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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day Spa Day!


Tub time for Wolf!
Happy Father's Day to all Dads of human children and furkids! We hope your day is very special! Here at FiveSibes, the Huskies not only celebrated the day with their super (p)awesome Hu-Dad with some ice cream cake, but it was also "Spa Day" here! Our groomer came to our house, and with the assistance of my son-in-law, gave our pups a good  blow out, brushing, and bath just in time for summer! Our yard sure looked as if we had some sudden snow "furries!" A few birds even swooped down while the Huskies were being blown out and snatched up some of the precious Husky fur for their nests! Now those will be some very comfy and warm nests for their babies for sure! Following their spa treatment, they snoozed inside in the cool house for a bit before joining the family for some delicious dairy-fresh vanilla ice cream! Here's a photo essay highlighting their day!

 Wolf enjoyed the blow out! Bye-bye undercoat!


 Harley has a kiss for my son-in-law while getting her undercoat blown out! Hey, I think there's another Husky hiding in all that fur!!!


Bandit is not thrilled with the fur sticking to her nose!

Snow Furries in July!

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Rub-A-Dub-Dub...
Huskies in the Tub!

 Ahhh...Bandit much prefers the bath!


Chloe would rather be hiding in the dirt!

Soooooo Clean!

Chloe and Wolf are as white as the snow!




 Happy Huskies...now that bath time is over!

 


 You Scream, I Scream, the FiveSibes Scream for Ice Cream!



 Nom-nom-nommmm...


 "More ice cream cake, please?!"


 Happy Father's Day, Hu-Dad! We love you!
 Oh, and thanks for sharing your cake with us!



 Hu-Dad with Gibson.


 "Dad"
~by Karen K. Boyer
 He never looks for praises
He's never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He's there...A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad




Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Chat With Gibson Marks 6-Month Anniversary

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A chat with Gibson.
(Video may not play on mobile devices).

Today marks the six-month anniversary of the day that my sweet big wooly boy, Gibson, journeyed North of the Rainbow Bridge. I so miss him. I loved and miss all of our wonderful "conversations," how he would say, "Love You!" and the stomping of his big polar bear paw for emphasis! The above video clip is bittersweet - bitter, of course, because he is no longer physically here, but oh-so-sweet because the memory brings a smile to my face and just floods me with joy as I remember all the wonderful days like this one. With all the challenges he faced being an Epi-dog, he was beautiful, brave, so very silly, and just the happiest Husky! He was, and always will be, my inspiration to push on during the hard times, lay back and enjoy the good times, and always greet each day with a big smile, just like he did.

Six months.

Half a year.

So very hard to believe.

“The strangeness of Time. Not in its passing, which can seem infinite, like a tunnel whose end you can't see...but in the sudden realization that something finite, has passed, and is irretrievable.” 

~Joyce Carol Oates

 

While today is Thursday, I am also having this memory be my precious "Flashback Friday" moment, in honor of my sweet, brave, big boy. Miss you, G. For always.



❤️ Gibbie Love, Forever❤️



  
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!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Nook Time: FiveSibes Tales Received Two (P)awesome Reviews from Kings River Life Magazine! Plus A GIVEAWAY!


It's a double pawesome Friday here at the FiveSibes Homestead! First up - we recently received some great reviews on my first two FiveSibes Tales™ ~ What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness from Kings River Life Magazine! Woo! So excited! You can read the reviews HERE!


*BONUS* - The magazine is hosting a GIVEAWAY for one copy of each of my FiveSibes™ Tales books (to U.S. residents)! In case you missed our announcement on social media, you can visit HERE to enter! Winner selected Saturday, June 11th. Good luck and be sure to let me know if you are a winner! Would love a pic!

"The illustrations are spot on with the goofy expressions dogs can get when they are having the best time ever. While the books are thin in size, they’re packed with information adults and children alike can use. Plus, they’d be good books to read to dogs!"
~Sandra Murphy, Book Reviewer, Kings River Life Magazine

And...since it's Flashback Friday...I thought I'd step back in time a few years to share pics of when my two books were first published!

My sweet Gibson with the first copy of my book about him and Canine Epilepsy!

Our alpha Harley girl with the first copy of my book and promotional poster...starring Harley!

Via my FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, a portion of proceeds from What's Wrong With Gibson? benefits the Canine Epilepsy Resources Epil-K9 Foundation's Emma's Seizure Fund through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A portion of proceeds from Getting Healthy With Harley benefit Save Our Siberians Siberspace Rescue Fund.
To purchase my books, visit ArcticHouse Publishing or Amazon.


Many thanks to book reviewer Sandra Murphy and Kings River Life Magazine for the great supportive reivews! I'd also like to give a shout-out to BlogPaws, as through this group, the editor and I originally connected.

  
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:


 


Friday, June 3, 2016

A FiveSibes Love Train on a Flashback Friday



One of my fondest memories of my FiveSibes  (and there are so many) is when they  all snuggle up in a pile together in what I refer to as the Sibe train! They have always loved to do this;  such a special family-style bond they have with each other. They still do this, but we sure do miss our big, sweet fluffy boy, Gibson. So for today's stroll down Memory Lane, my Flashback snapshot is one of my FiveSibes Siberian love train with Gib as the locomotive!


 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!




Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy Birthday, Hu-Dad!


For our Hu-Dad...who gives us love and treats, and literally builds a roof over our head so the icky rain doesn't touch our precious Siberian Husky fur when we lounge out on the deck.

 For our Hu-Dad ...who pets us as we take over the living room floor, couch, chairs, bed, everywhere! 

For our Hu-Dad...who never flinches at our vet bills (okay, maybe he winces a bit). 

 For Hu-Dad who...fixes all our messes (we did not chew the deck rails, windowsills, kitchen cabinet corners, bottom of chairs, or the cookbooks - that was Gibbie! - Okay, maybe we three Pupsters had something to do with the windowsills...and maybe the deck rails...and okay, maybe we took a few chomps on the bottom of the chairs...but the cookbooks 
were all Gibson)! 

For our Hu-Dad...who runs out at the midnight hour when Hu-Mom suddenly realizes we may be low on food (sorry, Hu-Mom, but sometimes you do!). 

 For our Hu-Dad who...makes sure the air conditioners are in and up and running way before the hot season so we can keep our royal 
Huskieness cool. 

For our Hu-Dad who...barbeques the very best burgers and always make us one (like today)!   

For our Hu-Dad, who is just the very best...

Happy Birthday wishes and woos! 
We love you!
Harley, FurAngel Gibson, Wolf, Chloe & Bandit

 



Friday, May 27, 2016

Kicking Off Memorial Day Weekend With Pet Safety Tips on #FiveSibes Flashback Friday!



On this special FiveSibes Flashback Friday, I'd like to share this pets' holiday safety tips graphic, featuring my furangel Gibson in a patriotic photo from a few years back, as a reminder so everyone, including our furbabies, can safely enjoy the long holiday weekend.


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Monday is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for fallen United States servicemen, women, and canines, who bravely served our country. While it unofficially marks the start of summer in many areas, with family get-togethers, picnics, barbeques, pool time, and more, we can not forget the true meaning of the day and take a few minutes to pay homage to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the years for our country.

 With Special thanks to Phil Weitlauf, U.S. Army Veteran- 1962-1968- Vietnam Era, for this video. (Please note, video may not play on mobile devices).


War Dog Memorial from Paul Pytlowany on Vimeo.


For more information on the U.S. War Dogs, visit the United States War Dog Association HERE.

For so many other K9 soldiers, their handlers, and human soldiers, sadly did not return home. And today, Memorial Day, is a day of reflection, respect, and honor for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms we do each and every day. We thank you for your service. 
You will never be forgotten.

 Video via the History Channel (Please note: video may not play on mobile devices).






This Memorial Day weekend post is dedicated to my late Dad, who served with the U.S. Army's "Big Red One" 1st Division, 16th Infantry and his second tour with the Rainbow Division, 42nd Infantry. This photo was taken of him during WWII on base with two of his furpals. His compassion for, and love of, dogs is just part of his legacy.While my dad survived two tours in WWII, we did lose him way too early, just 34 years after his honorary discharge. This Memorial Day, I'd like to remember and honor my Dad for his brave service.



Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!



 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!