Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight Chicken Dinner Review #ChewyInfuencer

Woooo, come on, Mom, says Chloe. Open up the cans!

With the New Year, many of us set a goal to eat better, shed a few pounds, and feel healthier. Well, the same goes for our beloved dogs! Here at FiveSibes, our Siberian Huskies' weight has always been fairly easy to maintain. Except for one--our dear, sweet Chloe. She breaks all the rules. She will eat anything and everything, and she does not have a full switch! She automatically knows when it is dinner time, and for meals and snacks she is always the first one front and center, verbally reminding us exactly what time it is! 
Woo! Our Chewy food came!

She will also sneak in to clean the others' bowls of any leftovers, and even sometimes
sneaks in to eat while they are just to get some more tidbits of food! I have to monitor her food intake as she will have it inhaled before the others' dishes are even set down. Our brand choice of dog food just happens to be Blue Buffalo, although, I have never tried the Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables and Brown Rice canned food before. With weight being a forever issue with Chloe (food is her "thing") and our athletic girl Bandit we need to keep an eye on as she can put on a pound here and there, so I monitor their food and snacks, I was very pleased to try this particular formula and the best part it is our brand of choice!


Bandit trying her Husky Mind Trick to open can!

FiveSibes is a #ChewyInfluencer. We received this case of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables and Brown Rice canned dog food free of charge from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest review. I share only our personal experiences and opinions on brands and products I would use or give my own FiveSibes.  






What do we love about this food?

1. The first ingredient is not a by-product, as with so many other brands. I mean, would you eat a by-product? Not me! The first item is real de-boned chicken. Yum!


Chloe loves everything about it!
2. It has vegetables and fruits: carrots, peas, blueberries and cranberries. Not only are they good for my dogs, but it also gives the food an appealing taste they really enjoy.

3. Another key element - the food contains no corn, wheat, or soy!

4.  It contains chelated minerals to boost the immune system - which is great for any dog, but especially for senior dogs, which my Huskies now are (our three "Pupsters" siblings Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit will be 11 in five days, and our alpha queen Harley turns 14 in March). Keeping that immune system strong and healthy is a top priority.

5. It also contains Biotin, which is part of the B-complex vitamin, and is said to help keep skin and coat healthy. Again, so important for any dog, but especially seniors, and our Harley has been dealing with skin allergies and bald spots, so having her on this should be a positive thing to help her coat and skin.

6. It's a paté formula, which means it is easily blendable with their dry food and my homemade add-ins.

7. It is a brand we use and have trusted since puppyhood!

8. Lastly, but definitely important, My FiveSibes love it!


Hey FiveSibes! They Like It!

Wolf busy cleaning his bowl!
While Chloe is the one I have to help watch her easily expandable waistline as she is quite the foodie, it is important to help all of our Huskies maintain a healthy weight, so I did not hesitate to let them all try the food, which is soft and easily mixed into their kibble. At first I wondered if they would balk at a weight control formula. Maybe it would be bland and they would turn their nose up at it...but, no! 

All done, says Harley!
All four of my Sibes eagerly dove into their food, licking their bowls clean. As of today, it is their fifth night of this flavor and formula, and they are enjoying it just the same as day one! Even Wolf and Harley, who do not have a weight problem, enjoy the taste! I  feel good about giving it to them, particularly Chloe, because I know it will help keep her weight under control, and she doesn't even know she is on a "diet" formula! So, shhhhh...it will be our little secret!

 Chloe says, "More Homestyle Chicken Dinner please?!"

If you are looking to keep your dog's weight under control while feeding them a flavor they will enjoy, head on over to Chewy.com to try the Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables and Brown Rice! It's paw-lickin' good! Oh, and PS - We love the home delivery program!











Friday, January 11, 2019

Celebrating My Dear Daughter's Birthday on a Special #FiveSibes Flashback Friday!


Today is a very special day and Flashback Friday here at FiveSibes...it's my darling daughter's (our FiveSibes co-guardian) birthday! Not only is she my amazing girl whom I am so very proud of, but she's also my best friend! She has assisted in the raising, training, and caring for our FiveSibes. Our amazing journey together with our five Siberian Huskies initially all goes back to her love of the breed and that wonderful day almost 14 years ago when she chose puppy Harley and puppy Harley chose her, and we welcomed our (future) alpha queen to our family! Shortly after, we were hit with the "Potato Chip Theory," which is once you have one Siberian Husky, you want (need) more! So, over the period of two years, we added four more, and they became the FiveSibes! 

Prior to Huskies, we had two wonderful rescues, Sandy, the first dog my husband and I welcomed after being married, 13 years later, Chelsey came bounding into our lives and was my daughter's childhood buddy. For today's special Flashback Friday, we are taking a fond look back at the furry loves of my daughter over the years!


"A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous, full of beauty and forever beautiful, loving and caring and truly amazing."~Deanna Beisser






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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Birthday Wishes For My FurAngel Gibson



Happy 13th Birthday, to my 
sweet big wooly boy, Gibson!


 I bet the Rainbow Bridge is rocking for Gibson's "teen" birthday! I cannot believe he would be 13 today! I am sure he and his furpals are doing his Gibbie Hip-Hop dance and wooooin' up a storm! Oh, how I wish he was still here...having his favorite ice cream cake with his love Harley, brother Wolf, and sisters Chloe and Bandit, and sharing his joy and silliness with us all. He was an amazing boy, and his handsome face launched a revolution in support of dogs with Canine Epilepsy. We've achieved so much--his journey with Epilepsy helped so many, and still does as I continue bringing awareness and education to others in his memory. Gibson will live on in the work we FiveSibes family continue to do by joining #paws4purple to bring hope and help to other Epi-dogs so they may #LiveGibStrong.

When I see a snowflake, I will know that is you, Gib! Oh, how you loved the snow more than any dog I know! 

You are with me in my heart every day, G. 
Every single day.

Happy Birthday, Gibson, With Love.



"Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it."
~L.M. Montgomery


Gibbie doing his infamous Hip-Hop dance to the Nae-Nae!


Gibson's 9th Birthday, his last here with us...


For you, Gib. 
May your spirit forever shine bright in the heavens above.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Bringing Home the Tree on a Huskies Sleigh on a FiveSibes Christmas Flashback Friday!


 The Hills Bringing Home the Christmas Tree, 2018!
Photo used with permission.

In our FiveSibes Family Christmas tradition, the holiday season lasts until what we refer to as "Little Christmas," or January 6th (which also happens to be my furangel Gibson's birth date, how special is that?)! So, for today's last 2018 seasonal Flashback Friday post, I'm sharing a lovely "Bringing Home the Tree" photo above from fellow Husky momma, Karen Hill from Minnesota. To me, the is the absolute perfect way to bring home the tree...on a Huskies-drawn sleigh! Woo!


"We didn't realize we were making memories we just knew we were having fun." 
~Winnie the Pooh


Now with five Siberian Huskies, you'd think we'd have hooked them up once or twice to a sled, but no, my Huskies are citified! Two of them would prefer to ride on the sled, rather than pull one! The closest I've come to a "sled dog" is when we staged a photo that appeared like we hooked-up our furangel Chelsey up to a sled with my elementary aged daughter and her younger cousins for a family holiday calendar! 

  Our Pre-FiveSibes Flashback Photo: Christmas 1996

(Note, the "grumpy" reindog! The kids had a blast, but as you can see, Chelsey was not impressed with the antlers)!

Both of these photos bring such joy and smiles! Many thanks to the Hill Family for sharing their special holiday moment with us. 

Here's hoping your holiday season was truly one made of a million magic moments that will be memories to hold dear forever! 




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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Here's to a Healthy and Happy New Year! Ringing in 2019 With Treatibles®!


Our beautiful pack queen ~ Harley 
welcomes in the New Year with wishes that it may
 be happy and healthy!

For me, it's always a bit melancholy bidding a year adieu. And, as we step into a bright, clean New Year, my thoughts go to hoping for good health, happiness, and personal peace and harmony for all of us. We never know what a year will hold for us, and I am jumping into 2019 with positive thoughts, hopes, and plans.

I love this above photo of our beautiful alpha queen, Harley, taken during this year's Christmas season. Is it any wonder Gibson adored her?!  It warms my heart to see her feeling so well as she approaches turning 14. The past few months have been rough on our girl, and if you follow our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page, we've shared some of her challenges, that I'm pleased to say, are now healing for the most part, even though she is still not quite back up to par.
 
Harley has had a rough bout of infections that began in the Autumn. I have noticed that now that she has (gulp) officially entered into her golden years, there are some changes. With her zest and energy, it's hard to imagine her as a "senior" dog. But, it is such a joy to see her enjoying her zoomies, chasing her tail, and wanting to play. When she stops doing these, something is up. 

It all began when she had some crazy skin infections at the end of an unusually hot and humid summer that wreaked havoc on her and resulted in an awful skin infection that resulted in some (gasp!) baldness in areas of her back and neck that required being treated topically and orally. Her fur was literally was coming out in clumps to reveal total bald spots underneath. Her undercoat refused to grow back in. In a word, I was nervous. 


***The next 3 photos are graphic and may be disturbing to some people. Feel free to scroll past!***


Oh-Ohhhhh. Ew. What is this???


And finally, some regrowth...


I have to say, it has been a long process to get those to heal, with treatments including two rounds of a topical antibiotic spray, as well as oral antibiotics. She's still sporting some bald patches, with a new one today. A few have started to finally get peach fuzz. Plus, she typically blows her coat in August, and is only blowing it now for the past month. At first, seeing the tufts made me worry that she was losing more fur, as the bald spots came out in clumps...but, thankfully, most of it is a normal blow at an abnormal time of year. Blame Mother Nature! 

As a result, since it is winter here in the northeast, there are chilly days my northern breed balding girl requires a coat to go outside. At first, she was not a happy camper, but she has come to accept the coat, which she does look very chic in it, if I say so myself. Thankfully, we are having a rather warmish winter, so those coat days are few.


Affiliate Notice:  This is not a paid post. All opinions are my own and from my own experiences with giving Treatibles as a treat to my dogs. As a result of my positive experience, I signed on to become a Treatibles affiliate. As an affiliate for Treatibles®, I'm pleased to offer you our coupon code FIVESIBES10 for 10% discount on all your purchases, plus, as an affiliate, I will receive a small commission *with no extra cost to you.* As always, I only share with you products I believe in and use for my FiveSibes. This post is based upon personal experience. 



***As with any new food, treat, supplement, or treatment to your pet's daily regimen, always discuss with your veterinarian first.***



Harley not feeling well.
Shortly before the holidays, Harley developed sudden double nasty ear infections that required samples to be sent off to the lab, and she was put on medication with a side effect that caused her to be quite sick and had a loss of appetite. Not eating is always a concern, but especially with a dog who is 13.5 years old. We had to reduce her antibiotic, and she was placed on a pain killer, but I eased her off that (as she does not do well on pharmaceuticals with her GI issues). After reading many positive articles and testimonials, and chatting with others who have given it a whirl, I added Treatibles® full-spectrum hemp infused oil to her diet via dropper in the hopes of naturally helping her with her pain and lack of appetite. Since she was not eating, the oil was the best and least stressful way of getting her to take it. 


Chloe waiting on a new Treatibles Soft Chew
I also added the treats to my other FiveSibes daily regimen as well, now that they are senior dogs with new arthritis issues, and one has  noise anxiety (think fireworks, thunder storms, etc). Healthy harmony was definitely something I was seeking for them, and Treatibles promised and, in my humble opinion, certainly delivered!


Chloe also likes the blueberry and pumpkin hard treats!

Harley, my beautiful, sweet, oldest gal is a true fighter. I admire her strength and will. Having gone completely deaf two years ago, she now relies on the hand signals that I'm so thankful I trained all of my Huskies in with their original training, and now she pays attention beautifully to the signals. I also will alert her to my presence by announcing my entrance when she is sleeping by "thumping" the floor to get her attention (which helps to not startle her and bring out her "Snarley Harley" side!) But, when my tough alpha girl went from having a normally good appetite to suddenly not eating at all, I was quite concerned. I knew one of the medications she desperately needed had a side effect of loss of appetite. And, as any of us who have dogs who suddenly stop eating, you know the challenge of trying (begging) them to take a few nibbles of food, any food, just so long as they eat! 

It's been several nerve-wracking weeks of hand-feeding her
everything from bits of cooked turkey mixed with bone broth to finding just the one or two proteins she would nibble on and, yes, even baby food and my homemade "Husky soup," and letting her nibble or lick a few times throughout the day. Since one of her adult-age onset of seizures we believe was triggered by hypoglycemia, her not eating was a huge concern. She usually enjoyed the pumpkin hard chew Treatibles®, but since she was not eating, I switched her to the Treatibles® oil by dropper to hopefully help with not only her daily arthritis pain, but now also the pain of her ear infections, as well as to hopefully avert any possible seizure activity, and (fingers crossed) see her appetite increase. Since she was not willingly eating, I could not give her the regular Treatibles pumpkin hard chews she typically likes, so the oil was fantastic to have. I am happy to report that I have seen such positive results on all fronts. 

"Woo! Let's zoomie, Wolf!" says Harley,
feeling better!
Thankfully, she is finished with her medication that was causing loss of appetite, and her ear infections seem to be healing (she is having a follow-up with our vet this week), and *thankfully* her appetite is now gradually returning. What a heartwarming feeling to see her willingly eat again!  And the icing on the cake? When she started to play with Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit again, and engage in Husky zoomies! That's how I spell R-E-L-I-E-F!

So, Just What Are Treatibles®? 

Auntie Dolores, the parent company to Treatibles was formed in 2008, with a goal to help people and their pets. According to Treatibles®, they are "organic, full-spectrum hemp oil formulas for the companion animals" in our lives. That includes dogs, cats, horses, and more! Products include hard treats, soft chews, oil, and capsules for made from "full spectrum hemp oil." According to the company, "Our mission is to promote harmony for the whole family® through the happiness and health of each pet with our revolutionary full spectrum hemp oil products. Treatibles help to instill calm, ease and balance for beloved animal companions, large and small. Born from a passion to help pets thrive, Treatibles was founded in 2013 on the values of compassionate care, superior ingredients sourced in the USA, consistent, reliable information and integrity.


Bandit taste-testing the new soft chews!
All Treatibles products are Compassion Certified® and proudly made in the USA. Treatibles exceptional full spectrum oil is sourced from our own organic hemp fields across four states (South Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, and Oregon). Along with master cultivator partners, we have created a proprietary formula that contains a beneficial blend of naturally occurring compounds, producing truly distinct oil. All Treatibles products are virtually free of THC, non-psychoactive, and non-toxic.


Important Fact: The company also "third party lab tests from raw ingredients to the final product" and they will share the lab results upon request by contacting them at: info@treatibles.com.

Important Fact: Are all hemp oil treats created equal? No! Do your homework, research, ask questions, talk to your vet, and go ahead an ask to see those company lab results! It is important know what and where the ingredients are from!

Important Fact: "Treatibles will not make your dog "high." According to Treatibles.com, "Treatibles exceptional full spectrum hemp oil is sourced from our own organic hemp fields across four states. Along with our master cultivator partners, we have created a proprietary formula containing a rich profile of naturally occurring compounds, resulting in truly distinct oil. All Treatibles products are free of THC, contain no psychoactive ingredients and are non-toxic."


Types of Treatibles: 


Treatibles® include capsules; oil in dropper bottles in several potencies, hard chews for small and large dogs in four flavors: pumpkin (my FiveSibes favorite), blueberry, turkey and Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots, and their newest addition of soft chews, which I totally like as I can crumbled it up over their food, and if your dog has any type of teeth, gum, or chewing issues, it is nice and soft. Treatibles is also available for cats, horses, and other companion animals! Treatibles are cited to "Help maintain normal emotional balance and promotes relaxation, Enhances function of joint and connective tissue, and Supports digestive tract health and assists the immune system." Check out lots more info at their website!





How Many Treatibles® Can I Give My Dog?
That's easy! Each bag, container, or bottle has a suggested recommended amount, and it goes by your dog's weight!

What Ingredients Are in Treatibles®?
According to their FAQ sheet, in addition to their hemp oil being "sourced from their own organic hemp fields (from across four USA states: South Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon & Colorado), besides the "active ingredients in all: Full Spectrum Hemp Oil," the following "inactive ingredients" are also listed as in their treats:


  • Pumpkin Chews: Chickpea Flour, Pumpkin, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Kale, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
  • Blueberry Chews: Chickpea Flour, Pumpkin, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Blueberries, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
  • Turkey Chews: Chickpea Flour, Sweet Potato, Turkey, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
  • Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots: Chickpea Flour, Sweet Potato, Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Tapioca, Molasses, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin
  • New Soft Chews: Great for seniors dogs (or cats) or those who may have some trouble chewing harder biscuits.The active ingredients are listed as a proprietary blend of turmeric root, organic full spectrum hemp oil, papain (papaya), bromelain (pineapple stem) and inactive ingredients are apple pectin powder, beef liver, calcium sulfate dihydrate, coconut glycerin, flaxseed oil, grain free brewer’s yeast, gum arabic, microcrystalline cellulose, mixed tocopherols, natural preservative (from oregano, flaxseed and plums), sodium alginate, sunflower lecithin, water.


Where Can I Get Treatibles®?


Online at Treatibles.com (don't forget our FIVESIBES10 coupon code for 10% off each order) and available in more than 1800 retail locations across the United States. More info on their website!



Need More Info to 
Navigate the Hemp Field?

Important Read: An excellent in-depth article in Dog Naturally titled "CBD Oil for Dogs: 10 Things You Didn't Know" that outlines almost anything you wanted to know, along with great graphics, is a must-read! READ IT HERE.

Important Read: Not sure what a dog's endocannabinoid system (ECS) is or why cannabinoid (CBD) ? Check out this very informative blog article by a professional fellow blogger, Rebecca Sanchez of The Pet Lifestyle Guru "How a Dog's Endocannabinoid System Works." READ IT HERE.

Important Read: There are many questions floating about with regards to the 2018 Farm Bill, using/not using the term "CBD" or cannabidiol, and hemp legalization. There is a really great and informational easy-to-understand blog article about this from the non-profit The Brookings Institution - READ IT HERE.


Important Read: Portion of Statement From the FDA Commissioner:
"Today (December 20, 2018), the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law. Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low (less than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis) concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These changes include removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it will no longer be an illegal substance under federal law.... In short, we treat products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds as we do any other FDA-regulated products — meaning they’re subject to the same authorities and requirements as FDA-regulated products containing any other substance. This is true regardless of the source of the substance, including whether the substance is derived from a plant that is classified as hemp under the Agriculture Improvement Act. To help members of the public understand how the FDA’s requirements apply to these products, the FDA has maintained a webpage (items 18-23 pertain to pets) with answers to frequently asked questions, which we intend to update moving forward to address questions regarding the Agriculture Improvement Act and regulation of these products generally." READ FULL STATEMENT HERE.



"Woo! We really like Treatibles!"


On A Personal Note
I know just how it can seem to be a bit of the Wild West navigating the industrial hemp and cannabidiol terrain, which if you have been looking into it, probably already know! So much to know, from the legalese to laws to obtaining honest and direct answers from the brand to questions, such as:

  • What state(s) do they grow their hemp? 
  • Is it organic? 
  • Has tests been done on crops for pesticides?  
  • Can you see the lab results?
  • What is the state's legal stance?
  • Can you visit the crop site?
Research is key. I chose to add Treatibles® to my FiveSibes daily diet, and after approximately six months, I am very pleased with the results and how much harmony is back in my pups' daily lives, whether they are dealing with arthritis pain, GI issues, loss of appetite, or hoping to ward off possible seizure triggers, I feel I am adding a healthy, made in the USA, gluten-free treat to their diet that comes from a reputable company who uses only organic hemp grown in their own fields. 

Hopefully, these important informational sites I've shared here will help shed a little more light on the specifics that can be very confusing to laypersons, like me! It is important to keep up on what is happening on the legal front, and understand why some products may be referred to as hemp oil, and what is the best source. As we know, there is much research out there now about the positive benefits, and we highly recommend having an informative conversation with your vet if this is something you are considering.

So...after 2018 ending on a bit of a wild ride (did I mention I also had bronchitis and laryngitis for three weeks?!), here's to having a 2019 that will turn out to be a wonderful one to look back upon, filled with joy and memories. And, naturally, a wish for all of us--family and friends--to stay healthy, happy, and harmonious all year through!


My Beautiful FiveSibes:
Harley, Bandit, Chloe, Wolf & Gibson 




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