Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!


    A Mother's Day Dog Lovers Poem

    For fondly telling stories of my antics as a pup, 

    And for knowing yummy dog treats are the way to cheer me up...

    For cleaning all the mud when I forget to wipe my paws, 

    And for taking time to scratch my ears and cuddle “just because,”

    For comforting my worries when we’re driving to the vet,

    And for giving me the words of praise that others may forget,

    For showing me you love me in so many different ways —

    I’m wishing you the happiest and best of Mother’s Days! 
    ~Author Unknown



    Friday, May 11, 2018

    Flashback Friday: Our Original Sled Dog


    One of my all-time favorite photos from when my daughter was young was this one taken back 22 years ago with our adopted German Shepherd/Akita "Chelsey." Chelsey and Jenn were best buds. She was an amazing dog, who was so easy to train, and was such a good girl. She would listen to my commands, and perform them perfectly every time. If i asked her to "stay,"  no one, but me, could get her to move! I taught her to "watch" my daughter, which she always did. In this photo, my sister-in-law was creating a family photo album and was doing one of the winter months, and we decided a "reindog" photo would be cute with our girls. So, we staged the photo to look like I "Chelsey was hooked up to a sled with our girls on it in the snow! To this day, this photo brings a chuckle because my daughter and I dubbed it the "grumpy sled dog" photo because if you look closely at Chelsey, she looks like she is snarling and very unhappy. While she was not thrilled about the antler ears, she was actually munching on a dog biscuit (you can see a piece down by her paw) and the photo caught her mid-chew! BOL! I guess it was always meant to be that I would have sled dogs in my family! (Even though not one of my Huskies have ever pulled a sled! They are more the type to ride on one and be pulled! LOL)!


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




    Woo! It's Flashback Friday here all week! Have a pic of your pet(s)
    early days? Gotcha Day? Birthday? Share it with us and join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane by grabbing our badge and linking up any time during the week! And be sure to pop over and visit other blogger's as well! What a great way to remember those early days, and a fun way to kick off the weekend! JOIN US!






    Friday, May 4, 2018

    Catching Up on Another Seizure Monster Visit on a #FiveSibes Flashback Friday


    Harley relaxing with her pack family on a recent evening.

    Have you missed us? We sure hope so! It has been a little hit and miss with my blogging lately due to a few things here on the homefront, including some ongoing heath issues for both myself and a few of the FiveSibes, including Wolf and his ongoing gastrointestinal issues from anxiety (that will be another post), Chloe having elevated kidney levels in her recent annual, and another visit from the dreaded seizure monster for my senior gal, the FiveSibes alpha queen and surrogate momma, Harley. It's been a little over a year since she had her first seizure, which after tests, showed she had hypothyroidism and could be the trigger for the seizure. At 12, it is not typically a diagnosis of Canine Epilepsy, but it is a whole new book of concerns when a senior dog starts seizing.

    Not only did Harley have her second full blown grand mal seizure a little over a month ago, she also had a little "incident" a couple weeks ago, where I was able to hold her and soothe her and it did not go into a full seizure. I cannot say for sure it was the start of one or simply an overstressed issue now that she is in her golden years. I have noticed that if she has to go out - LIKERIGHTNOW- if I do not get to the door fast enough, she starts to pant and get anxious. And stress can be a trigger for seizures. So, when Harley quietly indicates that she has to "go," (and when I say indicates, I mean she will quietly walk into the room, look at me, and hopefully I notice) and then just as quietly walk back to the door. If you miss this hint, and she will only do it once, maybe twice, she will get anxious and come back again, this time, panting, like, "Hey, I mean NOW." Which, all equals stress, especially on an older dog. (Shhh...please do not tell her I called her an "older" dog)!



    Harley snoozing soundly on the deck next to Wolfie.

    After an in-depth conversation with one of my vets, whom I think the world of, with her thyroid levels right on the mark, this seizure was thought to possibly be due to low-blood sugar, hypoglycemia (something this human is quite familiar with having to deal with that myself since a teen). These are all new things I am adjusting to that can begin to show when our dogs age. As much as I hate to admit it, my FiveSibes "pups" are all senior dogs now, and Harley, even though a very young-acting 13, is seriously a senior. Plus, she is also deaf. Her hearing left her over a year ago, which brings me to new ways to assure her she is safe when she screams and seems like she gets scared after her seizure, such as holding her and soothing her, and yes, I still speak to her. While supposedly they do not feel pain, I instantly think "she hurts" when I hear that heart-squeezing scream. But, some dogs do yelp or howl or scream when they come out of a seizure. Gibson was a quiet boy. Not Harley. But, no matter what wonderful care we give our beloved dogs, their bodies and systems change as they age, just like ours do, and different things can pop up that just were never there before. Such as hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia. That being said, I am SO thankful that it is not a brain tumor or cancer or a stroke (all very real possibilities for dogs at this age who begin to experience seizures). Both of Harley's new diagnoses are pretty manageable, even if there is no guarantee that she will not have another seizure.

    With regards to seizures in senior dogs, I want to thank Hindy Pearson of Caring for a Senior Dog website, who invited me to be a guest blogger on just this topic over on her wonderful website in my article "If A Senior Dog Has a Seizure, Is It Canine Epilepsy?" Please take a few minutes and go read my article there for more information on seizures in older dogs.

    Harley has always been the tough girl, the leader of our FiveSibes pack family. The true love of my furgangel Gibson, and an amazing surrogate momma to our three Pupsters--littermates Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit. She has always been strong, and she is resilient. I pray she continues to be and that the seizure monster goes away, never to revisit her. Somehow, after dealing with seizures, side effects, and close calls with my sweet Gibson, I guess I figured I'd get a pass on another one of my dogs having seizures. But, life is not like that. You just never know. The upside is, if Gibson had to be an Epi-dog, he sure taught me plenty and, even though a bit in shock, at least I feel prepared for when the seizures came. Harley just recently celebrated her 13th Birthday in March, as you can see from the photo above, and I sure hope we have years left to celebrate more birthdays together.



    For More Info on Canine Seizures and Epilepsy, You Can Download or You Can Request FREE copies of my #Paws4Purple Project With The Anita Kaufmann Foundation. (To request to have FREE hard copies of the flyers and bookmarks sent to you or your organization, rescue, shelter, veterinarian, vet clinic, etc., simply Email my #Paws4Purple partner, AnnMarie(at)AKFUS(dot)org, and tell her Dorothy & the FiveSibes sent you over)!



    Once again, I emphasize that seizures do not keep these amazing dogs down! Here in the following video, is our dear Harley, being her typical fun Husky self, a few days post seizure. Now, as for me...I was sitting in my chair going completely gray from worry, but as you can see from this video, she does not let it stop her for too long! I pray we will be saying that for several more years to come because quite honestly, I am not ready to say goodbye to another one of my furbabies yet. But then again, are we ever?





    Do I do anything different for her now? Sure do. I take extra care that she does not get overexerted, overheated, anxious, or stressed. I try to calm her down from chasing her tail (her favorite thing besides Fetch! to do), but that's not always an easy task! Plus, I do try to remember a great piece of advice that my one vet gave me years ago with  my Gibson...to let him (now her) live and enjoy life. Good advice! While I will worry and and always pay attention to every little twitch and sound, I do try to remember those words and have decided to let her chase her tail, at least for a few minutes! 

    Today's Flashback Friday photo visits 2012, when our queen Harley was just six years old and the beautiful "cover model dog" for American Pet Magazine. I am so proud of this girl!






    "But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day." ~Benjamin Disraeli






    Woo! It's Flashback Friday here all week! Have a pic of your pet(s) early days? Gotcha Day? Birthday? Share it with us and join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane by grabbing our badge and linking up any time during the week! And be sure to pop over and visit other blogger's as well! What a great way to remember those early days, and a fun way to kick off the weekend! JOIN US!










    We are also joining our blogger friends in the Pet Parade! Hop over and check out the hosts' blogs, too, at: Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and Barking from the Bayou!





    We are also jumping in to join the Appreciate the  Moments Blog Hop hosted by The Everyday Dog Mom! I appreciate all the moments - even  more so, if possible, when we are reminded of just how precious they are when faced with something like seizures or an illness. And, since it is May, and their theme is "mother" - my blog post, all the pics, including the magazine cover, are taken by me and is all of the FiveSibes pack momma dog - Harley!  Be sure to pop over to their blog see some of the other great photos featured in the Hop!

    It sure is a pretty exciting Friday for bloggers and readers! 
    Enjoy your weekend, Everyone!


    Monday, April 23, 2018

    It's World Book & Copyright Day!

    In celebration of World Book Day and Copyright Day, as an author I am taking this time to say, "Go read a book!" And if it happens to be one of mine, that's even better! Below is a list of my K9 books, and the links to purchase them (via PayPal or Amazon) to add to your library! All of my canine books I am proud to say have a portion of sales donated to help either Siberian Huskies in need or Canine Epilepsy organizations (the benefactors are listed on the back cover of the books). 

    World Book and Copyright Day also is a time for all authors, writers, photojournalists, and publishers to join together in the mission of the day, "Promoting, reading, publishing, and the protection of intellectual property through copyright." Sharing our work is important to each of us, the essence of what we do as writers, photographers, artists, and publishers. And just as important as it is to encourage others to read and share our work, it is even more important for others to remember that it is just that - OUR work - and to properly share (not copy) with credit and links to the source of the original content. Not sure if what you are reading or viewing is legal to share? Contact the owner of the intellectual property and ask for permission! To read more about today, visit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) website at https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldbookday.

    A note about donations: My books are printed on a short run, which is solely paid for by me, therefore, donations are made after costs of printing books has been met, so while I wish donations were larger, I hope we here at FiveSibes are helping in some small way to help raise funds and awareness for the designated benefactees). 


    This post also has some affiliate links to my books. All this means is that we will be compensated a small amount for each purchase done through the links listed in this post.


    Let's Go Shopping!


    Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness

    A FiveSibes Tale: an award-winning illustrated book for children, where the FiveSibes Huskies give them helpful hints for a healthier lifestyle! A portion of sales is donated to the Save Our Siberians Siberspace Rescue Fund (SOS-SRF.org), and in honor of the SOS-SRF's 20th Anniversary, I am doubling the donation per book!


























    You can purchase via PayPal through our publishing website at:  ArcticHouse Publishing 
    ~ or ~ through our Amazon link:




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

    A FiveSibes Tale: an award-winning illustrated book for children, where the FiveSibes Huskies help their packmate Gibson when he suddenly has a seizure, and provides children an understanding of Epilepsy, by presenting the story in a light way that also gives a few helpful hints to help kids not be afraid if a dog or someone they know has a seizure! A portion of sales is donated to the Epil-K9 Foundation, home of Epil-K9 List & Canine Epilepsy Resources (canine-epilepsy.com), and housed through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Companion Animal Epilepsy department. 


    Books ARE back in stock!
    You can purchase via PayPal at our publishing website at: ArcticHouse Publishing 
    ~ or ~ through our Amazon link:



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

    This award-winning book just received the 2017 NYC Big Book Award for Excellence! A large format, beautiful color coffee table style book of 122 stories of 124 amazing dogs from across the world who are living with/have lived with seizures and/or Canine Epilepsy. Their stories are uplifting, heartbreaking, and heartwarming! Through each story we get to know these amazing dogs and also tips from their loved ones on care. The book also features an extensive library of informational resources. A first of its kind - and a must-have for any K9 Library.



    You can purchase via PayPal at our publishing website at: ArcticHouse Publishing 
    ~ or ~ through our Amazon link:



    Buddy, the Christmas Husky: A True Holiday Miracle

    This award-winning book chronicles the real-life rescue story of an abandoned, abused, rescued, and well-loved Siberian Husky named Buddy, that sparked a world-wide community of pet lovers to come together (known as "Team Buddy") to help him live a life he so-deserved. Buddy's adventures were chronicled on his Facebook page, where he received much love from across the globe. A portion of proceeds from the book is donated to Buddy's Buddies, a fund set-up by his foster Mama Shay to help with Buddy's medical expenses, and to help other dogs in need through the same vet hospital Buddy was a patient at.



    Buddy books are currently OUT OF STOCK.

    Please check back to see if/when they will become available. 


    Important Notice!
    There are a few other sellers now listing a few of my books on Amazon. The ONLY way is if they purchased one and then resell it. Purchase through my ArcticHouse ensures it is a new book from the ONLY publisher, and the donations will be made from the purchase. 



    Q. Do you know which city has been designated as 
    World Book Day for 2018? 
    A. Athens, Greece!




    Today is
    For more info: https://en.unesco.org/


    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    Happy National Pet Day!



    Woo! While every day is Pet Day here at FiveSibes, today, April 11tth, is the official National Pet Day, founded by Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate. 


    "Make a Shelter Pet's Day ~ 
    Visit, Foster, Adopt, or Donate!" 
    ~Dorothy Wills-Raftery, Author & FiveSibesMom



    One of my fave FiveSibes pics
    How did we spend the day here at FiveSibes? Just hanging out together! We reminisced about the days when my boy Gibson was here and the fun pack family shenanigans that took place, with his talking "I love you!" while doing his famous Gibbie Hip-Hop dance! Harley, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit munched on treats. Their ortho beds had a nice spring cleaning. And, as you see pictured above, we packed up a bag full of new and very gently used dog toys that we donated to our local shelter to bring a little joy to homeless dogs in our community. It's important on days like this especially to think of the pets who are less fortunate than our own and remember to make a shelter pet's days ~ visit, foster, adopt, or donate! And donations can be anything the shelter may need, including time with the animals, financial donations, toys for the shelter animals, or needed supplies. Check with your local or favorite shelter or rescue to see how you can help.

    "Meooooowwww. Treats?"
    Our little boy, Binx, who once was a neighborhood feral kitty, but was brought home to our house by our (now furangel) adopted abandoned kitty Smokie. Binx learned a lot from Smokie and was taken in by my daughter and officially became an adopted, vetted member of our family 7 years ago now! 


    What Can You Do On National Pet Day? 
    Visit the official website at www.nationalpetday.org for more ideas on how to spend this fun day with your beloved furry best friends and shelter dogs who do not yet have families of their own! Don't forget to stop over to their @NationalPetDay Instagram page, too, to check out what millions of other folks and their pets did today to celebrate!

    So, how did you spend National Pet Day? We'd love to hear in the comments! Have pics? Feel free to share with us over on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page!


    "We're not able to come close to possessing 
    the pure & perfect unconditional love
    that animals offer. If we could, we'd have no 
    need for this day... 
    because all the shelters would be empty."
    -Colleen Paige, Founder of National Pet Day



    Friday, April 6, 2018

    It's A Ruff Life on a FiveSibes Flashback Friday!



    Shhhhh...(whisper voice)...We are flashing back quite a few years to when our girl Bandit made herself comfy on our kitchen nook bench, hugging a pool towel to take a nap! It's a "ruff" being a member of the working class breed! 



    Woo! I's Flashback Friday here all week! Have a pic of your pet(s)
    early days? Gotcha Day? Birthday? Share it with us and join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane by grabbing our badge and linking up any time during the week! And be sure to pop over and visit other blogger's as well! What a great way to remember those early days, and a fun way to kick off the weekend! Happy Friday!






    Monday, March 26, 2018

    Presenting #Paws4Purple on Purple Day®!


    It's March 26th - and that means it is Purple Day® for Epilepsy Awareness, and here at the FiveSibes, I highlight awareness for Canine Epilepsy and the dogs who live with it (Epi-dogs). I'd also like to say "Welcome!" to our 4th Annual FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Purple Day for Epilepsy Blog Hop! I'm so pleased to announce that two other amazing Canine Epilepsy advocates have returned to co-host with me: Kimberley Matchem and her Epi-warrior "Rolo" of Confessions of a Rescue Mom, and Jeanaann Barnaby and her Epi-warrior "Olivia" of Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. Please be sure to pop by their blogs for more info on Canine Epilepsy. I know it's a long post - but it's our annual one, and so important with lots of info, so bookmark us and come back if you need to take a break! 



    Be sure to read on to learn about our exciting news about the debut of our partnership program-- #Paws4Purple program!



    Here's a HUGE hint about the exciting news...


    Check out the very cool bookmarks!





    And our new flyers...




    To download the digital versions, please visit #Paws4Purple on the Purple Day Every Day website HERE.

    What are these and what does this mean? I became an official Purple Day Ambassador in 2012, and am *so* excited and proud to announce a new partnership with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation (AKF) Purple Day Every Day for our new FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong #Paws4Purple Program! 


    What is The Anita Kaufmann Foundation? The AKF was established in 2004, and is also the global sponsor of Purple Day and the Purple Day Every Day initiative. Their mission is, "To educate the public not to fear epilepsy or brain trauma." They have developed many educational programs, of which I am so proud #Paws4Purple is now part of, to help others learn about about humans--and now also canines--who live with seizures.

    Who was Anita Kaufmann?
     
    Anita Kaufmann was just a 14-year-old girl when she was thrown from a horse, suffered a head injury and was in a coma for four days and remained in the hospital for many months. Seemingly recovered, she went on to finish school and college, graduating magna cum laude. She went on to law school and earned her law degree, went on to practice and eventually had her own legal search firm. Then one day it all changed. States AKF, "Anita experienced one of her first seizures while taking a well-earned vacation and was asked to leave the vacation spa where she was staying. At that moment, Anita decided to establish a foundation to help others avoid the discrimination she had suffered. Anita wanted the world to know that most people with Epilepsy can be successful and lead normal lives with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan." And the same is exactly true for dogs, and pets (cats, horses, and rabbits can also have Epilepsy). 
    I had the pleasure of working together and meeting two great
    Debra Josephs & Ann Marie Bezuyen
    ladies 
    and immense epilepsy advocates, the AKF Executive Director Debra Josephs (who had been best friends with Anita since third grade) and the Director of Special Projects and Purple Day Coordinator Ann Marie Bezuyen to develop and create a Canine Epilepsy informational program for people across the globe to have, #Paws4Purple was born! States Debra, "Our goal is to make the world epilepsy-friendly. Take a look at the many programs we offer to support persons with epilepsy and their families and please join us in making our goal a reality." #Paws4Purple is hashtag I had been using as part of my #LiveGibStrong awareness campaign, and am now proud to say it is the official title of this joint partnership program! The AKF also featured our #Paws4Purple in a display for Purple Day® for Epilepsy Awareness Around the World at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida on March 25th. I may not have yet have been to Disney, but as of yesterday, my FiveSibes have (in a matter of speaking)! The big event closed with the purple lighting of the Spaceship Earth at Epcot!


    Dr. Rugg with Gibson & portrait.
    I also want to give a heartfelt "thank you" to Dr. Arnold Rugg, medical director of Kingston Animal Hospital, PC, my go-to expert for all of his and his caring staff's amazing care of Gibson, and for his valuable input and for always sharing his expertise on Canine Epilepsy and seizures with me. (You can listen to my episode of "The Sibe Vibe" featuring Dr. Rugg HERE).


    So what does this all mean? The mission of my FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness and educational  campaign is also to bring information and hope to those who are caregivers to dogs with Canine Epilepsy. Through this wonderful and important partnership with the AKF, we can now reach others through their organization on a wider scale to help Epi-dogs across the globe. Through the #Paws4Purple program, there are digital downloads of the flyer and bookmarks, that includes items to include in a Epi First Aid Kit. If you are a vet office, emergency clinic, rescue, shelters, dog control office, training center, and even human schools and would like a set of beautiful hard copy bookmarks and flyers, they are yours for free! A great educational tool to have on hand to hand out to folks and students for a better understanding of what to do should their dog have a seizure. (Although not necessary, a donation to the AKF is always welcome to help defray the costs of printing and shipping).





    "(Let's) really spread the word that canines with Epilepsy have every expectation of having a wonderful life and can and be a fabulous loving pet.” 
    ~Ann Marie Bezuyen, Director of Special Programs & Purple Day Coordinator, The Anita Kaufmann Foundation


    The key to awareness is conversation. Let's talk about epilepsy - all forms, and not just one one day, but every day. Our thoughts align with Cassidy Megan's - the founder of Purple Day. Cassidy said she started Purple Day because "I wanted people around the world to come together and teach others about epilepsy." 



    What is Purple Day? Check out my past video that explains it all, the amazing young girl who founded it, and some beautiful Epi-dogs and their friends from across the globe who went purple in support of Canine Epilepsy awareness! 




    Keep Reading to See Our Slideshow Below from our Purple Day Awareness Booth!





    Why do I advocate for Canine Epilepsy? As many of you know from following my blog and FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page, since my Siberian Husky, Gibson, was diagnosed in 2009 shortly after he turned three years old, I have shared our journey and Gibson's tribulations and trials of living with Epilepsy for over seven years, until he journeyed north of the Rainbow Bridge NOT from Canine Epilepsy, but rather suddenly due to hemangiosarcoma. 

    In Gibson's name, I continue on advocating for dogs with seizures through my FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign because I believed so much in him and his determination, will, and zest for life. I champion for these  Epi-dogs because they truly are amazing dogs, full of love and life, and they bring so much happiness to ours! With some special care and lots of love, they, too, can live full, happy lives with Canine Epilepsy. A sad fact is not too long ago, dogs that had seizures were mostly euthanized. So is not the case today! When a dog has a seizure, it is one of the most frightening things to witness. It is scary, and frustrating at times because it is such an unknown - from trying to determine what triggered the seizures to setting up a regimented medication schedule, and never knowing if or when the next seizure may come. It can be overwhelming, and for those who are first experiencing this journey, it can feel very lonely and uncertain. It is from going through this with my Gibson, and having someone reach out to me, that I wanted to pay it forward and be sure to let others know there are many resources and information available. I wanted others to know they are not alone in this journey, and that there is so much hope for these Epi-dogs to have loving, cared-for lives. 


    "Our goal is to make the world epilepsy friendly. Take a look at the many programs we offer...and please join us in making our goal a reality." 
    ~Debra Josephs, Executive Director, The Anita Kaufmann Foundation




    If you, or someone you know, would like a package of beautiful hard copy flyers and bookmarks to share with a local rescue, shelter, veterinarian office, vet emergency clinic, dog show personnel, dog park visitors, and anyone else who would like to have them to handout, just drop The Anita Kaufmann Foundation a line HERE, or drop an Email to AnnMarie(at)akfus(dot)org, and simply request the #Paws4Purple materials!


    Tune In...


    I had the pleasure of having Ann Marie as the March Purple Day guest on my show, "The Sibe Vibe," where we chatted all about #Paws4Purple, the AKF, and Purple Day!

    Tune in HERE any time to listen!

    (Also available on iTunes under the Dog Works Radio family of shows. Be sure to follow for all the shows).






    In an excerpt from the episode, Ann Marie offers valuable suggestions for the #Paws4Purple materials: "It’s really, really important for people to know what to do in case the dog has a seizure. You want to be informed and you want people who come in contact with your puppy to know exactly what to do as well. I would imagine there’s a million ways and a million uses for this very important info and I’m hoping that FiveSibes readers and listeners will send me messages and ask to have packets sent to them to give to their veterinarians, and possibly give us ideas about who else in the community should know a little bit about Canine Epilepsy, you just never know who may benefit, possibly the police and fire departments. (Let's) really spread the word that canines with Epilepsy have every expectation of having a wonderful life and can and be a fabulous loving pet.” 



    Join in! Please be sure to check out our co-hosted Purple Day for Epilepsy 2018 #Pets4PurpleDay online event HERE, too! Share your links and Purple Day photos and stories, as well as see other folks' posts! Human, canine, equine, feline, and leporine, etc., all are welcome! Be sure to bookmark the page, so you can come back to reference it after Purple Day has passed! 

    Even the Easter Bunny wore purple!

    For Purple Day this year, I hosted an informational booth at our vet's office where the new #Paws4Purple bookmarks and flyers were given out, along with complimentary samples of Sassy's Goodies new "Gib Nibs" treats (specially made with the Epi-dog's diet in mind) and purple pawprint "pupcakes" that were a big hit! To read more about the February 2018 debut of Gib Nibs, named after my Gibson, and to hear our episode of "The Sibe Vibe" with Nanette, please read my post HERE. Sassy's Goodies donates a portion of sales from Gib Nibs to The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy (TWF). TWF offers possible financial assistance for medications to families, fosters, and rescues of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy. The event was a success, and even the Easter Bunny stopped by! Now how cool is that?!


    Here is a slideshow highlighting the event: 




    A little note about a special elderly pup named "Paris" we met at the event who you will see in the slideshow. This pretty girl came in to take her journey to the Rainbow Bridge, and while she waited, we had the opportunity and honor to sit with her, get to know her a bit, and I even received a little kiss from sweet Paris. Her hu-dad let me give her a pupcake to enjoy, and take their photos, before our time together came to a close. This sweet girl left us with tears in our eyes, and her pawprint on our hearts. Run free, sweet Paris. I hope you find my Gibson! I am glad our paths crossed and I was able to meet you.

    Remembering Gibson, the Husky who started a revolution. At the end of the event, I stopped over to visit my boy Gibson's portrait painted on the side of the vet clinic's outbuilding by a talented local artist, Kat. I think Gib would be proud of how the day turned out and that he is still helping other Epi-dogs.

    Many thanks to my very dear and best friend, Linda Mae Brownell, for being the event photographer!

    Articles & Books...





    Check out my article at 4Knines.com HERE for helpful ideas on how you can "go purple" and some ideas on legit places where to donate.


    Also check out my article in Kings River Life Magazine HERE










    Affiliate links notice: The following are Amazon affiliate links to my books on Canine Epilepsy, meaning we can earn a small amount from the sales of my books through Amazon. Please note that with all purchases of these books, a portion will be donated to Epil-K9 Foundation's Emma's Seizure Fund through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Companion Animal Epilepsy Research Laboratory.



    PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY way to purchase a "NEW" book is through our publishing house - ArcticHouse Publishing. Any other listing is not a new book and not from us, but rather a previously purchased one. We are the only publishers of this book, and the only way to secure a brand new book. So please, use our links here or at ArcticHouse Publishing only!





    Beyond Books...





    $2 from every #LiveGibStrong awareness bracelet benefits The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy to assist families, rescues & fosters with possible financial aid for medication for dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy. Can be purchased through our publishing website's store at ArcticHouse Publishing.



    I want to personally thank everyone for sharing our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness, and for joining us in this very important and close-to-my heart Purple Day Blog Hop. You can link up all week! Please be sure to "hop" around and visit my co-hosts' and all the bloggers' pages today and read their stories, see their pics, and say "hi!" Don something purple and dress your pet in purple, and when asked "Why are you wearing purple?" - you start a conversation about Epilepsy awareness and share our resources. Together, we can show the world that humans and pets with Epilepsy are pretty amazing. Thank you!