Monday, July 4, 2011

Patriotic Pets on Parade for July 4th!

Harley is ready for some BBQ!
Happy Birthday, America!!! And to pay homage to our great country this Fourth of July, we are so pleased to present the first "Patriotic Pets on Parade" slideshow featuring some very beautiful and very patriotic canines from across America. Many of these are entrants in our very first "Patriotic Pets Photo Contest," but if you see some other great shots and wonder why they weren't winners, it's because they arrived after the contest deadline, but we wanted to be sure to include the pawsome pics in our virtual parade! So call your furkids, have a piece of apple pie, and turn up the volume to enjoy this Independence Day tribute!

Now, of course, I know many of you are anxiously wooing, waiting, and wagging your tails to see who placed in the "Patriotic Pets Photo Contest." Not to delay the discovery (and you can always cheat and scroll down first then backtrack to read this...but you know how anticipation makes it so exciting!)...I have to first say that every single photo was just absolutely pawsome! The spirit of the holiday truly shone through, so much so that it really brought goosebumps to my arms! I don't envy the judges because I know what a difficult task they had it to select winners...and we are happy to say that after tallying up the votes, you are ALL winners! 

The judges had a fun time reviewing the photos, and they had some wonderful comments that I am going to be sharing with everyone too! The photos were ranked by a panel of judges (and oddly enough, not one is a Siberian Husky owner!) and a point system of 1 to 10 that included: Did the photo show a patriotic theme? Did it make you smile? Was it creative? Was it colorful? And there was a comment section for what the judges liked best about the photos.

Please take the time to drop by and visit some of the other blogs listed in the slideshow, too - you will be glad you did!

All winners please drop me an Email and let me know where your doghouse is located so we can send your Award certificates and prizes! Please allow a few weeks for delivery, but we would love to know when you receive it and would be happy to share photos of your pup and his/her goodies in a future blog! 

So, without further "paws," here we go!

Grand Prize Winner

First Place Winner

Second Place Winner

Third Place Winner
"Uncle Sam" Bailey 

Fourth Place Winner
Jack & Moo

Fifth Place Winner

Sixth Place Winner

Creative Concept Award
Phantom, Ciara & Thunder 
Vintage Patriotism Award 

Fourth of July Princess Awards
~ and ~


Patriotic Red, White & Blue (Eyes) Award 

K9 Smile America Awards
~ and ~

 K9 Patriotic Duo Award 
Nala & Bailey

 K9 Face of Freedom Award 

Distinguished Uncle Sam K9 Award 

Proud to Serve K9 Award 

K9 Patriotic Pals Award 
Sportergirl, BooBoo & Keva

Congratulations, winners!!!
I would also like to wholeheartedly thank our panel of expert judges who volunteered their time:

Dr. Arnold R. - Veterinarian
Cara M. - Veterinarian Office Manager
Tami A. - Dog Agility Trainer, Pet Parent
Sheryl P.- Pet Parent
Wendy J. - Salon Owner
Amanda A. - Vet Tech Student, Horse/Dog Trainer
Kate H. - Freelance Photographer
Pat J. - Digital Photography/Applications Instructor
Barbara S. - Art Director & Graphic Designer

And a big thanks to the prize donators, including:

Bark-B-Que gift basket & book
"Paw Hide" Game
Artist custom-designed porcelain figurine.
Carolyn B. MaryKay Cosmetics 
Hu-mom makeup brushes 

For a full list of prizes, see original contest post.

Thank you to all of our wonderful furpals for joining the FiveSibes in celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. We hope your holiday is safe and filled with lots of fun and love!


  1. Wow we watched the video all through and the human was humming along (out of tune) - we loved all the photo's - you all look just great. There were 2 that particularly stood out to us - one was Leroy, that is just an hysterical photo and Smokie, what a distinguished look down her pretty nose. Happy Independence Day to you all from us here across the water, Dex & Lou xxx

  2. This is just amazing! Everybody looks GREAT!!!! I am so sorry we didn't get our acts together to participate - my mom's schedule has been crazy lately and she just ran out of time. We will be there next year!

    Happy July 4th!

    Your pal, Pip

  3. Wow! What a lot of fantastic entries! Talk about some patriotic pups! Congrats to the winners y'all howl USA ;D What fun!

    Happy 4th Everyone :)

  4. Woof! Woof! Happy 4th. Yes we were late for our photo but delighted to be part of your slideshow. Golden Congrats to all the winners ... Have a wonderful 4th. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  5. Oh I love them all! How fun!
    Thanks for hosting the fist ever Patriotic Pets On Parade and for Leroy's award!
    Happy 4th of July!!!!

  6. Wowserz!! Nala and I LOVED your video!! You did a great job! We loved seeing many of our furiends and saw many new pups too! Thank you for taking the time to create the video -- it was wonderful!!

    We hope you have a very happy and safe day today!

    Woofs & hugs,

    ~Nala & Bailey (Yep, we're girls!)

  7. Happy Birthday, America!
    No doubt about it, YOU win the award for top July 4th BLOG POST! What a great slide show! Mom loves the music (she also hummed along out of tune), and it was a dazzling display of Patriotic Pets! (Who knew cats could be "patriotic"?) Big Thanks to woo for all the beautiful work woo did on this, to everyone fur pawticipating, and to the distinguished panel of judges.
    And lastly, we were pleasantly surprised to see our pic among the "winners", THANKS!

    Jack a-roo and Miss Moo

  8. Awww, too cute! Happy 4th of July!


  9. Great parade of furries - we loved seeing every pup and kitty in all their patriotic regalia. You made it a very fun event.

    Happy 4th of July!!!

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  10. What a great parade!! Such clever red, white and blues!! Happy 4th of July!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  11. Happy Independence day !!! Great job by the pets & their owners.

  12. What a fantastic show!! That was fun to watch!! Congratulations to everyone in the parade...we think they were all just very patriotic and wonderful!! Happy Independence Day! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

  13. did a GREAT job. I have to agree with the previous post that you win for the best 4th of July post.

    It must have taken you a great deal of time to put together the slideshow. I loved all the photos in there. Everyone did a great job and all the pups look so happy (even though we dressed them kind of silly, they are good sports).

    Thanks to all the judges, looks like you had a bunch on hand to help out.

    Thank for choosing Sagira as red, white and blue (eyes) award. haha. :)

    Happy 4th of July to you and yours. :)

  14. What a fun contest!! Congratulations to all the winners!! Beautiful slide show. Happy 4th, Sibes!! You out did yourselves!!

    Rottie Kissess,

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  15. Happy 4th of July!!!


  16. What a fabulously Patriotic post! Excellent job on the video! Just love it! The music selection is great, and all the photos are just incredible. It was really thrilling to watch the video and see all the dogs and cats decked out in their Patriotic finest. They all looked fantastically pawsome! Cheers and bravo to all who pawticipated!

    Thank you for my "Vintage Patriotism Award." I am very honored, and humbled. With all the amazing entries I feel very happy to have won. Thank you!

    Hope you are all having a wonderful and fun Independence Day!


  17. That was an amazing slideshow! Thanks so much for including us (even if Mom WAS a real slacker and sent them late)! We're honored to be included with such a fine group of patriots!!!

    Happy 4th of July!!

    The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

  18. What pawesome pikhs!

    Khongrats to evFURRYone!

    Happy FoURth of WOOOOO-ly!


  19. Congrats to all the winners!!! What a patriotic bunch fur sure! Happy Independence Day everyone!!!

  20. All of them are grrrreat!
    Happy 4th of July!
    Kisses and hugs

  21. Wow! Those were some pawsome and cute photos. What a great independence day post! If you do it next year I will have to see if I can get Siler to put on some patriotic gear.
    Happy 4th of July!!

    Customized Differently

  22. That was pawsome! Happy 4th of July!

    Togo, Tagar & Gamby

  23. Hey Everyone!
    Wow, I'm so super excited about this post! Your slideshow was amazing and all of the pawticipants were pawesome! Everyone looked so great and I think we all had a ton of fun. Congrats to all the winners and thanks so much for my award. I can't believe I placed!! Thanks for all of your hard work and for sponsoring such a fun event!
    Grr and a Patriotic Woof,
    Sarge, American

  24. HAPPY FOURTH of JULY... YOU surely did make a big spectacular extravaganza fur everyone!!

    CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!!!!!

  25. Such a wonderful slide show!! They all looked fab!

    Shiloh's costume was pawsome!

    Hope you had a great 4th!

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  26. Congrats to everyone! I loved all the pictures! A special congrats to my 2 babies, Sasha 6th place and Ollie Proud to serve k9 award! woo woo

  27. Big hand to the judges too! And Paws up from the doggies!

  28. Your judges had a tough call...everyone of these photos is a winner! Congratulations to all!

  29. These are so great... love them!

  30. What a great slide show! Loved seeing all the patriotic pooches (and kitties). You did an amazing job. And thank you so much to you and the judges for awarding Kelly the 4th of July Princess award! She is quite convinced she's a real princess now!