Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Mischief - Couch Potatoes

Okay, kids, I'll get right on that! 

(Discretion Advised: Please excuse the dirty, chomped-up blue Peep rabbit. It's Harley's most favorite toy in the whole world! And while she cuddles with it, Chloe wants absolutely nothing to do with it!)

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It's a Blog Hop!

My Brown Newfies

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Hero Arrives in Heaven

Hero, a forever symbol of hope & awareness.
It is with sadness that I must relay that final update on Hero, the Christmas pup. The sweet little boy who was a real fighter, earned his wings this evening and has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. May he run free and healthy North of the Rainbow Bridge. He will always serve as our beacon and symbol of hope and seizure awareness. To honor his fight, we will all carry with us how this wonderful little Husky pup brought a worldwide pet community to join together for the greater cause - helping a helpless animal. To read Hero's story, please visit our previous post from yesterday that included updates and video message in Helping a Hero.

Alley, of Alley's Rescued Angels, you are wonderful for all that you did as his guardian. Hero was lucky you found him. For your vet team, Siberian Nation, and all the champions of Hero - you are all so caring and compassionate. This little boy will always be our symbol and we will carry on his legacy, which is quite a big one - this little pup brought together an entire pet community worldwide for a greater cause - to help an ailing Husky pup with sharing, caring, and donations for medical care (the CHIP-IN is still in effect to help Alley's Rescued Angels with the balance of surgical bill and emergency procedures during surgery. Please keep the link active on your sites to help).

Facebook and Twitter were aflutter today with updates and statuses from Alley of Alley's Rescued Siberian Angels as she received news from the surgical team. Well wishes, prayers, positive thoughts, and photos of furpals flooded in from across the globe as Hero went in for surgery, where his heart stopped, he received emergency CPR and was placed on life support. Then he began having bleeding. The surgical team went back in to find the cause...but the fight took it's toll on the nine week old puppy who fought hard to the very end. 

We can not let his story end and should not let his brief life be in vain. We will keep Hero alive as a symbol of heroism and hope...and his legacy will continue as we continue to carry the torch for seizure awareness. This we can all do in Hero's memory. When we see his photo, we can all be proud of how we joined together in support of this pup and Alley, his guardian. When we see his photo, smile, whisper his name, and then give our own furbabies and extra "Hero" hug. Please remember to mark your calendars on Valentine's Day, as Siberian Nation has proclaimed it "Hero Day." While we shed our tears, let us never forget Hero's legacy - a story of how an abandoned little Husky pup with special needs brought together an entire global pet community for the greater good of an animal. That's quite a big legacy for a little boy. 

Rest in peace, sweet little furangel Hero. You've earned your wings. 

North of The Rainbow Bridge
by MakWa4me

The time comes. A Siberian Husky lifts up its head. There is an untested adventure beyond. Time to go.

Across the Rainbow Bridge is a place for all dogs. A river runs wide and shallow with tennis balls that fly with their own wings; that is the place for a Labrador or Golden to await its master's arrival.

The Siberian is not content here. Northward is its trail....

There are soft pastures for Aussies and Border Collies, with sheep and geese to pen. Agility equipment grows like trees amid Frisbees and flyball.

But the North continues its sure wild call, and the Siberian's journey continues....

Now the air is colder. Now the moon is always full. Now the light is silver and it breaks and shimmers on fields of bright snow. Now there are no roads, no walls, no pens, just endless space to run. This is where Siberians gather, North of the Rainbow Bridge.

They wait in this beautiful place, happy, but not complete. Suddenly, a howl begins, as one dog senses someone coming, someone very special. All the Siberians raise their heads and join in the ancient chorus. They dance like moonbeams and sing like winter winds.

There are red ones like dawn streaks, black ones splattered with many colors and silver ones like the first strange hour before light. They line up as if in harness and run together, in a scintillating, many-colored streak. The leader of the team guides the others past the fields and river, with racing feet and racing heart. They rush to greet the new arrival at the Rainbow Bridge, where the leader is rejoined with its beloved person, never to be parted again.

The glory of the reunion is celebrated by all the Siberians dwelling beyond the Bridge, a glimmering, multicolored team leaping and whirling with joy. The light from that scene is what we see on magical evenings in the northernmost parts of this Earth: The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

While we are tearfully bidding Hero farewell in our own ways...let us remember to smile, hug our own furkids, and continue to fight the good fight to help those animals who are abandoned and helpless. We will continue to share news of seizure and canine epilepsy awareness. We will remain connected as a caring, compassionate pet community; and we all will remember that even in sadness, our lives are all the better for having a pet in it, no matter how long or short of time we are blessed to have them. While we are their champions, they are our "Hero"es.

A Sibe Super Sniffer on a Shadow Shot Sunday

You can't fool Harley's nose; the best super sniffer in the pack!

"I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; 
and I'm sure he understands.  
When he looks at me so attentively, 
and gently licks my hands; 
then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, 
but I never say naught thereat.  
For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, 
but never a friend like that."
~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Helping a Hero

Artist rendering of Hero in fundraising poster.
We all have favorite heroes. They may be human. They may be canine. Maybe they wear capes, maybe they don't. They can be real, or they can be fictional. In any case, sometimes even a Hero needs saving. And one sweet beautiful little Siberian Husky pup, named "Hero" needs our help. 

Do you know the story of Hero, the Christmas pup? Just a few days after this past Christmas, a sweet little Siberian Husky puppy was left at a shelter in California. A rescue stepped in to save him and believes "This poor little baby was obviously someone's Christmas present only to find himself abandoned..."  

The rescue folks at Alley's Rescued Siberian Angels discovered that the puppy was only about five weeks old, too young to have been taken away from it's mother, and was experiencing seizures...and even had one as the rescue was bringing him to the vet's office for an exam. An early Chip-In was set up to assist with the veterinarian expenses. So many people came forward to help, it was so heartwarming! The spirit of the season in the pet community was shining brighter than ever!

Here is a video of Hero playing with his Christmas Tree toy!

Updates on Hero continue...and as the folks at Siberian Nation have said in their blog, "... he has kinda become our Christmas Hero for pulling though as he has, as well as now having a special place in our hearts." Well, we say, "Ditto that!"

Hero certainly has stolen my heart. His caretakers and champions have asked for the pet community's opinion on various stages along the way, including answers to the questions, "Should help be continued for this little guy as he needs lots of funds to assist?" as well as "Should he be adopted or stay at the shelter?" The community came forward with a resounding "Yes!" for continuing to help Hero, and the the majority opinion is he should remain with the rescue until he has a clean bill of health and is seizure-free before he is available for adoption. 

Continues Siberian Nation on their blog post: "He has had many many people pulling for him as well as inquiries about adoption. One person was even willing to drive cross country to adopt him and was willing to try and take on his medical expenses. Alley's stance on adoption as well as many of  Hero's followers I see has been disagreement with any adoption at this point because of the unfinished tests and doctor visits he still needs. There is too many unanswered questions. And that adoption can not take place until he would be fully stabilized and the cause of his seizures has been found, Hero's immediate care is the first priority."

First, bravo to Alley and Siberian Nation and all the wonderful and caring folks taking up the torch for Hero's cause. We must save this little pup who has become a beacon of hope for all of us. 

In these economically trying times, asking for funding is difficult. Well, asking is easy, receiving is difficult. Folks have been wonderful. There have been many successful and well-needed Chip-Ins for a variety of reasons. Animal advocates truly have the biggest hearts. I am proud to part of this community - I've seen so much care, compassion, and miracles happen when everyone joins together for the good of an animal. Sometimes the end result is gut-wrenching, but we rest can rest assured we have done everything possible...but other times, the end result is so inspirational and heartwarming, we glow for weeks.

I pray the latter is the case for Hero. I want to glow for weeks and know sweet Hero is romping around healthy and giving big Sibe kisses to his forever family. And I believe we can make it happen. 

One of the fundraisers is for this great poster (we just purchased and received our personalized copy via Email). The artist commissioned, who works under the name Cameo Anderson, will be donating all proceeds to Alley for the continued medical expenses and care for Hero. You can order yours for $25 through Lily's Pad Pet Supplies.
Here, via Alley's Facebook page, is a video of Hero (please click HERE to view) meeting the new vet staff at the specialist office, and just look at how bouncy and full of life he is! Unfortunately, the latest update from Siberian Nation via Alleys Rescued Siberian Angels from that visit is: "Hero has finished his tests and we have a diagnosis. Hero has a pocket of fluid on the brain which is causing his seizures, aggression and vision issues. They cannot draw all the fluid out because of the pocket size, doing that will cause his brain to collapse so he would need a shunt placed so that the fluid can slowly drain. They state only because of his young age he is a candidate."
Here is a new Chip-In created by Siberian Nation for the purpose of raising funds for this life-saving surgery for little Hero, which is estimated between $7,000-$9,000 to perform. If everyone from across the globe could chip in a little, this could easily be reached! And if you can't chip in money, please spread the word about Hero - and if you know of vets, clinics, pet supply stores, newspapers, radio and TV stations - please share Hero's story and links with them in the hopes some kind and generous benefactors may come forward. 

February 14th is Valentine's Day and a day for showing it is a perfect day to be proclaimed as "Hero Day." For this event, organized by Siberian Nation, everyone is asked to make this photo of Hero their default photo on Facebook and to post it on their websites and blogs to honor this courageous little Husky pup.

It will once again take a community to help save this pup...and the pet community is working hard to do so. Why? Because time is not on this pup's side and this Hero deserves a fighting chance...and we all need heroes. Who knows what great things this pup may go on to do in the life that could lie ahead of him...he may one day even go on to save a life himself, like so many who came forward to help save his.

"So guess what, a $4,000 dollar deposit has been called in by a generous donor and Hero will be going in for surgery, we still need to raise the balance so please keep sharing. Hero cannot go in until they get the seizures stopped long enough for this huge surgery, will keep you all posted. Keep your paws crossed and a huge thank you to all who have donated and kept Hero in their thoughts. He still has a huge surgery to go through and we still have a lot of money to raise. Much love and thanks to all of you, Alley."

We still have a LONG way to go. If you know of any corporate, businesses, pet stores, etc. who would be willing to donate to Hero's cause, please share the Chip-In link started by Siberian Nation in this blog post with them! Each one of us has truly made a difference! We have HOPE for Hero...let's all continue to be this little boy's champion - we are almost there!
Hero at the vet in his collar ready for surgery!
Saturday Night Update on Hero. According to Alley, he has been seizure-free long enough now that they can prep the little boy for surgery. He will be going in for the surgery to insert a shunt to drain the pocket of fluid from his brain tomorrow morning. All of our prayers and positive vibes are with this little Husky boy and his surgical team. There is so much hope for Hero, thanks to a caring community of pet lovers. Hero...fight the good fight. We WILL hear good news about you tomorrow, little fella!
Sunday Morning Update: Baby Hero is now in surgery, which will take about three to six hours. Prayers and positive vibes go out to our little Hero, his surgical & vet team, and his rescue guardian angel Alley.
Sunday Afternoon Post-Surgery Update: Alley has reported good news/bad news - Hero made it through the brain surgery and although he is breathing on his own, he is currently on life support as his heart failed during surgery and CPR had to be administered. The next 72 hours will prove to be critical...Hero and Alley need all of our prayers, positive thoughts, and healing vibes...hang tough little much love coming your way. 
Follow-Up Update: Hero is not doing well. Says Alley, "... bleeding internally and we are loosing him as the Doctors just told me. They have given him blood and fluids but he is dying. I had to authorize them to go back in and try and find the source. The Doctors state either we go back in and try and save him or we lose him for sure. We have come this far and what could I say but ok go back in and try and save him. Please share, cross paws and keep fundraising, Hero and this rescue need you more than ever." 
Come on, Hero...hang in there little've been through so much. Our "be strong" message to Hero:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pupsters Party in Review and Winner of Birthday Book Giveaway Announced!

The Pupsters had a fun fourth birthday filled with ice cream cake, toys, and treats...and a Birthday Book Giveaway!

So like a TV show teaser...before we announce the's some pics of the Birthday siblings Chloe, Bandit, and Wolf's party!

The party is ready! Bring in the Birthday Sibes!

 "Woo, where's the cake? Where's the cake?" cream cake time!

 All together now!


Wolf loves his new little Kong buddy!

Bandit played Tug O'War with her Kong alligator!

Chloe cozied up to her Kong Cozie for a post-birthday nap!

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We want to thank you everyone for  joining us in celebrating the Pupsters fourth Birthday celebration. And now...without further delay...the winner of our Rafflecopter Birthday Book Giveaway for a personalized copy of  
What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy 

Kiersten R. from Spain! Congratulations! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Brotherly Love on a Shadow Shot Sunday

Brothers Gibson and Wolf

A Brother's Love

A Brother is a special gift
Sent from God above
For us to cherish daily
And fill them up with love
In the beauty of a brother
It's so plain and easy to see
Just how wonderful they make your life
And how they were meant to be
Now what is it that makes a brother
It's quite difficult to say
Except he is the reason
Why your sun shines everyday

Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Let it Snow...Finally!

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Harley having the chase-her-tail snow zoomies!

Finally, we are having some snow! And more is predicted for the next two days! Woooo! All I have to say is there is just one equation to sum it all up:
Snow = Happy Huskies!

It was an afternoon of great play here!

We wish for lots of snow for all of our furpals to play in! Happy Snowy Weekend!

Be sure to check out all the great blogs on the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop listed below, including our hosts who are the first three blogs listed! 
Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 20, 2012

All Aboard! Featuring Today's Stop on our Blog Book Tour!

Gibson says, "Thank Woo!"
Today's stop on our What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy Blog Book Tour is at Peggy's Pet Place! Peggy, as many of you know, is the author of the recent release, Dieting With My Dog, and a pet parent, blogger, and fellow writer. She has been writing her way through her the alphabet on her blog, and today she has dedicated the letter "G" to Gibson! Please stop by and check out her great interview and why not stay and visit her site for awhile too! There's lots of great info there (and some really great pics of adorable Kelly!) 

Just a reminder that a percentage of proceeds from sales of What's Wrong With Gibson? will benefit the Canine Epilepsy Resources center to aid with their continued work in providing valuable resources and information to Epi-Dog parents worldwide.

If you would like to order a copy of What's Wrong With Gibson? please visit ArcticHousePublishing. Orders accepted and delivered anywhere in the world the United States Postal System will deliver to! International orders accepted via PayPal. If you would like your book  personalized, please jot a note in the comment section of the order form.

Thank you, Peggy and Kelly, for joining in our Blog Book Tour and campaign for spreading Canine Epilepsy Awareness  with your "G is for Gibson" post!

Other stops and sites along the way who are featuring  
What's Wrong With Gibson? that you may like to visit, 
so far include:

If you would like to host us as part of the book tour, please feel free to contact us at FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com. We'd love to have you join in and help spread the word about K-9 Epilepsy Awareness. If you would like to purchase a copy of What's Wrong With Gibson? you can do so by visiting ArcticHouse Publishing.  A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Canine Epilepsy Resources Center to aid them in their continued work of providing valuable information and resources to Epi-dog parents worldwide.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Fourth Birthday to Our Pupsters!

"Woo...we're 4 today!"
Happy Birthday to our Pupsters: Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit! It's so hard to believe the babies are now four years old! But age, after all, is just a number. They sure still act like they are puppies and do everything together and in tandem like they did since the day they came home and my daughter trained them. We used to love the "puppy pile up" where they would just plop down and fall asleep on top of each other after playing. Now, they still sleep near each other; hug each other, run together, and follow each other in tandem to eat or do their business. They are a pretty comical trio and they sure do keep our alpha Harley and boy Gibson busy! Wolf has grown very close to his big brother Gibson (who just celebrated his sixth birthday on January 6th) while Chloe loves to snuggle up against Gib to keep warm when they're outside (of course, she needs to make room for Gibson's true love Harley to be near), and Bandit has become Harley's shadow and the alpha wanna-be...following her everywhere! It's a trip watching them all just have to smile!

I will post pics from the Pupsters' party with their furfamily at a later date. For now, we hope you'll have fun entering to win our book! We'd love to see a photo of the winning furpal with the book, too, and we'll post it here and on our Facebook page! 

Here's our updated annual video of a look back over the past four years as we celebrate a new year of sharing life with these wonderful "kids!" Happy Birthday Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit...we are so happy you came into our lives and love you pups so!

To celebrate this special day, since Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit love to play games, we thought we'd host another Birthday Book Giveaway via Rafflecopter like we did on Gibson's birthday. You can enter from now until 12:01 AM on Sunday, January 22nd, when the winner will be announced who will receive a personalized copy of our FiveSibes™ Tale: What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy, illustrated by Michelle Littler! To enter, just follow the steps below:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today's Stop Along the Blog Book Tour

We are so excited to have been interviewed by Bailey and Momma over at Bailey Be Good! Blog as they are our featured stop today along our What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy Book Release Blog Tour! It was fun being on the other end of the interviewing process for a change, since I'm usually the one asking the questions! Bailey asked so many great questions and we so loved the fabulous photos of her reading our book! Here's a sneak peak at one of them (isn't Bailey adorable?!):

I'll be adding this one to my collection of fabulous furfriends posted in my home office! We feel so blessed to have such truly wonderful friends here in Blogville! Thank you, Bailey, Nala & Hu-Mom, for helping to share Gibson's story and spread the word about Canine Epilepsy Awareness.

Please be sure to pop over and check out Bailey's interview and book review...and visit for awhile - it's a great website!

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If you would like to host us as part of the book tour, please feel free to contact us at FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com. We'd love to have you join in and help spread the word about K-9 Epilepsy Awareness. If you would like to purchase a copy of What's Wrong With Gibson? you can do so by visiting ArcticHouse Publishing.  A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Canine Epilepsy Resources Center to aid them in their continued work of providing valuable information and resources to Epi-dog parents worldwide.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chasing Shadows

Go! Bandit! Go! Race that shadow!

Chasing Shadows
by Uriah Heep

Shadows in the night

Safe from the darkness
Deep in the night
I know you’re here
You’re nowhere in sight
Over my shoulder
I know you are near
I feel you moving
Will you ever appear?

Shadow Shot Sunday 2

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We are so happy and excited to announce the next stop on our FiveSibes™ What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy Book Release Blog Tour will be Tuesday, January 17th over at Bailey Be Good! blog and we can't wait! Bailey was our very first blog interview for the book and what great questions were asked! Be sure to visit Bailey's blog Tuesday to check out what Bailey and Nala have to say, and be sure to check out their great pics and website while you're there!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Our Book Release Blog Tour Has Begun!

The FiveSibes are wooing with excitement! We have officially kicked off our Blog Book Tour for my "What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy" children's book illustrated by artist Michelle Litter

Our first stop...visiting with The OP Pack over at The Chronicle of Woos blog - and wow! What a great way to start! Please stop over and check out their Wednesday Woos Storytime post and the wonderful photos of their adorable family with their beautiful Huskies! Be sure to let them know the FiveSibes sent you!  You will love their stories and photos of life with four Siberian Huskies!

I am absolutely are in love with this photo and so happy the whole pack - children and the furkids - enjoyed our book!

Our heartfelt thanks to Phantom, Lightning, Ciara, Thunder and Hu-Family for a most wonderful post!

Stay tuned for more stops on our FiveSibes™ Book Release Blog Tour! We think it will be a fun and exciting trip!

If you would like to host us as part of the book tour, please feel free to contact us at FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com. We'd love to have you join in and help spread the word about K-9 Epilepsy Awareness. If you would like to purchase a copy of What's Wrong With Gibson? you can do so by visiting ArcticHouse PublishingA percentage of proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Canine Epilepsy Resources Center to aid them in their continued work of providing valuable information and resources to Epi-dog parents worldwide.

An additional "Thank You" goes out to Kol's Notes for helping with our Blog Tour Badge Button!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Daughter! Now go Jump in a Mud Puddle!

My Birthday girl and her furbaby, Harley.

Happy Birthday to someone very special to daughter! It was through her love of Siberian Huskies and bringing our first pup, Harley, into our family that I was bit by the Husky bug! She is a wonderful daughter and Sibe-raising partner! I could never do what I do without her! I'm still amazed at how she trained three pups at one time! I would come home from the office and each day she would show me something new that Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit (also known at the Pupsters) could do. She would say, "Sit!" And in tandem...they would sit down. She would say, "Potty off the deck!" And again, like a little Siberian Husky train, they would trot in line off the deck to do their business. To this day, the three of them do things in the same style! My daughter also has the biggest heart. She rescued two starving stray and feral kittens who have grown into beautiful, healthy cats and now call this home. 

All the love and best wishes in the world to her from me and our furkids: Harley, Gibson, Chloe, Wolf, Bandit, Smokie and Binx! Have a super Happy Birthday! You are so loved! ♥

Our resident Mud Monster.
Today is also National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day (seriously)! And here to celebrate is none other than our resident Mud Monster, Wolf! 

It's been rather unseasonally warm this year, so we actually have mud puddles to jump in, rather than inches of ice and snow. 

Mud partners in crime.
So if you live in an area where typically it would be under a thick blanket of white this time of year, but instead are experiencing spring-like weather...may I suggest finding a puddle to jump in and have a little fun splashing a friend, just like our partners in crime, Wolf and Bandit, did! 

And hopefully, snow will be arriving soon!

Happy Splashing!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Annabelle's Rescue Story

Have you read Annabelle's Story? You must, but be forewarned, have the tissues handy. This story was posted today on our FiveSibes™ Facebook page by a fellow Husky lover and follower, and it has touched me deeply. 

Annabelle, this beautiful red and white Husky, had one of the worst beginnings in life, including being run over by a car and left to heal without medical attention - and at the hands of her owners! That is until a thoughtful and compassionate neighbor stepped in to save her.  She is now safely with the Angels Among Us Pet Rescue who as you will read in the Annabelle's Story link above, have nursed her back to health, including an amputation. Even as a new tri-pawd, Annabelle is loving and happy and energetic. She will always need to be an inside dog, but has much love to share. Angels Among Us Pet Rescue states she requires another surgery, but they truly need some help. Here is their Facebook page and a Chip-In link for Annabelle that I'm hoping we can all share on our blogs, our Facebook and Twitter statuses, and websites, in the hopes of spreading the word...and maybe we each can donate even just our coffee money for the day to help these "Angels" help Annabelle. Please, read Annabelle's Story. You can also keep up on her progress on their Help Annabelle Facebook page. And the next time you see some rescue folks, tell them "thanks" for all they do to help sweet angels like Annabelle.

If you have a loving home and would love to welcome in Annabelle, let Angels Among Us know! Annabelle - even with all the horrors she faced as a pup at the hands of her own humans - is trusting and loving and forgiving. They are so much better at being humane than even some humans are. Her story is an incredible one. Rescue folks are incredible. Now let's all join together to give this beautiful gal an incredible life.

Congratulations to the Winner of our Gibson's Birthday Book Giveaway!

Personalized with a Gibbie kiss!
Woooo! The Rafflecopter has selected the winner of our Gibson's Birthday Book Giveaway - Marcia G. B.! We have sent you an Email with instructions on how to receive your personalized copy of the first book in our FiveSibes™ Tales - What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy. Please feel free to send us pics of you and your furpals reading the book so we can post on our blog, FiveSibes Facebook page, and Twitter

Woos and Congratulations, Marcia! 
And thank you to everyone who participated!

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