Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Purple Day® 2019: Debuting New "Cooling Down An Epi-Dog: Where Do I Put The Cold Packs?" #LiveGibStrong #Paws4Purple Educational Poster to Help #Epidogs & Blog/Media Hop


Exciting News for Purple Day from FiveSibes!

So many times over the years, parents and guardians of dogs with Canine Epilepsy have heard about placing cool packs on their dog to help with seizure care, especially since a dog's temperature can rise dangerously high during and after a seizure, and heat/overheating can also trigger seizures. The most popular question we hear is, "Where do I put the ice pack?!" Most times one will hear that the placement should be on the dog's "lower back" or between the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. But many times that may leave dog parents going "Where exactly is that?" This led me to develop an information flyer, reviewed by my own vet, based on what worked for my Gibson to share with others to help answer that question when a dog has a seizure of "Where do I put the cold packs?"



I'm SO excited to present this on Purple Day®...

Wait for it... 

Are you curious...?

Here's just a little peek...



Did I mention I'm SO excited about unveiling this?! It's been a couple years in the making from conception--to talking with the uber-talented artist/illustrator, Cameo Anderson, about the image of Gibson I wanted to have (and she produced beautifully)--to working on the text--proofing copies--and finally reviewing with my vet before printing drafts. I knew for this poster, I wanted to not only show where the back placement of a cool pack was, but I also wanted to share some other methods of cooling down an Epi-Dog during a seizure, post seizure, and also some tips for everyday use to help hopefully keep one at bay. 

Okay, seriously now...



My New Educational Poster, 
Featuring Gibson: 
Cooling Down An Epi-Dog: 
Where Do I Put Cold Packs?!

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To view a high resolution Pin-able
PDF version of poster, go HERE.

These are the cooling methods I used with my own Gibson, and while I am not a vet, simply a hu-mom doing what I found best to help my Epi-dog when a seizure was triggered, I am thankful to Gibson's outstanding vet, Dr. Arnold Rugg of Kingston Animal Hospital, for conferring with me on this important information as I developed this educational poster. That with Cameo's beautiful depiction of Gibson made this a project straight from my heart with the hope that we can help other Epi-dogs. 


I am also honored to have this educational poster be part of the #Paws4Purple Program in partnership with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation (AKFUS)/Purple Day Every Day organization.



If you'd like to receive copies of this education poster in 8.5x11 size (or our other #Paws4Purple materials--bookmarks and flyers) to have for yourself or other pet parents, share with your veterinarian hospitals and ER clinics, groomers, breeders, rescues, transports, doggie daycares, trainers, dog walkers, dog sitters, animal control officers, and even schools and local fire and police departments, you may request them for FREE!* Simply Email AnnMarie@AKFUS.org and indicate "#LiveGibStrong #Paws4Purple K9 Cool Packs Poster" in the subject line, and The Anita Kaufmann Foundation will send those right out to you! (*While they are free, a donation is always appreciated to help cover costs of printing and mailing).


What do you think of our exciting Canine Epilepsy Educational Poster?


Check out our video from last year's Purple Day event at Kingston Animal Hospital! Even the Easter Bunny came by our #LiveGibStrong booth to say "hi" and to pick up some samples of Sassy's Goodies pupcakes & Gib Nibs!



Not sure what Purple Day is all about? Check out our video that tells you all about it and the amazing gal, Cassidy Megan, who created it, as well as some beautiful Epi-dogs and now Epi-angels. 




 
As you many of you know by now, we reached out to Sassy's Goodies to see if owner/baker Nanette could make a delicious hand-crafted all-natural Epi-friendly dog treat (meaning gluten-free, no preservatives, no salt, and no rosemary), which she did! We debuted the  "Gib Nibs," named after my Gibson, and  while I receive no compensation for the partnership, Nanette includes #LiveGibStrong info and will DONATE a portion of sales from each bag to The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy (TWF). TWF does amazing work - a non-profit organization, they offer possible financial assistance for medications to families/rescues/fosters of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy. If you missed this news about Gib Nibs, check out my blog post all about it HERE!



Photo provided by Nanette Willis
"Sassy" of Sassy's Goodies with Check Donation to The Wally Foundation from sales of Gib Nibs. 

I'm so pleased to announce that thanks to those who have purchased Gib Nib so far, Nanette is ready to send her first check from sales through  November to The Wally Foundation for $25!  Such a win-win for Epi-dogs - delicious wholesome treats to eat and a way to pay it forward to help other Epi-dogs in need! Woo! Thanks, Nanette, Sassy, and Sassy's Goodies! (To purchase Gib Nibs and have a donation sent to TWF, visit SassysGoodies.net).


The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences Companion Animal Epilepsy Lab has a call out for registrations to participate without leaving your home!



Upload the information flyer HERE

For more info on NCSU-CVM's Clincal Trial, contact Julie Nettifee at janettif@ncsu.edu 



Interested in learning more about Canine Epilepsy? 
Check out my books at ArcticHouse Publishing (available online and through Amazon) and my #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy campaign and educational section on my website at FiveSibes.com, a portion of sales from all K9 books is donated to help Epi-dogs or Siberian Huskies in need. Also visit the #Paws4Purple Program partnership with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation at http://purpledayeveryday.org/paws-4-purple/ 
to review information available, to request hard copies or to download free digital files.

My latest Canine Epilepsy articles in 4Knines:
Read it HERE
Read it HERE


Coming Soon!


My Purple Day® episode of "The Sibe Vibe" will be airing March 31st. This will be a different type of show where I will be sharing excerpts of my book, EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy. Be sure to stop back to tune in to the link to hear some of the amazing heartfelt stories in the book. I will also be sharing links on my other FiveSibes social media accounts.



Please join us in showing your support of those living with epilepsy - both pets and humans - by sharing your Purple Day photos - whether it is your pets and/or you  or you and your human family dressed in purple, whipping up purple treats together, posing with a purple ball, wearing a purple bandana, hat, bow, shirt, collar, etc., or simply add a purple filter to a favorite photo! You can also share your story about a loved one who is living with Epilepsy. 


Join in by grabbing our badge from below, and share a link to all hosts: FiveSibes, Confessions of a Rescue Mom, and Knotty Toys for Good Dogs, link up to your blog, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter posts, and then have some fun hopping around to the hosts and other hoppers' sites to see how they are supporting Epilepsy awareness! The link will be OPEN ALL WEEK so join in any time up until April 1st!


Also be sure to check out the co-hosted Purple Day for Epilepsy 2019 - #Pets4Purple Day Face Event HERE for sharing posts, photos, stories, info &  more!



I'd like to think my Gibson would be proud! 
Miss you, Gib, my sweet boy. You inspired so many.
đź’ś Forever in my heart. đź’ś

 "Gibson" Les Paul of Mystic Mountain
January 6, 2006  ~ December 16, 2015
My Beloved Epi-Angel
#LiveGibStrongForever 







Friday, March 22, 2019

#FiveSibes Flashback Friday: A Journey Toward A Husky's Holistic Healing

Flashback: Gibson and Hu-Mommy, December 2014

With this being the month of Purple Day® and awareness for dogs with Canine Epilepsy, I was going over my journey with my beloved Gibson. Today's Flashback photo is when Gibson and I did a long-distance Reiki session with Marta Banat of All Paws Massage in Canada. I am an advocate of holitic healing and natural care, but I had never had any experience with Reiki. I went into it journaling the event, and you can read all about our experience HERE in my post. It was a wonderful, peaceful bonding time for my boy and I, and when you share your life with a dog that has epilepsy, all the natural methods of surrounding them in a peaceful environment is so important. This is now a moment in time that resides in my heart forever, and am forever grateful for my daughter capturing his moment on film.



“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”  
Karl Lagerfeld

 



You're Invited to Join Us!  

Share your fave pics from Memory Lane from yesteryear or yesterday, grab our badge, link to us and join in our weekly Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Hop link is open all week! 




We are also joining in Four-Legged Furballs 15andMeowing this week for the very first time for their fun Friendly Fill-Ins! My answers are in italics and underscored! Want to join in, visit them HERE! 

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 149


1. I admire warriors (dogs and humans with health issues) and their caregivers.
2. I can’t wait for my hyacinths to bloom.
3. I’m proud to say I'm a mom of a beautiful young lady, a grandmom to a beautiful grandson, and a humom to five fabulous Huskies.
4. (After my bad spill on ice) Falls make(s) me nervous.



SAVE THE DATE!!! 
Stay tuned for details on our 5th Annual FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong Purple Day® For Epilepsy Awareness Blop Hop! I'm joined by co-hosts Confessions of a Rescue Mom and Knotty Toys for Good Dogs! Badge below. Link goes live 12:01 AM EST on March 26TH Blog Hop! Check back for deets & info on our joint live Facebook event! Join in and Show Us Your Purple in support of humans and K9s living with Epilepsy! Also, check out my important 4Knines article on K9 Epilepsy Education & Clinical Trials HERE.
 


Friday, March 15, 2019

Kiss Me, I'm Sibe-rish on a Flashback Friday!



FiveSibes Flashback: St. Patrick's Day 2012


 "A friendship that like love is warm, a love like friendship, steady." ~Thomas Moore
A friendship that like love is warm; A love like friendship, steady.
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A friendship that like love is warm; A love like friendship, steady.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/thomas_moore_142099


It's almost that time for the wearin' of the green and we're feeling quite Sibe-rish here at our FiveSibes homestead! These were two of favorite pics of our resident love couple, Harley and Gibson, getting into the spirit of St. Paddy's Day with Gibson sneaking in a little smooch to his girl! Aren't they just the sweetest canine couple? They were always together, inseparable. While I miss my big boy (and I am sure Harley still does, too), it warms my heart to remember these fabulous Flashback days! 

Do you have a favorite St. Paddy's Day memory with your pet? 




 

You're invited to join us!  

Share your fave pics from Memory Lane from yesteryear or yesterday, grab our badge, link to us and join in our weekly Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Hop link is open all week!









SAVE THE DATE!!! 

Stay tuned for details on our 5th Annual FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong Purple Day® For Epilepsy Awareness Blop Hop! I'm joined by co-hosts Confessions of a Rescue Mom and Knotty Toys for Good Dogs! Badge below. Link goes live 12:01 AM EST on March 26TH Blog Hop! Check back for deets & info on our joint live Facebook event! Join in and Show Us Your Purple in support of humans and K9s living with Epilepsy! Also, check out my important 4Knines article on K9 Epilepsy Education & Clinical Trials HERE.
 



Sunday, March 10, 2019

A Birthday Fit For Our Queen Harley!


Woo! It is such a special day here at FiveSibes homestead ~ our beautiful, super smart, sassy, and bossy alpha queen Harley is celebrating her 14th Birthday! 

Our FiveSibes alpha queen "Harley Nanuk Mari"


It is amazing to me that my daughter, who is married with a family of her own, was just 17 years old when we travelled in the pouring rain to bring THE most beautiful Siberian Husky puppy home! She has always been in love with the breed, and when our rescue Akita/German Shepard Chelsey was in her golden years, we opened our hearts and home to the stunning Husky puppy with such an intense mask, fulfilling not only my daughter's dream, but she would also soon become the leader of the future FiveSibes pack family, who all have added so much joy to my life!


While Troy may have Helen, our Harley single-handedly was the gorgeous face that launched the FiveSibes and my love for this amazing breed. Gibson sure knew exactly what he was falling in love with when he joined our family about a year later and was totally smitten with Harley from the moment she Husky-bumped him head over fuzzy butt, rolling him into the side of our pool! Ah, true love!



Over the past 14 years, Harley has been the stunning subject of my many photoshoots, and featured along with the rest of my pack in our FiveSibes™ blog. In addition to being the star of my book, a FiveSibes Tale titled Getting Healthy With Harley, Harley has also been a cover dog star over the years for the Dog Writers Association of America's Ruff Drafts posing with our Gibson, and she has graced the cover of American Pet Magazine, and was my feature model for my article "Every Picture Tells A Story: Tips on Photographing Your Pet" in the July 2013 issue of American Pet Magazine. I am so proud of this little lady!




Naturally, for her birthday, the FiveSibes and I partied in a celebration fit for our queen! And...of course there was cake!

Ready to make the cake under Harley's watchful stare!

(Note: For "crunch" I used Gib Nibs, and a portion of every bag sold will be donated by Sassy's Goodies to The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy. You can read about Gib Nibs HERE.

 Putting the ice cream in the mold sure got Chloe's attention!
(She's always all about the food)!


The finished masterpiece!


"Well, Mom...are you going to serve it?!"


"Woo! Vanilla Crunch Cake, my favorite!"


"Nom-nommmm..."



All join in for some licks!




And as I promised on our Facebook post,
here is the easy-peasy recipe for Harley's cake:




And the best gift of all? SNOW!!! Woo000ooo!

At 14, Harley is still a snow dog pup,
 enjoying the fresh new carpet of the fluffy white stuff!
How she makes my heart soar just to watch her.



Wishing the Happiest of Birthdays 
to our alpha queen, Harley! 

Sure do love you!