Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween was a Howling Good Time!

As you can tell, Halloween in the FiveSibe household really is some howling good fun! We are going to close out this frightfully good day with a video of the Sibes' (well, four out of the five) doing what they do best, followed by some pics of them enjoying their treats, and then finally, one of our jack-o-lanterns featuring a running Husky (stencil compliments of Tales of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue!) We hope all Huskies, canines, pets, and Hu-family members had a great Howl-oween!


Chloe digs right in...

No, Gibson and Chloe, (the hungry mungries of the pack) it's not food...

Bandit doing what she does best...stealing...

Chloe, after giving up on eating it, gets all cozy with the stuffed jack-o-lantern...

Wolf happily guarding his pumpkin so his sis, Bandit, doesn't steal it too...
Gibson, still trying to eat his. No, Gib, not pumpkin like what's in your dinner!

Harley doing what she does best...regally portraying the Alpha Queen...
Our running Husky glowing pumpkin.

And a different view.

And Cybersibes' idea of donating a box of treats to a shelter is not just a great idea at Halloween, it's a great idea  for any time of the year!

It's "Monster Mash" Time! Happy Howl-o-ween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fire Safety Month: We Joined the "Bark 10-4" Campaign

October is National Fire Safety Month and along with all the firefighters and fire trucks that have been rolling out to community schools to teach children about fire awareness and safety, it’s also a good time to think about fire emergencies for our pets. 
Launched this month is “Bark10-4,” whose goal it is to help fire departments nationwide obtain the much needed pet oxygen mask. 

Pictured here, Harley our blog “fire dog” model, is all dressed and ready to assist in spreading the word about pet oxygen masks. According to Bark10-4, “More than 500,000 pets are affected by fires each year; and over 40,000 pets each year die of smoke asphyxiation.” 
Let’s try to lower those numbers. To do so, I’d like to expand upon the topic of pet CPR that I touched on several blogs back. Let’s run through this I-hope-it-never-happens scenario: There is a fire emergency and your pet is overcome by smoke inhalation. You’ve performed CPR and the fire department has arrived. Here is the big question…do they have a pet oxygen mask? 

If “I’m not sure” is your answer, then why not give them a call and find out. If they don’t have one, ask if they would welcome a donation of one for each truck in the department. Then, through either a personal donation or gather some community pet owners and businesses together to raise funds to purchase the pet oxygen masks and donate them so that every fire truck in your community is equipped with one. We did, and discovered that while a neighboring town does have the masks, our own city fire department does not. I am currently joining with my husband's area business to change that for the better, and will post photos at a later date.

So check in with local fire departments – paid and volunteer – to see if they have a need for the pet masks. The pet’s life you safe could be your neighbor’s or even your very own.

For more info on masks, visit the following sites:

 PetMask is a not-for-profit site "created in 2008 by a then 10-year-old girl named  Monica to raise money to purchase special Pet Rescue & Resuscitation Oxygen Masks to be donated."
PetsAmerica is a non-profit organization "that saves the lives of pets and the people who love them" by providing educational programs about emergency preparedness and resources for disaster response."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Here's to a Happy, Howling, Husky Halloween!

We hope you enjoyed the FiveSibes' little slideshow to launch us into the spirit of Halloween and all the "tricks or treats" this weekend will bring. While this is a fun time of year, here are just a few safety reminders to ensure that all of our pets remain happy and healthy during the Halloween season:
  1.  Keep chocolate and all Halloween candy away from where dogs can reach them. So many of these “treats” are toxic to canines. 
  2.  Be careful of toy treats as they could become choking hazards. 
  3. If you dress up your pet in a costume, keep the pet where you can see him/her at all times. Costumes can catch and hurt your pet’s limbs, and some fabrics that tie around the neck can also get caught on something or tighten, thereby choking the pet. 
  4. When the trick-or-treaters come ringing your doorbell, keep your dogs safe by keeping them in another room to avoid anxiety, as well as minimizing the possibility of their escaping out the front door. 
  5. Be sure to have your canine pal’s collar on with current ID tags, just in case they do escape during the commotion. 
  6. Tails wag; dogs jump – so be careful not to have any candles or jack-o-lanterns lit anywhere near your dog (and his tail and paws) to avoid burns and fire hazards. 
  7. While dogs love socializing and playing with children, especially Sibes, please don’t take them out while trick-or-treating. Even the most docile pet can become scared and react differently from the norm, i.e. jumping, growling, breaking free, etc. Leave them at home where they can be calm and safe in their own environment. 
  8. If you know your pet gets stressed from all the creepy talking Halloween decorations, music, visitors, and doorbell chimes, you may want to use a calming aid, such as the all-natural Rescue Remedy, or spray his/her pillow, blanket, or kennel with pheromone-mimicking Comfort Zone (or use the plug-in style) to help ease their anxiety. 
  9. If you have outside dogs, PLEASE don’t leave them out alone on Halloween (or even the night before). If you can’t bring them in, stay with them. There have been some horror stories of people tossing poisoned food into yards and having deadly, or at the very least, sickly results.
  10. In case of an emergency, have your vet’s, the 24-hour animal hospital’s, and Poison Control numbers programmed into your phone’s speed dial, as well as having them posted in plain sight.

  With an eye on our pets’ safety and well-being, here’s wishing all pets and their Hu-families a safe and “spook”tacular howling Howl-oween!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Soldier and His Dog Hike for Heroes


Wolf cheers, "Go Emmie & Troy!"

With his dog "Emmie" by his side, Troy Yocum, an Iraq War Veteran, is hiking 7,000 miles across America banging his drum as part of Hike for Heroes in an effort to raise $5 million to help military families in need.


Troy and Emmie, the FiveSibes and their Hu-family proudly support you and applaud you in your efforts for this great cause! You definitely do not walk alone! We are with you each and every step of the way!


Please watch the following video to see his hike.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Spooky Sibe Shadow Shot Sunday

 Some spooky, shadowy, and fun Halloween sightings during 
our afternoon walk!
Happy Sunday, Everyone!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Be Smart Ride Safe® Take the Pledge - We Did! Blog for the Change for Animals!

The FiveSibes buckle-up; do you? Going for a ride is one of their favorite things to do. They get so excited as soon as they they hear their leashes or the words "car ride." They each have their own favorite way of riding, some with their nose stuck out the window, sometimes with their head lying on the console to feel the a/c, or just sitting perfectly still gazing out the window. Whichever way they prefer is totally up to them...and belting them in is totally up to me. 

Since it is National Animal Protection & Safety Month, and today is also Blog the Change for Animals (BtC), it's also the perfect time to talk about the Be Smart Ride Safe® campaign. Have you taken the pledge? I sure have! I am an avid supporter of buckling up when in a vehicle - both Hu and Sibe family members alike. I have for several years now used a safety belt on each of my Sibes. We have used both types of restraints, the harness style and the seatbelt style. The latter is my preference as it clips onto the dog's collar and has a safety guard so the seat belt latch can not accidentally become undone, and your dog's leash can stay on so it's easy to grab before unlatching the seat belt to avoid a runaway canine. Just this past week, three of my Sibes needed to go to the vet and since it was raining, we rode over instead of walking. I can drive in confidence (and without distraction) knowing they are safe and secure, yet have enough room to move and reposition themselves. Pictured here are three of our furry Sibe models highlighting the black pet restraint belt.

According to Be Smart Ride Safe®:      

    • A 60-pound pet can causes a 2,700 pound projectile, even when moving at only 35mph
    • Statistics show pet travel has increased 300% since 2005
    • Unrestrained pets in vehicles can delay emergency workers' access to human occupants
    • Pets escaping a vehicle post-accident can pose many dangers, including catching the loose pet
    • Injured pets may bite rescue workers or others who are trying to help
    • Pets may escape through a window or open door and cause a second accident
    • Driver distraction is common when unrestrained pets are rambunctious inside a vehicle 
    Statistics don’t lie:

    When you have a pet in your lap, in the front seat or roaming freely around the car it is very likely you will break these simple three rules. There are three main types of distraction:
    • Visual — taking your eyes off the road
    • Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
    • Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing
    Please take the pledge today and when you buckle-up your family and yourself, buckle up your canine companion as well. The life you save could be your own or your pet's.

    Saturday, October 9, 2010

    Howl-a-ween Costumes: Safety Tips for Our Pets

    Our alpha gal, Harley, is getting into the spirit of the spooky season. She loves all the glowing orange jack-o-lanterns and festive decorations around the house; especially the lighted ceramic black cat…to which she tips her head in curiosity as I “meow”…yes, I really did. I almost lost that ceramic cat to a ready-to-pounce Sibe, so I won’t be replaying that joke again!

    Since it is that spooktacular time of the year, which just happens to coincide with National Animal Protection & Safety month (see my earlier blog entry), I’d like to take a few moments to discuss Halloween Safety Tips for Pets. Please keep these in mind, whether you do a dress rehearsal of your canine character now for some photo ops, or on Halloween day/night, that while dressing up furbabies can be fun and entertaining for some Hu-family members, it could be dangerous for the animals. Here are some pet Halloween costume tips to help keep the festivities safe:
    • Never, ever leave pets dressed in costumes alone. Not even for a minute.
    • Be sure to check if the costume is flame retardant/resistant.
    • Be very careful of anything that ties around the pet’s neck or leg, or any part of its body. Ties can become tight, thereby cutting off circulation and causing swelling or a worse injury.
    • If the animal decides the costume looks yummy (everything to a Sibe looks chewable), it could become a choking hazard or parts of the chewed costume could cause an internal blockage. Some glues and chemicals used in and on the costumes could also be poisonous if ingested.
    • Pets in costume could become entangled in and on things both in and out of the house.
    • Certain pets – such as Siberian Huskies – do not tolerate the heat well. Be careful not to dress them in too heavy of a costume or keep it on them for too long, thereby causing them to overheat.
    Preparing for Halloween can be almost as fun as the day itself for both pets and their Hu-families. For more tips, check out Veterinary Medicine. And, as with all things, let's remember to exercise caution and simple common sense so our beloved pets stay safe and happy this Halloween season. 

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    Wednesday, October 6, 2010

    Wordless Wednesday...A Sibe Scene Take 1

    The Scene: Early evening on a cool Autumn "Wordless Wednesday."
    Pan in for a tight shot of two sister Sibes.

     (whisper tone) 
    "How long do we have to be quiet???"

     (whisper tone)
    "Shhhhhh. All day. It's 'Wordless Wednesday.' So don't let the Hu-Mom hear you!"

    Chloe & Bandit
    (impatiently sigh in unison)

    (waiting a beat)
     Woooooo, is it Thursday yet???

    Sunday, October 3, 2010

    Blessings of the Pet

    Many pet owners worldwide welcome October 4 with open arms for it is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and many churches worldwide will be holding  “The Blessing of the Pets”  ceremonies. Regardless of individual religious convictions, St. Francis’ message is a unique one that all loving pet owners share, that it is the “…duty of men to protect and enjoy nature....” for which all animals are part of.

    One of the more famous tales is the “Wolf of Gubbio” story where in this small town, St. Francis was told about the existence of a vicious wolf that lived in Gubbio’s countryside. All efforts on the part of the townsfolk failed to capture or chase the wolf away. It is told that St. Francis went out to seek the wolf, carrying no weapon or threatening attitude. He found the wolf and spoke to him to repent for all the harm he had done.The wolf then lay at St. Francis’ feet. He then led the wolf back into town to the startled people and an agreement was reached between the wolf and the people of Gubbio to live together in peace with the townsfolk feeding and caring for the wolf for as long as the wolf lived. Today, we can still apply St. Francis' approach as it can be related to having a calm and positive approach, "good energy," rather than an angry, negative one. Then the respect we show our pets, will be the respect and love we receive back tenfold.

    While we all let our pets know we love them every day, whatever we choose to do on October 4, let’s take a special moment to tell them just how much we love them and how special they are to us, for the bond between human and pet is indeed a very special one. And let's not forget to give thanks for having these wonderful, loving, and forgiving animals placed into our lives and daily care, for they certainly are a blessing to have as part of our families.

    “I believe every creature is important. The love we give to a pet, and receive from a pet, can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator.” -- Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M., a Franciscan of the Holy Name Province.

    Friday, October 1, 2010

    Rain, Rain Go Away! This Sibe Wants to Play!

    The rains and stormy weather have finally passed by and the cooler Sibe season is here (hopefully to stay!) Gibson had a nice outing, sans the rest of the pack; all part of his "health regimen" to loose a few pounds (but shhhh, don't tell him that! He thinks we're just going on a fun walk!) So here in honor of Friday, the kick-off to the weekend, is my boy enjoying the cooler air and his solo walk with his Hu-Mom! Happy Friday to all!!!