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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why is Gibson's Pumpkin Purple?


Halloween is right around the corner and here’s our Gibson with his new purple pumpkin.


A Purple pumpkin? Pumpkins are orange! 

So you may be asking, "Why is Gibson’s pumpkin purple?" 

Do you know why?






"I'm an Epi-Husky, that's why!"
Gibson’s pumpkin is purple because he is an Epi-dog ~ a dog with Canine Epilepsy. And his form of epilepsy is called idiopathic, meaning they could never determine a specific cause for the onset of his seizures. And, purple is the color of epilepsy awareness. 

So, with a little help from Gib and his love, Harley, we are participating in the Purple Pumpkin Project.


What is the Purple Pumpkin Project?



According to Epilepsy.com (home of Epilepsy Foundation® and Epilepsy Therapy Project), the Purple Pumpkin Project is the brainchild of founder Ron Lamontagne, whose youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy at age four. “While on a drive through Connecticut one Sunday morning with his family (Ron) was brainstorming ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness. The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving and decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple and tell people about epilepsy when asked, ‘Why is your pumpkin purple?’” So in September 2012, Ron launched the Purple Pumpkin Project on Facebook to bring awareness to epilepsy.
  
"Why is your pumpkin purple?"

On Halloween, October 31, the eve of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Purple Pumpkin Project and Epilepsy Foundation of America encourages folks to go out and paint a pumpkin purple, share information about seizures and epilepsy, and join in their online Facebook event (click HERE to join - and be sure to tell them FiveSibes sent you over!)
 

November, as  many of you know, is a time when, as many of you know, Gibson and I strive to spread the word about awareness and educate folks about dogs living with Canine Epilepsy and seizure disorders, encourage folks to not be afraid to adopt a dog with seizures, and to hopefully encourage people to learn all they can about seizures so they don't drop the dog off to the nearest (already overcrowded) shelter. Once upon a time, euthanasia was the recommended course of action for dogs with seizures, and that is so NOT the case any more! There are many resources, and much support and information now available to help pet parents navigate the mysterious, and yes scary, waters of having a dog with seizures. My message to you is this: You are not alone.

"Gib - have any treats in that purple pumpkin?"

As part of our ongoing FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9
Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, we have joined the Purple Pumpkin Project to spread the word even more that dogs can ~ and DO ~ live happy, full lives with Canine Epilepsy. We hope you will join in, too, in the effort of spreading awareness about epilepsy, both in humans and canines.




"Nom-nomm...treats!"
Yes, we want to see your Purple Pumpkin photos! Share your canine companion’s purple pumpkin photos with us and we’ll create a lovely slideshow video that we will post online to support Ron’s Purple Pumpkin Project. Post your pet's purple pumpkin photos, name & state/country on or by Saturday, November 8th on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook community page's wall or Email them to us by November 5th at FiveSibesLiveGibStrong(at)gmail(dot)com 
and put “Purple Pumpkin Pics” in the subject line. And don’t forget to share your pics on the Purple Pumpkin Project Facebook page, too!



So when you are sitting down to carve pumpkins this year, why not make one purple and then, when asked, how will you answer the question, “Why is my pumpkin purple?”

"We love pumpkins, especially purple ones."  

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Frolicking FiveSibes Fun on a Flashback Friday!

It's 2009...it's February and it's a cold, sunny day as our "originals" Harley and Gibson, ages four and six, are having some Husky fun roughhousing and playing bitey-face. As you can see from this video my daughter shot, Harley has always been the "take command" alpha Husky, while Gibson, totally in love her, enjoys every single moment!


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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! Be sure to pop by on our Flashback Friday Blog Hop and say "hi" to our co-hosts!


To catch up on past FiveSibes Flashback Fridays, visit our previous posts here: 

Flashback Friday #45: Puppy Kisses
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!



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!" 
and 
#WeHeartVetTechs!