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Friday, February 5, 2016

Flashback Friday: When A Siberian Husky Joins the Family!


Flipping through older photographs for my Flashback Friday series is always fun, and sometimes bittersweet, especially when I come across the furbabies that are no longer here, but always in my heart. This photo made me chuckle. Our old gal, Chelsey, a German Shepherd/Akita mix we adopted as a puppy from our local SPCA, was our family dog for almost 13 years before we brought home our first Siberian Husky puppy, Harley. Harley was (still is at almost 11!) a ball of energy and everything was fair game for a little Husky body slamming! Chelsey's expression in this photo says it all! Lucky for her, we welcomed Gibson soon after this was taken so Harley had a pup to boss, shove, and love, leaving Chelsey to go back to bathing in the sunbeams shining through my daughter's bedroom window as a senior pup should be able to do!

“I guess sometimes the greatest memories are made in the most unlikely of places, further proof that spontaneity is more rewarding than a meticulously planned life.”
~J.A. Redmerski, The Edge of Always  





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. We hope you'll come join us!






We are also joining in the Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal and Rocco, Barking From the Bayou, Bionic Basil’s Blog, and Love is being owned by a Husky!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Newsy Tuesday ~ Accolades and Appreciation!

I have a little catching up to do with news, the sharing of some wonderful achievements that were awarded in 2015. Some of you may have seen when I posted the graphics on my blog, but with the decline of my mother's health starting last July and ending with her passing in November, then Gibson's sudden bout with cancer and passing shortly before Christmas, I have not felt much like celebrating, so some achievements that I'm thrilled to have received, were not highlighted as I would have liked. Now while I do not typically like to "toot my own horn," I do feel so appreciative of the following, that I'd like to give a shout out for those who were kind enough to choose my work. Plus, I know both my Mom and Gibson would want me to share some good news and celebrate with you all, so here it goes!
 
Selected as a three-time "Excellence" 2015 Award Nominee by
the Dog Writers Association of America 
(winners to be selected in NYC this month!)


Named 2015 "Best in Print" Author by 



Chosen 2015 "Best Author" by  


FiveSibes™ Tales What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness Named to



My EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Loving & Living Life With Canine Epilepsy Named to



These accolades mean so very much to me - as a writer and photographer for just about my whole life, it's my passion. I've been so fortunate to be in a career doing what I love to do. I love to write. I love to capture life in photographs. The marriage of both as a photojournalist has brought me to many wonderful stories, some pretty cool places, and meeting amazing and awesome people and pets along the way. One of my biggest pleasures is to hear that my stories and/or photographs have brought smiles to others. That, in my humble opinion, is true success. I also feel quite honored to be recognized by the industry for which I write for! I'd like to send out a very special "Thank You" to my lifelong fan and writing cheerleader, my beautiful angel- my Mom, and to my angel heart dog, Gibson, my main muse and Epi warrior.  I dedicate these to you both, and love you both forever. And to you, my loyal and faithful readers and listeners, a huge heartfelt "Thank You," for without you, my words whether in print or on air, would not have a home.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Gibson Does the "Nae Nae" Dance on a Fond and Fun Flashback Friday!

I miss those big polar bear paws.
Gibson was not only an amazing boy and Epi-warrior, he was quite the character! There are so many things I miss about him, and even with four other Huskies, his presence is greatly missed. I feel as though he is just out in the backyard, lounging on the deck until I call him in. And to hear so many of you tell me you miss seeing him, too, well, it just warms my heart to know of how many lives he touched. Since I'm a shutterbug by trade, suffice it to say I have a lifetime of photos of my FiveSibes, so Gibson will be popping in every now and again to share a memory and a smile with us all.

Gibson was a very special boy. He was so in tune with me. He listened. He understood. He responded. I sorely miss our two-way conversations, his understanding, and his playfulness. He was just so much fun to be around. And when he was feeling good, he felt goooood! And on those days I was even more prouder of him, if that's even possible, because I was always proud of his fighting spirit and his zest for life. When he was feeling good in between his health set backs - and lately (before cancer suddenly snuck up on him), he had been feeling great! His legs and hind end were strong again after almost two years of rehab. And, the added bonus was we kicked the seizure monster's ass (for seven years straight). I was so proud of him, my fighter boy. So, today's Flashback Friday is back to one of those fun days when he was in one of his playful moods, only a short time before he left us, when I had a lot of laughs filming him doing his famous Gibbie hip-hop style of dancing. I knew right away this was going to be his "Nae Nae" dance video! I can't help but smile and even chuckle a bit when I watch this and see my boy getting into the Silentó dance craze to "Watch Me!" So...here's my silly big beautiful wooly boy doing what he did best - making me smile and I hope this fond Flashback memory of him will bring you a smile, too. Now...

Watch him. Watch him. Watch him whip...
Watch him nae nae!


I miss you, Gib. I hope you are having fun hip-hoppin' your way around the Rainbow Bridge!

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. We hope you'll come join us!







We are also joining in the Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal and Rocco, Barking From the Bayou, Bionic Basil’s Blog, and Love is being owned by a Husky!

   

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Update on Wolf * Post-Surgery


Good morning! Wolf's surgery went well! The two masses removed and all looks good. They appear to be fatty, non-invasive tumors. They are being sent out to be certain. The tiny ones in his mouth turned out to be bone, and are all A-OK! He is home resting (under the watchful eye of his sis, Chloe) and a little out of it from the anesthesia and meds. But, he is home! Wolf had a good night. He slept well. (Waaaay better than Mom!) 


He is such a good boy; a bit woozy, but comfy, not fussing with surgical areas, and happy to be home. I thank God and my angel Mom for keeping him safe, and I know furangel Gibson's strong fighting spirit is right alongside his little bro. 



Harley, the Pupster's surrogate momma, and our alpha queen, checked on Wolf and sniffed him all over before relaxing. An alpha queen Momma's job is never done! Wolf goes back to the vet in a week for a follow-up visit, but we are all feeling very positive. Now...onward to healing!



 We fully support Dr. Sue Cancer Vet's the #SeeSomethingDoSomething #WhyWaitAspirate campaign. There's so many instances where we don't know something is going on (such as with Gibson's Hemangiosarcoma  - no early signs) that when we do notice something, which could be nothing, have your vet check it! The last time Wolf had a growth, it was a small cluster of papillomas that turned out to be hiding a much more sinister growth underneath. To read about that surgery, visit HERE).

Thank you all again for all the amazing prayers, healing light, and positive vibes. It really makes a difference when going through tough times. He sure feels all the love from this amazing and caring community. Below, he is chatting with the rest of his pack family who are calling to him from out on the back deck!



Wolf sends his heartfelt Husky "Thank wooo!" 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pawcircle of Prayers for Wolf, Please...

"Thank woo for the prayers & positive thoughts."


Well, dear readers, this will be a bit wordy of a Wordless Wednesday. It's been a long night. While echoes of "Happy Birthday" are still ringing in the air from our Pupsters Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit turning "8" yesterday, today my boy goes into the vet hospital for surgery. So, once again, I am on that wild emotional roller coaster ride. I want off this crazy ride. Before my mother's health decline and passing in November, and before Gibson so suddenly fell ill  with Hemangiosarcoma and had to be set free during surgery nine days before Christmas, Gib's younger brother, my baby,Wolf, had been checked for some lumps I had found on him, too. He has two on his body - one on his side and one on his belly, and two tiny ones inside his mouth in the fold of the gums. While the aspiration shows the external ones as fatty, our vet does not like the location of it as the fear that it may become invasive and get into the muscle. Before that occurs - she recommend removal of it, and the others. With life basically throwing up in my lap since November, Wolf's surgery was tentatively agreed upon for January. Since the definite date for the surgery was made two weeks ago, I have been trying to once again fight off the worry demons; and now the day has arrived. My baby boy goes into surgery today.

To say I'm anxious is an understatement. Especially after Gibson, and with Wolf's past surgery when an innocent papilloma turned out to be a huge growth, thankfully not cancerous (see post HERE). 

Once again, I ask for  you to join us in a #pawcircle of prayers, positive thoughts, and healing vibes for my baby boy Wolf that his surgery will go smooth and successfully, and for God to guide the hands of his vet team, so that there will be a positive outcome and Wolf will be back home and on his way to recovery.

Man, I hate lumps.

"You've got to stay strong 
to be strong in tough times."  
~Tilman J. Fertitta

I'm trying. I'm really trying.


Dear St. Francis...
bless our pets, especially Wolf as he goes in for surgery.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Happy 8th Birthday, Pupsters!


Our Pupsters turn eight today! I can't believe it! I always love their birthday because this trio was able to grow up together! Watching them play and interact with each other from puppy stage to now 8-year-old puppy stage, has just been an amazing experience. They have such an amazing bond. They each have their own special traits and quirks, and yes, they have a bossy older sister (Bandit), just like siblings do, but they all love each other and eat, play, and sleep with each other with so much trust and love, it just warms my heart. They always loved their big brother, Gibson, and Harley immediately took on the role of surrogate mother when we brought these babies home! 



I recently read somewhere that someone was looking for help raising two littermates, and one of the comments suggested she quick rehome one as it is never a good idea to welcome two puppies from the same litter into one's home. Ha! Rubbish, I say! My three are so wonderful, and truly bonded. Do they argue? Sometimes. Do they get a little too rough with their Husky play? Sometimes. Do they snuggle together? Eat together? Play together? All the time! So I say "bah humbug" to the person who doled out that bad advice! Just proves, you can't believe everything you read! We are truly blessed to have these babies in our home. They are amazing, wonderful, silly, loving Sibes! Happy Birthday babies!


And party we did! Here's a video of their party - and the ice cream bone cake they love so much! (You'll notice their favorite treats top the cake and some extra bags, too, of fresh-baked, all natural House Woof Dog Biscuits , including Gibbie Snacks, of course! And $1 from every bag of Gibbie Snacks is donated by House Woof to The Wally Foundation for Canine Epilepsy). And also home-baked cookies from Sassy's Goodies. Yummmm!



Did you catch the visit from their furangel brother, Gibson, who stopped in from North of the Rainbow Bridge? He'd never forget his younger siblings, plus, he loved that ice cream bone cake!



Like the cake? Here's the recipe!




Since it's also Tasty Tuesday (hosts are Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kol's Notes), we're joining in the hop below with the very simple recipe for our Pupster's Birthday cake! (If your dog can not have dairy, check with your vet to see if you can use dairy-free coconut milk "ice cream" instead). This cake is always a Sibe crowd pleaser! Enjoy!


Our post-party pooped pups:

 Birthday Boy, Wolf


Birthday Girl, Chloe

 Birthday Girl, Bee

 Alpha Queen/Surrogate Momma, Harley

Joining up with Kol's Notes Tasty Blog Hop!