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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Join Our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong 3rd Annual Purple Day® for Epilepsy Blog Hop!




Show Us Your Purple!

Purple Day® is almost here! As part of our #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign, on Sunday, March 26, Purple Day for Epilepsy we will be hosting our 3rd Annual FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness Media Share & Blog Hop! Purple Day is a is the time to show your support for Epilepsy (Human, Canine, Feline, Equine) awareness by wearing purple, baking something purple, turning your social media purple, etc. This year, I am pleased to announce that my co-hosts are fellow bloggers and Epi-dog hu-parents, Kimberley Matchem and her handsome Epi-dog “Rolo” Confessions of a Rescue Mom blog and Jeanaann Barnaby and beautiful "Olivia" of Knotty Toys for Good Dogs.  

What Is Purple Day All About?


Join Our Co-Hosted Purple Day for Epilepsy 2017 Facebook Event                                                                         

We are also co-hosting an online Purple Day "Purple Day for Epilepsy 2017" event on Facebook where we welcome purple photos, and will be sharing important links, videos, and information about Canine Epilepsy awareness. We hope you will all join in to help spread awareness of Epilepsy. You can join in the online Facebook Event HERE (and please, feel free to share an invite with your friends, too!)

 Join our Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness online Facebook Event HERE with info, videos, photos of Epidogs, and more! Co-hosted by Confessions of a Rescue Mom Blog, Knotty Toys for Good Dogs & us, the FiveSibes

What Can You Do To Help? 


It's simple! All you need to do is (and these are just some ideas): 
  • have your pet wear something purple (bandana, collar, shirt, etc.)
  • you can wear something purple, with your pet or on your own
  • bake a purple cake or cupcakes
  • frost some cookies purple
  • gather up some purple flowers
  • paint a purple picture
  • turn a photo purple
  • get some purple balloons 

Then, all you have to do is post the photo on your social media, blog and websites, link up to our special Purple Day Blog Hop (link will be posted on March 26) and help us make it go viral! The more folks that know about Purple Day and Canine Epilepsy, the more Epi-dogs and their families that we can help! They are not alone and there are plenty of informational resources available to help guide them on their journey with a dog who has Canine Epilepsy. 

And when posting to social media, be sure to use the following hashtags so we can see your post and share with others:


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Please join us and post our badge on your March 26 Purple Day blog post, and include the link so others can see your post and you can visit other blogs as well! We'll be sure to share with Cassidy Megan, creator of Purple Day, and The Anita Kaufman Foundation!

 Come on now, let's show the world our purple!





For more info on Purple Day, visit www.PurpleDay.org and www.PurpleDayEveryDay.org.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Forever Golden: Dedicated to Sugar




































Today, we bid a golden farewell to an icon in the blogging world - Sugar, the Golden Retriever, star of Golden Woofs

Sugar truly needs no introduction as I think we'd be hard-pressed to find a blogger who does not know of the beautiful Sugar, whether it is from the Tasty Tuesday blog hop where Sugar shared so many (p)awesome Tasty Treat recipes with all of us, to her (This Moment) See Beautiful blog hop, and the wise words of Sugar's Golden Wisdoms,

It truly is a sad time here in Blogville when we lose a friend. While we may be a virtual community, our friendships and support for each other are true; both in good times and sad times, we are there for each other as most of us know all-too-well the deep sadness from the loss of a very special furry best friend. It is through such loss, that we can reach out to support another who is going though one of life's most heartbreaking times. I wish us all only happiness and "beautiful moments" with our beloved furkids, but, alas, we know that is not how the cycle of life goes. So let us all always embrace all those moments with our beloved canine companions, however many we are blessed with.

Sugar, you brought us all so many smiles of happiness and pure golden moments over the years. May you be sharing all of your Golden glow with the furangels beyond The Rainbow Bridge. Please give my sweet boy Gibson one of those precious beautiful Sugar smiles for me. He was a big fan of your treats! All of them!


I had the pleasure of interviewing Sugar's mom, Rosalyn, as part of an article on healthy eating I wrote for Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine, where she shared one of those fantastic Sugar treats, Banana Coconut Dog Pancakes, with the readers. This is the issue featuring the recipe, that is on page 14.

 
To view my article, "Adding Some Healthy Zip to Your Dog's Meal Time," featuring Rosalyn's expert advice, along with Sugar's recipe, click HERE. The article starts on page 8.


"Best friends live forever in the memories we keep."
~Author Unknown



 Run free, sweet Sugar, and be forever Golden.

Photo Credit: Golden Woofs

 Please stop by Sugar's Golden Woofs blog to leave your condolences and fond memories.



   


   






Friday, March 17, 2017

FiveSibes Siberian Huskies Feelin' Sibe-rish on St. Paddy's Day!


We sure hope you are all having a howlin' good St. Paddy's Day! For my Flashback Friday, I'm sharing my all-time favorite collage of my FiveMcSibes! I love looking back at all the special times and remembering my boy, Gibson.



Be sure to stop over at our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page to see some cutie Sibe-rish lass and lasses and keep up on our latest Husky news!

And our trip down St. Patrick's Day Memory Lane continues with these two Sibe-rish sweethearts, my dear friend Jeanette DaBaldo's beautiful Irish princess lass "Faith" of Snowdog Appreciation Group on Facebook, and our very own FiveSibes laddy, "Wolf!" Could they be any cuter?!





Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers ..
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours ...
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!





Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and now also our co-hosts, 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!

 




We are also joining The Pet Parade! Please be sure to pop over to the hosts Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, Love is Being Owned by a Husky, and Barking From the Bayou blogs to visit all the pet stories on parade!

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stella's Snowpocalypse 2017

The Northeast's blizzard of 2017 named Stella is in full swing here at our FiveSibes homestead! 
Updated prediction: 20" to 36" of snow!



This is our current FiveSibes Siberian Husky dilemma that I am certain a lot of my northern breed dog parents can appreciate -- when I tell our snow dogs they can not go out in the whiteout Stella Blizzard conditions, this is what I get...


If Stella is visiting you, please stay safe everyone!

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

All Hail the Queen: Happy Birthday, Harley!



Our beautiful blue-eyed alpha queen Nanuk "Harley" Mari turns 12 today! 

Wow! I can hardly believe it was a dozen years ago she first entered our hearts and home as a 7-week old pup! My daughter always wanted a Siberian Husky, and I have to thank her for introducing me to the breed! We drove an hour south of where we live to check out the stunning black and white, blue-eyed puppy and it was instant love between her and my daughter. I remember on the ride home, it was a torrential downpour! But Harley didn't mind. She climbed up by  my daughter and fell asleep as the water came down in sheets against the rear car window!

Twelve.

I think someone has not told Harley her real age, for (thankfully) she thinks and acts like she is still a pup! What's age after all, but just a number?

Full of sass and Husky attitude, Harley is an exceptionally smart dog.  Sometimes too smart! She loves to sit and listen to our conversations and will join in occasionally! She has the pack's worst voice when howling, but the rest of the pups convinced her that her voice is beautiful, so she proudly howls away in a voice that sounds more like an injured animal rather than a singing one! Honest. Even our neighbors checked to be sure everything was okay after hearing that sound (her voice) for the first time. She is petite at 48 pounds (compared to our others), with little ladylike paws, but she is strong and can body slam you with the best of football players, literally leaving you breathless! She loves pizza "bones," ice cream, and licking my (paper) plate clean of buttered blueberry muffin crumbs! As sweet and charming as she can be, she is also dubbed "Snarley Harley" for you never want to wake this girl from a sleep! She loved snuggling up against her true love, furangel Gibson, and all his wooliness. It never ceases to amaze how nine years ago she took the three Pupsters under her wing and became their surrogate mom, loving them and teaching them the Husky way as if she birthed them herself.  

She is proudly the subject of her own book, my second
FiveSibes™ Tale, Getting Healthy With Harley. And, while she is not a cuddler, she enjoys a good back scratch, and loves to play! Her favorites are a good game of Fetch, Tug o'War, and our very own "Slide-the-Sibe" (a game we made up when she was just a pup, where I stand with my legs apart, pat my thighs,  and she rushes through them, then turns, chases her tail, play growls, and charges back to do it all again)! While she gave us a recent health scare (I'll be posting about that soon), I hope that we have many, more years with this amazing gal! Harley, we sure do love you!


 
One of the best parts of any birthday is the cake, of course! And not just for the Birthday gal, but for the whole pack! Nom-nommms!


"Cake doesn't ask silly questions. Cake understands." ~Topperoo








 A little video of the eager nom-nom session...
(May not play on all devices).

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Her very best gift today came from Mother Nature herself! Several beautiful inches of fresh, white snow. A Siberian Husky's dream!
 






 
 
And since today is our back to Flashback Friday post, we are sharing this video from two years ago when Gibson, who was SO in love with Harley from the first day he met her, was here to share in Harley's birthday celebration. I hope you enjoy this fun trip down Memory Lane with us...






Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and now also our co-hosts, 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!





 


We are also joining The Pet Parade! Please be sure to pop over to the hosts Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, Love is Being Owned by a Husky, and Barking From the Bayou blogs to visit all the pet stories on parade!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Where Have We Been?!



Miss us? We sure do hope so! We all missed you! First up, we are all okay...now. But, we've had a rough time lately. I needed to take a step back from blogging to focus on family as there have been some serious health issues with two of our family members, and sadly, one of them, my father-in-law, who suffered from two strokes has now been diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has just begun aggressive chemo treatments. Then, one of our FiveSibes, our alpha queen Harley, had a sudden health setback that I hope is now under control, which I will be blogging about in an upcoming post. For now, please know we are back! There are a lot of things coming up to share, including a recap of Harley's recent episode, plus some exiting news, as well as our 3rd Annual FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Purple Day® Blog Hop where I hope you will join us and "go purple"then link up with us, our two co-hosts, and others across the globe on March 26 in support of canine and human Epilepsy awareness. So, please check back or sign up for our blog posts via Email to know when a new one is up! Hope all is well with each of you.