Thursday, May 24, 2018

#FiveSibes Donned Red Noses to Help End Child Poverty

Our FiveSibes award-winning awareness poster from 2017.

In three years, Red Nose Day has "raised over $100 million and changed the lives of over 8 million children in American and around the world." 

Together, we can be the change for children in need by joining together to reach Red Nose Day's goal to "end child poverty--one nose at a time." Here, at FiveSibes, our Huskies are joining us humans in spreading the word and mission. We hope you will, too!

For more info on how you can help "End Child Poverty" by donating, fundraising, holding informative events, and to check out what the celebrities are doing to help, visit the official Red Nose Day website HERE. We hope our amazing pet-loving community joins together to help our human children to live with joy and love, and to one day never know what poverty is.



The Greatest Love of All

"I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier."
~Songwriters: Linda Creed / Michael Masser





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!