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Friday, July 22, 2016

Hot News: Keeping Huskies Cool and Hydrated When Temperatures Rise


Keeping Cool in the Pool!

Baby, it's hot outside! Many areas of the country are seeing extreme heat conditions this summer, and weather forecasters are predicting dangerously high heat indexes of 101 to even possibly 107℉ spreading from the central United States and moving toward our Northeast area this weekend. And if it's hot for us, just imagine how it is for our dogs! Having "snowdogs," you can just imagine how unhappy they are in extreme heat. It's also important to exercise dogs early in the early mornings and late evenings to avoid the sun and heat, be careful of hot surfaces including cement, blacktop, and sand, and be aware of symptoms of possible heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

I've had several readers request that I recap ways I keep my FiveSibes cool, so today I'll be talking about how to help not just Siberian Huskies, but all dogs, beat the heat!


FiveSibes Top 10 Tips to 
Help Dogs Beat the Heat:


1. COOLING COLLARS

There are two types that we use. The beautiful handmade ones by Calming Collars (they make cooling and calming collars in a variety of fabric colors and designs) as modeled by my now furangel Gibson. You simply wet the collar, put it in a ziploc bag, and freeze! Then place around your dog's neck to help them cool down on a hot day. With Gibson being an Epi-dog and a wooly Husky, this was a staple in my warm-weather care for him. You can check out my full review on the product HERE







***And as a special offer to my FiveSibes readers, Calming Collars has extended a 10% discount until December 31, 2016 using the code FIVESIBES10 when checking out!*** 



 The other type we use are ones that have an ice pack that slips inside of a canvas collar. You can purchase those through our Amazon affiliate links, Large is below, and other sizes are posted at the end of this post. Either way, your dog will thank you!


Size Large Blue

Size Large Red

2. COOLER BED/MATS

These are also very helpful in helping to cool down a pet. I had one for Gibson that he used every day. Being a wooly Siberian Husky and an Epi-dog, a canine epileptic, it was important to keep him cool as being overheated can trigger a seizure. We used a cooling bed 365 days to help keep my big wooly guy cool. These beds do eventually warm up, so it's important to have the dog get off of it for awhile to regenerate the cool factor. Also, a caution is to know that when placed outdoors, the outdoor temperature will also warm up the water in the bed, so it's key to keep in a cool spot and check on your dog. Mats are the same in that they offer temporary relief from the heat, but need time without a dog on them to regenerate the cool.

Large Blue Bed (32x44)

Medium Blue Bed (22x32)


Small Blue Bed (17x24) 

 

3. FRESH, COOL WATER AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES

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In conjunction with July being PetSafe's National Pet Hydration Month, this sounds like an obvious thing, but outdoor dishes of water can heat up very fast. Be sure they are out of the sun and refreshed often. Not sure? Reach in and test it! And be careful with glass bowls as they can not only heat up to the point of breaking, but the sun's rays can also filter through and cause a fire if located on a wooden deck. (See my pet fire safety infographic HERE). Indoor bowls can also warm up or become "mucky" with dribbles of dog food, treats, and saliva, so be sure to clean and freshen often.


4. SPLISH SPLASH! KIDDIE POOLS, SPRINKLERS, AND MISTING, OH BOY!

What can I say? There's nothing better than a cool pool to chill those paw pads, blow bubbles under water in, and splash around to beat the summer heat! Also for some cool summer fun, spraying a dog with the hose set on the gentle (and quiet) "mist" setting, or having an oscillating mister fan, will not only cool off your dog, but take down the surrounding temperature, too! And let's not forget the old style of fun by letting your dog run through a lawn sprinkler!

5. OCEANS, RIVERS, LAKES & STREAMS


Visiting dog-friendly parks with ponds, also lakes, rivers, and beaches can be a great way to help your dog cool down in the hot weather. Just beware of hot sand, sharp cowheads (seed pods of the water chestnut found in many locations along rivers), and things that could hurt their paws on the way to the water and in the water. 


6. LET THEM SNOOZE IN THE COOL


Turn on the A/C and fans and let them snooze comfortably and/or play some indoor games out of the sun and heat. 

7. SCRUB-A-DUB-HUSKIES-IN-A-TUB


A hot day is the perfect time to give your pup a good grooming and an outdoor bath! A little soap, a little water, and lots of clean, cool fun! (Never shave a Husky, unless for medical reasons! Why not? Visit my post HERE to get the facts).


 8. NOMS, GIVE ME SOMETHING COOL TO EAT!

Just like with us humans, a little cool treat like ice cream or a tasty
homemade frozen treat goes a long way to cooling some warm wagging tongues on a hot summer day! Check out our FiveSibes YouTube Canine Cooking Corner video below for our Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites Recipe! 






9. BEING SHADY IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

If they have to be outside, or if you are at an outdoor summer event with your dog, please be sure they have lots of shade, fresh cool water to drink, and a kiddie pool to chill out in. An oscillating fan (with cords well out of reach of the dog for their safety) helps move the air and if you can get a misting oscillating fan that hooks up to a hose, you can not only cool off your dog, but the outside area temperature as well! Not at home? For those camping trips, hikes, or visits to friends and family, take a long a portable hand-held misting fan to help cool your furpal off, and periodically dip their paw pads into a pan of cool water to help keep them cool and comfy.

10. NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A CAR ON A WARM OR HOT DAY! 

 Please! I can't emphasize this enough! And while you may think leaving the vehicle run with the A/C on while you zip into the store, there have been reports of malfunctions where the air conditioner stops working for the car turns off, and it becomes an instant sauna for pets. Leave your pets home on those hot days where they are safe.

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As promised above, some of our affiliate links to other sizes of the Kool Collars:

Size Small Blue

Size Small Black


Size Small Red

Size Medium Blue

In Summary:

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Stay Safe & Keep Cool!
 
For today's cool Flashback Friday photo, and in keeping with the Keeping Huskies Cool theme, it's my all-time favorite fun summer pool shot from several years ago of my FiveSibes having a splashing puppy pool party! What fun!
 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:



 


And we're also joining in the "Summer" 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!





Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog the Change for Animals: Pet Fire Safety Day; Are You Prepared?




 Today is a double-duty day as it is not only my Flashback Friday Blog Hop, but also the Blog the Change for Animals and I am highlighting today's Pet Fire Safety Day in the  infographic below, and also flashing back to very special, heart-wrenching, and inspirational story about a family's home that caught on fire with their Siberian Husky trapped inside. I talk with the family and the heroic neighbor about the disaster, the brave firefighters who helped to save Nanuk, tips on pet fire safety, and about the community that all came forward to help a Husky and family in need. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Services joined together in 2007 when the first Pet Fire Safety Day debuted. Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of this important day to remind us all about preparing and planning for our pets safety should a fire ever occur.




While we all hope and pray a fire never starts in our homes and that our family and furfamily members are never in this type of danger, it can and does happen. In January of 2014, the unthinkable did happen for the Peraza Family of California. Their heart-wrenching story bears repeating to remind all of us about Pet Fire Safety awareness because sometimes the unthinkable happens. I'm sharing today the episode of my Dog Works Radio show "The Sibe Vibe," from when we chatted with Nanuk's hu-mom, Doris Peraza and neighbor/rescuer and fellow Husky parent, Samira Mahjoub Tapia as they tearfully bring us back to that horrific day in 2014. Hearing his mom and neighbor's retelling of what happened still brings tears to my eyes. But Nanuk's story is also an inspirational one as an entire community, local and online, came together to help. Please share the player with friends and family to help bring awareness to Pet Fire Safety. You can also follow Nanuk on his Facebook page, Husky Nanuk, Burned in a House Fire to see how well this beautiful boy is now doing and to see all of his amazing photos!


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Below is the family's video showing Nanuk's miraculous journey:






Lucky for Nanuk, he had a happy ending and even was able to go back and meet the heroic firemen who saved his life by administering oxygen to the badly injured Husky. Pictured below is Nanuk after his recuperation with several members of the Los Angeles Fire Department who saved him. 

 Photo courtesy of Nanuk, Husky Burned in House Fire


And just how is Nanuk doing today?

Photo Courtesy of Nanuk, Husky Burned in Fire
Thanks to so many wonderful, caring people, Nanuk just recently celebrated his 4th Birthday with big beautiful Sibe smiles!



 For today's Flashback Friday photo, in honor of Pet Fire Safety Day and the firefighters and first responders who put their lives on the line every single day for us and our pets, I'm sharing two very special photos I shot of my son-in-law, a volunteer firefighter, with our girl, Bandit, from 2014.




 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!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mother of Huskies in the Game of Bones...




Winter is coming...


(As the FiveSibesMom, a mother of five Huskies, and a total Game of Thrones fangirl, how could I resist buying this perfect tee?!)

As an Amazon Affiliate, you can purchase one of these amazing tees through our following link:

 



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Happy First Birthday in Heaven, Hu-Nanny




Thank you, Momma...for everything, but most of all, for being you. You are loved and missed, for always. May you be dancing in Heaven with Daddy now. 





Friday, July 8, 2016

Flashback Friday: And They Call it Puppy Love!


Traveling down Memory Lane can be such a warm and wonderful thing to do. Looking back on our FiveSibes warms my heart, and reminds me of the kabillion fun and loving moments we've had together. While I miss my furangels something fierce, especially my big buddy boy Gibson, being a photographer and chronicling their almost every move serves as a wonderful reminder of all the happy, crazy, and joyous times spent together. It's a way of bringing back those days and getting to spend a few moments visiting with our pets and watching them grow all over again. Oh, and the laughs of raising not one, not two, but three Siberian Husky puppies together in addition to our original two, who just one- and two-year-old pups themselves, is one of those extra special momentous experiences in life I am so blessed to have!

"You raised and trained THREE puppies at once?" is a very common question (along with raised eyebrows and wide eyes!) I have been asked over the years. Yes, we did! My daughter is my co-parent and did an amazing job with the Pupsters while I was out on the road working. Is it difficult? No, not really. Is it wild? Yes, absolutely! While when taught the command "Potty outside. Potty off the deck," we enjoyed proudly watching all three little tots go trotting all in a line out the back door, across the deck, and into "their" yard (yes, we have two sections, one is strictly for them - including areas to dig to their Husky hearts content)! At the same time, while in training, it could be mayhem when three puppies decide to go potty, miss the paper, or decide to bite and drag the pee-laden paper all over the floor with them!

Ah, the memories...and the laughs!

I remember reading a comment in an online dog group not too long ago where someone was talking about her two puppies, and someone commented that she needed to rehome one as raising two puppies from the same litter is some kind of "no-no." I don't know who ever told this person that, but seriously? Come talk to me. Our three Pupsters not only were brought home from a horrible backyard breeder situation (I know all about not supporting these people, but seriously, I could not leave them there. We took as many as we could out of a mud hole where their shelter was a box shared by five other puppies and their food source was one bowl in the middle of all the dirt and mud and it was every pup for themselves! Wolf attached himself to me and wouldn't let go, and I wouldn't let go of him! Chloe and Bandit were already on their way to the car with my daughter! I remember crying thinking I had to leave Wolf (as we were there for one pup because the breeder owed my husband money and we suggested a pup, but my daughter already had two in her arms and I had Wolf!) When as I closed my eyes to stop the tears, I heard my husband say, "We are taking all three."

Ah, the joy!

 I'm blessed my husband knows my love of animals and totally supports me (and my sometimes crazy ideas!) I think my daughter and I were totally giddy in the car ride home with three Husky puppies! I vaguely remember my husband saying something like, "I must be nuts!" Maybe, but I'm sure glad he is! This was the start of FiveSibes and it has been an incredible ride ever since! And the best part? To think these two sisters and one brother were able to grow up together and know complete love from our family and two other Huskies, Harley and Gibson. They were able to snuggle, play, rough house, run, swim, fetch, dig, kiss, eat, go to school, and sleep together every single day of their lives! 

Pupsters Bandit, Chloe & Wolf today!

And today, at age eight-and-a-half years old, they still act like puppies and are still each other's very best friend. Their puppy love captured our hearts, as well as the hearts of their big brother Gibson and his love, Harley, who immediately assumed the role of surrogate momma dog!

These FiveSibes have filled my heart with so much love and laughter, and even with the passing of my sweet wooly Epi boy, Gibson, we will always be the FiveSibes!

I know I've been lucky enough to be living the dream with one of the best life experiences a Husky mom could ever have!





 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!


Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday, America!




We hope all our fellow Americans are having a great Fourth of July holiday! Harley is all decked out in her patriotic sunglasses, ready for some pool time! Be sure to tune in to my Summer edition of "The Sibe Vibe" on Dog Works Radio (and on iTunes under the Dog Works Radio family of shows)! On this episode we chat with Karen Ferreri-Miller, president of the Free Spirit Siberian Rescue in Harvard, Illinois, all about Siberian Huskies, rescue Huskies, fostering, their Free Spirit Demo Sled Dog Team, and some of my FiveSibes tips for keeping pets safe this Fourth of July holiday! Tune in any time here:




 Don't forget to check out our safety tips, the ASPCA's "IDs, Please" campaign, and be sure to enter our ASPCA Summer Gift Giveaway! Deadline is 12 AM EST on July 8th! Enter HERE

And what's the Fourth of July without a parade? Here's a look back at some pretty patriotic pets on parade in our FiveSibes Independence Day Parade! You may recognize a few faces, and a few special furry angels, too.



Happy Birthday, America!