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Friday, November 30, 2012

Flashback Friday #11: Pupsters Meet Their Big Brother Gibson


A flashback moment to March of 2008 when we first at almost two months old, we brought home "The Pupsters" - littermates Wolf, Bandit, and Chloe. Pictured here are baby Wolf and Bandit meeting big brother Gibson for the very first time!

"A brother is a friend God gave you; a friend is a brother your heart chose for you."
~Proverb

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Little R&R for Gibson

Wolf keeping big bro Gibson company while he heals.

So a little update on my Epi-Husky, Gibson. We've had a little setback with is weak hind end issues as a result of his Epi-meds. He is currently lame in his right leg. After an exam by the vet, his leg is okay and it seems he has a bit of arthritis developing in his hip, which we knew about and he is on natural supplements for. It is our thought that after his Epi-med reduction of the Potassium Bromide
(remember his bout of severe toxicity a while back due to the pharmaceutical company changing capsule formulation?) he has become - thankfully - much more alert and energetic, so much so that he is running and jumping, and engaging in "polar bearing" with the other Sibes. It's our belief that he overtaxed his hip. He is currently on rest, a round of NSAIDs, and - bless our vet team - he will be receiving in-home K-LaserUSA treatments several times this week so I can keep him resting and not try to get him into a car. He is such a good boy and doesn't ever complain. Pictured above he is chillin' with little brother Wolf at bedtime, right beside my bed. I will keep everyone posted on how he's doing and will even post some pics of his in-home care when the vet techs come! All good thoughts welcome!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Flashback Friday #10: Run, Wolf, Run!


I can remember this Flashback photo as if it was yesterday. We had just turned the three six-month old Pupsters out to run free in the yard along with Harley and Bandit, and Wolf took off with the wind at his feet. The sheer joy in his face as his Siberian Husky ancestral trait of running kicked in was just amazing to see...and it still is! 

I read this poem over on PoemHunter.com and thought it fit perfectly! Hope you enjoy it as well. 

Lone Wolf Runs on Wilderness Tundra
~by Terence George Craddock

I just am
alive delighting
in running
in wilderness

I am the lone wolf
running wild
on the tundra
the song of the wind

is freedom in my fur
the song of the wing
across the steeps the sky
runs as my companion

running water
my talisman
mountains
my rest pillow

freedom running
my home
freedom running
life pulse
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
A house filled with delicious smells of a turkey cooking in the oven, happy woos from the FiveSibes, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the TV (the Sibe kids like watching it!), and anticipation of visiting with family and dear friends fills today with love and joy. We are so thankful for our family, including our Sibe kids and kitty Binx; good health and happiness, old friends and new friends, and all of our furpals and families that we have connected with near and far through Blogger and social networking. May your day be filled with joy and happiness, and many things to be thankful for. 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Boycott Boring: Kyjen's New Outward Hound Backpack & Leash Mate Area "Must Haves!"

"Woo! Like my new cool backpack?"

Our Bandit, who is partially deaf, is starting school to learn commands via a vibration collar and sign language. In perfect timing, I recently received a new Outward Hound Backpack in blue from the Kyjen company to test and review. First, let me just say that this backpack is awesome! There are two large pockets with plenty of room for leashes, treats, toys, and even a mesh zippered pocket so it can safely carry her vibration collar and remote to class. It's amazing just how much room is in this pack. 

Lots of space for essentials!
The best part was when I hooked it all up on Bandit. She's never had any type of pack or coat on her, and when I put on the Outward Hound backpack, she didn't even flinch! Even while out walking to school, Bandit did not seem to mind having it on at all, which tells me it is quite comfortable for the dog. The pack also has reflective trim that is great when walking in the dark. Prices range from $36.99 for a small, to $54.49 for an extra large. It's a great item for hikers on your holiday gift list, too!  

I also tried out a Leash Mate, 
which connects by velcro to a leash and can hold quite a bit! It's perfect for taking along on walks and the pockets can hold several jar of medications and has plenty of room for even a cell phone, small wallet, and set of keys. There is also a smaller pocket for carrying disposable pick-up bags. A very handy item indeed for just $14.99!


Leash Mate has room for phone, keys, wallet, bags & meds.

Both of these items come in several colors and the back pack has several different size choices. You can refer to their website www.Kyjen.com to check out the size ranges and how to measure your dog. There are Velcro straps to adjust it to a perfect fit for your dog. Here is a full video review of both products:




Bandit of the FiveSibes™ gives these two excellent products a four-paws up rating! And remember, "Boycott Boring Toys" by visiting kyjen.com.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

What Is My Dog Thinking? Our 500th Post!



Wolf kept his word! No chomping here!
We all know our dogs think....a lot! Did you ever find yourselves wondering at times just exactly what their thoughts were? Well, a few weeks ago we put out a call for some "Thinking" photos (no shaming here!) and we received so many great pictures and lots of proof that our dogs are indeed thinking lots of different thoughts - some pretty funny and some very sweet! So go fetch some snacks for you and your furkid(s) and enjoy this video slideshow (our 500th post! Woo!) featuring gorgeous furpals from across the World sharing their inner most thoughts with us! You may even recognize a few furry faces!















Friday, November 16, 2012

Flashback Friday #9: A Bandit Steals Our Heart



Our  Baby Bandit, our "Thunder Paws" and "Crazy Girl" - she can run like the wind, fly through the air with the greatest of speed, and never pay attention to the humans she bruises when she lands! Her happy place is wherever a hand is to give her a belly rub, or a face she can kiss! She is most definitely a contrast in personalities! Unbeknownst to us at the time, her monicker would be a perfect fit. She was named due to her mask markings resembling a bandit's mask, but she grew up to be a real thief! Bandit loves to steal all the toys, bones, stuffies, and beds that belong to the other Sibe kids. She will pile them all under her and guard them. If she's in a chair, she'll grumble at any Sibe who walks by her "territory." Yet, she will instantly roll over for a belly rub from the hu-family. Bandit is not big on sharing, but she is - and has been since a pup - the most patient one of the pack. When asked to sit, she will immediately and then just wait for whatever you ask next. You can feed all the others and she will still be sitting and waiting. Unimaginable patience for the most hyper Sibe! Bandit, we have now come to discover, is partially deaf, which explains so many things. There are days she is off in "Bandit World" and we now know it's because she can't hear. We've adjusted signals and she's now enrolled in school for special training classes for her deafness and will be trained with a vibration training collar, and hopefully on the road to becoming a therapy dog. It's an exciting path I'm looking forward to travelling with our Banda-Bear!


"Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog." ~Douglas Mallock






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Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Husky "Haroo" to Hollywood!


Along the famous stars of canine greats Rin-Tin-Tin and Lassie, and most recently, Uggie, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, maybe we will see one complete with pawprints in the cement for a Siberian Husky named Dakota. Who is Dakota, you ask? Well, go grab the popcorn for the hu-family and some treats for the furkids…we’re going to the movies!

Dakota Director Martin Bentsen
Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with writer, photographer, and film director Martin Bentsen, currently of New York City, whose latest movie-in-the-making, Dakota: Dedicated to My Best Friend, features a Siberian Husky as the main co-star!

The premise of the movie, is “After causing a tragic accident, Kurt Lawson’s life free falls into despair and guilt and he believes that nothing can turn it around, until he finds Dakota, a Siberian Husky who is much more than just any ordinary dog.”

 A Sibe Star is Born

Here is the synopsis from Dakota: The Movie website: “Late one night, three years ago, Kurt Lawson’s life changed forever.  Caught up in a barroom brawl, he watched in horror as a man died in a fire ignited by his careless actions. That man was the brother of the woman he loved, Jenna Herbert. And that night was the beginning of a guilt-ridden slide into depression and regret that cut him off from the fulfilling life he had enjoyed.  But now Jenna’s back in his life and it’s time to face his past or lose her forever.

Driving home late one night, with thoughts of Jenna once again on his mind, he suddenly glimpses a fierce fight between two coyotes and a Siberian husky. Slamming his breaks and honking his horn, the coyotes dart away as the light of his headlights break the night’s cover while the husky, whose legs are wobbling and bloody, collapses in front of Kurt. Pitying the animal, Kurt brings it home and feeds it, telling the dog how lucky it is to still be alive. Wondering how the dog ended up on that dark road fighting for its life, Kurt rhetorically asks the dog his name.

"My name is Dakota." And that's when Kurt begins his journey from darkness, down a road that can lead to redemption, if he is willing to travel it.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

Maybe it's high time to rename Hollywood...any votes for...


So why a Siberian Husky for the main character (of course we think this is a Siberific idea!) and how did he first become interested in the breed?  “I remember when I was just nine years old, coming home from school and opening the front door. Suddenly, an elated Siberian Husky was greeting me with intermittent licks to my face as she bounced on all fours off the floor!” reminisced Martin. “’What was this? We got a new dog?’ I asked. I was so excited! I kneeled on the floor, petting and rubbing her belly while she panted and stared at me with those deep blue eyes that said, ‘My name is Dakota.’ Actually, that’s what my mother said her name was.”

Dakota, who this film is named after, was a real rescue dog Martin’s had mother spotted in a local shelter and adopted.

The real "Dakota," namesake of the movie.
Now just to cue you in…Dakota in the movie does talk…or does she? Hmmm….you will have to wait for the movie to find out!

Dedicated to the Sibe He Loved

Martin continues, “Throughout my childhood, from fifth grade through high school, she was my best friend. I would walk her, talk to her, play games with her, and just be with her. Knowing Dakota was nearby meant I always had a friend.  She never once argued with me or said anything bad to me or about me. Other than my parents and sister, she was the only friend who was there with me as I grew up. While friends came and went as we moved, I knew Dakota would always be there for me.”

I asked Martin what is one of the main important things he learned from growing up with his Dakota. “Having grown up in a home with dogs, and I learned that dogs care much more about us than we think they do. Whenever people get annoyed with their dog for barking a lot or for getting tangled up in their leash or for begging at the table, they should just remember that that's a small price to pay for the unconditional love and friendship our dogs provide us. That's what I learned from having these dogs, and especially from having Dakota.”

This film is about a mutual rescue. Martin elaborates, “Before his life fell apart and he quit the ski patrol rescue job, Kurt always used to rescue people. And now Kurt needs to be rescued himself. When Kurt stumbles across Dakota in the middle of the night on the side of the road, he rescues Dakota from some coyote attackers. But throughout the film, Dakota rescues Kurt from his depression”

Martin says it is his hope “to bring this film to the big screen and show people across the country what joy, loyalty and love they can experience from a pet, and how lucky people are to have pets in their lives. “It is my dream to have Dakota, the movie, touch audiences as powerfully as Dakota the dog touched my family and myself.”

I'm thrilled to say I will be visiting the movie set during filming to bring updates and share photos of the taping...and very excited to meet Dakota! So stay tuned!
  
Wait it gets better…oh, but I’ll let you listen to Martin himself when he was a guest on our last episode of our “TheSibe Vibe” show on Dog Works Media:


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Lights! Camera! Action!

 

Filming will be done all over New York, with the snow and skiing scenes shot in the Upstate areas, with the main shooting being done in January of 2013. The cast, so far, consists of Andrew Roth as the main human lead “Kurt Lawson;” Kevin Gage as “Mark Chadwick” (Diner Manager); Michael Santi as “Jonathan Black;” Casey Leigh as “Jenna Herbert;” Crawford Collins as “Fran Woodward;” Jay Amari a “Bob Herbert;” and Raymond Garland is the avoice behind “Dakota.”

Movie promo still of actor Roth with a canine model.
Right now, Martin, who has financed portions of this project himself, explains the main financing of the film comes through investors. “If there are any investors out there who believe in the film's story and see its commercial potential, we hope that they will consider talking with us and reviewing our investor documents. We have an executive summary and a prospectus put together, along with a separate website solely for investors. In the meantime, we have launched an Indiegogo campaign where people can donate small amounts of money to get certain perks and rewards, including a signed movie poster by the director and cast, a signed DVD, a personal thank you in the film's credits, producer credits on IMDB, and many other rewards. If there's investors who might be interested in hopping on board with this film, I would love to talk to them.” Martin can be contacted through the movies website at www.DakotatheMovie.com. The website to visit if anyone is interested in making a small donation to Dakota is: http://www.indiegogo.com/dakotathemovie.


Supporting Siberian Husky Rescues

I asked Martin would he consider donating any of the movie’s profits, post-production costs, to help homeless Siberian Huskies. “I have absolutely considered giving back a percentage of the profits to Siberian Husky rescue missions. (At publication time, Martin is hoping to be working with a specific regional Husky rescue and is going to be donating a portion of his personal share of proceeds post-production costs. More info to come at a later date). If we can build a huge base of people who are interested in ‘Dakota,’ then by the time it is ready to be released, distributors will be clamoring for it. This in turn will increase the profits of the movie and also increase the amount of money that those local rescue missions will receive.”

FurAngel Dakota practicing her red carpet walk!

*A Call-Out to Trained Rescue Huskies! *

When filming a movie with an animal, there are several canine actors portraying the role in various shots. Martin is on the lookout for some trained Huskies from rescues to be possible actors in the movie. If a Siberian Husky rescue is interested, please feel free to contact Martin directly through his website. He also has an offer for Husky and animal rescues: “And if you or anybody you know happens to know of any rescue missions (they don't necessarily have to be just for huskies) or dog companies that would like to be involved and would like to post movie posters up, that would be amazing, and I would definitely send out signed posters and other promotional materials, along with listing them in the credits of the film and websites.”

Martin hopes his message comes through in his love for this movie. “Again, the message I hope to deliver from this film is not just related to Siberian Huskies specifically, but to all dogs. Dogs are the animals who will run to get you help when you're in need. They are the animals who'll come up to you and lean against you when you're feeling down. They are the animals that will jump up and lick you the moment you get home, as if they haven't seen you in years. And they are the animals who will always be there for us no matter what. I hope this movie shows to people across the country just how important their dogs are.”

As the FiveSibes would say, “Woo” to that! A movie about Husky with Huskies that will benefit Huskies in need...can you say "awesome!" After the movie wraps and the Sibe portraying "Dakota" is prancing down the red carpet during the movie’s premiere, count us in to be there to cheer you all on!

PS - Martin, our Harley is ready for her close up! 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembering and Honoring Our Veterans




Today is Veterans Day - on this 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, I write today's annual remembrance post to thank all those who have served our country, both human and canine.



Please take some time to watch this beautiful U.S War Dog Association's tribute to our military veterans and our K9 veterans on this (click on link to go to photo gallery) K9 Wall of Honor.

One does not typically think of the Siberian Husky as a war dog, but as I have written about in the past, according to the United States War Dog Association, in "January, 1942, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American Kennel Association and a new group calling itself 'Dogs for Defense' mobilized dog owners across the country to donate quality animals to the Army's Quartermaster Corps." Among the breeds used was the Siberian Husky. According to the United States War Dog Association, when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place on December 7, 1941, the United States military working dogs included 90 Siberian Huskies and Malamutes. 

"Buck" the Siberian Husky, the late War Dogs Ambassador.
 "These dogs were used as pack and sled dogs for rescue in areas of the world where motorized equipment could not go." --Our War Dogs, Buck's Heroes

For more information on the history of the War Dogs, visit the U.S. Army's Quartermaster War Dog page.

On Veterans Day each year, I'd like to also send a special "Thank You" heavenward to my Dad. He served with the U.S. Army's "Big Red One" First Division, and then his second tour with the Rainbow Division, 16th Infantry during World War II. Here he is pictured with two of his furpals he befriended during war time. He was my hero and a great lover of animals, and I miss him very much.

If you would like to adopt a retired Military Working Dog, and to see their beautiful tribute page, visit the private non-profit Military Working Dog Adoptions site.
 

So take a moment today to remember all of our veterans - human and canine - who have served and are currently serving today, and say "Thank You!" We will always remember our veterans.

For Our K9 Veterans and their Handlers, Thank You.
 



For our Human Veterans, Thank You.




And a warm Siberian Husky "Welcome Home" for this U.S. Marine Hu-dad!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Flashback Friday #8: Brotherly Love

Gibson and little bro Wolfgang!

"A brother is a friend provided 
by nature."
~Legouve Pere






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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Newsy Tuesday! A Husky in Congress?

Woo! It's me Gibson...I took control of Mom's laptop today to talk about Election Day.

First, a little disclaimer. *These photos are not in support of, or against, any particular parties, especially those who may share my name! These are for some Bloggerville fun! I mean, after all, it's not every day a Husky finds his name posted all over the town, the news, and TV!*

Speaking of shared names...while I was riding around town with my Mom, imagine my surprise when I saw I was running for Congress! Woo! When I saw the first sign that said "Gibson" - I wooed and poked at the car window with my nose so Mom would see. But she said she already knew.


I was so excited! That's a really good name! I should know!

So I asked Mom if I had a campaign office like other human candidates...and she said 'Yes!' Woooo! I wanted to see my office, so we drove over...I was so excited when we pulled in. I was greeted by a really BIG bulletin board with my name on it in all of our beautiful American colors.


Arooo! There's my campaign headquarters...looks very Gibson-y and patriotic. I like it! Good job campaign woofers.


What's that? The media is here for my press conference? Photographers? Woo...I'll give them my best side. How's this?


 Hey, Mom, maybe Bloggerville Mayor Frankie and I could meet over some water and bones to discuss some canine politics? Woo! That could be fun!

Hu-Mom here...Gibson and I had a lot of fun seeing his name plastered all over town, and I have to admit, this was the first year all those political signs that popped up like weeds in a summer garden, did not bother me! But no matter who you vote for today, always remember it's a privilege and right to vote...so be sure to get out and do it! Here's to a great Election Day! And Gibson, my boy, you certainly are one very handsome, loyal, honest, and devoted candidate! You have my vote, always!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Live Gib Strong: November is (Canine) Epilepsy Awareness Month. Send Us Your Stories!


"I hope we can help other Epi-Dogs."
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and the perfect time to talk about Canine Epilepsy (CE). As many of you know, I am the parent to an Epi-Dog, my Siberian Husky, Gibson, who was diagnosed shortly after his third birthday in 2009. I have written many times about Gibson's experiences and my book, What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy was based on those experiences and shared in an illustrated book perfect for young children to learn about seizures and Canine Epilepsy in a non-scary and helpful way.  First, I have to say, it took me a couple years to be able to step out from behind the fear of Canine Epilepsy to actually talk about it. As any Epi-dog parent can tell you, when you are having a good day, you do not want to even whisper it in case the "seizure monster" hears and decides to come back with a vengeance. Every moment, that turns into a day that turns into a week that turns into a month, and for every month that turns into two...and so on, is a good thing. That is what we Epi-dog parents look for - those times between seizures with the hope that there will not be another seizure. We secretly celebrate those moments as little private victories, ones we are to scared to share. And they are victories. Canine Epilepsy is an uncharted terrain. Even treatments are not a certain. 

Awhile back I posted about when Gibson had a very serious reaction to a reformulation in his Potassium Bromide capsules, (for full story, go HERE) that while he thankfully did not have a backlash seizure, he was seriously and neurologically ill until it was once again managed. But is it really? I hope so. I pray so. But I don't really know. I did and do everything within my power to keep him balanced, and a pharmaceutical company - without notifying the veterinarians or public of their change - flipped Gibson and my world upside down. And there are possible side effects to the meds. We run full blood panels on Gibson every few months to be sure his liver functions are within the normal range. So...yes, there are treatments both medical and holistic. Yes, there are dietary recommendations. Yes, there are studies. But, in my opinion, until there is an actual cure, CE and its treatments will remain like the wild, wild West...sometimes wild, sometimes quiet, but never for certain. So all we have are our private little victories to hold on to and pray will continue. 

I am extremely excited to announce the official launch of my "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign for 2012! Through this campaign I hope to help educate and spread the word that dogs who have seizures and/or Canine Epilepsy can - and DO - live full, happy lives. With lots of love and some special care, these dogs are living life to the fullest. Canine Epilepsy once meant a death sentence for dogs - that is most definetely NOT the case today. There are so many options and treatments available, ranging from medicinal to holistic, and dietary and environmental changes that can help an Epi-dog live life even with Canine Epilepsy and/or seizures. Is it always easy? No. Is it cheap to treat? Maybe yes, maybe no. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Without a doubt. The love from my Gibson is all the proof I need that CE will never stop me from loving and caring for him and together we hope to remain "Gib Strong" in our fight to bring awareness and education to people about dogs being able to live life with CE. And also a tribute to the loving parents, rescue volunteers, foster parents, and others who love and care for an Epi-Dog.
 
Cover of the Resource brochure.
For this campaign - there is so much going on! First, the "soft" launch took place last month at the Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue's "Tails on the Trails" fundraising event in Pennsylvania where I attended and met so many wonderful folks, beautiful Sibes and other breeds, and some Epi-dogs! What a wonderful reception we received for our campaign, which consisted of a Gib Strong K-9 Epilepsy Resource Awareness booklet that contains valuable links and informational websites for Epi-dog parents, as well as items for an Epi First Aid Kit. There are also some amazing testimonials and photos of Epi-dogs from across the world who shared a part of their stories of living life with Canine Epilepsy. You may even recognize a few of our furpals in it! These glossy keepsake booklets are available for $3 just to help defray the printing costs.

We also have "Gib Strong" T-shirts ($18 and $20) and purple "Live Gib Strong" rubber awareness bracelets ($2), and handcrafted beaded awareness charm bracelets that will be available for purchase (with a portion being donated to the Canine Epilepsy Awareness center) for a limited time.

"Woo...that bracelet has my name on it!"
For every rubber "Live Gib Strong" bracelet ordered, $1 will be donated to Canine Epilepsy Resources

The beautiful beaded charm bracelets I've commissioned from my artist daughter (who soon will be opening an Etsy store with her beautiful creations). She is creating these beautiful semi-precious purple beads with silvertone and pawprint beads and a charm of choice exclusively for us on a "made to order" basis (which means please allow several weeks for delivery after payment). You can order the bracelet with your choice of two silver charms - either "pawprints on a heart" or "rhinestone ribbon heart" charms...or order one of each! They are $25 each (and one size fits most. If you need a larger size, just let us know!) A percentage of these bracelets will benefit the Canine Epilepsy Resources.

Heather gray "Gib Strong" T-Shirts in Medium, Large, XLarge, and XXL.


For all of the rest of the items sold, including my What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy illustrated book, will have a percentage donated to the Canine Epilepsy Resources center so they may continue their work to help Epi-Dog parents worldwide. To check out these items, visit our site at ArcticHouse Publishing. (Note: If you wish to order just one of the brochures or the rubber awareness bracelets, contact me via Email at ArcticHousePublishing(at)gmail(dot)com for a separate lower shipping price, or you can order them in combination with other items directly from my ArcticHouse Publishing website). 

Cover of this month's American Pet Magazine
And we don't stop there! This month, my article "Epi-Dogs: Living Full Lives With Canine Epilepsy" appears in the American Pet Magazine. Be sure to read this important article and please share it with Epi-dog parents you may know. To read this magazine, just click on the magazine's link above, and go to Issue 4. It's a pdf file that you can read online or download and print! And speaking of stories...




We Want Your Epi-Dog Story!

After such a wonderful response from fellow Epi-dog parents who shared their dogs' stories of living with Canine Epilepsy for my Gib Strong awareness brochure, I am now inviting you to share your Epi-dog's story and photos in a book I am working on that is scheduled to be published next year that is all about our loving, wonderful Epi-dogs.


Here's the scoop: Send me your 750 word length story of living with an Epi-Dog and how/when your Epi-Dog was diagnosed, and how she/he lived/is living life to the fullest, even with a seizure disorder. Please embed your story into an Email with "EPI STORY" written in the subject line. Also include a high resolution photo (up to 3 photos), along with your dog's name, your state and country, and state in the Email that you are giving permission for your dog's story and photos to be included in the book (without permission, we can not use your story). Stories are subject to editing. When the book is completed and published, a portion of its proceeds (post production costs) will be donated to Canine Epilepsy Resources "Emma's Fund." Deadline: March 1, 2013. Stories and photos should be mailed to ArcticHousePublishing(at)gmail(dot)com

And There's Even More Happening...

Mark your calendars! On Sunday, November 11 at 1 PM EST, on our "The Sibe Vibe" radio show, my co-host Robert Forto of Dog Works Radio and I will be chatting with special guest Marion Mitchell, site owner and manager of Canine Epilepsy Resources, which is filled with valuable information and resources for Epi-dog parents worldwide. It is also home of the EPIL-K9 Emailing list, where fellow Epi-dog parents chat with each other via Email about their Epi-dogs, symptoms, and medications while also offering support and valuable information to each other. Marion is also the Hu-Mom to several Dalmatians, including furangel "Emma," the original face of Canine Epilepsy and the namesake for "Emma's Fund," a memorial fund through the  Neurology Department of the Veterinarian School at North Carolina State University. Emma's Fund also where a portion of my book, What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy, and the other "Gib Strong" awareness items will be donated. We hope you can join us for this very informative show, (click HERE for live show's link), but don't worry if you miss it...we will be posting a permalink on this blog right after the show so you can tune in any time!


"Woo! That was a lot of news, Mom!" 
Yes, it was Gibson. And we sincerely thank everyone for reading it all as it is so important to us. Through education and awareness, we hope folks will realize that dogs who have seizures and/or Canine Epilepsy - with lots of love and some special care -  can live full and happy lives, however long we are blessed to have them.  
Thank you for sharing our story and supporting Canine Epilepsy Awareness. We hope all Epi-dogs and their families will stay "Gib Strong" in the fight against that sneaky seizure monster. 

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