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Monday, September 22, 2014

The "Itchy 21 Huskies" - The Road from Hoarding Hell to Happiness and Health



There truly are angels among us.


Photo via Pet Angels Rescue, Inc.
You may have heard about the “Itchy 21 Huskies" backyard breeder case in Oklahoma, where there was a hoarding situation with 21 Huskies and/or Husky mixes who were in extremely poor health, including parasites and a contagious form of mange. Pet Angels Rescue network worked tirelessly, along with the Sheriff’s department, to convince the owners of these dogs to surrender them so the rescue could see to it that they received the urgent health care they obviously needed.



Thanks to the Siberian Husky Care and Referral Service, we learned of this situation and have joined them to share this story, and hopefully our readers will share as well.



According to Pet Angels Rescue, Inc. on their YouCaring fundariser page, “We had to scramble into action as we had learned these dogs had a contagious form of mange and could not share the acre with the other rescued animals. So Wednesday we scrambled to get supplies to set up a new holding area on the acre we will be expanding to next to us. Dog runs where purchased and assembled for over 20 dogs in one day by just a handful of people at a cost of about $2,500.

Thursday morning in a caravan of 3 vehicles we headed out for the one and half hour drive to where the animals were…. The overall living conditions were crowded, but not terrible for what I have seen in my many years of rescue, but the dogs physical conditions where some of the worst…. In our care we have 21 dogs. 18 are Huskies, 1 Pit-Husky, and 2 Anatolian Shep pups…. The offspring she has kept are in poor condition; they are growth stunted, thin, missing hair, and the 4 youngest (are) crusted over in sores from the mange. The dogs have roundworms, hooks, whips, tapes, and coccidia. The coccidia and the whipworms being the most damaging to the animals. Along with this they have sarcoptic mange, so they just itch non-stop and chew wounds on themselves."



Pet Angels Rescue, Inc. further explains, "We had what we thought
Photo via Pet Angels Rescue
where 10-week-old puppies and some around 6 monthd old, this assumption was going off of their size. Sadly, upon examining and noting these puppies where breaking adult teeth we learned we have a 11 lb, 4-month-old Husky puppy; 6-month-old, 15-pound Husky babies; and 1-year-olds that are the height and weight of a small 6-month-old pup at about 35 lbs."



"Thankfully, these conditions are treatable. It will take time for there bodies to overcome years of neglect. But their health should be on the mend soon once we rid their bodies of parasites. The older dogs are pretty good with humans; the youngest are very hand shy. All I believe will make a loving pet in the future. The puppies are already coming around,” updates Pet Angels Rescue, Inc.



The dogs are now being treated by a vet, medicated, and will be microchipped. They are now, thankfully, on the trail back to becoming healthy dogs. They will then be placed up for adoption into loving homes so they can put their tragedy behind them.



Currently, Pet Angels Rescue, Inc. are running an “Itchy 21” (dubbed for their mange condition and resulting itching), fund-raising campaign (see widget below) in an effort to keep the financial aid coming for these rescued babies. You can click HERE to find out the full-detailed story, conditions of the Huskies, a photo gallery of the "Itchy 21 Huskies." For more info on these Huskies, and to fill out an adoption application, please contact Pet Angels Rescue, Inc. via Email HERE. 



Twenty-one furbabies saved. 

Twenty-one furbabies will be nursed back to being healthy, happy dogs. 

Thanks to the Pet Angels Rescue, Inc. network, these babies have a wonderful shot at a wonderful life. If you can’t donate, please share their story to others because sharing IS caring.


And, yes, there are indeed angels among us. And so many of them are called rescuers.




To visit Pet Angels Rescue Facebook Page, go HERE.

To visit Pet Angels Rescue website, with info on Siberian Huskies, go HERE.

To visit the Pet Angels Rescue "Itchy 21 Hukies" fundraiser page, go HERE.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blog Book Tour Stop - Canada - With "Love is Being Owned by a Husky" Blog!


Woooo-Hooooo! It's time for a stop along our Getting
Sibe Tribe's "Koda" is ready to read my book!
Healthy With Harley Blog Book Tour! Today's stop is over at the Love is Being Owned by a Husky blog in Canada! What a great review and Harley is "dancing" all around here and sending her "Thank Woos" to Jenna's Sibe Tribe for her post and we especially love that her daughter is now quoting Harley from the book! To find out just what that is, you'll have to pop over and read the post HERE. 

If you'd like to jump on our Blog Book Tour, we'd love to have you aboard! And in return, we'll list you on our blog as one of the stops and also link over to your blog in a post as our way of saying "Thank You!" Just leave us a comment or drop us an Email at ArcticHousePublishing(at)gmail(dot)com, and we'll get back in touch. A portion of proceeds from Harley's book will benefit the Save Our Siberians Siberspace Fund, so think holidays everyone! A great book for children and Husky fans alike, and don't forget your local schools, libraries, and veterinarian's offices! To order a copy, visit our publishing site at ArcticHouse Publishing. And if you'd like it personalized, just let us know!


Beautiful "Lexus" of the Sibe Tribe reading my book!
Many thanks again to Jenna and the beautiful Sibe Tribe over at Love is Being Owned by a Husky!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Flashback Friday 41: Husky Hugs!




This little gem is a flashback to eight years ago of my daughter with her baby Harley when she was just a year old! My, oh my, where does the time go?


“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog.”  
~Author Unknown



We sure hope you will join us once again in our weekly strolls down Memory Lane with our FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hops! Grab our badge, leave us a comment, hook up to our Linkys' list, and show us your favorite Flashback!

To catch up on past FiveSibes Flashback Fridays, visit us here: 

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September is Disaster Preparedness Month ~ Are You and Your Pets Prepared? Tune in for the ASPCA's Google+ Hangout Hosted by Ginger Zee of "Good Morning America"

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Wolf and the FiveSibes ask, "Do you have a plan?"

No one wants to think about something as horrific and scary as a disaster, ranging from fires to floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, lightning storms, explosions, and other accidents that may involve your pets. But we have to ask: Do you have an exit strategy? What if something happens and you cannot get home to your pet, do you have a designated caregiver? Do you have an emergency evacuation plan in place? How about an emergency kit? A list of pet-friendly shelters you and your family can go to? Do you have a water and food supply? Are your pets collars and leashes ready to go? What about if your pet has special needs and medications? While we hope we never have to initiate a Pet Disaster Preparedness Plan or ever use an Emergency Kit, it is such an important subject and one we would like to address in partnership with the ASPCA for September's Disaster Preparedness Month, and all year long.

Gibson checks the flashlight batteries.

“Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.” ~ASPCA.org






In an effort to help promote pet disaster preparedness, the ASPCA is bringing together various disaster experts for a Google+ Hangout “…to talk about how to prepare for disasters with pets.”  This virtual event will take place this Thursday, September 18th at 7pm EST and it will be moderated by "Good Morning America’s" weather anchor Ginger Zee, featuring  experts from ASPCA, FEMA, and USDA, as well as special animal guests who were disaster survivors. And you are invited to come "hangout" for this very important and informative online event! Follow this link to find out more and to RSVP: http://bit.ly/1BpYSrb
 

Harley and Bandit check the phone contacts.

In the meantime...
  1. Be sure your pet is microchipped and that the information on file with the microchip company and your veterinarian office is up to date.
  2. Get your FREE ASPCA Pet Rescue Alert Window Cling HERE.  
  3. Download the ASPCA mobile app HERE  to: 
  • Access critical advice on what to do with your pet before, during, and after a major storm—even if there’s no data connectivity.
  • Store and manage your pet’s critical health records.

  • Receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.
  • Build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on your social media channels.
  • Get the latest and most relevant news about pets and animal welfare.

*Source: ASPCA.org

Bandit calls the microchip company to verify correct info.


For more information on how you can be prepared, please visit www.aspca.org/BePrepared and be sure to come "hang out" on Google+ HERE this Thursday, September 18th from 7 to 8 PM EST with the ASPCA and Ginger Zee of "Good Morning America!"
  
See you there!

*** 9/18 SHOW UPDATE***

In case you missed this "hangout" live, here's the video so you can tune in any time for excellent tips.

 

Chloe, Wolf, and Harley say, "We've got an Emergency Kit and plan all ready."


Friday, September 12, 2014

Epilepsy Discussion Time! Survey on Solar Flares and Atmospheric Changes. Let's Talk!

My sweet Epi-boy Gibson enjoying his new bed (that is perfectly Gibson-sized) from some dear friends ~ furangel Malachi Suthard (who was a fellow Epi-dog) ~ his wonderfully thoughtful parents Jim & Miedo. 

Gibbie had a bit of a rough night Wednesday night getting sick (vomiting immediately after eating, being unsettled, and chronic panting even in the a/c) and today he enjoyed relaxing in my home office in the a/c in comfort on his palatial bed! He sends his heartfelt woos to Malachi's family. 

My daughter sent me a link to the upcoming solar flares, and one of the articles noted that one occurred...Wednesday night! This led me to thinking...

*Calling All Epi-Dog (Canine Epileptic) Parents for Some Discussion Time!*


I know some other Epi-guardians have mentioned the recent occurrence of solar flares and atmospheric conditions as having possible effects on their Epi-dogs. One reportedly occurred (Wednesday, September 10). So here is my discussion topic: has anyone noticed any change of behaviors in their seizure dog during those times? What about weather changes? Storms? Full moons? If so, what were the symptoms? 


To answer, please visit our Survey HERE and give us your answers and we will share with everyone once they have been compiled. Thank you in advance!

For me - and maybe it's coincidental - but Wednesday night was when Gibson experienced symptoms he has not had in a long time. As I stated above, he became sick, vomited, was unsettled, and chronic panting (in the a/c). Now, according to The Weather Channel report, "An extreme solar flare is heading toward Earth," and according to CBS News, "A G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch has been issued for September 13th." What I'm curious about is if there is any correlation with effects on seizure dogs. Thoughts? Experiences? Let's hear! Just fill out our simple survey!


Results will be shared with everyone at a later date, AND...very exciting news...I've just heard that my resulting information may be used in a future study at a renowned U.S. veterinary college! Another possible giant step for Epi-dogs!

To read The Weather Channel article about the solar flares, visit HERE: and to read the CBS News article, visit HERE.



And may the only effects of the solar flares be a beautiful show of lights in the sky while all our Epi-dogs sleep peacefully undisturbed.

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 Handsome Malachi snoozing in his favorite fluffy bed like the one his parents sent Gib. Sweet Malachi journeyed North of the Rainbow Bridge this past July.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11: Thirteen Years Later


 "I walked out of the Trade Center that first night with more respect than I'd ever had for (Bear). And I respected him more than anybody I know. I knew that I could always count on  him. Every few years we need to remember that dogs are a man's best friend. And that they talk to us. They tell us what they need, but they also tell us what we need. And they'll protect us. And sometimes keep us safe." ~Captain Scott Shields, Handler of 9/11 SAR Dog "Bear"


Thirteen years ago. 

Babies are now teenagers. Children are now adults. The new Freedom Tower stands at One World Trade Center. A museum has been built and is now filled with moments frozen in time honoring all those we lost, as memories will always fill the hearts of the families and friends of the victims lost on September 11, 2001. Among the heroes that day and the days following, are the four-legged ones: Search-And-Rescue (SAR) dogs who reported dutifully to the scene with their handlers and worked tirelessly doing the job they were trained to do. Today's blog post is a tribute to those amazing canines, their handlers, as well as all the first responders and volunteers who worked tirelessly in the effort to help others. We will always remember.




See SAR Dog "Bear" at work:






http://wehavenotforgotten.org
 www.searchdogfoundation.org
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF)Wants Your Story!
According to their website, "Each September, SDF honors America's First Responders and renews our commitment to these heroes. Join us and take part in this time of recognition and remembrance by telling us what our nation's firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and rescue workers mean to YOU at www.wehavenotforgotten.org. "


The National Disaster Search Dog Founation states on their website, "The Canine Memorial is at the heart of SDF’s National Training Center—a place to reflect, remember, and honor the heroic canines who gave a lifetime of service to their community and country. It is a place where the dogs’ handlers, the volunteers who recruited them, and their Guardians, Sponsors and supporters, can honor the memory of their very special canines. These dogs are the heart and soul of the Search. When they pass over the Rainbow Bridge, we are committed to honoring their legacy. Starting on September 10th, we will light up the Canine Memorial for 24 hours—our way of saying, “We Have Not Forgotten.”

From all of us here from the FiveSibes Family, a heartfelt "Thank You" to all the first responders, SAR dogs, and their handlers for all the work, commitment, and dedication to help others. 
We will never forget.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Tricky Tongue-Out-Tuesday!


Gibson and his pal "Odie"in an ode to 
"Tongue-Out-Tuesday!" 
Wait...whose tongue is that?  
(Did you have to do a double-take?! I did when I saw this!)