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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy 10th Birthday in Heaven, Gibson! Thanks for Stopping By...

FiveSibes "Gibson" Les Paul of Mystic Mountain
January 6, 2006 ~ December 16, 2015 

Happy 10th Birthday to my sweet FurAngel Gibson on his first birthday in Heaven. If you were to ask me a month ago, I'd tell you this certainly was not how I was planning on spending today. But then again, we never do plan for these days, do we? While we know the day is inevitable, we secretly hope it never comes, that maybe it will be forgotten by fate...

I spent most of today reminiscing...looking at photos and videos of Gibson with me and his pack family. I had hoped today would be similar to birthdays of the past - a day of celebrating with Gibson and the FiveSibes, complete with new toys, a singing toy "cake," Husky games, and a special bone-shaped ice cream cake proudly sporting those double digits 1-0, seven of them beating Canine Epilepsy and the seizure "monster." 

Let's eat cake! January 6, 2012
I can see so clearly all those birthdays past how Gibson, Harley, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit would excitedly gather around my homemade vanilla ice cream doggy cake, and all together they would join in for some tasty enjoyment. I was always so proud of how they could all eat together, sharing the cake and just simply enjoy being together and be in the moment. 

Be in the moment...
 
While today has been very difficult to get through without tears, and there have been lots of them, I also smile remembering all the wonderful, special times spent with Gibson and all my FiveSibes together as a family. It's so unfair that he is not here, but I know so many of us pet parents are going through similar times. Gibson had such a love and zest for life, even with all the health challenges he faced ~and beat~ except damned cancer. But since he was such a lover, I will honor him today with fond memories and smiles. I had planned on doing a birthday memorial tribute video, but my heart is too broken yet to get through more than one or two clips of him without bawling. He was such a special boy...and he holds a piece of my heart for eternity.

Gibbie, I hope you are celebrating North of the Rainbow Bridge with lots of snow; with my Mom,  your Hu-Nanny; ice cream; and many furfriends. I will love and miss you always, my sweet, beautiful Gib. You will always and forever be in my heart. ❤  Happy Birthday, G-man. I miss you.

 
"Because of God's grace,
one day we'll embrace
and never again be apart.

But until then
Know this my sweet friend,
you've left paw prints on my heart."

~Sharon Hinton Smith

And then something special happened today... 

This morning, as I was bringing in the remaining FiveSibes from the back deck, I called out, "Happy Birthday, Gibson" into the cool morning air. I then brought the Huskies in and they all gathered together for breakfast, as they do every day, I told them it was Gibson's birthday. I broke up a dog cookie for them to each have a piece in his honor, when suddenly I noticed a rainbow spot on the floor by their paws...right in the area where they all gather for their meals...the same area Gibson would be in with them...

 "Woo. What's this?" wonders Wolf.


 "Hey, Bandit, do you see this rainbow spot?"


 "Gib...big bro...is that you?"


 "He is here with us!" says Harley.


 "Mom...I don't see it any more..." notes Wolf.


 "Woo...he was here with us! Happy Birthday at the Rainbow Bridge, Gibson. We love and miss you very much."


 ...and then it was gone...

Tell me...do you believe in signs?
"What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply,
becomes a part of us."

-Helen Keller

video
A special howlfest for our FurAngel Gibson, sung with love by his packmates Harley, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit. 
Happy Birthday, Gibbie!
(This video may not play on all devices).

#LiveGibStrongForever, our sweet boy. 
 


Note: While this week's blog post is quite wordy for Wordless Wednesday, it's a special week here since it's in honor of my Gibson's birthday, and the special "visit" I so wanted to share. I hope the top photo of Gib speaks for itself, even without words, of the charm, soul, love, and heart this Siberian Husky had for his family and for life. ~Thank you!
 
 

32 comments:

  1. Signs? Do we believe in them? Absolutely - we are sure our Angels know how much we need to know they are happy. Happy Birthday to sweet Gibson - your post is beautiful - it made us tearful and yet we smiled. What a wonderful way Gibson chose to come visit his family for his special day!!!

    Hugs and Woos - Ciara and Lightning and Mom

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    1. Thank you, OP Pack! Although we miss our babies, those signs, however bittersweet, mean the world to us. <3

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  2. I'm so sorry, I know those words don't help much, but I have been there, and I know the heartbreak you are going through.
    {hugs}

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    1. Thank you, Collie222. They do mean a lot to me...and connecting with others who have experienced this loss, and sharing memories, is comforting. <3

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  3. Happy Birthday, Gibson. He was definitely with you in spirit! I know it! I had a similar experience after Chloe passed away. We adopted a kitty shortly after it happened and on Chloe's Gotcha Day, she shined a rainbow on the kitty. I have the photos! It was so comforting. That kitty is an extraordinary companion, too.

    ~hugs~

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    1. Wow...what a wonderful experience, too, Lauren! These messages, or signs, are so welcoming. They are always with us. <3

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  4. Happy Birthday, sweet Gibson! And yes, I believe in signs...it's in finding them that we know they are safe and yes, always with us. Thank you for this post.

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    1. Thank you! You are so right...it's confirmation that they are indeed safe and with us always. <3

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    1. Thank you, Whitley! Hugs always welcome, especially big ones! <3

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  6. Aroooooooos to Gibbie in Heaven for a very Happy Birthday and big hugs to you and the Sibes on this difficult day.

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  7. I do truly believe in signs from the Bridge...and that was truly a sign! Happy Birthday, Gibson!

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    1. Thank you, Amber! Signs are what help comfort us...especially when I wasn't looking and they found me! It shows me our bond goes beyond physical, and that's very special. <3

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  8. Oh yea, no doubt about it, that was Gibson!!! Happy Birthday at the Bridge pal, we all miss you.

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  9. do we believe in signs - oh yes and that was a wonderful sign from Gibson.
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & mabel

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    1. Yes, it surely was! I'm so happy they can send us these messages. <3

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  10. Happy Birthday Gibson. What a nice tribute
    Lily & Edward

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  11. Happy Birthday Gibson! We know how those 'first' can be and how hard they are without your boy. No doubt Gibs was saying hello and letting you know he was there and heard you.

    He is always speaking to you and as someone once told me...he always with you.

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    1. I am so thankful for the signs...somehow, they help, don't they?
      That someone is right...thank you for reminding me! ;-) <3

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  12. My mom is a big big sign believer. That rainbow was so beautiful, thank you for sharing his birthday with us. stella rose and momma

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    1. It's so comforting to hear of others who see signs and find the messages from loved ones in them. Thank you! <3

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  13. As the Tin Man said in the Wizard of Oz, "I know that I have a heart because it's breaking." I cried along with you during most of this post. Do I believe in signs? YES! It happened to me this summer and here is the link if you'd like to read it. http://bit.ly/1Joc9D7
    Happy birthday at the Bridge, Gibson. ♥

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    1. What a perfect quote from one of my all-time favorite movies! I just read your post...and am crying. Yes, I do believe! Thank you for sharing your experience with me. It's really comforting to know others share this. <3

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  14. I send a Happy Birthday wish to the heavens for your Gibson. I can imagine how hard this is for you... I still have a rough time over losing K, more than 3 years ago. I'm glad you saw that sign, and I'm glad that your pack is gathered around you, helping to give you strength.

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    1. Thank you so much! I remember when you lost K...it's so heartbreaking. Their absence, I believe, will leave a hole in our hearts forever. While we were surely blessed to have them, it sure hurts deeply to lose them. <3

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  15. Yes, absolutely yes, I do believe in signs. Happy Birthday to a sweet and gorgeous husky, sending all my love to the rainbow bridge, or North of the rainbow bridge. xxoo
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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