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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Groomer Man Cometh and Goeth, Leaving Us With "Fluffy," a Siberian Husky, of Sorts...


Yesterday was Grooming Day here at the FiveSibes homestead, and none too soon. While they are brushed on a regular basis, we have the groomer come to our house to give them their baths and in-between "pawdicures" that consist of having the fur (that grows wild between their paw pads) trimmed, as well as having their nails clipped. 

The day began with the Sibes all quietly nestled in their beds, snoozing away peacefully in the air conditioned house, that is until I went downstairs and opened up the front door. They jumped up and raced over to the gate at the top of the stairs, their blue eyes wide with realization...The Groomer Man cometh! The horror! As I turned to tell them to "stay," I had to stifle a chuckle at the worrisome expression on their faces! If they could have run off to hide, the surely would have!

These in-between visits the groomer uses a powerful grooming air force dryer (with no heating element) to assist with blowing out their shedding undercoats. If you were watching from a distance, you'd swear it was snowing! Those Husky snow furries were twisting and twirling in the air, covering both the groomer and me in a splendid layer of Siberian Husky fur, as well as the deck, yard, trees, and pool!

Ever see Husky snow furries? Take a look for yourself!


Siberian Huskies really only blow out their coats about twice a year. Okay, I confess, it does sometimes feel and look like they shed all year round, especially with several Huskies. One is always at some stage of the blow-out when another begins, making it seem like it's all just one long shedding season! But that's okay - Husky fur is a condiment in our home! Plus, we have the happiest birds around come winter time when they are all nestled in their Siberian Husky fur-lined nests!

When people ask me, "Do Siberian Huskies shed much?" I chuckle, then always tell them they absolutely do, and there is so much undercoat, especially with four and five Sibes, that I have enough fur to create another whole Husky! Speaking of which, have you met "Fluffly?" He's new to our pack! His coloring is white, with a splash of gray, and he's quite calm. Cute, don't you think?!

Huskies blow out enough fur to create another dog!

 I left Chloe's collar near Fluffy to give an idea of just how big this pile of fur is! And this is just from an in-between seasonal blow-out!

The Road to Forgiveness is 
Paved With Ice Cream!
 
"Ice cream? Sure, we forgive you, Mom."

Post-grooming, the Sibes were all very relieved when it was all over and The Groomer Man had finally left. They paid absolutely no attention to poor Fluffy, who was just lying there on the deck floor. They soon forgave me for subjecting them to such torture, and quite willingly accepted my bribe of ice cream for forgiveness! Ah, yes, the road to forgiveness is paved with creamy vanilla ice cream!

Nommmm...nommm.nommmmmmm...


 

Friday, August 26, 2016

What a Fantastic Friday! An Anniversary, A #Book Trilogy #Giveaway & Flashbacks All on National Dog Day!

"Woo! You can win these amazing books! Keep reading!"
What a fantastic Friday this is! We've had a rough week this past week with three of us being in "sick bay," hence  my brief absence, but that's a story for tomorrow! Today, there is just so much to celebrate and talk about! First up, it is the fourth anniversary of the very first air date of my show, "The Sibe Vibe" on Dog Works Radio! On August 26, 2012, we chatted with amazing folks from the Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida! The show is produced by my co-host, Robert Forto, who is also a dog trainer and behaviorist, and lead musher of Team Ineka in Willow, Alaska, where my show is produced. Earlier this summer, Robert along with his wife, Michele, also a dog trainer and behaviorist, took a month off to come down to visit the lower 48 for their 2016 "Rock n' Roller" tour that began in Colorado. 

Robert and I at our live taping of "The Sibe Vibe" in New York!
Robert and Michele hit up rock concerts and were thrilled by riding rollercoasters in theme parks across the country! They visited family and friends, and picked up a service dog for their training academy! 

A personal highlight for me was when they came through New York and Robert and I were able to do, for the first time ever,  a live broadcast of "The Sibe Vibe" together! You can read all about live anniversary show HERE in an earlier blog post. What a fun time it was to be together chatting, and interacting with our audience of family, friends, and fans!



 One of our shows featured author Joanne Sundell, who talked about writing her Watch Eyes Trilogy of Arctic Storm, Arctic Shadow, and Arctic Will!  What an amazing hour of Husky talk, including the history of the Siberian, ode to sled dogs of the past, and an author's inside view of the creation of the mystical and fantastical world that is the backdrop for the Watch Eyes Trilogy! I also had the pleasure of receiving advance copies of the book to review, starting with Arctic Storm. My sweet boy Gibson was here for that photoshoot, and once you begin to read, you are immediately transported to another world filled with characters, history, and magic! If you missed the show live, you can look for it over on our Dog Works Radio page, on iTunes ("The Sibe Vibe" is under the Dog Works Radio family of shows), or listen to it right here below:





Gibson had loved Book 1 - Arctic Storm!
What a fantastic trilogy of books these are! And Joanne has graciously offered to donate the set to one very lucky FiveSibes reader/listener in celebration of our show's Fourth Anniversary! How awesome is that?! As part of my Flashback Friday, I'll be sharing a few pics of the FiveSibes with our copies of these amazing books. The magical, mystical story is interwoven with the factual history of the Siberian Husky, and ~ of course ~ features many Huskies as the co-stars of the book! If you are a fan of the worlds created by Jack London, George R. R. Martin, and Diana Gabaldon, you'll love Joanne's stories! 

Harley was into Book 1 - Arctic Shadow!
The story of a Chuchki shaman girl and her journey, along with many majestic Siberian Huskies and their in-depth and very interesting history, will leave you turning the pages and rushing to get to the next book! These books are a *must read* and I'm so thrilled Joanne has made this amazing offer to my readers and listeners! How exciting is this?!



Wolf loved Book 3 - Arctic Will!

To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. Deadline for entries is 12:00 AM on September 3rd. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. (sorry, international readers). Be sure to leave a blog comment on why you'd love to win this very special book trilogy!




Author Joanne Sundell and her beauties.

Many thanks to author Joanne Sundell for helping us celebrate four fantastic years of my FiveSibes "The Sibe Vibe" being on the airwaves, with thanks to Dog Works Radio! Because..."If it's about a Siberian Husky, we'll chat about it!"



 Giveaway Entry Time!





nationaldogday.com
What a fantastic Flashback Friday! And...a great way to celebrate National Dog Day! Even though that's every day here, it's always fun to have a "howliday" to do something fun and special for our wonderful, devoted canine companions! National Dog Day (also known as International Dog Day) was founded in 2004 by Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. "Millions of dogs are killed each year because they're simply unwanted," states Colleen Paige. "They're unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They're unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn't keep their promises about caring for the dog...unwanted because they shed too much...unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED...simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love and protect you. That's all. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered 'unwanted love,' into your heart and home on National Dog Day!"






"All a dog wants to do is love and protect you. That's all. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered "unwanted love", into your heart and home on National Dog Day!"  
~Colleen Paige, Pet & Lifestyle Expert, Animal Advocate

 

  The Flashback Friday Blog Hop is brought to you by us - the FiveSibes!  We welcome our co-host Love is being Owned by a Husky! We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each Friday! 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, August 17, 2016

Wolf Under the Weather on a Wordless Wednesday; And Binx Stopping By to Say #BlackCatsRock!

The heat wave continues scorching us here in Northeast, even though today we can at least breathe! Our FiveSibes have been living inside in the a/c, but this week sweet Wolf has been hit with a very harsh GI bug after a bit of excitement with an unwelcome visitor - Mr. Groundhog, flared up his anxiety that brought on the GI issues that bordered on HGE.  "Things" have thankfully, and finally, calmed down internally, and he did start to get his appetite back last night and ate a bland meal and homemade bone broth for supper and this morning for breakfast, so hoping the worse is over.  Pictured here, on our not-quite Wordless Wednesday, he's resting comfortably, the first time in a couple days. Stay cool and hope you are all doing well!



And...in honor of International Black Cat Day, here comes our sweetheart "Binx,"  a feral kitty no more! 

As many of you know, he was a very feral little boy brought home five years ago by our sweet, now furangel adopted cat "Smokie." My daughter rehabilitated him, and he was vetted adopted into our family! He and Smokie were always together, and now he is the King of the front lawn! 

Gibson loved to watch the cats through the front door, and he was the only one of our Huskies who actually would lay out on the lawn while on leash with me and just chill alongside the kitties!


And yes, Binx is named after the character-turned-in-a-cat in one of our fave Halloween movies, Thackery Binx in "Hocus Pocus!" 

#BlackCatsRock






Friday, August 12, 2016

Feelin' Cool in the Pool on a Flashback Friday!

"What are you waiting for, Mom? Turn on the hose!"
We are in the middle of a sizzling heat wave here in upstate New York! Today the temperature was 93℉ with a heat index of 122℉! No weather for dogs, especially Siberian Huskies! While my Huskies were all relaxing inside the cool air conditioned house, with quick jaunts outside to do their business, take a quick splash in their pool, and quickly retur back to the cool confines of the house, my thoughts went to my sweet wooly angel Gibson. He did not like the warm weather, let along this brutal heat. Plus, being an Epi-dog, a canine epileptic, heat and overheating can trigger seizures, so keeping him cool was always a top priority, as is keeping all the Huskies cool. Oh, but he did love the pool! This photo is a flashback to three years ago, the summer of 2013, and is one of my favorite photos of Gib. When I pulled out one of the kiddie pools,washed it off, put it down on the deck and then turned around to pull some more hose length, I turned back around to find that Gibson had already made himself comfortable in the pool, just waiting for me to turn on the cool water! He was such a character! I know he is always with me and will always be part of our FiveSibes, but I miss him. This memory and photo will always tug at my heart, remind me how silly he was, and bring a warm smile to my face!

"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose; all that we love deeply, becomes a part of us." ~Helen Keller


  The Flashback Friday Blog Hop is brought to you by us - the FiveSibes!  We welcome our co-host Love is being Owned by a Husky! We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each Friday! 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! It's a special day as it's their 3rd Anniversary! Be sure to visit Rascal & Rocco and leave them some best wishes on this special day!


Feelin' Cool in the Pool on a Flashback Friday!

"What are you waiting for, Mom? Turn on the hose!"

We are in the middle of a sizzling heat wave here in upstate New York! Today the temperature was 93℉ with a heat index of 122℉! No weather for dogs, especially Siberian Huskies! While my Huskies were all relaxing inside the cool air conditioned house, with quick jaunts outside to do their business, take a quick splash in their pool, and quickly retur back to the cool confines of the house, my thoughts went to my sweet wooly angel Gibson. He did not like the warm weather, let along this brutal heat. Plus, being an Epi-dog, a canine epileptic, heat and overheating can trigger seizures, so keeping him cool was always a top priority, as is keeping all the Huskies cool. Oh, but he did love the pool! This photo is a flashback to three years ago, the summer of 2013, and is one of my favorite photos of Gib. When I pulled out one of the kiddie pools,washed it off, put it down on the deck and then turned around to pull some more hose length, I turned back around to find that Gibson had already made himself comfortable in the pool, just waiting for me to turn on the cool water! He was such a character! I know he is always with me and will always be part of our FiveSibes, but I miss him. This memory and photo will always tug at my heart, remind me how silly he was, and bring a warm smile to my face!

"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose; all that we love deeply, becomes a part of us." ~Helen Keller




  The Flashback Friday Blog Hop are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-host is Love is being Owned by a Husky. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each Friday! 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! It's a special day as it's their 3rd Anniversary! Be sure to visit Rascal & Rocco checkout their Anniversary Giveaway and leave them some best wishes on this special day!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

#FiveSibes #Smile4Sugar's 15th Birthday!


What are all the Sibe smiles about? Woo! We're joining in the celebration of Golden Woof's Sugar's 15th Birthday! 
What a special day!


This is one of my favorite party pics with Gibson, who was always up for some ice cream cake! He's stopping by from North of the Rainbow Bridge to join in the rest of the FiveSibes pack and Blogville to wish sweet beautiful Sugar a very Happy Birthday! Woo! Sugar, you make senior look super!



Monday, August 8, 2016

Oh, What a Night on a Merry Meme Monday!

BOL!
You can follow Kortney's beautiful (and silly) "Riley" at @rileyshuskylife on Instagram! Be sure to let them know FiveSibesMom sent you over!






Do you have a great photo of your northern breed dog (or your pet looking like a northern breed dog) that you'd like to share in our FiveSibes Facebook Merry Meme fun caption contest? We'd love to feature it! Just Email it with "Meme" in subject line and granting FiveSibes permission to use, and dog(s) & photographer's name to FiveSibesHuskyNews(at)gmail(dot)com.
Photos are posted on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page for readers to suggest catchy captions that fit the photo & vote on by "liking!" Credit is always given and we'll share your social media page as well!