Live Gib Strong: November is (Canine) Epilepsy Awareness Month. Send Us Your Stories!
|"I hope we can help other Epi-Dogs."|
I am extremely excited to announce the official launch of my "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign for 2012! Through this campaign I hope to help educate and spread the word that dogs who have seizures and/or Canine Epilepsy can - and DO - live full, happy lives. With lots of love and some special care, these dogs are living life to the fullest. Canine Epilepsy once meant a death sentence for dogs - that is most definetely NOT the case today. There are so many options and treatments available, ranging from medicinal to holistic, and dietary and environmental changes that can help an Epi-dog live life even with Canine Epilepsy and/or seizures. Is it always easy? No. Is it cheap to treat? Maybe yes, maybe no. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Without a doubt. The love from my Gibson is all the proof I need that CE will never stop me from loving and caring for him and together we hope to remain "Gib Strong" in our fight to bring awareness and education to people about dogs being able to live life with CE. And also a tribute to the loving parents, rescue volunteers, foster parents, and others who love and care for an Epi-Dog.
|Cover of the Resource brochure.|
We also have "Gib Strong" T-shirts ($18 and $20) and purple "Live Gib Strong" rubber awareness bracelets ($2), and handcrafted beaded awareness charm bracelets that will be available for purchase (with a portion being donated to the Canine Epilepsy Awareness center) for a limited time.
|"Woo...that bracelet has my name on it!"|
The beautiful beaded charm bracelets I've commissioned from my artist daughter (who soon will be opening an Etsy store with her beautiful creations). She is creating these beautiful semi-precious purple beads with silvertone and pawprint beads and a charm of choice exclusively for us on a "made to order" basis (which means please allow several weeks for delivery after payment). You can order the bracelet with your choice of two silver charms - either "pawprints on a heart" or "rhinestone ribbon heart" charms...or order one of each! They are $25 each (and one size fits most. If you need a larger size, just let us know!) A percentage of these bracelets will benefit the Canine Epilepsy Resources.
|Heather gray "Gib Strong" T-Shirts in Medium, Large, XLarge, and XXL.|
For all of the rest of the items sold, including my What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy illustrated book, will have a percentage donated to the Canine Epilepsy Resources center so they may continue their work to help Epi-Dog parents worldwide. To check out these items, visit our site at ArcticHouse Publishing. (Note: If you wish to order just one of the brochures or the rubber awareness bracelets, contact me via Email at ArcticHousePublishing(at)gmail(dot)com for a separate lower shipping price, or you can order them in combination with other items directly from my ArcticHouse Publishing website).
|Cover of this month's American Pet Magazine|
We Want Your Epi-Dog Story!
After such a wonderful response from fellow Epi-dog parents who shared their dogs' stories of living with Canine Epilepsy for my Gib Strong awareness brochure, I am now inviting you to share your Epi-dog's story and photos in a book I am working on that is scheduled to be published next year that is all about our loving, wonderful Epi-dogs.
Here's the scoop: Send me your 750 word length story of living with an Epi-Dog and how/when your Epi-Dog was diagnosed, and how she/he lived/is living life to the fullest, even with a seizure disorder. Please embed your story into an Email with "EPI STORY" written in the subject line. Also include a high resolution photo (up to 3 photos), along with your dog's name, your state and country, and state in the Email that you are giving permission for your dog's story and photos to be included in the book (without permission, we can not use your story). Stories are subject to editing. When the book is completed and published, a portion of its proceeds (post production costs) will be donated to Canine Epilepsy Resources "Emma's Fund." Deadline: March 1, 2013. Stories and photos should be mailed to ArcticHousePublishing(at)gmail(dot)com.
And There's Even More Happening...
Mark your calendars! On Sunday, November 11 at 1 PM EST, on our "The Sibe Vibe" radio show, my co-host Robert Forto of Dog Works Radio and I will be chatting with special guest Marion Mitchell, site owner and manager of Canine Epilepsy Resources, which is filled with valuable information and resources for Epi-dog parents worldwide. It is also home of the EPIL-K9 Emailing list, where fellow Epi-dog parents chat with each other via Email about their Epi-dogs, symptoms, and medications while also offering support and valuable information to each other. Marion is also the Hu-Mom to several Dalmatians, including furangel "Emma," the original face of Canine Epilepsy and the namesake for "Emma's Fund," a memorial fund through the Neurology Department of the Veterinarian School at North Carolina State University. Emma's Fund also where a portion of my book, What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy, and the other "Gib Strong" awareness items will be donated. We hope you can join us for this very informative show, (click HERE for live show's link), but don't worry if you miss it...we will be posting a permalink on this blog right after the show so you can tune in any time!
"Woo! That was a lot of news, Mom!"
Yes, it was Gibson. And we sincerely thank everyone for reading it all as it is so important to us. Through education and awareness, we hope folks will realize that dogs who have seizures and/or Canine Epilepsy - with lots of love and some special care - can live full and happy lives, however long we are blessed to have them.
Thank you for sharing our story and supporting Canine Epilepsy Awareness. We hope all Epi-dogs and their families will stay "Gib Strong" in the fight against that sneaky seizure monster.
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