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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day Dreaming on a Shadow Shot Sunday

Day Dream
by Cassie McNair

Whenever I day dream,
and day dream I do,
in my secret garden,
I day dream of you.

I day dream of you,
In my magical land;
embracing me tight
and holding my hand.

Holding my hand,
and touching my face.
Just you and me,
in this peaceful place.

In this peaceful place
a pristine river flows.
Where the unicorns run,
a breeze always blows.

A breeze always blows
and sings of a song;
Our love in a place
where you're never gone.

Where you're never gone
is as it would seem,
from dusk until dawn,
whenever I day dream.

And whenever I day dream,
and day dream I do,
in my secret garden,
I day dream of you.
Please visit Shadow Shot Sunday's blog host, Hey Harriet!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

How We Are Spending Our Summer...

...doing a whole lot of this!!! Another hot, humid, and hazy day here. The FiveSibes opted to snooze indoors all day and even skipped a romp in the pool. Just too hot. I know many folks across the country are experiencing the same. Our "married" couple Harley and Gibson are trying to beat the heat by laying under the fan in the air conditioned kitchen. I know what they are dreaming of......s-n-o-w!!!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Merry Christmas...in July!

Merry Christmas in July from Gibson and the FiveSibes!
Yes, we just experienced one of the worst heat waves ever, and I'm talking about Christmas! Well, before you think I was out in the blazing hot sun for too long, Christmas is exactly five months from today! So to celebrate (and think snow), I'm posting this pic to remind us all that it's not really that far away! So Huskies and furpals, start making up that Christmas wish list! And while we're at it, let's all be sure to list "donations for a rescue/shelter" - and it does not have to be money, it can be scheduling some time to foster a dog or help out at a shelter, mending and donating some blankets and toys, donating some food or treats, etc. The furpals will certainly be more jolly...and we'll naturally feel better for helping too! And the best part? We don't have to wait for December to do it! Why not drop by a local shelter today, or this week, and bring some cheer to homeless animals near you?

Merry Christmas in July, everyone! 
Fa-la-la-la-la-la-laaa!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Entertaining Bored Huskies During the Heat Wave!

It hit 102 degrees today on our thermometer, 115 with the heat index! Many people across the northeastern central portion of the country are experiencing this horrendous heatwave. What's a Sibe to do? Our five hesitantly go outside to quickly take care of business, and then retreat back inside to their favorite spots in the air conditioned house, where they hardly budge. The pups get a little restless and entertain themselves briefly with their toy bin, then back to snoozing. Here's a few scenes, that I'm sure is pretty familiar to pet owners across this week's heat belt:

Bandit's favorite spot on the nook booth (and Chloe under it!)

The married couple Harley and Gibson prefer the floor under the fan.

Whaatttt???? Another day of this hot weather????

Wolf bored and upset at the hot weather. He's having snow dreams.


Hu-Mom to the Rescue: Indoor Toy Bin Time!!!


Enough of the toy ice cream, bring on the real stuff!




Until next time...stay safe, cool, and dream of snow!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shadow Shot Siberian Sunday


Lone White Wolf
by Jim Sauer

Lone white wolf
Limps through the woodland snow.

Behind his trail
The last lingering threads of twilight fade.

Across the frozen lake
The rising moon is a majestic mandarin dome.

In his ears
The silver velvet of the river...

In his eyes
And in his soul

The moon.



 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day: Be the Change for Animals


Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day and Blog the Change for Animals. Two very important events in the pet world. Pictured here is our Honorary Fire Awareness Husky Harley, who is going to help us spread the word about fire safety and standing up to "be the change" for animals everywhere.

Blog the Change is, "Not just for bloggers…Be, Blog, and Read the Change for Animals!"

And according to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), "With an estimated 500,000 pets affected by home fires each year, Pet Fire Safety Day is designed to educate the public on how they can prevent and prepare for emergencies and present solutions for reducing these tragic instances."

Through Be the Change (BtC) for Animals, folks can blog about important pet issues and causes. According to BtC, "Come together in support of people helping animals in need. What have you done to Be the Change for Animals? Who do you know who acts tirelessly on animals’ behalf? What favorite cause has a special need right now?"
  
For us, we want to discuss National Pet Safety Day, just as we did in last year's post on this very important date. National Pet Safety Day's purpose is to bring prevention awareness to pet owners. The NVFC, ADT Security Services, and the American Kennel Club (AKC) have partnered together to bring a fire safety awareness to all pet owners. 

According to the NVFC, there is “an estimated 500,000 pets affected by home fires each year,” and “nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets,” according to the AKC and the NVFC. 

Here is a list of tips courtesy of the AKC to keep our pets from starting house fires:
  
*Extinguish open flames: Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

* Remove stove knobs: Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house – a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.

* Invest in flameless candles: These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.

* Beware of glass water bowls on wooden decks: Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.

* Pet proof the home: Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently (FiveSibesMom note: And get down to their eye level to see what they would come in contact with when both standing, and if they jump up).

And, in order to keep your pets safe, please also:

* Keep pets near entrances when away from home: When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. (FiveSibesMom note: And be sure to have current safety window clings up on the nearest window or door to where your pets are. Keep current ID tags on your pets' collars, too, in case they become lost or separated from their hu-parents).
* Secure young pets: Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home, such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

* Practice escape routes with pets: Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet. 

* Consider using monitored smoke detection services: As an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pets who can’t escape when left home alone. 

* Affix a pet alert window cling: Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

Another very important cause that is very important to me and goes hand-in-hand with National Pet Fire Safety Day, is pet oxygen masks. I have been working on this in my local area, and am pairing up with my husband's company to sponsor masks for our local firehouses and EMS trucks. The goal is to supply every firetruck with one set (that includes one mask for small and one mask for large animals), as well as a training session for the firefighters. I am also currently in talks with some other animal-loving folks who are interested in helping me take this countywide. Check with your own local fire and EMS departments to see if they have pet oxygen masks. Our furkids' stand a much better chance of survival should a fire emergency occur if the trucks and personnel are equipped with these masks. 

For more info on pet oxygen masks, you can check out the Wag'n "02 Fur Life Pet Oxygen Mask Initiative" site below and also how you can sponsor one for your fire department.



Here is a demonstration video on how the masks fit the animals and how they work:






Let’s all remember that preventative measures means keeping our beloved pets safe. For more information, and for distribution places (both actual and online) where you can obtain pet finder window clings, please check out the following websites:




And for some additional tips and even some fun facts on fire dogs, check out Dr. Lynn's MyPetED's article.
Some good videos on tips for National Pet Safety Day, including one from the AKC, click here.


Let's all help spread the word about pet fire safety and "being, blogging, and reading the Change for Animals." And, please, let's be safe out there!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Woos Scream for Ice Cream! July is National Ice Cream Month!







Just a Few Words on an Almost Wordless Wednesday:

We have a special request of all our Blogger pals. In an effort to help homeless Huskies and spread the word about "Take Your Dog to Work Day," could you please vote for Wolf's "working" photo as part of the "Take Your Dog to Work Day" Campaign? One of the prizes includes a $500 donation to a shelter of the winner's choosing! So won't you please help us help homeless Huskies by casting your vote today? Simply click on the link below and when you see Wolf's photo, click on the purple paws to vote! 


Woos and Thank Yous!!!




Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Newsy Tuesday


The Woos have news!
To kick off this week, Wolf and Chloe have a few newsy items they would like to share!

First, we would like to talk about a great little book for a great big cause…Can I Have a Some of That? This is a delicious collection of recipes "for (and by) dogs, puppies, (and feline puppies too)," edited by Ray Braswell and Jack of Blogger’s Daily Dose of Jack.  Jack and his “Tall One” have compiled a really cool book specifically for our furkids filled with pawsitively delicious recipes and treats! Even one of the FiveSibes’ favorite treat recipe – “Yogurt-Dipped Bones” is included! Please stop by his blog and check it out – and then scamper over to Amazon.com to order the Kindle book for yourself! And the best part – besides tickling the tummies of our canine companions? All proceeds go to the French Bulldog Rescue Network and Chase Away K9 Cancer.
 
I would also like to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation, along with lots of woos from the FiveSibes, to fellow bloggers Bailey
of Bailey Be Good for bestowing upon us the Inspiration! Award. And
also to Arwen and Nyxie of Arwen's Pack for the
Versatile Blogger Award! And in playing catch-up, also to Kelly of Peggy's Pet Place, who bestowed a Versatile Blogger Award on us a few months back. While we have these posted on our blog, we just wanted to take a few minutes to sincerely thank these wonderful furpals and their bloggers!


To accept the Versatile award, I need to talk about seven things about us and then have the difficult task of passing this on to 15 other versatile bloggers. Now that's going to be difficult! I'll never be able to pick just 15...but I'll try and I'll be contacting those 15 to "paw-it-forward!"
So here are seven things about the FiveSibes: 
1)Harley, whose Hu-Mom is my daughter, is our first Siberian Husky. We brought her home when she was just six weeks old! She is THE alpha queen and knows it! She is way too smart...way too smart! She can outfox a human pretty easily! From day one, she became a surrogate mother to the three pups. And when she allows us mere mortals to touch her, she absolutely loves belly rubs! Oh, and although she thinks she can...she really can't sing at all. Oh, and she loves the human boys!

2) Gibson came into our household as a young four-month-old pup companion to keep up with Harley's playing. At the time, we had a 12-year-old Akita/GS we adopted from the SPCA as a pup who did not like the rough Husky play! Gibson fell in love with Harley from the moment he set his blue eyes on her and he has remained devoted to her ever since. He is gentle and as a keen understanding for the English language.

3) Gibson started having seizures shortly after his third birthday and has been on a meds regiment ever since. I do a combo of medical/holistic therapies with him to ensure the longest, healthiest life possible. He is my "old soul" of a pal. He is extremely intuitive and we have a very close bond.

4) Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit are littermates, we brought them home at 12 weeks old, and they still act like pups and stick very close to each other. When they do things, they still do them in tandem! They are a joy to watch and provide many hours of silly and fun entertainment to us hu-family members!

5) Gibson has befriend our two adopted stray cats, but the others just want to eat them both for snacks. Or at least chase them until the sun sets or the cats are caught.

6) Gibson is the pups' big brother from two litters up. While these four are from the same breeder, there is a long story behind them that I can basically sum it up by saying, they were very uninformed and inappropriate backyard breeders and we really feel we saved them. Hence, why we left with three pups at one time!

7)  Wolf and Chloe are very chatty. They are big into sharing woos and news, and they have a lot to say. They can sometimes get a little frustrated when us humans don't keep up with their conversations!

And...last, but definitely not least, we won a $50 gift voucher through Pet's Blogroll from PetSimply.com! The FiveSibes are busy keep watch eyes on the website to select their gifts! Be sure to check out their website for some pretty cool contests.

Contest Follow-Up News: For the winners of our very first "Patriotic Pets" Photo Contest, I have just picked up the award certificates from the printer and am just waiting on the ribbons! Awards and prizes will be sent out over the next week or two, so keep an eye on your doghouse mailbox! And if you haven't yet Emailed us the address, please be sure to do so soon. If you would like your specific award graphic for your blog page, just let me know and I'll Email it over to you! And don't forget, we'd love to see pics of your pets with their awards and prizes, so send them in and we share on the blog and on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews page!

In the meantime, stay cool! 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Happy 90th Birthday, Mom and Hu-Nanny!

An earlier photo of Mom with her furbabies Brandy & Lady
Today is a very special post...it's my Mom's, and the FiveSibes' Hu-Nanny's, 90th Birthday! She is a very special and loving lady who, along with my dad, has loved animals her whole life, passing that down to us kids, and I to my own! Pictured above, is one of my all-time favorite photographs I have taken of my Mom. She is with her two beloved and devoted furbabies, Brandy and Lady, who all posed together many years ago on one of her birthdays! 

Growing up, we always had multiple dogs (both purebreds and many, many adopted & stray ones, and ones who just happened to "follow us home!") We also raised horses, ponies, goats, ducks, and had a myriad of cats, bunnies, turtles, fish, and even a red fox (it's mother was killed by a car and it was just a tiny baby all alone on the side of the road when my brother rescued it. We had to nurse it with a doll's bottle). Our pet menagerie also included a bull named "Toro," 77 baby chicks, parakeets, and even a spider monkey named "Chi-Chi" who just loved my mother and would perch up on her shoulder! Talk about a fun childhood!

Recently, Mom lost her Poodle, Joy, of 15 years, which was very devastating to her. Joy, who suffered from Addison's Disease, and defied the odds when she was initially only given five years to live. Through Mom's loving care and strict medicine and diet regiment, Joy lived a long, healthy life, and was her little baby right up until the very end when sadly, it was Joy's time to cross the Rainbow Bridge.

Now Mom loves it when I visit with one of the Sibes, and Wolf really enjoys going for visits!

Wolf buckled up in the car &ready to go visit Hu-Nanny!

We are almost there!
"Wooo! Nanny, I'm here! Open up!"
Ahhh, togetherness!!!
 
We also really enjoy rides down to the beach where my Mom can feed and visit with the seagulls. And I think they know when she arrives because they flock to our car and squawk and wait for their tidbits of bread. The come up real close to her too! Pictured here, she is with one of her many fine-feathered friends!



Happy 90 Years Young, Momma, with lots and lots of love, as well as Happy Birthday wishes, woos, and Husky hugs from the FiveSibes (and meows from the two cats)!!!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Patriotic Pets on Parade for July 4th!

Harley is ready for some BBQ!
Happy Birthday, America!!! And to pay homage to our great country this Fourth of July, we are so pleased to present the first "Patriotic Pets on Parade" slideshow featuring some very beautiful and very patriotic canines from across America. Many of these are entrants in our very first "Patriotic Pets Photo Contest," but if you see some other great shots and wonder why they weren't winners, it's because they arrived after the contest deadline, but we wanted to be sure to include the pawsome pics in our virtual parade! So call your furkids, have a piece of apple pie, and turn up the volume to enjoy this Independence Day tribute!




Now, of course, I know many of you are anxiously wooing, waiting, and wagging your tails to see who placed in the "Patriotic Pets Photo Contest." Not to delay the discovery (and you can always cheat and scroll down first then backtrack to read this...but you know how anticipation makes it so exciting!)...I have to first say that every single photo was just absolutely pawsome! The spirit of the holiday truly shone through, so much so that it really brought goosebumps to my arms! I don't envy the judges because I know what a difficult task they had it to select winners...and we are happy to say that after tallying up the votes, you are ALL winners! 

The judges had a fun time reviewing the photos, and they had some wonderful comments that I am going to be sharing with everyone too! The photos were ranked by a panel of judges (and oddly enough, not one is a Siberian Husky owner!) and a point system of 1 to 10 that included: Did the photo show a patriotic theme? Did it make you smile? Was it creative? Was it colorful? And there was a comment section for what the judges liked best about the photos.

Please take the time to drop by and visit some of the other blogs listed in the slideshow, too - you will be glad you did!

All winners please drop me an Email and let me know where your doghouse is located so we can send your Award certificates and prizes! Please allow a few weeks for delivery, but we would love to know when you receive it and would be happy to share photos of your pup and his/her goodies in a future blog! 

So, without further "paws," here we go!

Grand Prize Winner
Shiloh

First Place Winner
Sarge

Second Place Winner
Ranger


Third Place Winner
"Uncle Sam" Bailey 


Fourth Place Winner
Jack & Moo


Fifth Place Winner
Remington


Sixth Place Winner
Sasha

Creative Concept Award
Phantom, Ciara & Thunder 
Vintage Patriotism Award 
Suka

Fourth of July Princess Awards
Kelly
~ and ~

Princess

Patriotic Red, White & Blue (Eyes) Award 
Sagira

K9 Smile America Awards
Nick
~ and ~

Trixie 
 
 K9 Patriotic Duo Award 
Nala & Bailey

 K9 Face of Freedom Award 
Kendra 

Distinguished Uncle Sam K9 Award 
Leroy 

Proud to Serve K9 Award 
Ollie

K9 Patriotic Pals Award 
Sportergirl, BooBoo & Keva

Congratulations, winners!!!
 
I would also like to wholeheartedly thank our panel of expert judges who volunteered their time:

Dr. Arnold R. - Veterinarian
Cara M. - Veterinarian Office Manager
Tami A. - Dog Agility Trainer, Pet Parent
Sheryl P.- Pet Parent
Wendy J. - Salon Owner
Amanda A. - Vet Tech Student, Horse/Dog Trainer
Kate H. - Freelance Photographer
Pat J. - Digital Photography/Applications Instructor
Barbara S. - Art Director & Graphic Designer

And a big thanks to the prize donators, including:

Bark-B-Que gift basket & book
"Paw Hide" Game
Artist custom-designed porcelain figurine.
Carolyn B. MaryKay Cosmetics 
Hu-mom makeup brushes 

For a full list of prizes, see original contest post.

Thank you to all of our wonderful furpals for joining the FiveSibes in celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. We hope your holiday is safe and filled with lots of fun and love!