Thursday, February 14, 2019

#FiveSibes Lovebirds Valentine Flashback & Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog with Love!

February 2015 FiveSibes Flashback:"Will you accept this rose?" Our #FiveSibes "married" couple ~ Gibson & Harley

Welcome to the month of love! Ah, yes, love. Poets and authors write about it. Singers croon about it. Artists create visions of it. While every day is a day for showing our pets how much we love them, February is a time to celebrate that love with Valentine’s Day on February 14 and Love Your Pet Day on February 20! Today's FiveSibes Flashback Friday is in honor of Valentine's Day and love of our Huskies, in particular our romantically sweet lovebirds, (now furangel) Gibson and his absolute once-in-a-lifetime love, Harley, as featured in these adorable photos from 2012 and 2015. My article is a reprint, originally published in 4Knines February 2017. Enjoy, and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

 
While we can certainly count the many ways our beloved dogs love us and we love them, here’s a few ways of showering our canine best friends with some l-o-v-e!

Love Is Simple

Nothing says, “I love you,” more than hugs, kisses, and some belly rubs! Dogs are pretty easy to please. They don’t need anything fancy to let them know how much they are loved, just your time and attention (although treats and toys are willingly accepted).

Fetch Me Some Love!

You work all day and can’t wait to get home. Is there anything better than happy, wiggly butts and wagging tails greeting you at the door to wash away all of the day’s stresses? Return the favor by picking up their favorite toy and engaging in a fun game of Fetch to let them know you missed them, too!

Love Is Being Together

There’s nothing that says, “I love being with you,” to a dog more than spending time together. And dogs love to go o-u-t! Go for a stroll, a hike, or just have fun running around the yard together! If your dog has special needs or a medical condition (like arthritis or weak hind-end issues) that prevents them from walking well on their own, a lift-harness is helpful to aid them on short walks (or potty breaks), or simply sit together and just breathe in the outside air while enjoying each other’s company.

February 2012 FiveSibes Flashback: Our FiveSibes Lovebird Huskies. Gib's heart beated with love for his girl, Harley.

Healthy Love

One of the most loving gifts we can give our dogs is to ensure that they are in the best health possible by taking them to the vet for their scheduled check-ups and keeping their vaccinations current. Also have them microchipped, feed them a healthy diet, have fresh water available, and be diligent in following up on anything physically or behaviorally suspicious, and if your dogs are on medications and/or supplements, be sure that they receive their doses on time.

Love Is Sweet, but Not the Treats

While red heart boxes filled with candy can make us smile, be careful not to let sweet treats near your dog. Chocolates, nuts, anything with Xylitol, raisins, caffeine, and more can be toxic to your pet. Check the ASPCA’s full list of foods to avoid HERE Also, keep your vet, the emergency animal hospital, and animal Poison Control phone numbers visible near your landline phone and programmed into your cell phone.

Love Hurts

Oh, boy, it sure can. When we lose a beloved pet, it’s a loss we feel so deep in our hearts we fear we will never heal. To help ease that hurt, why not visit a nearby shelter or rescue and bestow some happiness on a homeless pet. Donate a toy or food in your furangel’s name, give a shelter dog a much-needed hug, and ask to take a dog out of the kennel for a walk. By sharing the love in your heart with a dog less fortunate, you will not only help a dog in need know love, but can also help heal the hurt in your own heart. And who knows? You may even find a new best friend to bring home and love.

The Language of Love

Do you tell your dogs you love them?

I do! Communication is just as important for reinforcing the amazing human-canine bond, as it is to spend time playing and interacting with them. The best part about having a conversation with your dogs is when they answer you back with enthusiastic howls, woofs, woos, licks, and/or tail wags! Pure joy!



FiveSibes Flashback: February 2012

Whether your “puppy” is 12 years or 12 months old, all s/he wants is to be with you and share that special bond called love. Not only will you cherish the time spent together, but your dogs will also be happy knowing they are forever cared for and loved.

My original article, "7 Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog With L-o-v-e" first appeared in the February 3, 2017 issue of 4Knines blog. 

Our Pupsters Want to know...

 Valentine's Day 2019



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Monday, February 11, 2019

#EpilepsyDay: Celebrating Epi-Dogs by Joining in #Paws4Purple to #LiveGibStrong!


International #EpilepsyDay is the second Monday of February. According to InternationalEpilepsyDay.org, this day is "a joint initiative created by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), is a global event celebrated annually on the 2nd Monday of February, to promote awareness on epilepsy right around the world." You can celebrate the day any way you wish in order to bring awareness of Epilepsy - in both humans and canines - to others.


We here at FiveSibes are continuing with our furangel Gibson's advocacy #LiveGibStrong legacy to help educate others and continue to bring awareness to Canine Epilepsy and how these amazing dogs embrace life, even with seizures. Dogs with Epilepsy *can and do* live happy lives and have so much love to share. Is it an easy path? No, it's not, but the bond I formed with my beloved Gibson was such an amazing one, I would not do one single thing different if it meant not having him in my life. He taught me so much. Especially this take-away: Dogs with Epilepsy love life. They do not let having seizures stop them from enjoy a dog's life. For me, at the start of our journey (ten years ago), it was scary and lonely. So, if you find yourself caring for a dog with Epilepsy, just know you are not alone! There are many resources available. Not sure what to do? Drop me a note and I'll help steer you in the right direction. Is there a dog you are thinking of adopting, but learned s/he has Epilepsy? I can help link you to all the info you need to become informed on caring for an Epi-dog, questions to ask your vet, and links to amazing resources to help you on your journey with an Epi-dog.

Check out my extensive #FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness online library at https://FiveSibes.com, 
including important links to websites, foundations, and my show "The Sibe Vibe" featuring episodes on Canine Epilepsy.


Also be sure to check our #Paws4Purple (in partnership with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation) educational information site, the very first international human non-profit Epilepsy organization to include Canine Epilepsy information! 

So very proud of our *Free* materials -- bookmarks & flyers -- that are available in both digital and hard copies. To request hard copies of the materials, visit PurpleDayEveryDay.org/Paws-4-Purple

 Share the bookmarks and flyers with:
  •  your vet,  
  • vet ER,  
  • dog training school,  
  • doggy day care centers,  
  • groomer,  
  • rescues,  
  • breeders,  
  • shelters,  
  • animal control,  
  • police & fire departments,  
  • and even schools!


To receive these *Free* #Paws4Purple educational materials, simply Email annmarie@akfus.org and type #Paws4Purple in the subject and request hard copies of the materials to be sent via snail mail! (Although not necessary, a small donation to cover costs of printing & shipping is greatly appreciated by the non-profit AKFUS.org). 

Read all about this wonderful #Paws4Purple partnership with the Anita Kaufmann Foundation and Purple Day Every Day in my earlier FiveSibes post HERE! 


#Paws4Purple is featured in latest American Pet Magazine HERE!



  
Also be sure to check out my award-winning books on Canine Epilepsy: 

EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy - I'm so proud of this book - the first-ever of its kind, an extensive resource and informational book, as well as the retelling of incredible stories of 124 dogs across the world living with Epilepsy right from the families who lived with them.

 ~And~ my illustrated children's book What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy that through light-hearted text and lively characterization of my FiveSibes, I help children understand what seizures are and how they can help. A portion of sales from both books are donated to the Canine Epilepsy Resources Epil-K9 Foundation housed at the North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine's Companion Animal Epilepsy Department. More info on these books is available through our publishing site at www.arctichousepublishing.com, or visit my Amazon affiliate links below.





No matter how you choose to spend International Epilepsy Day, be sure to talk about Canine Epilepsy with someone new and how Epi-Dogs Rock! And if you are a caregiver to an amazing warrior Epi-dog, give them some extra hugs today from all of us here at FiveSibes and our heartfelt wishes that they #LiveGibStrong!


 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Forever Friends on a Flashback Friday!

 Flashback Photo Collage: 2015

Oh, what a fun and sweet memory is today's Flashback photo! Our trip down Memory Lane stops off in 2015 when Gibson (with little bro Wolf looking on) video chatted on my laptop with my friend Jeanette's beautiful girl, Faith! (As you can see, my boy Gibson knew his way around a keyboard!) While both Gibson and Faith have now journeyed to North of the Rainbow Bridge, I'm pretty sure they are hanging out together, loving all this snow, and having a good howl at today's post! May we all cherish our friendships and our memories of the special little moments in life that bring us smiles, over and over again.

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”
~Washington Irving 



A note from the FiveSibes: 
Our FiveSibesMom took a little spill on the ice after a bad storm, and fractured her ankle! As a result, hu-mom is in a boot, on crutches, and is a sore pup. So, this week's Flashback Friday Blog Hop is extended until February 13 for anyone to join in! Next week a new one for Valentine's Day will be posted (Thursday night)! Thanks so much! Woooo, we are being wonderful nurses, we promise!



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 Woo! We are in our 7th year of doing FiveSibes 
Flashback Fridays! To see previous Flashbacks, simply enter "Flashback Friday" in our blog's Search bar!
 








Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Canidae's Grain-Free Pure Heaven Biscuits Review #ChewyInfluencer

Harley checks out the new bag of treats!

"Treats!" Okay, when we say that magical word, whose dog does NOT come running?!  I think it's my FiveSibes favorite word! They know right away what it means and automatically assume the seated position, with Chloe, of course, being very verbal wanting her yummy snack! Whether it's the shake of the treat container, or the sound of a treat bag being opened, these pups know something delicious is coming!

 Wolf sniffs out the biscuits. "Woo...(sniff-sniff)...
do I smell salmon and sweet potatoes?!"

I am very choosy here about what my Huskies are given to eat for both food and treats. So,when I heard about Canidae's Grain-Free Pure Heaven Biscuits from Chewy.com, I knew I had to give them a try as my FiveSibes love salmon and sweet potato, and I especially liked that they are grain-free and made right here in the USA by a family-owned company! 

 Chloe, Wolf, Bandit & Harley like the bite-size biscuits!



FiveSibes is a #ChewyInfluencer. We received this 11 oz bag of CANIDAE Grain-Free PURE Heaven Biscuits with Salmon & Sweet Potato Crunchy Dog Treats, 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. 
   Bandit is lip smacking in anticipation of another!
 
Verdict: Four Paws Up for Pure Heaven !


Friday, January 25, 2019

Nature's Drive-In Theater, #FiveSibes Style!



After Winter Storm Harper left town and approximately eight inches of snow and ice, our crazy weather changed drastically once again to 45 degrees and rain, which produced much fog. My Flashback Friday photo this week is not that far down Memory Lane as it is from yesterday! You see, keeping Huskies cooped indoors during a snowstorm, rain, or bitter temps is a challenge as this is their season! So, needless to say, they were very happy to be out today on the deck listening to the pitter-patter of rain one the deck roof as they relaxed on their fluffy beds with a front row seat to Mother Nature's show of fog rolling in over the snow!



Pass the popcorn, please!





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Saturday, January 19, 2019

#FiveSibes Pupsters Celebrate 11th Birthay!


 
What a special day here at FiveSibes...our Pupsters, Chloe, Wolf, and Bandit turned 11! It's been such  joy watching these siblings grow up together - and days filled with love, fun, chaos, and laughter raising three puppies at once, with two more young Huskies - our "originals" Harley and Gibson who were just pups themselves at three and two years of age at the time we brought home the Pupsters!

Our Pupsters as12-week-old puppies!
Oh, the days of training three - lots of craziness and fun - and pee pads and poop! But believe it or not, teaching three puppies at the same time was pretty awesome! My daughter, who was my co-parent and trainer, spent every day with them while I was work. When they learned something new, they learned it together! To this day when you say "Potty off the deck!" all three (actually all five, now four) would turn and run off the deck together tandem-style! 

Watching them, I still cannot believe they are now considered "seniors!" How can that be? Wasn't just yesterday they only 12-week old puppies?! 

Wolf watching cake prep!
Birthdays here at FiveSibes have always been fun. I think they always loved cake time the best! Their favorite? Hu-mom's homemade vanilla ice cream with doggie cookie crumb topping! And the most precious part? Watching them all eat it together.  This year, Chloe had a severe allergic reaction just two days before (read about it HERE) that really frightened us. I am so thankful that, with medications, she is all better and enjoying her special day with her sister and brother,  "foster" momma Harley, and her hu-family!


 "Woo! It's that time!!!"




Nom-noms!

"Momma" Harley joins in for some yummy ice cream cake!


Memories of yesteryear: Big brother Gibson joining in for some cake! Note the ice cream on his nose!

Forever this will be one of the best experiences of my life...sharing our days with these amazing, beautiful, loving, zany Huskies.



Happy Birthday, Chloe, Bandit, and Wolfie! 
Here's to many more years of celebrating! 


And the Pupsters received a great gift - Mother Nature sent them snow via Winter Storm Harper! Here, Harley was out playing, and of course, you can't get a snowdog in when it's snowing, especially at night!


What a birthday! Wolfie was the first one to fall fast asleep!
Sweet Sibe dreams!



"You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness." ~Brad Garrett