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Friday, November 28, 2014

Meet the Frenzied Fox Artist on a Black Flashback Friday! Reigndogs! Shopping! GIVEAWAY! It's All Here!


It's #Flashback Friday here at the FiveSibes and since today basically kicks off the Christmas season, what better time to revisit on Memory Lane than that of a Christmas past?! Here's our "originals" - reindogs Gibson and his gal Harley looking all festive in front of the tree circa 2007 when they were both just pups of one and two! Gibson seems to be really enjoying his reindog ways, but Harley, as you can tell by her expression, thought it was all just a bit too silly for a Sibe to endure! She was a good girl and endured she did for this great moment frozen in time!




What better day to offer a giveaway than Black Friday? And we have a really cool one! Love Huskies? Love sending holiday cards? Check out these beautiful cards created by artist Maria Montreuil, a/k/a "Mrs. Fox," of The Frenzied Fox Artwork


 GIVEAWAY~Husky Art Greeting Cards!

These are beautiful 5x7 full color cards with plain envelopes...and the best part? She has given us a set of 12 to raffle off to one lucky winner! So, if you did not win the set she so kindly donated to our recent FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness online benefit auction, you have another chance to get these (p)awesome cards! Just be sure to enter the drawing via the Rafflecopter below at the end of this post for a chance to win these adorable holiday Husky greeting cards!

But first, the part I always enjoy the most, meeting the very talented and personable artist behind all the fantastic artwork, Maria "Mrs. Fox" Montreuil of The Frenzied Fox Artwork!


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FiveSibesMom (FSM): How did you know you wanted to be an artist?  
The Frenzied Fox (TFF): Art has been a passion of mine ever since I was very small. I believe my mom told me when I could first hold a pencil--maybe 2 or 3, I started drawing and at that age I was so much I critic of my work I quit for a year! Can't say I remember that, but my mom does!

FSM: Your business name is The Frenzied Fox – is there a meaning behind the name?  
TFF: Yes, my husband and I are fond of foxes so I designed cartoon "characters" of us as foxes. I knew I wanted my business name to have fox in it somehow and when I look at my life and how crazy it is, Frenzied sounded like the PERFECT word. It definitely fits--I often have several art projects going on all at once on top of everything else!


 Frenzied Fox Husky Fabric Tree Topper

FSM:What types of mediums do you work in?
TFF: This might sound crazy but I like to dabble in it ALL!  For drawing I usually work digitally with Photoshop and my tablet, but I LOVE real media too--acrylic, sometimes oil paints, watercolor, pen and ink, pencils, pastels... and I've also done works in clay, needle felting, needle punching, and cloth! I use different medias based on what feel I am looking for or the style, having the freedom to use different things keeps art interesting and fun!

FSM: Among your beautiful works, you have Siberian Husky Christmas cards (pictured above) and you also designed a Husky Birthday card, a fabric Husky tree topper, and  a sweet logo design for a Husky rescue. What is it that you enjoy best about a Husky project?  
TFF: Well, Dorothy, I don't have any Huskies YET, but I would like to add one to our crazy family sometime in the future! I have always loved this breed--I believe I still have a drawing I did of one back in 5th grade, ha-ha! I love them because they are so good with all people, kids included, have a wild spirit to them, and they are such a beautiful breed. I know they can be a challenge, which is why I am doing all I can to thoroughly research them now!  As for what I enjoy best about a Husky project, I think it's trying to capture their spirit and personality in my art. Art is the most fun when you can put your heART into it!

Frenzied Fox Husky Birthday Greeting Card

FSM: You have furbabies – tell us a little about them. 
TFF: Yes, I have five currently. I have a four-year-old Golden Retriever, who I adopted from someone when he was about two--he is a goof ball and is a certified therapy dog. We visit the local nursing home usually twice a month. I am also going to try to work with my library to start a Paws For Reading program in the spring where elementary school kids can brush up their reading skills with him! I also have two shelter cats, Nova and Tinuviel (you can tell we are Lord of the Rings fans), and two rabbits--Pipkin and Tribble. Pipkin I adopted shortly after I graduated from high school and he is almost nine now! Tribble I rescued from a busy road a year ago. I'm aware that having these small animals means when I adopt a Siberian Husky of my own (would like to take in a rescue someday) I will need to find one that is cat friendly!  

FSM: You live in New York with your husband and son, is that correct?  
TFF: Yes I do- not in the city though, but rather the country side. I have to admit, when I first moved out here  it seemed a bit of a hick town compared to where I am from (big suburb off of St. Paul, Minnesota) but I absolutely LOVE it!  I actually have two sons now--my youngest was born in September! :)

FSM: What inspires your art? 
TFF: Primarily animals. I know sometimes people want me to move out my "comfort zone" and try new things, which I do, but animals are, and probably always will be my main subjects. It's always been the most natural for me to draw.

FSM: How long to create a commissioned work?  
TFF: Wow, that can vary a lot.  Usually the minimum is two to
three hours, but that depends on style and complexity. A very realistic painting could be probably 10 to 20 hours possibly, but since I don't do it in one sitting (or even two or three most of the time), I am not sure.

FSM: Do you do custom artwork?  
TFF: I do! I love taking commissions! Since it's the holiday season, I've been working on several tree toppers and hand appliqué wool Husky pillows, but I also do a lot of pet portraits--some realistic, some almost "Disney" style in a way.

FSM: What do you need to create a custom piece – photos?  
TFF: Yes, photos are a must, the clearer the better! If someone doesn't want me to do a direct-like-the-photo drawing, I need several shots and possibly several angles. Another REALLY important thing for me is to hear about the dog's personality. I don't like my art to look lifeless, and knowing something about them helps me to feel their heart as it were, making it easier for me to capture their spirit!

FSM: Tell us something about yourself that may surprise us! 
TFF: I guess unless you know me personally, a lot of people don't know I'm the oldest of eight kids! When I first moved out of my family's house the silence was so loud, I always had to keep music playing in the background!

FSM: What project(s) are you working on now?  
TFF: A LOT. We call unfinished projects UFO's around here--UnFinished Objects--and I always have some of those. Some of my current projects are two realistic dog oil portraits, a dog tree topper, three Husky wool pillows, a Christmas chicken card design for my mother-in-law, and a huge Santa riding a crow decoration. Once in a while, I have to really pace myself and tell people no, but I hate to do that.

FSM: What would be your dream project?  
TFF: Ever since I was a kid I wanted to illustrate children's books. It is VERY hard to get into that field though. I'm in the process of doing some character design of two dogs, a Golden and Husky, so that my husband can write stories for our kids and I will illustrate them. Though not official, it's still fun.

FSM: How can someone contact you? 
TFF: The best way is to send an Email to thefrenziedfox@gmail.com or to message me on my The Frenzied Fox Artwork Facebook page!  And don't forget to tell her the FiveSibes sent you over!

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One (1) dozen whimsical holiday Husky art  greeting cards!
And if you don't win, you can order them on The Frenzied Fox Artwork Facebook page for 12 for $12, plus shipping AND, according to Maria, 30% of the proceeds goes toward helping several Siberian Husky rescues this holiday season!!! "I want to help as many dogs as I can so my goal is to sell 112 more packages!" she notes! Woo!)
 

 
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Joining us again this week is our 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!






Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wooo! Happy Thanksgiving! Let's Talk Turkey, Cause For Paws ~And~ Our #Epi-Tip #27!



It's Thanksgiving! And we have so much to be thankful for! I am so thankful for my wonderful family: my husband, my best friend/daughter, my mom (who is 93 years young!), and our five beautiful, silly, loving Siberian Huskies and our feral-turned-baby adopted kitty, Binx. I'm also thankful for all the amazing friends, readers, listeners, and supporters that I've come to know through my FiveSibes!

"Time of the harvest,
time of good living,
Time of remembrance,
time of thanksgiving,
Time to reflect
on the blessings God sends —
wonderful people,
family and friends."
~American Greetings



First, my patient helpers watching as I prepared the stuffing. (Their treat was some cooked low-sodium bacon crumbles in with their breakfast!) 


Then on to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

And we closed out the night watching Fox's Cause for Paws All-Star Dog Spectacular adoption awareness show! If you want to check out the amazing dogs looking for their forever homes, or make a donation, visit  



Wooo...what a great day! (yawn)...
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone....Zzzzz...



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Beautiful Surprise From A Friend; Auction Update, ~and~ Epi-Tip #26

"One person caring about another represents life's greatest value." ~Anonymous

In the middle of this hectic month of November being Epilepsy Awareness Month, where Gibson and I work hard to spread the word about Canine Epilepsy Awareness through our #LiveGibStrong campaign, I received a special surprise. As many of my readers know,  I've been posting a daily Epi-Tip for the 30 days of November, wrapping up my new book about Canine Epilepsy, EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy, and sharing valuable information and resources via articles, social media posts, broadcasts on my "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show, and even holding our first online benefit auction. In the middle of all this, I'm rehabbing Gibson from yet another weak hind end issue as a result of his Epi medications. Through all this, I have do admit that I feel a bit guilty that I don't have enough time to visit fellow bloggers and spend some time with friends. But, thankfully, most of my friends, readers, and folks who know me know how important November and Epilepsy Awareness is to me and my inspiration, Gibson. So, in the middle of all the deadlines and late hours, a package arrives for me from a dear friend and fellow Husky mom who writes the Holly and the Huskies blog. She has been a fellow 5-Siber and we "met" because of our Huskies. We fondly refer to our Huskies as "cousins!" When I saw her return address label, I smiled and placed the package on my desk for a few days as a reward, if you will. (I do the same with Christmas packages that arrive early. I save them until Christmas morning!) Oh, yes, I surely was eager to know what was inside...but, I kept it as an inspiration...a reward...that I could open when I finished one of my Epilepsy projects. Tonight, I did complete a project. And I opened the box. Tears filled my eyes as I unwrapped the bubble wrap to reveal the beautiful purple paw ornament above. What a special and thoughtful gift! Purple for Epilepsy Awareness, and a paw for my love of dogs. Also inside, was a lovely note thanking me for our friendship and for the Canine Epilepsy advocate work I do for all our amazing Epi-dogs. See, Holly is also an Epi-dog Mom - to not one, but two Huskies with Canine Epilepsy; beautiful Boo and her sister, Nala, who you will meet below. 

The beautiful purple paw ornament is so special to me, 
and on the eve of Thanksgiving, I thought it appropriate to say: 
Holly, thank you so very much for your friendship and support. This means the world to me! 


Meet the beautiful Boo & Nala Stoddard, today's Epi All Stars:

"Boo" 

~And~

"Nala"

Why not pop over to Holly and the Huskies blog and say "woo" to Boo and Nala. And be sure to tell them their "cousins", the FiveSibes sent you!
 
UPDATE! 
 Lots of FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness online benefit auction items have been packaged up (see the mountain of boxes above?!) and shipped out already! More are going out on Friday! Gibson checked everything twice, and thanks everyone who donated, placed bids, and shared our info, with a big Husky "Thank woooo!" When you get your item, if you could just go over to  
AFA - Auctions For Animals page and comment under your item(s) so we know, that would be great! Once all payments are in and tallies are done, we'll announce the total donations! Wooo! We're very excited!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

N.C. State U/College of Veterinary Medicine Recruiting Epi-Dogs on Keppra XR for Study ~and~ Our #LiveGibStrong Epi-Tip #25

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 Recruiting Epi-Dogs for Canine Keppra Extended Release Pharmacokinetic Study

Recruitment is open for dogs with epilepsy that are being treated with Keppra XR (levetiracetam extended release)) and Phenobarbital (group I) Keppra XR and Zonisamide (Zonegran) (group II) , or Keppra XR alone (group III) for a Pharmacokinetic study. This study is being conducted at North Carolina State University-College of Veterinary Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Karen Muñana, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology).

If your dog has been diagnosed with epilepsy, and is receiving the drugs listed above in any of the 3 groups listed, we are interested in sampling your pet to determine how Keppra XR interacts with the other anticonvulsants through sequential blood sampling in a one-day study. All blood levels will be provided to the owners at no-charge. If you are interested in more information regarding this project, or to see if your pet qualifies, please CONTACT Julie Nettifee janettif@ncsu.edu or 919-513-6812. 
If unable to travel to NC State, arrangements can be made in most cases to have sampling performed by your referring veterinarian.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Canine Epilepsy Awareness Tribute Video ~and~ Epi-Tip #24!

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Please take a few moments to check out this beautiful Canine Epilepsy tribute video put together by Victoria McGuckin and Blu's Foundation, ambassadors in the United Kingdom who have been doing some fantastic work together traveling and educating folks on Canine Epilepsy. Keep a close eye on the video, you'll recognize a few beautiful familiar Epi-dog faces! (wink-wink). 
Together, we CAN make a difference! 







Beautiful Blu, namesake of Blu's Tale Foundation.
Be sure to check out the Blu's Tale and Blu's Tale Foundation Facebook page to read all about this amazing Epi-warrior, and tell them the FiveSibes sent you over!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Meet Daisy, An Epi All Star, A Former Stray Who Needs Some Support ~and~ Our #LiveGibStrong Epi-Tip of the Day


Meet beautiful Daisy.


Missy Erickson and Andy Lakatosh are hu-parents to a Siberian Husky, Eva, they adopted from Alley’s Rescued Siberian Angels in California. Eva had had a broken front leg, and when she first came to live in her new forever home, her cast had just come off and she had little stitches in her leg. It only took a few months before she started walking on it, and now she is doing just great! Recently, Eva’s hu-dad, Andy, was leaving work when he saw a dirty, lonely Siberian Husky roaming around the town of Carson in California. The Husky reeked of urine and trash, but Andy’s heart could not leave the stray. So he brought her home, and even being so smelly and dirty, Daisy shown so much love and given hugs by this wonderful couple. 

Daisy with her new dad.
Andy and Missy gave her a bath, food and water, shelter, and love. For two weeks they searched for her family. Daisy is microchipped, but the contact phone number has been disconnected. Daisy’s medical records were traced, as she has been in shelters and rescues, and all her medical records ceased in February of this year. Apparently no one wanted this Husky girl.



No one has come forward yet for Daisy. No one apparently even misses her. According to the medical records they were able to trace, Daisy has Canine Epilepsy. However, being homeless, she has not been on any medication.
   
A few days ago, Daisy had her first seizure in her new home while lying on her adoptive hu-parents’ bed along with her new brother (who is a Golden-doodle) and her Husky sister, Eva. She then had another seizure, followed by yet another, and another. She’s had nine seizures in a 48-hour period. Her rescue parents brought her to the hospital where she was monitored for seizures and received medication adjustments. Missy also reached out to Alley's, who put her in touch with me to talk about resources and information available for living with and caring for an Epi-dog.


Daisy’s new mom and dad will not bring her to a shelter.
She is now a member of their family, and Missy and Andy want to help her get healthy and have a wonderful, happy life.


Being new rescue parents to a dog with special needs, they are in need of help to get Daisy on the road to stabilization so she can have a great life. They are currently fundraising so they can get all the tests, medications, and vet visits needed so hopefully Daisy’s epilepsy will become managed. For more information on



Daisy is now out of the hospital and back home to a very happy furbrother and sister. She is settling into her new home with two people who love her already!  One of her favorite things is to sleep in the pool!



Says her new parents Missy and Andy, “All we want to do is make sure this girl is healthy and lives the rest of her life happily. We can tell how unsure she is in trusting us at this point, but with evidence suggesting she's had over 3 different homes, been part of a rescue, and inside one of the worst animal shelters in southern California, we are not going to let her go back to a place where she would most definitely be euthanized.”



Daisy's new furfamily!
And, once again, my faith in humanity has been restored! It’s wonderful acts of kindness toward animals in need, like Missy’s and Andy’s that show the true spirit of the holidays all year round. So, if you know of someone or a business or organization who could help this once-stray Epi-Husky get all the help she needs, please visit HERE for more information, as well as their fundraising site.

And just like the flower of her name, this once abandoned Siberian Husky is blooming into a beautiful, loving member of a forever family...even with Canine Epilepsy. 



Beautiful family portrait:
Daisy with her new family - Hu-dad Andy, furbrother Dunkin, Hu-mom Missy, and fursister Eva.


"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
~Immanuel Kant




My name is Daisy and I am a siberian husky with epilespy. I was found by my new mom and dad on October 27th, 2014, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. My dad was working there, but he came outside and found me and brought me home. I was really dirty. I smelled of urine and garbage, and my coat was brown and black. But my new mom and dad petted me and hugged me anyways. They gave me a bath, gave me food and water, and made me a shelter, which they call a "husky hut".

Over two weeks, they searched for my old family. They found a microchip and tried to contact them, but their phones were disconnected. They found my old medical records through pet hospitals and animal shelters. I have been in a rescue and in animal shelters, but nobody wants me. Then they found out I was 9.5 years old and was on medication for seizures. My medical records stopped in February of 2014, and that's the last they know.

A few days ago I had my first seizure at home. I was laying on my new mom and dads bed along with my brother (a goldendoodle) and sister (a husky). But then I had another one at 2am that same night. And then I had another one again.

Over the past 48 hours, I've had more than 9 seizures in total, and my new mom and dad have brought me to an animal hospital where they are monitoring me for seizures and applying the correct dosage of medication.

My new mom and dad will not bring me to a shelter. They are willing to spend the time to figure out how to get me healthy, and help me finally live a happy life.

My new mom and dad were not prepared for the financial burden when I came into their life. They have already purchased my medication and paid a portion of my hospital stay, but the expenses are more than that. Please help if you can. I don't want to leave my forever home. - See more at: http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-stray-no-more-a-story-of-epilepsy-/43062#sthash.x5E4nXpl.dpuf
My name is Daisy and I am a siberian husky with epilespy. I was found by my new mom and dad on October 27th, 2014, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. My dad was working there, but he came outside and found me and brought me home. I was really dirty. I smelled of urine and garbage, and my coat was brown and black. But my new mom and dad petted me and hugged me anyways. They gave me a bath, gave me food and water, and made me a shelter, which they call a "husky hut".

Over two weeks, they searched for my old family. They found a microchip and tried to contact them, but their phones were disconnected. They found my old medical records through pet hospitals and animal shelters. I have been in a rescue and in animal shelters, but nobody wants me. Then they found out I was 9.5 years old and was on medication for seizures. My medical records stopped in February of 2014, and that's the last they know.

A few days ago I had my first seizure at home. I was laying on my new mom and dads bed along with my brother (a goldendoodle) and sister (a husky). But then I had another one at 2am that same night. And then I had another one again.

Over the past 48 hours, I've had more than 9 seizures in total, and my new mom and dad have brought me to an animal hospital where they are monitoring me for seizures and applying the correct dosage of medication.

My new mom and dad will not bring me to a shelter. They are willing to spend the time to figure out how to get me healthy, and help me finally live a happy life.

My new mom and dad were not prepared for the financial burden when I came into their life. They have already purchased my medication and paid a portion of my hospital stay, but the expenses are more than that. Please help if you can. I don't want to leave my forever home - See more at: http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-stray-no-more-a-story-of-epilepsy-/43062#sthash.x5E4nXpl.dpuf
My name is Daisy and I am a siberian husky with epilespy. I was found by my new mom and dad on October 27th, 2014, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. My dad was working there, but he came outside and found me and brought me home. I was really dirty. I smelled of urine and garbage, and my coat was brown and black. But my new mom and dad petted me and hugged me anyways. They gave me a bath, gave me food and water, and made me a shelter, which they call a "husky hut".

Over two weeks, they searched for my old family. They found a microchip and tried to contact them, but their phones were disconnected. They found my old medical records through pet hospitals and animal shelters. I have been in a rescue and in animal shelters, but nobody wants me. Then they found out I was 9.5 years old and was on medication for seizures. My medical records stopped in February of 2014, and that's the last they know.

A few days ago I had my first seizure at home. I was laying on my new mom and dads bed along with my brother (a goldendoodle) and sister (a husky). But then I had another one at 2am that same night. And then I had another one again.

Over the past 48 hours, I've had more than 9 seizures in total, and my new mom and dad have brought me to an animal hospital where they are monitoring me for seizures and applying the correct dosage of medication.

My new mom and dad will not bring me to a shelter. They are willing to spend the time to figure out how to get me healthy, and help me finally live a happy life.

My new mom and dad were not prepared for the financial burden when I came into their life. They have already purchased my medication and paid a portion of my hospital stay, but the expenses are more than that. Please help if you can. I don't want to leave my forever home - See more at: http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-stray-no-more-a-story-of-epilepsy-/43062#sthash.x5E4nXpl.dpuf
My name is Daisy and I am a siberian husky with epilespy. I was found by my new mom and dad on October 27th, 2014, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. My dad was working there, but he came outside and found me and brought me home. I was really dirty. I smelled of urine and garbage, and my coat was brown and black. But my new mom and dad petted me and hugged me anyways. They gave me a bath, gave me food and water, and made me a shelter, which they call a "husky hut".

Over two weeks, they searched for my old family. They found a microchip and tried to contact them, but their phones were disconnected. They found my old medical records through pet hospitals and animal shelters. I have been in a rescue and in animal shelters, but nobody wants me. Then they found out I was 9.5 years old and was on medication for seizures. My medical records stopped in February of 2014, and that's the last they know.

A few days ago I had my first seizure at home. I was laying on my new mom and dads bed along with my brother (a goldendoodle) and sister (a husky). But then I had another one at 2am that same night. And then I had another one again.

Over the past 48 hours, I've had more than 9 seizures in total, and my new mom and dad have brought me to an animal hospital where they are monitoring me for seizures and applying the correct dosage of medication.

My new mom and dad will not bring me to a shelter. They are willing to spend the time to figure out how to get me healthy, and help me finally live a happy life.

My new mom and dad were not prepared for the financial burden when I came into their life. They have already purchased my medication and paid a portion of my hospital stay, but the expenses are more than that. Please help if you can. I don't want to leave my forever home - See more at: http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-stray-no-more-a-story-of-epilepsy-/43062#sthash.x5E4nXpl.dpuf