Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Howl-o-ween! Photo Contest Winners & a Global Pets on Parade Slideshow to Celebrate!

Wooo! and Booooo! Happy Halloween!!! All the entries into our very first "Let's All Scream for Howl-o-ween" Autumn photo contest were just, in a word, pawsome! Wow, the entries were so creative, funny, and beautiful! I'm glad I wasn't a judge - it would be way to hard to pick. Notes from the judges praised the entries for their creativeness, spirit, humor, and composition. You are all winners in my book! Wooos to you all from the FiveSibes™! 

And let's give a big round of "a-paws" to our judges, too, for such a great job. Many thanks to:

Jessica F. - licensed vet tech
Kathleen B. - vet receptionist & pet sitter
Barb S. - graphic designer & art director
Cherie K. - graphic designer
Judy H. - photographer & family farm owner
Hendrick M. - photographer
Val L. - graphic designer & pet parent

This contest had seven overall winning photos Grand Prize to Sixth Place, with three Honorable Mention runner-ups, all who will receive certificates (suitable for framing) and ribbons. Since the runners-up were so close in votes, they too will be receiving a homemade fleece tug toy! All other entries will be receiving a Certificate of Recognition, so be sure to Email me your addresses! To view your prizes, check out our Sponsored Prizes Blog. 

And a big "Thank You" to our gift sponsors:

FiveSibes™ Paw-Tested & Hand-Crafted Toys

And...before we get to the sure to send photos of your pets with their prizes and we will post your photos here and on our community FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page!

Overall Grand Prize Winner
"Aladdin & Phoenix" as doctor & patient in the game of Operation


First Place Prize 

 "Bailey" as the Clown

 Second Place Prize 

"Sagira" as the Pirate

Third Place Prize 

"Rubie" the Witch

Fourth Place Prize 

"Ryker" and Scary Friends

Fifth Place Prize 

"Taysia Blue" as the Witch

Sixth Place Prize 

"Jack & Moo"  as
Little Red Riding Moo & Big Bad Jack-a-Wolf

Runner Ups/Honorable Mentions:

"Demon" as Captain Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean

"Kitty" as Bat(Sibe) & the Joker

"Nick" as Indiana Jones

Congratulations, Winners!!!

To see all the fabulous contestants, here they are!

And here's all our entrants and furpals from across the world who stopped by to help celebrate the Autumn season in our global Pets on Parade video slideshow! Get your furpals & kids, grab some treats, and enjoy! 
Happy Halloween!

PS - I sure hope we didn't misspell any furpals' names or get your state wrong! If I did, please accept my apologies, but do let me know via Email at FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks and it has been tons of fun!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Welcoming in the Holiday Season with a Regressive Dinner for Pets Event

Today is the Halloween kick-off and first installment of the Two Little Cavaliers holiday season Regressive Dinner for Pets event! First, we would really like to thank them for hosting such a creative and fun event. We are very excited to participate - after all, it's about treats and food and the holidays! We are highlighting a favorite very simple treat of the FiveSibes - yogurt-dipped bones. Yum! We first saw these at a fruit and vegetable stand and thought what a great idea! They were charging $1.50 per bone wrapped in a pretty cellophane packet, and I thought with five Huskies, I could not only make that buck-fifty go farther, but I would feel good about having the treats be made at home. The best part? My five Siberian food critics all gave the recipe five paws up! Here's a video of the recipe we posted last year while doing our Canine Cooking Corner feature that we thought you'd enjoy! Bon Appetit!

The fun hops along at all these wonderful blogs where recipes are being shared, so please be sure to stop by and see what's cooking at:

Kol's Notes        

This is a different sort of blog hop, so there will be no Linsky list. To join in, just leave your blog site URL in with your comments and then be sure to visit other folks' as well and tell them you're hopping over from the Regressive Dinner for Pets event, and share this post and the above links with your pals. 
The rest of the Regressive Dinners will take place on the following days:
Main Course. Tuesday, November 22
Soup, Salad & Sides. Thursday, December 22
New Years Eve:  
Cocktails and Appetizers – Thursday, December 29

If you'd like to get in on the fun with one of the next dinners, just use this Pre-Registration Form and start cooking! 'Tis the season for good friends, food, and fun!

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin on a Shadow Shot Sunday

Gibson patiently waits for The Great Siberian Pumpkin
Harley doing her best smiling pumpkin imitation!

Gibson and Harley are all aglow by the jack-o-lantern's light as they wait for the arrival of the Great Siberian Pumpkin who will bring them all treats at the bewitching stroke of midnight!

Five Little Pumpkins
by Unknown

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate;
The first one said, "Oh my it's getting late."
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "But I don't care."
The fourth one said, "I'm ready for some fun!"
The fifth one said, "Let's run and run and run."
"Woooo" went the wind,
And out went the lights
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
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Special Invite: Please come check back here at 6:30 PM EST tonight to join in a very special Halloween blog hop hosted by the Two Little Cavaliers - it's kick-off to the holiday season and will feature some pretty pawsome recipes by some of our blogger pals - and the FiveSibes™ even have their favorite treat recipe to share! So grab your treat bags and your furpals, and check back here after 6:30 PM!

Spooky Reminder: Check back here tomorrow - Halloween - for the posting of the winners of our "Let's All Scream for Howl-o-ween" Pet Photo Contest and the global Autumn Howl-o-ween Pets on Parade video slideshow! Woooo...we just love this time of year!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's Almost Howl-o-ween: Show us Your Treat Jar for Pets & Let's Be Safe Out There

Woooo! Gibson sees something strange in the neighborhoood...
Halloween is almost upon us, and the FiveSibes are ready to do some tricks or treating of their own - Husky style! While they don't out with the neighborhood kids, they still do know how to have a spooktacular time! Here, in virtual costume, they treat us to a video of their superb Sibe dancing skills as they get the party Howl-o-ween party started!

And here's Wolf up to some tricks (helping himself to some treats while the others are busy playing! Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky!)


   Our blogpals the Cybersibes, are doing something extra spooktacular for Halloween, they are hosting a Show Us Your Treat Jar event where our furkids can blog about their own favorite treat jars, AND also us hu-parents are encouraged to 
   donate some treats to our local pet shelter! What a great idea! Be sure to stop by Cybersibes and check out all the links by the participants and see what kind of cool treat jars our furpals have! 

   Here's our Bandit girl showing off some of the FiveSibes™ treat jars & snacks! With five, we need a variety of treats! And a healthy hint for those watching their furry waistline is to nosh on frozen green beans or sprinkle some Blue Buffalo Super Bars over plain, fat-free yogurt and kibble, but if you still like to periodically indulge in a store-bought treat: split the treat in half, or check out the 5 calorie mini-version of MilkBones. (We are not a paid endorser, this is something we found and liked!)

   This here is a picture of the 10 lb. box of bones we will be dropping off at our local ASPCA to bring a little Howloween treat to some of the canine residents there. Thanks, Jack &  Moo, for the great idea!

   Looking for more excitement? For some really fun screams and howls, be sure to pop over to experience the ParaNorwood! Exciting and strange things have been happening there all this week! And, then hop on over to I Still Want More Puppies for lots of Halloween trivia, costume ideas, and parade photos, oh...and the best part, check out the Best Pet Trick video!!! It really is pretty cool!
   October really has been a special month. With all of its festive colors, crisper temperatures, and there's been an air of excitement as it is also a prelude to the holiday season. But October is also an important time to refresh our minds about several important pet issues and causes, and renew our resolve to always keeping the welfare of animals in our uppermost thoughts. With October being Halloween Safety Month, which goes paw-in-paw with National Animal Safety & Protection Month, including the recently concluded National Fire Prevention Week, it’s a busy time for pet parents.

   We don’t really need a special month to know that animal safety and protection is our responsibility…all of ours, whether we are pet parents or not. No one should stand by and watch an animal be abused or neglected. Please, call someone; a local dog warden, the town’s shelter, the police or fire department. Every animal deserves to be treated with compassion.

   And speaking of pet safety, with Halloween arriving in just a couple days, there are many things that can be dangerous for our pets. While it is a really fun and festive time of year for us humans, let's keep in mind that our pets are not always quite so thrilled with all the loud, noisy, and frightening goings-on, whether it's the scary costumes, constant ringing of the door bell and knocks on the door, or the loud music and screaming at some of the neighborhood scary houses. So while we are all having fun on Halloween, 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. And ladies, that includes purses. Be sure they are zipped up so dogs can't get to gum (sugar-free is toxic), medications, candy, small items they can swallow, etc.
  2.    If adults are having some Halloween beverages containing alcohol, be sure your furkid doesn't get into your glass for a sample. Alcohol is toxic and not for pet consumption.
  3.    Be careful of toy treats as they could become choking hazards. 
  4.    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. 
  5.    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. Some feel more secure in their own crates or rooms with a TV or radio playing in the background for white noise.
  6.    Be sure to have your canine pal’s collar on with current ID tags, just in case they do escape during the commotion. 
  7.    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. 
  8.    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. 
  9.    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.
  10.    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. And, even some reports of animals being physically hurt.
  11.    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. 

   And don't forget to check back here on Halloween for the posting of our "Let's All Scream for Howl-o-ween" Photo Contest winners and the Autumn Howl-o-ween Pets on Parade video slideshow featuring contest winners and furpals from across the globe! It's going to be a scream!

   Always with an eye always on our pets’ safety and well-being, here’s wishing all furkids and their Hu-families a safe and “spook”tacular howling Howl-o-ween!

    Thank you to our hosts for today's Pet Bloggers Blog Hop: Two Little Cavaliers, Life with Dogs, and Confessions of the Plume! Please be sure to stop by the other blogs, too! 



Sunday, October 23, 2011

An Autumn Siberian Shadow Shot Sunday: Please Vote for Wolf!

by James S. Tippett

I like the woods
In autumn
When dry leaves hide the ground,
When the trees are bare
And the wind sweeps by
With a lonesome rushing sound.
I can rustle the leaves
In autumn
And I can make a bed
In the thick dry leaves
That have fallen
From the bare trees

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Please vote for Wolf! I have entered this photo I shot of Wolf standing in the shadow-tinged blanket of colorful leaves that filled our yard from the maple trees in the Dogs Rock Autumn Photo Contest...please visit their Facebook page, click on Wolf's photo in the album, and click "Like" on his actual photo in the Dogs Rock Contest Album to vote. 
Wolf says, "Thank Wooooos!"

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Second Annual "Puppy Up" Walks Brings Awareness to Canine Cancer and an Ode to Furpals Lost Battles

Luke with his boys Murphy & Hudson.
Come one, come all! It’s time to “Puppy Up” and join together 24 cities nationwide as a caring pet community to help in the fight against canine cancer by walking with (or without) your pets to support canine cancer awareness and comparative oncology research. Bring your furpal and join in a fun day of socializing and working together for a worthy cause. Visit the 2 Million Dogs website for information on walks in your area, registration times & fees, and festivities. The first 50 entrants receive a bandana and a 2 Million Dogs bracelet. Once registered, fundraiser will be able to set up their own personal online fundraising page to share with friends, family, and through social networking. Walkers who raise a total of $100 or more will also receive an Event T-shirt.
The Puppy Up Walks are in conjunction with the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, whose mission “benefits the study of canine cancer and comparative oncology.”
In addition to coming together for a good cause, it will be a festive day filled with two- and four-legged friends, vendors, and special appearances.
The boys resting along the way on "The Walk."
The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research through education and awareness, empowerment and mobilization (such as the Puppy Up! walks) and through investment and research. The goal at 2 Million Dogs is to build “the largest pet and people cancer community in the world” and the foundation’s scientific objectives are, “Broadening understanding of the links between human and companion animal cancer, creating a cross institutional collaborative platform, developing new approaches to research, and funding translational cancer studies that benefit both pets and people.”
And just how was 2 Million Dogs created? It all began with one man and his two dogs. The man - Luke Robinson. The dogs – two Great Pyrenees Hudson and Murphy. Inspired by his late dog, Malcolm’s life and fight with the disease, Robinson, along with Hudson and Murphy, embarked upon a cross-country walk from Austin, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts that began on March 16, 2008 and finished on June 19, 2010. The walk was in memory of Malcolm, but actually kicked-off a nationwide grassroots movement to bring awareness to the plight of canine cancer. The trio walked from town to town for 826 days, sharing Malcolm’s story and educating people about the disease. While out on the road, Robinson had a vision. “If two dogs can walk 2,000 miles for cancer, then why couldn’t we get two million dogs to walk two miles for cancer awareness?” And the 2 Million Dogs foundation was born.
Within one month of walking that final mile in June, Luke once again received devastating news: Murphy was diagnosed with nasal cancer and he would need to help another of his beloved dogs fight the good fight against the horrible disease. Murphy underwent “aggressive treatments,” says Luke, including some groundbreaking therapies, but unfortunately Murphy lost his battle this past June, and was put to rest almost one year to the date they finished their cross-country walk to promote awareness of the very same disease he ultimately succumbed to.

Luke carring Murphy on their final walk together.
Stated Luke, "We apologize if the graphic nature of this photograph is disturbing to some. In a tragic, cruel irony, Murphy, who walked cross country for canine cancer, was diagnosed with the devastating disease just one month after completion of the journey. Though aggressive therapeutic measures were taken he succumbed on June 22, 2011. Like any loyal soldier, this photo is of me carrying his beautiful but ravaged body off the battlefield. Cancer is an unprecedented scourge and like this painful photograph speaks, we cannot turn away from the brutal reality that it claims millions and millions of lives in both pets and people every year."   
 It's such a devastating pain and sadness when losing one of our canine companions. Luke quietly reminisced about their lives together. “We had 826 days on the road together, side by side, not really spending any time apart from one another. I was extremely blessed to have that relationship with both Murphy and Hudson. It’s interesting though, because the flip side is imagine what it is like traveling with companions that closely…and then losing one.”
While Luke wasn’t ready emotionally for another dog, he says, “I knew having a companion for Hudson was very important. I was having a hard time with the loss of Murphy and I knew he needed a mate.” Luke thanks his many close friends for helping in the search for a companion for Hudson, which was found in a new pup named Indiana, a/k/a Indy, who hails from a humane society in Kentucky, one of the places he walked through with Hudson and Murphy. 
Luke, Murphy, and Indy will be joining walkers in one of the 24 cities that raises the most money by Midnight Oct. 22, before hitting the by-ways and highways of America to continue spreading the word about canine cancer and working on a book series based upon his experiences with the dogs and cancer. “It doesn’t matter where we are going,” says Robinson. “We are going to have a great time. My pack is packed and our adventures continue. And next year, it only gets bigger!”
Join Luke and thousands of others across the country in walking to spread awareness for canine cancer. So please visit the and check out the “Walks” tab. (The Poughkeepsie,  New York walk's facilitator is also a generous sponsor for our "Howl-o-ween" photo contest - Paw-ty Animals. Please be sure to stop by their website and tell them FiveSibes™ sent you!)
According to the Executive Director and President of the Board of 2 Million Dogs, Ginger Morgan, the hope is to, “raise over $100,000 this year with the Puppy Up! Walks. I’m hoping to double the amount of walks again next year.” 
So call your furpal, grab their collar and leash, and put on your walking shoes to get ready to “Puppy Up” and join in the fight against canine cancer.
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The FiveSibes™ and I would like to dedicate this blog to beautiful, majestic Bruno - a  Leonberger who hailed from the foothills of Spain's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bruno and his Siberian Husky brother, Khumbu, loved each other and their hu-family, and embarked on many adventures together. You can read their stories in the blog, Tails from the Pack. Bruno had recently been diagnosed with bone cancer and had one leg amputated. He was starting to do well as a tripawd, but unfoturtunately after two chemo sessions, the vet informed his hu-parents that the tumors had metastasized and not wanting to prolong his pain, the heartwrenching decision to let Bruno go was made. Our hearts go out to Khumbu on the loss of his best friend and furbrother, and to their hu-family on their loss. Bruno, we were shocked by your diagnosis, cheered at your determination to succeed as a tripawd, and are saddened to bid you farewell. We never met you in person, but feel that we have come to know you and Khumbu. Run free now, Bruno, and climb those snow-capped mountains beyond the Rainbow Bridge.  

Thank you to our Saturday Pet Blogger Hop hosts Two Little Cavaliers, Life with Dogs, and Confessions of the Plume! Please be sure to stop by and visit some of the bloggers participating in today's hop!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sending Comfort and Care to Huskies and Their Hu-Parents

Today's blog is dedicated to two furpals - Keva from Forida, and Zen from Canada.

KEVA from Florida
Keva is a senior Husky who is an amazing age of 16, and one of several furloves of her hu-daddy. Keva is now severely arthritic and sadly, is now failing and her hu-dad has been carrying her now to go for truck rides (which she loves!) She spends her days laying in the warm Florida sunshine surrounded by her hu-dad and her pack mates. Sadly, her hu-dad informs me she is getting ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge soon. Keva, you and are in our thoughts. May you stay strong girl.

ZEN from Canada
Zen is from Canada, and is in her final stages of battling cancer. Many already know of Zen and sister Freya who are both battling cancer. This past June, I posted a blog article titled, Zen & Freya: Waging War on Canine Cancer and About How Sometimes Asking for Help Brings Help to Others. According to her hu-mom, Zen wasn't feeling well the past few days and was back in to the vet hospital where they announced her cancer has spread and she is at the golden days of her time here on earth. On an up note for a sad announcement, the most recent update on her Help Save Zen Facebook page, Zen's meds have been changed and are giving her more pain relief so she can enjoy whatever her remaining time is being happy and playful with her pack mates. Zen, we are thinking of you! And, on the 27th of this month, Zen celebrates her 11th birthday. To honor that day and her brave battle against cancer, her hu-mom is holding a month-long auction of her Furbaby items where 50% of proceeds will benefit Canine Cancer Research. So please visit her Facebook Auction page, put in a bid, send Zen some birthday wishes, and tell them the FiveSibes sent you!

This is a wonderful community we have here of pet parents and animal lovers. In corresponding with Keva's hu-dad and Zen's hu-mom, they are both having a difficult time, as any of us would, knowing their time with their beloved furbabies is growing limited as they prepare to cross the Rainbow Bridge. They both are spending as much time as they can with their babies, and may that time bring them the peace and memories they will cherish in the future. 

A Special Request. Keva's hu-dad mentioned in passing how his final wish would be for an urn for Keva's final resting place when her day comes, so she can always be near him. However, he is on a fixed income with no family to help. I would like to help. I would like to ask anyone who can donate even the smallest amount of change to help. I have set up a Chip-In donation collection (see below) and am hoping to collect $125 to purchase an urn and have it engraved and sent to Keva's hu-dad, who I know this would mean the world to. If you can't donate, that's okay - well wishes are always welcomed!


This morning on our Facebook page, we posted this video for Keva & Zen. It's our FiveSibes™ singing their wolfsong of well wishes to both of these sweet furbabies, whom we had the pleasure of meeting through the wonderful world of pet social networking. Let's all join in a pawcircle of hope, healing, happiness, health, and strength for these two beautiful brave Siberian Husky girls.

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. "
~Anatole France

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog the Change for Animals: Be Smart Ride Safe® & Bark-Buckle Up for National Animal Protection & Safety Month.

Harley sits in the back and is always buckled up.
Buckle Up! It's the Paw! That's what our new car magnet says! When it comes to our pet's safety, we can't be too careful when traveling in a vehicle. That's why today, in honor of Blog the Change for Animals in conjunction with National Animal Protection & Safety Month, I'd like to once again talk about a very important subject: safe pet travel. Whether you use a crate or a seat belt, please remember to buckle-up your furkids before you turn that ignition key.

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 
Just as with children, air bags can also hurt your pet if deployed. To avoid injury, it's a good idea to restrain your pets in the back seat of your car.

    Please visit the Bark-Buckle Up Facebook page (2019 update: website is no longer active) for more information and join us today in ensuring your pet's and your own safety
    by taking The Pledge to "Be Smart Ride Safe®" today. And always remember that when you buckling up your family and yourself, buckle up your furkids as well. The life saved could be your own or your pet's. 

    You can check with their Facebook page to see if they still offer a FREE Pet Safety Kit, including a pet ID card (with your pet's photo & vital information) to carry in your glovebox, and a car window cling to alert first responders that there is a furkid aboard. We were thrilled to get ours!
    In the meantime, enjoy this spectacular Fall time of year that is arriving in many areas. Go for some leisurely car rides, Autumn leaf peeping, and hiking with your pets, but please safely and always buckle-up! Here's a video with some additional safety tips from Christina, the Pet Safety Lady (and founder of Bark-Buckle-Up!):

    Also, be sure to stop over to My Brown Newfie's page today and leave a comment on their Blog the Change entry. For each comment, Iams will donate 10 bowls of food to shelter dogs in need as part of their Home for the Holidays program. So head on over, comment, and feed some needy dogs!

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Couch Diving

    Wolf knows something is in the couch...
    So he dives right in...
    Digging, diving, some more digging...hey, Wolf...this IS a sofa you know, not the backyard!
    "Ooops, sorry, Mom. I got a little carried away!"

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    Next Sunday is the deadline for entries into our "Let's All Scream for Howl-o-ween" Photo Contest & fun parade slideshow! Be sure to check out all the details and photos of the pawsome prizes! If you haven't submitted your pet's pic yet, grab your camera and get snapping!

    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    Stealing Sunshine

    With Indian Summer upon us, the bees are once again buzzing and squirrels busy hiding nuts as the warm rays of the sun chase away the (wonderfully) chilly night air. Here are four of the FiveSibes™ stealing some sunshine as they snoozed in tandem on the deck.

    "Dozing in a patch of hot sun, the first yellow 
    leaf falls"
    by Mary Lupin, Tailfeather

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    "Let's All Scream for Howl-o-ween" Pet Photo Contest & Prize Sponsors

    Boooooo-woooooooooo! The deadline for our first "Let's All Scream for Howl-o-ween" Pet Photo Contest is fast approaching! Details in our contest announcement blog entry of September 9th. All submissions should be sent or posted to our Facebook wall by the bewitching hour - 12 Midnight - on Sunday, October 16th! Be sure to include your pet(s) name(s) and if you'd like us to include your blog/website, be sure to send us the link! 

    Prizes, award certificates, and ribbons will be awarded according to overall highest scores delivered by our panel of judges including pet experts, animal trainers, photographers, graphic designers, and artists and their judging will be based on the pet's photo capturing the Halloween holiday spirit, including: 
    Festive Halloween/Autumn Theme
    Costume or Background Creativeness

    Overall Photo Composition

    Photo Quality  

    Pets do not have to be dressed in costume, but should celebrate Halloween by having a festive background setting and/or design.

    Open to all pets. The FiveSibes™love having friends from all breeds and species! Don't forget to follow us and leave us a message that you are entering in any blog comment section, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter (we are @FiveSibesMom)!

    Photos done in PhotoShop will be accepted.

    All submissions will be included in a fun, Howl-o-ween Parade slideshow that will be posted here, on our Facebook, and on YouTube! So don't delay, send in your pics today!

    Here's the pawsome prizes from our wooooo-nderful sponsors! Please be sure to visit their sites as well, and tell them the FiveSibes™ sent you!

    Overall Grand Prize:

    A spooktacular Monster Mash Pail from Treat Diva
    filled with yummy gourmet dog treats and a tug toy! What really makes Treat Diva special is that 10% of all sales go to a special fund called Hope’s Dream. 

    First Place Prize:

    A Pupperific PupCasso/Puppie Birthday Gift from Paw-ty Animals!
    Prize package includes Pup Casso, Pup Pie Happy Birthday Pie, Paws Napkins & Plates, a Stuffed Dog Toy; Gift wrapped and shipped or delivered with Paw Print Balloon!

    The PupCasso kit consists of three pieces of art paper, five tubes of nontoxic paints, three paw protector sheets, a frame, and even a surprise gift for your dog. Introducing your dog to the kit couldn't be simpler. Simply apply paint to the paper, place a paw protector sheet over the paper and tape it securely. Now invite your dog to walk on the canvas. Remove the paw protector sheet to reveal your dog's abstract masterpiece. If your dog's art work is impressive enough or even if he needs a little more practice, you'll probably want to frame the artwork he created for you. Simply slip his painting into the frame provided. Voila! Your dog is an artist.

    Second Place Prize:

    A totally pawsome toy from KyJen Toys Plush Puppies Squeaker Mat Long Body Alligator Dog Toy with 16 squeakers! A dog's dream toy!

    Third Place Prize:

    A happy Pumpkin Plush Plastic Bottle Toy from FiveSibes™

    Fourth & Fifth Place Prize:

    Cute PetSmart Bear-Witches from FiveSibes™

    Sixth Place Prize:
    A hand-crafted fleecy tug toy from FiveSibes™ (and more will be available for purchase from our soon-to-be launched website at!

    And...just for our feline friends...

    if you are a prize winner, you can choose: Catnip Toy, Set of 4 Jingle Bell Balls, plus a $10.00 PetSmart e-gift certificate from FiveSibes™ in place of any of the Top 3 prizes, or the Catnip Toy & Set of 4 Jingle Bell Balls in place of Third - Fifth Place prizes, if you so choose:
    Woos and Thank Yous to our terrific prize sponsors! Please be sure to visit their websites!

    All entries will be included in a Howl-o-ween Pets on Parade slideshow that will be posted along with the winning photos on the October 31st blog, so be sure to check back here on Halloween! Don't forget to check out our September 9 blog for full details! Good luck to all!