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

 



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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? 




 

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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!







Friday, March 8, 2019

Our Snow Queen All Aglow in the Midnight Snow on a #FiveSibes Flashback Friday



 Our FiveSibes Snow Queen Aglow in the Midnight Snow
Woo! We are back! After a few intense setbacks, like first FiveSibesMom here taking a bad fall several weeks ago. While letting the Huskies out after a snow and ice storm, I seriously had just taken one step outside onto the deck when I slipped on black ice and landed down on the deck--Husky level, which they all thought was fabulous and assumed I was down there to play. 

Unfortunately, the series of "cracks" I heard led to a fractured ankle, and a dislocated shoulder, elbow, and left knee! And, all of these injuries does not bode well for most, especially with me with already butting heads with Fibromyalgia and RA. Needless to say, I have been a hurtin' pup packed in ice with my foot booted (and it's my driving foot!) *im*patiently waiting to heal. 

Then, sadly, I received some devastating news that a family member very dear to me suddenly passed away. We grew up together as close as sisters, and I'm devastated. So, dear readers,  I haven't hosted my blog hop for a couple weeks. Between grief and injury, there has not been much room for creativity. But, we are back today and trying to move ahead with positive thoughts, remembering happier times, and making new memories.

A snow dog's nighttime playground! 
Can you spot Harley, Wolf, and Bandit?!

  While Punxsutawney Phil may not have seen his shadow, Mother Nature does not seem to notice that we are into March and a supposed early spring according to PP as she is still giving us cold temperatures and periodic snow squalls and storms. On this night, the snow was gently falling for awhile when I let the Huskies out to play and between the silence you only can experience during a fresh snowfall, and the cleanliness, and the crispness in the air...it's a beautiful peace that is hard to beat. 

Watching my FiveSibes romp and enjoy the snow for the love that is deep in their genetics, brings me such joy. Our alpha queen, Harley, who will be celebrating her 14th Birthday in a few days, loved catching some snowflakes, chasing her tail in the snow, and doing a little "snowplowing" with her nose! It brings me such joy to see my senior gal still being a Husky pup and loving the snow. As our back porch light set the deck and yard aglow in a golden light, Harley came up to greet me with the snow falling all around us, with some flakes sprinkled across her back shimmering like diamonds scattered on black velvet. And, in that very moment, I felt so in tune with her...and just fell in love all over again with her stunning beauty that age has not yet touched. 
And I feel blessed.

Sweet, smart, and bossy, Harley truly
our beautiful snow queen.




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For Dabs, with love on your Birthday and forever.










Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Krewe of FiveSibes Let the Good Times Roll!



And what's Mardi Gras without a parade? Check out this video from a few years back of the Texas Sled Dog Rescue pups all decked out in their Mardi Gras finest!


Fat Tuesday means having fun eating some nommy treats! Here's a recipe for one of our FiveSibes Canine Cooking Corner favorites any time of year - 
Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites! 



And a fun throw-back to our beautiful 
Krewe of FiveSibes
King and Queen...Gibson and Harley!


Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the good times roll!






Sunday, February 24, 2019

Celebrating Oscar Night in Sibe Star Style!


Woo! What a glamours and musical night! Our resident FiveSibes Howlywood star and alpha beauty queen, Harley, sends out big woos of congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Did you and your pups tune in?