroke away! 

When sharing info about Canine Epilepsy, please use the hashtag #LiveGibStrong to help get our message out there!

We love Epi-dogs! #LiveGibStrong


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Snow in October? Flashback Friday Travels Back to Snowtober 2011!

Wolf samples a taste of the cool, yummy white stuff.

The Pupsters ~ Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit ~ were just three years old. Puppies still, actually (especially if you are Siberian Huskies). It was quite a surprise when the FiveSibe kids heard the ping-ping of snow hitting the brightly colored Autumn leaves here in the Hudson Valley. Was that rain? A tip of a head looks quizzically at the tree.

Ping. Ping. Ping-Ping-Ping!

And then it came...the soft quietly falling snowflakes that can enter our world so peacefully and beautifully. Seeing the snow sprinkled about the warm colors of fall was a site to behold! We only had four inches, but oh, it was a fun time at the FiveSibes homestead!

What made me think of Snowtober 2011 for today's Flashback Friday? I was reading a post this morning over on a friend's Facebook page that stated today Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, NY received their first dusting of snow yesterday...so it's not too far away! Will we have another snowy Halloween this year? Guess we will have to wait and see...in the meantime, there's always a flashback memory to Snowtober 2011!


Chloe wants some of the early winter treat. After all, Chloe loves to eat!

And joining us again this week is our new co-host, those beautiful Sibes and their mom from Love is Being Owned by a Husky blog!


To catch up on past FiveSibes Flashback Fridays and see what all the fun is about, visit us here: 

Flashback Friday #41: Husky Hugs!
Flashback Friday #40: When the Sun is Shining
Flashback Friday #39: Of Christmas Past
Flashback Friday #38: Gibson's Epi-Tip #22
Flashback Friday  #37: Too Cool For His Shades


Join our hop with a #FlashbackFriday pic of your own! Post it on your site, then hook up to our link below, and don't forget to include our badge and a link back to ours and our co-host's site. Be sure to visit the hosts & hoppers to check out their fab Flashback photos, too! And show us your pet's flashbacks!




Thursday, October 9, 2014

A (Blood) Moon Glow's Night


Last night's sky was a scene of beauty with the full Blood Moon, followed by a lunar eclipse. The moon was so large and bright, it cast a beautiful glow across the land and bathed our our Sibe kids in golden light. We hope you had a chance to see this night vision!

"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door."
~Irish Blessing

Monday, October 6, 2014

Think Purple! First FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Online Auction Coming in November to Benefit Epi-Dogs Worldwide!


Think Purple! As many of you know, my wooly Husky Gibson was diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy five years ago shortly after his third birthday. We've been on an awareness campaign ever since to bring information, resources contacts, and support to other folks who have Epi-dogs, or those who are just experiencing this very scary disorder for the first time. In conjunction with November being National Epilepsy Awareness Month, #FiveSibes have teamed up with AFA - Auctions For Animals for the first ever #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Online Auction! Profits from the auction will benefit the Canine Epilepsy Resources Epil-K9 Foundation AND The Wally Foundation- canine epilepsy!  



Bidding has not yet begun (not until we announce the auction dates), but we are looking for donations of new items, services, or goods for the auction (they don't have to be Siberian Husky, or dog-related. While we do, of course, have some of those, all kinds of new goods are welcome - art, music, hand-made crafts, books, jewelry, etc. You can check out the items donated so far right HERE.
Your donation will help us hold this auction to raise funds for these amazing non-profits that offer valuable assistance, resources, and support to Epi-dog parents and guardians worldwide. Your contribution is greatly appreciated! Just Email us at FiveSibesLiveGibStrong(at)gmail(dot)com (and you all know to exchange the at symbol and period for the words in parenthesis) and let us know what you would like to donate, a photo, and brief description! We'll happily share your website link to thank you for your kindness! 

As soon as the date has been set, we'll be posting here and on the Blogville Community Calendar. On behalf of Epi-dogs everywhere, thank you!

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 I'd like to dedicate today's blog post to a dear, sweet Husky who earned his angel wings this week. Timber Stoddard, of Holly and the Huskies blog, had been not feeling well and having an increased amount of seizures. After several visits to the vet, and with much love and care, it was determined that Timber most likely had a brain tumor. This past week, he experienced two more seizures, that greatly affected his brain to the point that he no longer recognized his family, fellow pack members, and lost control over his bodily function. As Holly describes it, on a breezy, cool, Autumn day, his they helped Timber make his final journey - to North of the Rainbow Bridge, where he is now reunited with his brother Oreo, and running happily and pain free. We've come to know and love Holly and her Huskies (we call each others tribe of five "cousins!) and we have a very special friendship, and while our heart breaks for the loss of Timber, we join them in knowing he is now free from illness, his spirit forever alive in the hearts of those who loved him. Timber, while you will be missed, enjoy running through those beautiful snow-covered fields once again with Oreo.