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Caring for the Epi-Dog & Caregiver

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You know the scene...you’ve been up most of the night watching over your beloved dog who just had a seizure or is ill. Whether you dog has been diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy or just experienced its first seizure, it is a frightening experience for dog caregivers. Triggers come in many ways and forms, and not all the same things trigger a seizure in dogs. The “wild west” of causes can keep a dog parent on edge—from developing a care and hopefully anti-seizure treatment plan with your vet, to the daily worry of whether or not your dog will have another seizure. Then there is the post-seizure cleanup of both your beloved dog and its surrounds. Caring for an Epi-dog can be exhausting mentally, physically, and sometimes even financially. While we now know a lot about Canine Epilepsy and how these Epi-dogs can and do live happy lives thanks to medication, nutrition, alternative therapies, and mainly the overall care given by the families who love them. But just as important as it is ca

#FBF: Patritoic Queen Harley Celebrates America's Birthday!

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   #Flashback ~ Miss America Harley ~ 2014 It's incredible to think that America was born just 248 years ago, and that this video of our beautiful alpha queen "Harley" is now a from a decade ago. Time is very surreal. As you can tell from this video, I believe Harley knew she was a patriotic princess because once I slid the blinking red, white & blue glasses on her, she not only kept them on, but she posed like the beautiful queen she was! Oh, it does my heart good to reflect upon all the fun and amazing times I shared with my beloved FiveSibes. I hope you all had a safe and Happy July 4th!   “America is a tune. It must be sung together.”    ~Gerald Stanley Lee       Happy Birthday, America!   ❤️ Memories Are Visits For The Heart 💙     Join Us! The Linky tool will open all week for you to join us in the Blog Hop and share pics from yesteryear or yesterday! Please include our badge and *link back to us*, and  be sure to hop along down Memory Lane with us a

Newsy Tuesday: A FiveSibes Book Review of "Living With Canine Epilepsy" by A. Piper Burgi

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      I knew I was going to really like A. Piper Burgi's book, Living with Canine Epilepsy , as soon as began reading the first page. As many of you know, one of my beloved FiveSibes, Gibson, was diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy shortly after his third birthday and the journey I embarked upon was finding out everything I could so he could live a wonderful life, and he did!    Through that journey, I learned the most common vet recommendation for a dog with epilepsy was euthanization. Yes. As unbelievable as that is, that was the typical suggestion. Keep in mind, this was well over a decade ago. My own Gibson was diagnosed in 2009. Thankfully, I had a very caring and knowledgeable vet team that never suggested that (which I never would have opted to do anyhow), but rather worked with me on what would be the best course of treatment for Gibson moving forward. And that is when I began the #LiveGibStrong campaign for awareness that eventually developed into the free #LiveGibStrong K

#FlashbackFriday: Remembering Sweet Chloe on Her Rainbow Bridge Anniversary Week

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FiveSibes #Flashback ~ Baby "Chloe" ~ 2008 W here does the time go? After we lose a beloved pet, we are immersed into a surreal reality...where at first each day feels like a year...and then one day, that year becomes five...FIVE years ago this week on the 22nd, our pack sweetheart, and my daughter's dog, Chloe, earned her furangel wings quite suddenly, and shockingly after she went into sudden severe liver failure. How can it be five years? In some ways, it feels like yesterday, while at the same time, it's been a while since hearing her woos. So today's flashback is in honor of our sweet "Coco" and a look back over the wonderful years we've had her. This girl was not only a sweetheart, super trained, loved her littermates Bandit and Wolfie, and being member of the FiveSibes family with Harley and Gibson, and she was so devoted to my daughter, and the talker of our pack!   Chloe and her siblings brother "Wolfie" and sister "Bandit&quo