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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wrapping Up Christmas, Husky Style!

 "Woo. I like this paper."

Woo! We love the holidays here at FiveSibes! No matter what we are doing, they love to join in. So it's now time for wrapping and I sure do have some pretty awesome elves, Harley and Bandit, to help me! (Wolf and Chloe decided to settle down for a long winter's nap, instead)!

"Are we done yet? Is it treat time?"

We are a bunch of foodies here, especially during the holiday season, so when all the wrapping was done for the day (still have lots more to do), my FiveSibes were ready for their treat. So it was a yummy cheeseburger snack for my hungry Husky elves!

 "Nommm-nomm! Thanks, Mom!"

 Have you had a chance to check out our FiveSibes™#LiveGibStrong 
Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs (and all dogs really!)? 
We have gathered up a collection of some really cool items for your pup we think you'll love to check out!

 Click HERE to view our very special Gift Guide!

We're joining in the Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by Dash Kitten, Bionic Basil, and Barking From the Bayou! To have some Howliday fun, pop by their blogs (some are having cool giveaways), and visit other hoppers', too! 

Friday, December 7, 2018

'Tis the Season for Greeting Cards! Recycle Those Used Stamps To Help Dogs in Need!

Christmas Flashback Moment: Wolf 2015

Shhhhh...we're strolling down a snowy Memory Lane and peeking through the Flashback window to the inside of our FiveSibes homestead at Christmastime, when our Huskies were all excited about getting and receiving holiday cards! (I always joke, but am quite serious, they received FAR more cards than us humans do!) 

Flashback Friday Photo Moment: Wolf & Gib 2014

It's fond past moments like these that brings loved ones back for a brief visit. While all my FiveSibes seem to get more excited during the holidays, Gibson was our holiday Husky elf! He seemed to always enjoy sporting his jingling-jangling reindeer collar (or humoring his hu-mom!) and spreading Christmas cheer wherever he strolled!

Greeting cards are a favorite of mine. I will admit, that since the passing of my mother and Gibson three years ago, I hit the pause button on sending out greetings. In the top photo of Wolf with their many cards in their "mailbox," I will admit I still have yet to open those cards from Christmas 2015, which was one month after my Mom passed, and only two weeks after Gibson left for the Rainbow Bridge. My holiday spirit was severely under attack that year, so I took a bit of a break from sending greeting cards, but it is back in full force (thanks to my amazing family and sweet, sweet grandson) and I look forward to sending cards once again! And, I plan on sitting down with my Huskies one night with the Christmas lights all aglow, holiday carols playing, and Gibson's spirit nearby as I read those cards from Christmas past. Tears will fall, but over a smile from all those wonderful blessed moments of Christmas past.

All those cancelled stamps on your greeting cards could help other dogs around the world? They sure can! How you may ask? There are folks who engage in philately, or better known as stamp collecting, and they collect cancelled stamps to use as fundraisers!
DogTrust is one such organization based in the United Kingdom. Their "stamp lady" Jenny collects cancelled stamps and sells them to raise funds "specifically to sponsor kennels in our rehoming centres...Sponsorship provides for all food, treats, toys, veterinary bills and heating - in fact everything needed to give a dog somewhere to call 'home.'"

According to DogTrust, ANY stamps, both British & Worldwide are welcome, and she is really jolly to receiving the following:
Foreign Coins & Banknotes
First Day Covers
Presentation Packs
Jenny can also boost funds by selling postcards - old, new, wish-you-were-here, funny, pretty - anything and everything.
To donate your stamps and read how to send, visit DogTrust HERE

The United Kingdom's PDSA also collects stamps! According to PDSA.org, "We're the UK's leading veterinary charity, providing free and reduced cost vet care for pets of people in need."

To recycle your stamps by donating, and to learn more about PDSA, visit HERE.

Used stamps and postcards are welcome at Many Tears Animal Rescue, based in Wales, "We take in and rehome primarily ex-breeding dogs who are no longer required; those on "death row" in the pounds and those whose owners are no longer able to keep them. We are a unique rescue in that the majority of our dogs are ex-breeders and many have never seen the outside world before. With the help of our staff, fosterers and other volunteers we provide a special and loving environment to help all our dogs adapt and find permanent, loving new homes."

To learn more about how to donate your used holiday stamps (or any cancelled stamps), visit HERE.

Canine Partners Stamp Appeal is a program to "raise money to fund an assistance dog through their advanced training. All kinds of stamps are welcome, on or off paper. You just need to leave no more than a 5mm single thickness border around them, and the perforations should not be damaged. Any commemorative or special stamps should be sent, or handed over, separately."

For more info, visit HERE.

Do you know of any organizations who have a recycle stamp program to help working dogs or dogs in need? Let us know and we'll add it to our list!

Have you checked out our 
FiveSibes Gift Guide 
for Epi-Dogs yet? 
We have shared our favorite go-to items (most we think most dogs will enjoy) to keep our beloved furpals comfy, whether they have special needs or not! Feel free to peruse HERE!

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Flashback Friday: Epi-Star Gibson and An EPIc Christmas Book Publication!

My beautiful boy...
"Gibson" Les Paul of Mystic Mountain

Since this is the last day of November, (K9) Epilepsy Awareness Month, I'm dedicating this Flashback Friday to my beautiful Epi-Star, Gibson. Even with all the ups and downs of life with Canine Epilepsy, I would walk the same journey with him all over again. Thanks to Gibson, I have met so many wonderful and amazing Epi-dogs and their beloved humans from across the globe that I am so proud to call my friends. Some, like my Gibson, have gone on to earn their furangel wings, but shall remain in our hearts forever. 

In the above Flashback Friday photo, it was Christmas 2014, and we had the first printed advance copies of my book, EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy in our hot little paws! What a thrill that was to have the actual printed book! EPIc Dog Tales was a true labor of love and I'm so very proud of it. And to be able to share it with Gibson, my inspiration and muse, was such a joy. 

A very special day indeed.

You're Invited!

Join us in our weekly Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Share your pics from yesteryear or yesterday and link up with us. We know how busy everyone is, so the link is open all week long, so join in any time! Don't forget to visit and comment on other blog "hoppers," too!

Did you check 
out our 
Gift Guide 
for Epi-Dogs 
It's all right 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Our #FiveSibes Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs

While we are wrapping up the November's Epilepsy Awareness Month, with our focus on Canine Epilepsy, many folks are prepping for the holidays ahead. Over the many years of mine and Gibson's journey with Canine Epilepsy, folks have asked what types of things did I do and use when he had a seizure, after, and to help manage his comfort each day. I am pleased to say that I have put together a catalog of mine and Gibson's favorite items in a different type of Gift Guide--one specifically for all the amazing dogs living with Canine Epilepsy! 

Our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs is filled with useful items ranging from products I used with Gibson to help keep an Epi-dog comfy, to items that we have in our Epi First Aid Kit, as well as  helpful books, and Canine Epilepsy educational resources. There is also a section for FREE items! So grab a cup of your favorite seasonal beverage, snuggle up with your furbaby, and check out our entire Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs for some great items that some very special dogs (Epis and non) would love to receive this holiday season, on their birthday, or any day of the year! Be sure to check them all out so you don't miss a thing, including the Freebies!

All of the products listed here in our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs I have used for my beloved Gibson and found them to work really well. Some I even continue to use with my other FiveSibes as they are now seniors and need a little extra comfort. My Harley girl also has had several adult onset seizures, so I follow some of the same protocols I did for Gibson, and want to share them here with you so maybe they will also help bring some relief for your Epi-dog. 

I hope you enjoy this Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs (best read in "desktop" view) and find it to be helpful! And do let me know if you try any of the products and what your dog thinks of it! Happy reading (and hopefully, some shopping)! Feel free to share with your friends, too! All items in our Gift Guide are FiveSibes approved!

A Note About Affiliate Links: This is not a paid post. It reflects products I use and choose to write about. It does, however, contain some Amazon affiliate links, meaning if you click on the link for the product and purchase the item through the affiliate link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. If you decide to purchase one of my books through the affiliate link, you can also be confident that it is an original brand new book, and that the “seller” is me and my ArcticHouse Publishing company (and not a resale through an unknown party). All products have been tested and used by me and my FiveSibes. I only share links to products I use. Thank you!

K&H Cooler Bed III (Water Bed)

Gibson loved this bed! It comes in various sizes and you can use it indoors or outside. You simply fill it up with cool water. With overheating being one possible seizure trigger, I always tried to keep Gibson cool (especially with him being a large wooly Husky) and this bed did the trick! I do recommend putting a cloth bed or towel under it, for some added comfort, and just in case it springs a leak if a set of canine teeth test it out!

Kool Collar
A great fast cool down on those hot days or any day your Epi-dog seems stressed over hot. In between uses, store in freezer in a freezer-style resealable bag.

Kool Collar Refill Ice Packs
Great to keep on hand in the freezer!

Calm Me Down Herbal Calming Collar
Handmade, choice of colors (we have purple, of course)! For use on days when your Epi-dog seems agitated, stressed, or scared. Has a nice herbal aroma. How handsome did Gib look in his "bow tie" Herbal Calming Collar?

Portable Cooling Spray Fan
This is another favorite item! Take it along on walks, pack it in the backpack, bring it in the car, or give your dog a cool spritz any time, anywhere you think s/he needs it! A really great instant cool down...and, as you can see, Gibson really loved it!

GingerLead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Lift-Harness
My favorite tool for helping Gibson on the days he experienced hind-end weakness due to his Epi meds. This one connects to the collar and affords ease in supporting and walking your dog. Super sturdy. Love this lift harness!

(The red leg brace is for a torn CCL, not part of the GingerLead)

PetStep Folding Car Ramp
Excellent for getting a dog with mobility issues into a vehicle ~and~ a makeshift stretcher. 

PetHaven Memory Foam Bed
All of my FiveSibes love this bed! Water-resistent base and removable washable cover a necessity for an Epi-dog who may have a seizure while on it. Easy clean up, provides dog with great comfort. Above Cooler Bed III can be placed right on top of it, too. Comes in sizes Small to Jumbo (Gib Size)!

4Knines Cargo Cover
A great cover to protect the cargo section of your SUV.  Waterproof and easy to clean, a must with an Epi-dog, or any dog who just loves the mud and dirt! Click HERE for this cargo liner (comes in Black, Gray & Tan, and various sizes) as well as other fab vehicle seat covers!

Click HERE for Cargo Liner & Seat Covers!

Portable Cool02 Battery-Operated Fan
There are times you need immediate cool down and this being a battery-operated makes it very convenient to put it wherever your Epi-dog is.

Comfort Zone Adaptil (Calming) Spray
Not only for Epi-dogs, but any dog who may be feeling anxious or stressed. 

Adaptil Calm Plug-In Diffuser
This is the plug-in version of above and is nice to address an entire area. I used it in the FiveSibes room at night during storms and fireworks as a defense against possible seizure triggers for Gibson.

Adaptil Calm Diffuser Refill
A necessity if you have above! I always kept an extra one on hand in my Epi-First Aid Kit!

ThunderShirt Calming Shirt
Also good for anti-anxiety or to help de-stress an Epi-dog. Caution: do not leave on indefinitely, just during the stressful period as heat/overheating can also be a possible seizure trigger.

dōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil
A natural way to add a light calmness to the air. Always check with your vet first, and be sure you have pure lavender oil (and NEVER spike lavender).

I love my diffuser for the essential oils! There is also a setting to have a light on and choice of color!

First Aid Duffel Bag

Pet Ear Thermometer

AED Pill Keeper
XL 2X-A-Day/7-Days-A-Week 

Latex-Free Gloves

Pet Clean-Up Wipes

Alcohol Prep Pads

Instant Ice Packs
For emergency cool down during and after a seizure.

Rescue Remedy by Bach
Natural Bach flower essence to help reduce stress and anxiety in pet. Check with your vet first before giving it to your dog.

Milk Thistle
Epi-dogs who are on Phenobarbital many times are on Milk Thistle to help cleanse the liver. I used Oregon's Wild for Gibson. Always check with your vet first to see if you can add this supplement, and for dosage (goes by weight).

Pure Pumpkin Puree 
(NOT Pumpkin Pie)
For Epi-dogs, weight gain from meds is a common side effect. To help counteract weight gain, I adopted the "pumpkin diet" for Gibson, which included replacing some of the kibble with pure pumpkin puree. Always check with your vet first and to go over proper amounts.

EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy 

Independent Press Award recipient for Outstanding Resource Book. A beautiful, large, coffee table style book filled with stories about 124 amazing Epi-dogs from around the world, as well as a vast resource section. A must-have first one-of-a-kind resource book!  (A portion of sales is donated to Epil-K9 Foundation).

What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy Illustrated Children's Book

Selected by American Pet Magazine's as "Best in Print" and Talent Hounds "Top Dog Book for Children." 
What's Wrong With Gibson is a brightly illustrated children's book featuring my FiveSibes as they help Gibson after he suddenly has a seizure. A great way to help kids understand Epilepsy (both canine and human) and to learn to not be afraid. Even a tip or two to help! A portion of sales is donated to the Epil-K9 Foundation.

Bookmarks & Flyers
So proud of this partnership! Debuted on Purple Day 2018, these FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness & The Anita Kaufmann Foundation/Purple Day Every Day #Paws4Purple Program educational materials are FREE for the asking! Great handouts for rescues, shelters, vet clinics, ER hospitals, groomers, K9 classes, even schools, police and fire departments! 
To order, simply
Email annmarie@akfus.org and put #Paws4Purple Materials in the Email subject line.
*Donation always welcome to help defray the costs of printing & shipping

 RVC Epilepsy Tracker Digital Journal Phone App 
Super helpful FREE digital app journal--a must for all Epi-dog families! Read all about it and how to download in my blog article HERE! 

Olivia's Quick-Sniff Canine Epilepsy 
E-Book Series
A informational FREE E-book series from Epi-dog Olivia of Oh, the Life of Olivia and Canine Executive Officer for Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. To download books, visit HERE.

I do not receive any compensation or commission for the following items, but they are wonderful things I love to have in my household, for both Epi-dogs and non!

Sassy's Goodies "Gib Nibs" 
Hand-Crafted, Gluten-Free Treats
(A perennial fundraiser, too!)
(Read  my blog article about it HERE).

These wholesome gluten-free, salt-free, and preservative-free hand-crafted dog treats made in the USA specifically with the Epi-dog's diet in mind. Sassy's Goodies also DONATES a portion of sales to The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy (TWF). TWF offers possible financial assistance for anti-seizure medications to families, rescues, and fosters of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy. To order, visit HERE. 

K-Laser Therapy
Gibson, my Siberian Husky Epi-dog celebrity!

K-Laser is an amazing treatment for hind end weakness, torn CCLs, arthritis, etc. When Gibson had hind end weakness as a result of his Epi meds, and then also had a slight tear of CCL, we did Conservative Care Management treatment, which included an original initial "6-pack" treatment, followed by a maintenance program of treatments, which helped him to keep walking. Check with your vet for availability. Here is our video of one of his treatments: 

Dr. Buzby's Toe Grips
Ahhh-mazing little things that can help an Epi-dog, a senior dog, or any dog walk on potential slippery surfaces. You can read my blog article on them and learn how to order HERE. Check out video below!

We here at FiveSibes are wishing all Epi-dogs a seizure-free holiday season, and hoping one day for a cure! Until then, may all our Epi-furpals #LiveGibStrong. 💜

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