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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Howl-O-Ween!!!


Happy Howl-o-ween to all our furpals! It's such a fun time of year with walk around the neighborhood and see what's going on! 


We hope you all had a safe and spooktacular day playing tricks on the hu-family and eating lots of tasty treats!



So to start off the day, I couldn't resist "tricking" my sleepyhead Wolf this morning! BOL! Was he surprised!

 
Now it's not all tricks over here...there's lots of treats, both fun ones and yummy ones, too...

Toy Treats for: Gibson, Harley, Bandit, Wolf, and Chloe!

  And decorating...


And pumpkin carving...


And playing with homemade tug toys...


And just chillin' safely home watching Howloween specials with the family!


To share some fun with you all, here's our Sibe kids' annual Howl-oween card to all with them having some batty fun and wishing everyone a safe, happy, and treat-filled Howl-oween!
 

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And Since last year's Howl-o-ween photo contest was such a blast and we had so much...we thought we'd share the Autumn Howl-oween Global Pets on Parade video with you to get you into the "howl"iday spirit!



And what's Halloween without a black cat? Binx, what do you think of all this holiday stuff?


 Happy Halloween, Everyone!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Friend Journeys to the Rainbow Bridge

When I see a rainbow, I think of all the beauty in life. Our furpal Suka felt the same way...he and his Hu-Mom K spoke of life's beauty many times in their blog. I know that so many of us here in Bloggerville have now heard the news about Suka leaving on his journey for the Rainbow Bridge. He had just been diagnosed with incurable heart disease and was given anywhere from a few weeks to a few years to love K, feel the snow on his nose, and dealing with those Kung Fu bunnies. It was with such shock and sadness to hear our dear beautiful Suka was desperately needed as a FurAngel, and was called for his next big adventure in the sky a lot sooner rather than later. We all have said before how we have become a close-knit community of pet parents here, and when one of us loses a beloved pal, we all feel it. We weep tears for friends we may never have met, but have surely come to know through their stories, photos, and Emails. Such is our friendship with Suka and K.

I'd like to imagine that Suka's departure was as much fun and as big of an adventure that he so enjoyed in life. As he was laying outside in the cool air, thinking about his days of  chasing those bunnies across the river bed and fields he so loved, he spotted a beautiful rainbow glistening in the distance. Suka decided to follow it...all the way to the most beautiful of places - a snow-covered pasture beyond the Rainbow Bridge, where he is now happy and healthy, feeling the cold, sparkling snow that he loved so much falling all about him.


Suka's View of Beauty & the Bunny from Suka's Just Sayin'
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by Constance Jenkins
(In Loving Memory of Isolde Jenkins)


Weep not for me though I am gone
Into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life.

Dear Suka, saying good-bye is never easy, so instead we we will celebrate having been able to get to know you and for your Hu-Mom K sharing you with us. The FiveSibes are sending soft woos heavenward to you and hugs to K.

A "thought" message from Suka to K.

The sad fact is that we never know how long we will be blessed to have our beloved companions by our side...and each day is indeed a blessing for all they bring to our lives. I'm giving my Sibe kids an extra dose of hugs today in Suka's memory, a memory that will shine on forever in Bloggerville amongst us friends.

We will miss you, beautiful friend. 
"Just sayin'...."

Sunday, October 28, 2012

IMPORTANT! Pet Preparedness for Hurricane Sandy

"Woo! We don't want Sandy to come for a visit."

With Hurricane Sandy heading up the East Coast, please be safe out there. Here is some valuable information when preparing for a disaster:


*Have an evac plan that includes your pets. 

*Have all collar & ID tags and leashes ready to go. 

*Charge your cell phones. Have an extra battery handy.

*Have a "go" kit ready. 

Don't forget to include in your "go" kit (a recommended 3-day supply of):
  • food
  • water
  •  pet meds
  • treats
  • toys
  • first aid kit
ALSO INCLUDE:

  • emergency telephone numbers 
  •  pet beds 
  • blankets
  • towels
  • crates
  • flashlights
  • fresh batteries
  • battery-operated radio
Here is an important preparedness video from FEMA:


More info on pet preparedness from FEMA, visit HERE.

More info on pet preparedness from the American Kennel Club, visit HERE.

More info on pet preparedness from the ASPCA, visit HERE

Also check out these sites:

FREE PET TRANSPORT IN EASTERN MA & COASTAL AREAS DURING STORM


HURRICANE SANDY LOST & FOUND PETS FACEBOOK PAGE



HURRICANE SANDY FACEBOOK PAGE


 If you need to go to a shelter, check out before hand which ones takes pets - many human shelters now do! Check the RedRover site for a list of links to pet-friendly accomodations.

Let's all be safe out there - and please - never leave your pets behind. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Howloween is Almost Here! Time for Treats and Treating!


We are so excited that Howl-oween is almost here! And that means treat time! We're joining Jack and Moo of the Cybersibes again this year in their third annual Show Us Your Treat Jar event! Our collection of paw print treat jars has changed little over the years, with the exception of the addition of a few air tight canisters to keep all the homemade treats fresh. With the recent onslaught of treat recalls, we've taken to whipping up homemade treats more frequently now, and the Sibes love it. They get all excited from the baking aromas in anticipation of the treats! Above is a collage of Harley, Gibson, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit in all of their treat glory...and you can see a few of our treat jars in the photos!

 As part of this event, Jack and Moo also ask for everyone to think of those furkids who are less fortunate and do not have a home or treats of their own by donating some treats to a local shelter this Howl-oween season. We love this idea and will be doing just that! And as a special treat for participating, you could possibly win a beautiful handpainted ornament from PAWSPainter! Just be sure to check out Cybersibes' post for details! 

And with this spooktacular holiday, we'd like to remind all furpal parents about some safety precautions when the hu-kid trick or treaters come calling to keep our pets safe. Please be sure to read our article (and that's our Bandit with the jack-o-lantern!) titled, "Pet Safety: Keeping the Scream Out of Halloween" on page 16 in the latest issue (#3) of American Pet Magazine - and even see a shout-out to the Cybersibes' "Show Us Your Treat Jar Event!" Here's a sneak peak:




 To read this article, and others in this very informative online magazine (that features our Harley girl on the cover!), just click HERE and download the pdf file.

Just a few precautions can ensure a happy and safe Halloween for all our pets and their families!





Friday, October 26, 2012

Flashback Friday #6 ❤ "The Originals"


This is one of my all-time favorite puppy photos of the "originals" of the FiveSibes - Gibson with his true love Harley. Even here, he has already grown to the same size of Harley, who was just a year and one month old here, and Gibson was just a young pup of about seven months!


"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." ~ Gilda Radner 


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We hope you'll join us each week to kicking off the weekend with a stroll down Memory Lane by posting pics of your furbabies when they were younger on your blog, then copy our badge, link it to our blog site, and then join this Linkys list with your blog's URL. Don't forget to hop over and visit the other hoppers' sites too! 

Happy Friday!

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PS -  Just a reminder that tomorrow is our deadline for submissions to our "Things Our Pets Are Thinking" photo slideshow video event!




Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Flashback Friday # 5: Motherhood


It's another Flashback Friday and time to stroll down Memory Lane together! Here's our alpha queen "Harley" adjusting immediately to becoming the Pupsters' momma. She has loved them and cared for them from the moment we brought them home as if they were her own. She embraced her role and is a wonderful surrogate momma and the only real mom the pups ever knew. Watching her interact with them when they were pups, and now that they are all grown up, is truly a wonderful example of love. 

"A mother's love is instinctual, unconditional, and forever." ~Unknown



Join us! Post a photo of your pet as a furbaby, grab our badge and link it to our blog, and then link your bog up to our Blog Hop by listing your blog URL in the Linkys, and then 
hop down Memory Lane with us and visit to see some 
adorable baby pics! 
To catch up on past Flashback Fridays, visit us here:










Quotes About Family

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

You're Invited! We Want To Know What You're Dog's Thinking!

Wolf with an invite "thought bubble!"
You're Invited! Show us your "Things Our Dog Are Thinking" photos and join in the fun!

Many of you have seen the recent hottest trend in pet photos that crossing TV screens and the Internet and is called "shaming"... it's where there are photos of pets with white signs and text - or text written over the photo - that explains what the pet in the photo could be doing or could have done or is thinking. We decided here we'd like to create a slideshow video showing our pets in all of their glory by hosting a "Things Our Dog Are Thinking" as opposed to "Shaming" (because we really don't like that title). We are never ashamed of our dogs for doing what comes naturally to them (including chewing up our window sills, sunglasses, shoes, and deck rails), but they do do some silly, funny, and creative antics that we can all relate to as pet parents, and I thought it would be fun to create a video parade of our pets with their "thought bubbles!"

So join us! Send us your pet's pics - whether they are eating a shoe (Thought bubble might say, "I didn't like that style shoe.") or caught in the act of eating treats (Thought bubble might say, "But I thought they were all mine. You did say you bought ME treats."), or  giving us a silly expression (Thought bubble might say, "Really, Mom. You expect me to do what...?)...you get the idea! Whatever photo you choose or take, let's keep it family-rated and have fun with your pet and being creative! And, please, don't have your pet do anything that could cause him/her harm or to be sick.

Event Details: Deadline for photo submissions is 11:59 PM EST on October 27th. Please Email your pic(s) to FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com and put "Dog Thinking" in the subject line. Don't forget add your thought bubble, and to list your pet's name, and include state/country in the Email. Your submitting your pet's photo is permission for us to use it in the slideshow video, which will be shared on YouTube, here, Twitter, and on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page. 

Let's have some fun thinking with our pets!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Blog the Change for Animals: Healthy Treats


Be the Change! Join in!
Today is Blog the Change for Animals and I’d like to take this time to talk about something important - feeding healthy treats to our furry friends.

Lately, there are many (too many) recalls of dog treats and warnings of not giving treats made in China to our dogs, as there has been a reported high (too high) number of dogs becoming sick and many even dying after ingesting treats in question. The FDA is looking into cases reported, but until all treats in question are actually pulled from the shelves of stores, our pets remain in possible grave danger.

In an effort to help spread the word and hopefully prevent any more pets from dying and getting sick, we’ d like to share a few very informative websites and some great homemade safe treat recipes for our furkids.


Here are some important pages to follow:


Here are some links to healthy, homemade treats:

Pumpkin Maple Cookies by FiveSibes™ (us!):


Sugar, the Golden Retriever's website has lots of recipes and co-host the Tasty Tuesday blog hop!

Kol's Notes has some yummy recipes and co-host the Tasty Tuesday blog hops!

Homemade Chicken Jerky by GonetotheSnowdogs







I've also added quite a few great canine cookbooks to my personal library that offer a plethora of tasty treat recipe for our furkids that I am having fun whipping up for my Sibe taste testers. A worthwhile investment, indeed. 

Together, if we continue to share information and recipes in the hopes that no other dog is ever sickened by treats again. We can Be the Change for Animals.



Friday, October 12, 2012

Flashback Friday #4: Puppy Power!



Oh, what a wonderful day it was in April of 2008 when we added the three "Pupsters" to our family! Here's baby Bandit, Chloe, and Wolfgang the day they came home! Is it any wonder we couldn't leave any of these sweet babies behind? And, with the addition of these three cuties to our family that already included Harley and Gibson...they officially became the "FiveSibes!"

"When you look at your life, 
the greatest happinesses are 
family happinesses." 
~Joyce Brothers



We hope you'll join us by posting a pic of your furbabies and linking up to our hop. Then, let's visit each other's blog to stroll down Memory Lane and see all the cute babies! What a great kick-off to the weekend!

To catch up on past Flashback Fridays, visit us here:







Monday, October 8, 2012

Sibes Surfing in Stilettos?

Chloe, how's the book party over there in the UK?

Chloe is in England. 

Harley is wearing stilettos. 

Are you curious yet?  Hope so!  

We have Sibes, we have stilettos, and we have some surfing, some partying, and a fabulous read...

Still curious?

Today, we are going to have some fun! We are off "surfing the 'Net in stilettos" as we join the book launch party for Carol E. Wyer - author of Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines, and the fabulously funny Facing 50 With Humour blog, who has just released her second book, Surfing in Stilettos and has invited everyone to come celebrate at her book release party! Now since Carol resides in the United Kingdom, she has made access to her book party super easy - it's an online celebration, and you can even chat with other folks from all over while you enjoy some virtual mingling and sipping of refreshments. And don't fret about the time difference, the party does on all day so no matter where you live, you can join in the fun! Oh, and...there are prizes! Including on of our books! To discover how to join in the fun, visit Carol's Facing 50 With Humour blog and check it all out. 

Harley, surfing the 'Net in Hu-Mom's fave stiletto boots!

While there, you may even bump into me (in the chat room) and our Miss Chloe, who is a huge fan of Carol's...and has "travelled" to Carol's parties in the past, and she absolutely adores Carol's fun festivities. Since, as many of you know, Chloe is healing from a double cruciate imbrication surgery she had this past summer for blowing out both of her CCLs (ACLs in humans) and her meniscuses, so she couldn't model the stilettos, so our surrogate momma and alpha queen Harley stepped in and modeled the heels for her! (see above). (Disclaimer: No Huskies were hurt during this photoshoot. And, no, we do not actually have our Huskies walk in heels, it's just a fun photo!) Now it's your turn...see how posting a "stiletto" photo could win you a prize by visiting Carol's blog today.

As a matter of fact, Chloe is one of Carol's special guests at this party! We are so excited...go check it out on Carol's blog and click on the "TED" tab (Ted is the canine character in her book, a real life friend of the author's) and join Chloe who is the featured canine guest! We are even sponsoring one of her brother Gibson's books - What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy - as a giveaway for Carol's great book bash! So be sure to stop by, say hello to Carol (be sure to tell her the FiveSibesMom sent you!), check out all the fun and prizes, and be sure to visit Chloe and enter to win our book!

To read more about Carol, check out these pages:

So, please join us in wishing Carol the best of luck with her new book, and let's go party!






Sunday, October 7, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like...Howloween!



My daughter started decorating the house for one of her favorite holidays (besides Christmas, of course!) - Halloween! Here is a photo collage of pics shot in the shadows to get us all into the spooktacular mood of the season...and our Miss Chloe was busy snoopervising all the decorating! At the end of the night, the house received a four-paw rating from our girl, so at least we won't spook the other Sibes away! We hope you enjoy our Shadow Shot Sunday pics and here's to a spooktacular Howl-o-ween season for all!

"Hold on, man. We don't go 
anywhere with 'scary,' 'spooky,' 'haunted,' or 'forbidden' in the title!"  ~From Scooby-Doo


Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Friday, October 5, 2012

Flashback Friday #3 : A Queen is Born!

♥ Baby Harley

Today's highlighted Flashback moment is of our alpha queen, Harley, when she was just 8 weeks old! Already, she was a stunning beauty! Ever since she was a young girl, my daughter always wanted a Siberian Husky. I always told her that when I felt she was ready to be a responsible pet parent, she could get her dream puppy. When my daughter was 17, we welcomed gorgeous baby Harley into our family, that already consisted of our elderly German Shepherd/Akita rescue girl, Chelsey, and a dwarf bunny, Sugar...(and unbeknownst to us then, Harley would be the start of our addiction, also known as the Husky "Potato Chip Syndrome!")

Now it's your turn! Join us by posting a pic of your furry best friend as a baby, grab our badge & post, link up, and join in the fun trip down Memory Lane by visiting each other's blogs to check out baby pics! What a great way to kick off a weekend! 
Have a fabulous Flashback Friday!

"Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream."
                                  ~Khalil Gibran 

 
Previous Flashback Friday Posts:

Flashback Friday #2


Flashback Friday #1



Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary to Tails on the Trails!

The sled dog team was ready!
This past Saturday, we had the pleasure of being at the Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue's 10th Annual "Tails on the Trails" Husky fundraising hike that was held in the beautiful Warminster Community Park in Pennsylvania. When we were invited by TOTTSHR to come, I was so excited! I've always wanted to attend, and have participated with the Sibe kids as "remote" walkers in the past to help raise funds for this wonderful rescue. This was my first year there, and it was great! I met so many beautiful Siberian Huskies and other canines, as well as a lot of very nice people, including some readers of this blog and my FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page who were fans of Gibson, Harley, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit! There were some "The Sibe Vibe" listeners, too! 

Our Harley all decked out!
I had fun signing some books, shooting photographs, and also doing a little shopping of my own! Here is our Harley modeling a very cool bandana (check out those skulls and pink ribbons - to know Harley, is to know this is so her!) that we picked up from our wonderful "neighbors" at the Paws for All booth - the handmade collars, leashes, and bandanas are just so nice, I wanted one of each! And a "thank woo" to Nukka for helping us size it for Harley, who was back home with the pack family.

I'd like to share a bit of the day with you in this "Happy Anniversary, TOTTSHR!" photo slideshow video. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we had attending it!

 


K-9 Epilepsy Resource Booklet
This event also marked a very special and exciting day for me as I unveiled this year's "Live Gib Strong" Canine Epilepsy Awareness campaign as a preview to November's National Epilepsy Awareness Month. My campaign features a poster of my Epi-Husky, Gibson, awareness tees, Live Gib Strong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness bracelets, and a Canine Epilepsy resource booklet I produced that highlights some great links and valuable information for parents of Epi-dogs. It also includes testimonials about some fabulous canines who have lived/are living full lives as Epi-Dogs, including several who we all know and love from here on Blogger: Mighty Quinn from White Dog Army, FurAngelMango, Kelly from Peggy's Pet Place, and Emma, whose Hu-Mom is the driving force behind the non-profit Canine Epilepsy Resources "Emma's Fund." This is the same organization we donate a portion of the proceeds from my What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy book to. It was great speaking with folks at the Tails on the Trails event about Gibson and living with an Epi-dog - and all the joy and love he brings me! It's so important to let people know that with care and understanding, seizures and Canine Epilepsy does not have to mean a death sentence for dogs. And...they are not alone. There are so many people and resources available, it's important to get the word out there and maybe we'll save the lives of some wonderful dogs. I'll have more on the "Live Gib Strong" campaign and available items (where a portion of each will also be donated to the Canine Epilepsy Resources) in a later blog.

"Kat" diving for hot dogs!
At the TOTTSHR event, it was great making new friends, and I even met beautiful fellow Blogger Sibe pal "Kat" from Blawg and Disorder and her Hu-Mom! Kat participated in the Hot Dog Eating Contest, and did really great! Be sure to watch the video slideshow above and see some pics of her cleverly snatching those tasty treats from under water! 

I'd also like to take a moment to give a big "Thank You" to everyone who gave a donation to the TOTTSHR by pledging the FiveSibes and I as walkers! Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $210 for the rescue! Wooo!

Well, I'm off to go give my furkids some more hugs and snuggles - and some homebaked pumpkin cookies, compliments of Jen Maksin, from TOTTSHR, (who was our "The Sibe Vibe" guest earlier this month) and her beautiful girl, Epi-Husky, Nukka, who I was so happy to meet!

Have a wonderful day!