Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bandanas, Books, and Snoopy

"Hey, Sis, we look good in these new bandanas from All Things Dog!" woos Wolf.
Woooooos!!! The FiveSibes are very excited!!! They received a package in the mail with presents...bandanas and Snoopy books from Carrie over at All Things Dog blog! 

Back in February the FiveSibes won a giveaway All Things Dog were hosting in honor of Charles Schulz. Now how much fun is that? Who doesn't dig the coolest dog around - Snoopy? We are huge fans in this household, having every holiday toon Snoopy and friends ever made as the Peanuts gang has been a favorite of my daughter since she was a young child. So, we were pretty excited to find out we won a cute Snoopy book gift set! And, in honor of Snoopy's coolness, Carrie also sent along some snazzy bandanas that FiveSibes were proud to model! 

The  pupsters checking out each other's bandanas!

Harley stylin' in her new haute couture!

Gibson getting ready to prance through the neighborhood in his new designer bandana!
Bandit lovin' her bandana!

Fashionista Chloe dressed for envy and checking out the Snoopy books.
Thanks, Carrie (and Tanner for guarding the giveaway gifts!) Be sure to pop over to her blog and check out all the great information and recipes! And be sure to tell her the FiveSibes said "Hello!"

And in honor of the coolest dog in town...here's a little video tribute to Snoopy (the blogging Beagle?)...Enjoy!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pet Poison Prevention Week: Do You Have the Tips? And Help Needed to Unite a Homeless Husky with its New Mom

Is your yard pet safe?
Even though today is the last day of National Poison Prevention Week, we should always be alert and attempt to prevent poisoning – do you have the tips? And then there are always those accidental cases, where even with the best of intentions, pets somehow manage to find, ingest, or come in contact with poisonous substances. Do you know what to do?

First and foremost – keep your vet, local emergency vet hospital, and a Poison Control number visible by your phone and listed in your cell phone.

 Secondly - do a safety check around your home, car, yard, garage - anywhere your pet has access to.

Thirdly - be aware of what is poisonous. Some seemingly harmless items can be pose a very serious threat to your pet.

According to Pet Poison Helpline, the top poisons include:

  1. Human medications, including ibuprofen and acetaminophen 
  2. Insecticides (STOP, don’t spray that wasp or spider anywhere near your pet or on a surface where you pet can get to!)  
  3. Rodenticides
  4. People Food: chocolate, Xylitol, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic 
  5. Veterinary Medications (keep out of reach of furkids)
  6. Household Toxins (keep all bleach, rubbing alcohol, ammonia, cleaners, etc. out of pet's reach)
  7. Plants (indoor and outdoor)
  8. Herbicides  
  9. Outdoor Toxins, including antifreeze and fertilizers, which with the arrival of the warmer weather, can pose constant threat (gardening, open garage doors, etc).

For a more detailed list and what the side effects are, as well as steps to do in the case your pet has ingested a poison, please visit Pet Poison Helpline/Animal Control Center's website or the ASPCA Poison Control Center. 

Please, always first contact your own veterinarian in case of an emergency.
Don't forget that potential dangers can be hiding in a woman's handbag. Once one of our Sibes opened the door, went into my daughter's room, and happily ate half a bag of Sour Patch gummies that were in her purse from when she was at a movie theatre. Sounds silly, and although the Sibe was fine, it could have ended up with a visit to the emergency vet clinic. Needless to say, be sure handbags are closed up tight and all tucked out of the way of your pet's reach. Here's a great clip from Pet Poison Helpline about the poisonous pet villians that can be lurking in that pocketbook:

And let’s not forget about the button battery dangers…those tiny batteries in cameras, phones, watches, toys, even talking books, can pose a huge danger to our pets, especially if you have some chewers. Check out this broadcast:

Can you help unite this homeless Husky with its new adoptive Hu-Mom?
Can you help me get to my new Hu-Mommy?
And on a separate note - I have a fellow Sibe-loving friend who is in need of some assistance. She has opened her heart and home to a homeless Husky, "Macy," who is currently in a shelter in Alabama. The new Hu-Mom is looking for a temporary Foster Hu-Parent to provide for Macy until she can finish making proper arrangements to welcome her new furbaby home, or to help transport Macy. Macy is said to be a gentle, friendly girl, who is understandably scared right now. The Foster Parent's home, if they have pets of their own, needs to be sickness/parasite free. The new Hu-Mom/rescuer is also looking for some help with transporting the pretty girl from Athens to Summerville, Georgia, where there is a transport alliance waiting to bring Macy home to her new mommy in Pennsylvania. If you can help get - one person or more - transport Macy from her current destination to her new furever home, please contact Macy's new mom via Email at winterstormrage(at)comcast(dot)net. Please help make Macy's dreams of being in a loving furever home come true! Her Hu-Mom is waiting! Woos and Thank Yous for any assistance. Please "share," repost, or Retweet...whatever you can do to help get these two together will be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Husky Mascots! Featuring Student Artwork from Highland High School: Home of the Huskies!

As far back as the early 1920s, Siberian Huskies were symbols or mascots for schools. Many mascots originated as live sled dogs, later joined by a human dressed in a Husky costume. Siberian Huskies are not just known not for their striking beauty. They are also famous for their strength, speed, and tenacity; the same qualities valued in sports. It's no wonder the Husky is a very popular school mascot!

Awhile back, I invited readers to submit photos of their local school Husky mascots, and/or student artwork (with school official's permission) portraying the Husky. Today, we are featuring our very first school district in this Husky Mascot series...
 ...a drum roll and some Husky woos for... 
Highland High School, 
dubed "Home of the Huskies," located in upstate Highland, New  York!  

The Highland students are very proud of their schools and of their mascot, and it shows in the beautiful artwork on display in the school. Here is a slideshow featuring the Highland Husky in a variety of forms, including a rock star, a chef, a doctor, and even one ready for a fiesta!

A round of applause for these "paw"some creations by the talented Highland student artists.

If you have a school or university in your hometown with a Siberian Husky as its mascot that you would like me to feature, please Email  photos (with school official's permission) of the artwork or mascot to me at FiveSibes(dot)gmail(dot)com and I will be happy to feature it in a future Husky Mascots blog! (Please, no humans in the photos due to privacy and permission reasons).

Go Huskies!

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." ~Unknown

Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's Supermoon!

Wolf waiting for the supermoon to appear.
Today's Shadow Shot Sunday is devoted to "supermoon" watching!

This was a pretty special weekend indeed for moongazers and photographers alike, as it was the appearance of a supermoon. A supermoon is when the moon orbits close to the earth - and this supermoon was the closest it has been to Earth in 18 years. The colors change from a bright white to a glowing gold-orange depending on the location and time, and in some areas, it loomed large over the horizon. Now I would have to say, it definitely is in competition with the August "harvest moon," but this morning actually proved to be the best time to capture some awesome "larger moon" shots.

Here is a little slideshow of the supermoon's progression, beginning Friday night. 

Here, most of the FiveSibes took it all in stride, periodically perching themselves looking upward to stare at the bright beauty. Just one Sibe seemed to be affected by its magical pull - our Chloe. She was a little agitated and wanted nothing to do with being outside. The others just fell into a comfortable sleep under the brightly lit sky when not moon gazing, until it was time to come in for bed.

So, this morning we bid goodbye to the supermoon as it slipped to sleep behind the dawning horizon, and with its departure, we give spring a big hearty welcome!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Inu (Dog) Loyalty Gives a Glimmer of Hope

There is so much we can learn from dogs. In our everyday lives and when something tragic hits, such as the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all--both human and animal--who have been touched by this disaster. The images are so vivid. Burned in our minds forever. We send our hopes and prayers to them. 

It's hard to see the devastation and think, "what good can I take from this horror?" I can honestly say that I can not answer that. It seems there is nothing good to glean from it at all. What we can do, is focus on hope. Hope for survivors. Hope for no further eruptions. Hope for help. Hope for assistance for the pets who have been lost or hurt as a result of this to be found and reunited with their families.

So many of us have been touched by the incredible video of one lost dog, who caught the attention of a cameraman to lead him over to another dog, apparently injured or worse at first glance. The first dog refused to leave this dog's side. These two dogs symbolize hope in the very face of destruction. As one report says, you do not need to speak Japanese to understand what is happening in the video. One must watch it all the way to almost the end to understand the true depth of loyalty and caring the one dog, now called a "hero dog" has for the other dog that he consoles by placing his paw around the other's neck, offering hope in the wake of disaster.

Since this video aired, many have inquired about the welfare of these amazing dogs. There have been conflicting reports, with nothing for certain. We continue to hope that we will receive news that they have indeed been rescued and are hopefully receiving the love and attention they so deserve.

For other heartwarming photos of pets rescued in Japan, please visit the FoxNews.com site.

There are many ways to help out the animal victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Please verify your source to be sure your donations are going to the correct place for, as sad as it is, there are some shady folks who will use this tragedy to scam good-hearted and caring folks. Please check out World Vets, the Humane Society International, Global Animal, PETA, and Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, to name just a few organizations, for more up-to-date info on what's going on and how to help.

For a video and info on the rescue in Japan, please visit the Saturday Blog Hop's hosts, Two Little Cavaliers, and Life with Dogs, and also visit Confessions of the Plume!

Paws of Hope go out to Japan, its people, their pets, and all the rescuers.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In honor of St. Patty's Day, I'd like to share with you a great recipe by Andrew Kaplan I saw in the Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine that I'm going to cook up for the FiveMcSibes. It sounds like a tongue-waggin', lip-smacking holiday recipe for our furkids!

Green-With-Envy St. Patty's Potato Cakes
1 c. leftover mashed potatoes*
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 oz. corned beef, chopped into small pieces
1/2 c. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
1/4 c. frozen green peas, thawed
1 T. chopped parsley
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, egg, corned beef, spinach, peas, and parsley. Mix with wooden spoon to combine. Form into golf-ball size balls, then flatten with the palm of your hand. 
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the potato cakes to the pan and cook, turning once, until golden brown and heated through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cakes to a paper-towel-lined plate and let cool slightly.
*Do not use mashed potatoes containing onions and/or garlic, which can be toxic to dogs and cats. Always check with your vet to be sure certain foods are OK for your pet to eat.

While your furbabies are enjoying their meal, kick back and enjoy this video of the FiveMcSibes havin' a wee bit o' leprechaun fun! And while you're at it, pour yourself a glass of green beer or an Irish coffee, and savor the flavor of the holiday moment! Sláinte!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

(NOTE: Please DO NOT serve your pets alcohol as it can be hazardous to their health. This video was for entertainment purposes only).

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A very special "Thank You" goes out to Brian for bestowing this wonderful Honorable Mention Award upon the FiveMcSibes for "Best Spirit of the Holiday" in their St. Patrick's Day Contest for our Kissin' Sibes header photo! Wow! We are so honored. Thanks, Brian!
Please be sure to visit his purrrfectly fun blog at Brian's Home and say "Hi!" to this handsome kitty, and tell him the FiveSibes sent you!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today is Petfinder's Adopt the Internet Day!

Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day  
Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet!
What It's All About
In honor of Petfinder's 15th birthday, they are asking people everywhere to pledge to spread the word online about adoptable pets today, March 15, 2011.

What You Can Do Now
  • Add a badge to your Web site to show your support.
  • Take the pledge that you will tell one person about pet adoption. By pledging, you'll enter for a chance to win one of 10 Pet Hair Eraser® Vacuums from BISSELL.
  • Donate your Facebook status and photo to an adoptable Petfinder pet. Simply replace your photo with one from the Adopt-the-Internet All-Stars gallery and post one of these messages:
    • More than 320,000 pets are waiting for homes on Petfinder.com. Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet today and find forever homes for as many as possible!
    • I adopted my pet from Petfinder and now I want to help get this pet adopted! If you want to help pets in need of forever homes, please repost this!
  •  Share an adoptable Petfinder pet on Twitter with the hashtag #adopttheinternet.
Here are some beautiful Huskies available for adoption (click on their names for information and location):


Please help spread the word about the beautiful Huskies and dogs available for adoption through Petfinder and rescues across the globe. Maybe one day every homeless pet will have a loving, forever home. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Daylight Saving Time: Adjust Your Dog's Inner Time Clock and Watching Shadow Shot Sunday!

It's also Shadow Shot Sunday!
Even though with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time (DST), we are losing an hour as spring approaches, the lighter days make it feel like there are more hours in the day. With it being light out later, there's more time to walk and play with our furkids, spend time with family, and uncover the BBQ grills!  The arrival of spring's DST is so welcome! It even makes work days seem shorter with more time being spent outside and at home in the  lighter evenings. I guess if we snow-loving Sibe families have to forfeit the white fluffy stuff when the warmer weather arrives, the upside of the deal is lighter "longer" days.

Back in the fall for November's DST blog, I highlighted some pet safety reminders that I would like to just reiterate and update here for the spring DST:

  • Help reset your pet's internal clock for specifically time medications by staggering them for the first to match the new lost hour. Example: If your pet is on specifically timed medications (like our Epi-Husky Gibson who is on meds he must take 12 hours apart), you can help reset your pet's internal clock for these medications by staggering them by a half-hour. Example: If your pet had been receiving their dosages at 7:30 AM before DST, then under the new time, give it to them at 8:00  AM; then do the same for the PM dosage. The next day, you can return back to the normal time. This way, there will be no long delay in their dosage schedule that could possibly affect the gentle balance of medication levels.
  • Replace batteries and connections for pet cams, room/baby monitors, and smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors. 
  • Check fire extinguishers.
  • Be sure pet window clings are visible to the outside and not faded. If you need a replacement, visit ADT to order a free new one or visit the ASPCA for a free safety pack. 
  • If your pet is not on heartworm and flea/tick preventative all year long, be sure to visit your vet, have your pet tested for heartworm and parasites, and start them on the preventative before the warmer weather begins.
  • Review your pet's emergency/first aid kit to be sure things are up-to-date.  Replace anything that has expired. With the arrival of bees, it's a good idea to check with your vet about including Benadryl in the kit and what the proper dosage for your pet would be.
  • Take the time to check out all the winter bedding and give them a good spring cleaning or replacement.
  •  Check all pet meds for expirations (and be sure they are far out of reach of furkids).
  • Update all vet and emergency contacts in your home and cell phones.
  • With the arrival of warmer weather, give your yard a good safety check and remove any dangerous or poisonous items and mend any broken fences, gates, etc. Get down to your pet's level and see it from their perspective. Is there anything dangerous lying around that was hidden under snow, water, or mud? Any "escape" holes? Any places where wildlife or insects can build a home? Any salt or poisonous winter items around where they can now get to them? With the unveiling of pools and grills, be sure you have safety mechanisms in place so your beloved pet can not get burnt, drown, or get hurt. If you have an in-ground pool, even if you have it gated, be sure you have a pet ladder so if they accidentally fall in, they have a way out.
  • Invest in a kiddie pool now before the rush on them when the first hot day arrives.
  • Always keep fresh, cool water available.
  • Remember when walking your dog in the warmer weather, to do so during the coolest points of the day - early AM and late PM - so as not to overheat them. Also be concsious of the hot pavement and roads on their paws; keep to the grassy sides if possible or shady areas. And always bring along a bottle of water.

Daylight Saving Time is the perfect time to do these simple, possibly life-saving checks for your pets. It is also a great time to look ahead for lighter, "longer" days to spend more time loving and playing with our furkids.


Friday, March 11, 2011

FDA Issues K9 Phenobarbital Recall Alert

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert for a voluntary Phenobarbital recall! Please check with your vet or pharmacy with regards to your K9 Pheno prescription (used as anti-seizure medication) to be sure it is not the affected lot. There are dangerous side effects for canines. Please check out the FDA site or Veterinary News for more information, such as lot numbers and dates as well as the number to call if you should have a precription that fits the recall specifics. 


My Sibe, Gibson, is on this medication, and I know of several other Hu-parents whose furkids are prescribed Pheno for their seizures/epilepsy. 

Hopefully, no more canines will be affected by this frightening mix-up.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, Harley!

Today is a very special day - it's the birthday of our Alpha Queen - Nanuk "Harley" Mari. Harley is our very first Siberian Husky furbaby. My daughter had wanted one for many years, and Harley was the pup she picked out of the three remaining pups in a litter. They instantly bonded and to this day, share a very special connection. Harley has been to many amazing places. She has ridden in a police car (several times) with her Hu-Dad, attended court, been to the food store, rode on a boat (and got seasick!), attended school, frequented McDonald's drive-through (for vanilla ice cream), and so many other fun things. 

The Birthday Girl!
Harley is an absolutely amazing Sibe. She understands and communicates brilliantly. Sometimes she understands too much! She is always ready for a good (rough) game of Tug-O-War or Fetch, and is the true queen of this household, ruling over both humans and canines alike! Even with all of her Siberian Husky attitude (and she can sure give it!) she is also a very understanding and loving girl. When her Hu-Mom (my daughter) is upset, Harley is upset. She will cry and pace until she can get to her to be sure she is OK. She is also a grump. If she's sleeping...let her sleep. Really. Otherwise you are greeted with bared teeth and snarls, making her sweet persona morph into "Snarly Harley," thereby reinforcing the saying, "Let sleeping dogs lie." Yet other times, she will rush up to give kisses, cuddle up against your legs in the bed, or lie next to you on the sofa and be your best pal. Just don't smother her with too many hugs!

Eating birthday cake - Sibe family style!
Gibson is Harley's husband, her go-to guy Sibe. If she's cold, she will nestle up against his wooly coat and there she will stay. Typically, you will find Harley and Gibson together, just like a married couple. Even though I truly believe he is far more in love with her than the other way around! When the three pups joined our household, she instantly became their Momma, checking on them, giving them her treats and toys, playing with them, beating them up, and getting them in line if they step out. Sometimes it's so amazing to watch this Husky with the pups...you almost forget she is not their birth mother. She is also the worst singer/howler. To hear her is to know that. The pups have somehow convinced her she has a wonderful voice, and they will not break out into their daily wolfsongs without her leading the chorus. And that she does proudly (even though the humans are rushing to find the earplugs)!

Thank you for joining in the celebration, and we hope you'll enjoy this slideshow showing Harley growing up over the years as much as we enjoy having her as the head of...oops, I mean part of...our family.  ;-)

Happy Birthday, Harley girl. Here's to many, many, many more years of having you in our family. We love you so much!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's Mardi Gras Time!

Today is Mardi Gras, and the fun is not just for humans. As you can see from our Sibe, Chloe, who is all decked out in her mask and beads, pets love to get into the spirit of the celebration, too!  Although, she didn't quite understand that while Siberian Huskies of color have natural masks, white ones do not.  I didn't want to belabor the point too much and risk dampening her celebratory spirit, so I just explained to her that her white coat would serve as a beautiful backdrop to her Mardi Gras "pawty" mask. Thankfully, she graced me with her acceptance of that answer.

To celebrate today in a homestyle way, why not make some colorful and sparkly masks, whip up some tasty snacks for you and your furkids (after all it is "Fat Tuesday!"), and join in the fun by pulling up a seat in front of the TV and checking out some of these festive furbabies struttin' their colorful stuff!

If you and your canine companion(s) did not have the opportunity to go down to Louisiana to enjoy the Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Parade, here's some KPLC-TV highlights and history about the parade (and see if you can spot the red and white Sibe doing a walk-by in festive bracelets!) Please give this video a moment to load:

Here are some highlights from last year's Barkus Parade:

In this KMOV-TV clip, although I think all the pets are cute, I have to admit, the very creative "jockey dog" costume is one of my favorites!

And to make things even more special, it is reported that proceeds from the parades go to help homeless pets. Now that's worth celebrating!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Soaking up the Sun on Shadow Shot Sunday

For this week's Shadow Shot Sunday, our Bandit is captured in a quiet moment, by my shutterbug daughter, as she soaks up some sun rays.
Happy Sunday, Everyone!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sibe Spa Day: A Photo Essay!

The day began innocently with a beautiful dawn...

When suddenly...the Sibes realized it was SPA DAY!
"Big Brother Gibson is outside...what are they doing to him???"

He didn't seem to mind the loud contraption...

Can you hear Harley panting? She knew whose turn was next...

Wolf and Bandit tried to hide...

Oh, no...he got Chloe! Time for some (badly needed) nail clipping...

She's not happy...but look at those pretty manicured paws!

All this came from Gibson...and it's not really even coat blowing season!!!

 "Woo...Spa Day is hard work."

Gibson getting ready for a nap while it was Harley's turn in the tub!

After she was blow-dried, she show us her floofy white tail (or did she tell us
to kiss her beautiful clean Husky @$$???)

"(Sigh). It's hard work being beautiful. They better be done."

"Do you think it's safe to go back out??? Can we make a break for it??"

"Woo! We escaped! Hey...Gib...(sniff)...you sure do smell good!
Maybe Spa Day's not so bad after all."