Friday, July 30, 2021

#FlashbackFriday: Huskies Winter Chillaxin'


 #Flashback Pic ~  January 2018 ~ Wolf, Bandit, Chloe & Harley


I was all set to share a fun summer pool pic today, when someone I know on Facebook posted a pic of a snowstorm and mentioned how when we are complaining about the heat, to remember that in 16 weeks, we'll be battling snowstorms! I'll admit, that was an eye opener! Plus, my daughter stopped off at Hobby Lobby today and purchased some cute autumn decorations (at 40% off already! So one has to scoop them up)! Talk about sitting back a second and thinking, wow...this summer is flying by and before we can say pumpkin spice latte, the snow will be flying! 

Naturally, when you have snowdogs in the family, the snow is a welcome sight! Nothing tickles the fancy of a Husky more than fresh, cold falling snow! I mean, look at just how comfy they are out on our covered deck as snow floated down all around. It's almost...magical! 

As pumpkin mugs and signs were being loaded into the back of my SUV and a winter blizzard scene was staring up at me from Facebook on my phone, I decided right then to swap out photos and go with the winter theme! After all, an afternoon out in the snow is a day at the beach for a Siberian Husky!

 

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees 
and fields, that it kisses them so gently? 
And then it covers them up snug, you know, 
with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 
"Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer 
comes again.” 
 ~Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / 
Through the Looking-Glass 

 

So, when you are looking to beat the heat, just think, soon enough you'll be looking for those wooly blankets and boots! Be sure to enjoy the rest of the summer cooling off in the pool or in the a/c with your beloved furry companions because (as they said in Game of Thrones) "Winter is Coming!" 

 

Tell us...which season does your pet prefer?





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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

#WaitingWednesday Rescue Spotlight: Dixie Adoptables~Lucedale Animal Shelter


Welcome back to our #WaitingWednesday posts where we highlight rescues and feature some of their adoptable dogs and dogs waiting for a foster home! While we once were a blog hop, unfortunately there was not enough interest believe it or not to share these beautiful dogs needing forever homes. So although we are no longer hosting a blog hop, we here at FiveSibes will continue to periodically post Siberian Huskies and northern breed dogs who are in need of loving homes while also highlighting the rescue they are at. It is FiveSibes hope that you will SHARE these posts to give attention to the rescue and help find homes for these precious dogs.

This week, our featured rescue is Dixie Adoptables! Be sure to scroll down to see some of their beautiful adoptable Huskies!


Organization Contact Information

Dixie Adoptables

Lucedale Animal Shelter
 234 Beaver Dam Rd 
Lucedale, MS 39452

Telephone: (601) 947-7994


NOTICE: Due to the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19, the Lucedale Animal Shelter is open  
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call (601) 947-7994 
to make an appointment.

 

"Dixie Adoptables is a non-profit animal shelter in south Mississippi saving lives every day. In October, 2016, at the request of the City of Lucedale, Dixie Adoptables took over operations at the Lucedale Animal Shelter. This has given us an opportunity to help more animals and have an even larger public impact...In 2018 Dixie Adoptables acquired a bus, retrofitted it to hold up to 35 kennels, and formed Dixie Express Rescue Transport. Working with partner rescues in the northeastern United States, we are now able to find wonderful homes for many more animals and transport them on Dixie Express. This has greatly increased our ability to save many more deserving animals."

 
Website:

Adoption Information:
Email:
info@DixieAdoptables.org

 Volunteer for Rescue Operations: https://dixieadoptables.org/website/make-a-difference/volunteer/rescue-operations/ 

Facebook Page: @DixieAdoptables 
 

Meet Some of the Beautiful 

Dixie Adoptables...

 

 

 


 


 

How Can I Adopt From 

Dixie Adoptables?

 
 Check out their Adoptable dogs and complete their online Adoption Application under the dog you wish to add to your family at: 


I Can't Adopt Right Now. What Else Can I Do to Help Homeless Huskies? 

Foster! Volunteer! Sponsor! 
For more info, visit: 

https://dixieadoptables.org/website/make-a-difference/ 

 

What's  #WaitingWednesday 
All About?

It's about becoming a "village" to help rescues, homeless Huskies, and all abandoned pets of any species in need. It's also to share breed information to help educate folks so they understand the traits, habits, and needs of specific breeds, such as the Siberian Husky,  BEFORE they welcome one into their home to ensure the home will be a forever one. While initially this was a blog hop, due to lack of participation, it is no longer a hop, but definitely a feature that will be reappearing with the hopes that you will share our blog post with others to help these beautiful homeless Huskies, Siberian Husky mixes, Malamutes, and other northern breed dogs find their loving forever families!


#BreedEducate2Relate Siberian Huskies FiveSibes.blogspot.com

Also, please be sure to read a very important and informative blog article wrote, #BreedEducate2Relate: It Takes A Village to Help Huskies in Need about the explosion of Siberian Huskies being abandoned and to become on educated on the breed before welcoming one into a home, as well as an equally important companion article in 4Knines titled Siberian Husky Rescues: A Heartfelt Mission to Help the Homeless. I hope if you have not read these, you will and share with others, too.


How You Can Join in Our Weekly "Village" to  Help Homeless Pets...


Write a blog post (or Facebook or Instagram post) highlighting a rescue (you can do a different one each week!) along with some photos of the rescue's adoptable animals (dogs, cats, horses, bunnies--any species) along with a little info on the pet and the rescue's contact information. ***Then grab our badge below and link to our blog, add your post's link to the Linky list, and join in the hop to help homeless animals!***







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While we here at FiveSibes randomly select rescues to highlight, if you are with a non-profit rescue of northern breed dogs (and mixes of both), and want to be sure I feature your rescue, please send me your info and some of your adoptables to highlight in an upcoming “Waiting Wednesday” post! Feel free to Email info and photos to FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com and put 
“Waiting Wednesday Adoptable” in subject line!
 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Visit From the Vet Mobile!

 

"Woo! Oh, Hu-Mom, the vet just pulled up!"

 

Pretty cool that the vet office is on wheels, right?!


 Dr. Lisa with Wolf and his favorite little human!

 

This week's #Flashback photo is from just last week!  

When we relocated, I was so worried about finding a vet I could trust as much as my FiveSibes longtime lead vets. I did a lot of homework before we moved, and was lucky enough to find Dr. Lisa and her mobile vet office! Wolfie, as many of you know, has anxiety issues. My previous vet always came to our house for the Sibes, which was great! When we moved, I was so worried, that I actually found Dr. Lisa and had Wolf and Bandit all set up as patients before I even had my family set up with new doctors! What is so cool now is that Wolfie gets his check-up right on the mobile office truck in my driveway. And what is so super is that me and my grandson can come right on in and stay with Wolfie during the vist. Dr. Lisa even let my grandson weigh himself on the doggy scale! My grandson thought this was super cool! Who knows...we may have a future vet in our midst! What a great experience for him and how well he took care of Wolfie--holding his leash and talking to him during the exam. It is just wonderful to have a vet take the time to explain what was going on to a youngster, and to see him so interested and taking part of caring for Wolf. Does my heart proud!

"Teaching children to be kinder to animals today, is our only hope for a kinder tomorrow." ~One Voice for Animal Rights

And, as for my sweet old man, Wolf did well on his check-up. He has gained one pound back from the 10 he lost from being sick while grieving Bandit. His vitals are all pretty good for a dog of his age. We are waiting on results of a Lyme test, but I expect they will be fine. I'm so thankful that my boy is back to being himself!

Just how cool is a mobile vet office? 

Do you have one by you? 

 



 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

#FlashbackFriday: Christmas in July Memories



 
Turn on the volume for the video below!

 Flashback Photo ~ Christmas 2014 ~ Gibson, Harley & Wolfie
Can you spot Harley?!


Today, we are celebrating Christmas in July with a sweet memory from eight years ago...the tree was trimmed, presents were wrapped, and all that was left was waiting for Santa! I remember after putting the finishing touches on gifts and reading through Christmas cards (most of them for my FiveSibes!), I sat down and just let the wondrous feelings of the season wash over me. I always loved when my Huskies were peacefully sleeping after a day of play. They were safe, well fed, exceptionally loved, and sleeping ever so peacefully under the tree. In this photo, Gibson and his true love Harley snuggled together on his bed (can you see Harley?!) and Wolfie nearby. They were all sleeping so soundly, it warmed my heart. Chloe and Bandit were downstairs snoozing under that tree with my daughter as she watched holiday movies. Listening to this video clip and watching it, I can remember how much peace and joy I felt watching them sleep and knowing what a wonderful life these five had together and with us.

 

Do you have a favorite Christmas memory with your pet?



“Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance—a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved." - Augusta E. Randel

 

 

 


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Monday, July 12, 2021

Remembrance Stone: Forever in My Heart


(Sigh).

 

Love and Time are both funny things. Not in the LOL or ha-ha kind of way, but in the odd, surreal way that time plays in our lives, especially with pets.

 

We all know before we welcome home that puppy, kitten, dog, cat, horse, rabbit, bird, or whatever pet fills your heart with love, that there is a ticking clock playing in the background. While I have had many of the above-mentioned pets in my life, I'm going to talk about dogs because their lifespans are no where near as long as we humans need them to be. So when we welcome a dog into our home, our family, and our lives, it is a commitment for the next decade--or if we are truly lucky--the next 15, 16, or even 18 years. Having large dogs (my Siberian Huskies and my adopted mixed breeds of German Shepherd and Akita, and Husky, Chow, and Shepherd, I know going in the time is on the shorter end of things.

 

When I first embarked upon life with five Siberian Huskies--two a year apart in age, then two years later we added three puppies all the same age--we only for the briefest moment thought about how one day in the very far distant future, we were going to be crushed as they passed on, all around the same time. Then, amidst of Husky puppy kisses, potty and behavioral training, adventures, and howling songs...they aged. My once young Huskies became older dogs, one developed epilepsy, two blew out their CCLs and required emergency surgeries, two others tore their CCLs and healed via Conservative Care, and then...they were headed for the "senior" dog club! Gibson, my Epi-dog, was my first gut-wrenching loss when he was nine years old, just three weeks away from his 10th birthday, from a sudden spleen bleed and surgery found he was a victim of the evil hemangiosarcoma, and I had to let him go after a week of trying everything we could to save him, including IVs at home. 

The Golden Hey Day of My Beautiful FiveSibes

We went on to enjoy several years with our four remaining Huskies, until we lost Chloe absolutely shockingly to acute liver failure (just a few months after all her bloodwork came back normal). So on a beautiful sunny day, surrounded by our remaining three Huskies, we had to let her go to join her big brother Gibson at the Rainbow Bridge. Three months later, saw our oldest gal and pack momma, Harley, who soldiered through a torn CCL, Horner's Disease, balding, partial hearing loss, and partial sight loss, joining her love Gibson and "pupster" Chloe north of the Rainbow Bridge. Heartbroken at losing two so close to each other, we proceeded to help the last remaining two - Bandit and Wolfgang - through their grief of losing their "momma" and siblings, and into a life of two Sibes. 

 

We then moved out of what was our home for 30 years, and that was huge. I helped them--and me--adjust to new surroundings. Settling in is always a challenge for older dogs as one wonders how they will adapt. The two Pupsters no longer howled in the wonderful Husky song as they always did before. Once Harley passed, so did their desire to howl. I had hoped maybe once they settled in our new place, the howls would return. But, alas, the howls have subsided. But the two Pupsters did so well adjusting, it warmed my heart! We went on some new exploration walks, enjoyed campfires in the cool evenings, and running through the sprinkler with the little human kiddos. Things were good again!  

 

 "No longer by my side, 
but forever in my heart."

 

Always the picture of health, Bandit shocked me when she collapsed one day, like her big brother Gibson had years before, and that bastard hemangiosarcoma had returned to steal her from us. Wolf went into a spiral of a depression and grief. For a short period of time, I feared I was going to lose him as well. Always an anxious boy, the loss of his last packmate and sister, he was a mess. He stopped eating; lost 10 pounds in just a month, and was ever so sad. Thankfully, and it took a few vet checks, some medication and a new diet, as well as constant love and assurance, Wolfie bounced back. 

 

Wolf is now my sole member of the original FiveSibes, and my constant companion. He is now in his golden senior years at 13 and-a-half, a a different dog than when he was with the rest of the pack. He is now basically a house dog. Going out only if I do. Coming inside when I do. But he is happy. How do I know? Because his bounce is back in his step, his woo talking is back, and he so loves the little human grandkiddos that live with us. So, to Wolf, he has a pack family again, only it is comprised of all us humans! 

 

Initially, when I had lost Gibson, I had planned on spreading his ashes across our (then) backyard on a snowy day. That winter we had no snow. Then there never seemed to be the right day. Then, as time does so well, we consecutively lost two. Then we moved, and I knew in my heart, they all had to go with me. So they did. Then when Bandit passed, I knew the time was here to let them all be together forever along with the sands of time here on the land of our new place.

 



"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us everyday,
Unseen, unheard, but always near, 
Still loved, still missed and very dear."
~Author Unknown 

 

I finally found a memorial stone that touched my heart. And, yesterday, I placed it on the spot where my beloved Gibson, Harley, Chloe, and Bandit became one with the earth. Now, Wolfie and I have a place to pay homage to them. I have a few things I want to add around the stone to make it a place of remembrance. A place where when I close my eyes, I can see them all running across my backyard, free and happy, before breaking into a unity of howls. I know one day my last of the OG FiveSibes will join them and be with me forever here. But I hope that will not be for a long time. Life with OneSibe is much different from FiveSibes, but special in its own way. For now, if you see me,Wolf is nearby. And if you see Wolf, I am even closer. Unless my grandkids are outside--then it's all about them, and I love it!


So, to all my pet parent friends - embrace all the moments spent with your pet, even the smallest of moments, for one day, they shall be your memories, stored in your heart forever, for time with our beloved pets passes all too quickly.


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Friday, July 9, 2021

Happy 100th Birthday to Hu-Nanny in Heaven

 

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Today is a very special #FlashbackFriday as it would be my mother's, the FiveSibes Hu-Nanny's, 100th Birthday! It is her sixth birthday spent in Heaven, and she is missed so much more than mere words could say. Today's trip down Memory Lane is in honor of this amazing pet-loving Mom, Nanny, and Dog Momma, who was with me when we welcomed Gibson to the family, and she always enjoyed her visits with our FiveSibes. I'd like to think that our Gibson (who passed just one month after she did), Harley, Chloe, and Bandit, along with her beloved dogs, are all celebrating with her and giving her some wonderful kisses.
 


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Love Lives On
Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade
because a loved one's gone.
Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
far as long as there is memory,
they'll live on in the heart.
~Anonymous 
 

 

 

 

 
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