Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Commentathon to Benefit "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Awareness in Honor of The Mighty Quinn's Gotcha Day!

Today is a very special day for our fellow Epi-furpal, handsome Quinn, of the beautiful White Dog Army (WDA)...it's his Gotcha Day! And to celebrate, they are doing something pretty awesome over at the WDA blog...they are holding a Gotcha Day Commentathon to benefit our Live Gib Strong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, which benefits the Canine Epilepsy Resources site, which is home to the Epil-K9 list and supports Emma's Fund, and it is provided by the Epil-K9 Foundation.
The handsome Gotcha Day boy, Quinn.
For the first 30 comments left on the White Dog Army's 2/26 and 2/27 blog posts, the WDA will donate $30 to our campaign, and as an added bonus...they will donate another $10 for every ten comments after the first 30! Wow! Just how awesome is that?! We are so thrilled by this generous and so thoughtful event! So please, stop by and leave Quinn some Gotcha Day wishes and help promote K-9 Epilepsy Awareness and help Epi-dogs worldwide at the same time by leaving a comment on their blog (not ours)! Thank you!
One day...there will be a cure.

 
"Woo! Happy Gotcha Day, Quinn! Thanks for celebrating with a Commentathon to benefit my K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign. Together we can show the world just how awesome we Epi-dogs are!"

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 Reminder: Epi-Dog Story Submissions Due!

Just a friendly reminder that all Epi-dog stories and photo submissions for inclusion in my upcoming book is almost here! This book will tell the stories of these wonderfully courageous dogs who live/have lived life to the fullest, even with Canine Epilepsy and/or seizure disorders, and how they capture(d) our hearts and fill(ed) them with love. A percentage of proceeds post-production costs will be donated to the Canine Epilepsy Resources site, which is home to the Epil-K9 list and supports Emma's Fund, and it is provided by the Epil-K9 Foundation. 
Please submit your stories, photos, and permission to use to ArcticHousePublishing(at)gmail(dot)com 
by/on March 1, 2013. 
This will be a wonderful tribute to these brave dogs and help educate folks about dogs living their lives even with Canine Epilepsy. The book is due out later this year through ArcticHouse Publishing.

*Comments are disabled for this post as we want to direct folks over to the White Dog Army's blog today to leave comments and Gotcha Day wishes for The Mighty Quinn there! 
 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

It's Our Third Blogiversary! Join in the Fun and Enter the Celebratory Giveaway!


"Wooo! Happy Blogiversary to us!"

 The FiveSibes and I have so much to be cheering about because today is our third Blogiversary! It's an exciting time as we reflect back on the past three years of sharing our lives via blog posts, photographs, and videos with all our wonderful Blogger community! I feel very fortunate to be a member of this fabulous and caring pet community and so happy for the many friends we have made along the way. I look forward to blogging and sharing more tales of our FiveSibes with all of you, and I look forward to reading your stories, too.  

 
The Sibe kids are just so excited about today, they've donned some disco duds and hit the floor for some rollerskating and dancing fun. We hope you'll enjoy this video and get up and do some dancing of your own! Now, that's the way we like it!

 

Thank you for following our blog and sharing in our lives. To celebrate your readership and friendship, we're hosting a giveaway! One lucky winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter to win a combo gift. To enter, simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions that apply to you! Then, next week, we will select and announce the winner! 
 And just what might you win?

Gibson, take it away...

  
"Woo, thank you! One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of my book, What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy" 
and...

...a "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy awareness bracelet!"

Enter here and good luck!



UPDATE: Woos and Congratulations to
AIDAN HARLEY
for winning our Blogiversary Giveaway! An Email has been sent and we just need your dog house addy so we can send your book and awareness bracelet!

Thank you all again for making the past three years such a wonderful experience. We so look forward to writing many more blog posts and sharing more events, information, and special moments with all of our Blogville neighbors! Thanks for making this a wonderful and caring neighborhood that the FiveSibes and I are proud to call our home away from home!

 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Flashback Friday #22: A Tale of A Prince and His Perch

"Woo! What are you looking at? I did not chew the new dog house," says Gibson in this Flashback photo of four years ago when he was just three years old!

How the story unfolded...

I fell in love with this "log cabin" dog house and purchased it online and then put it together proudly all on my own. It was, in my opinion, a thing of beauty and would fit perfectly
on our deck. At the time, we had just Harley, who was four
at the time, and Gibson, three. I couldn't wait for them to see it!


Our love birds seemed to really like their new deck furniture!


After Gibson christened it by nibbling on the trim, he made
the top of the dog house his very favorite perch, while
Harley lounged inside.

 

The best part was being inside the kitchen and seeing him
peek inside the window! In the summer, he would talk to me through the screen! 

 A while later the Pupsters came along and bumped the prince off his throne from time to time! But, Gibson managed to assert himself and keep his royal perch, but did (reluctantly) share it with little brother Wolf and sisters Chloe and Bandit from time to time!
 
 "This was my throne. Now I have to share."




 "Wooo!"

 And whatever happened to that wonderful, beautiful log cabin doghouse that was Gibson's favorite perch? With five Huskies - three of them pups - jumping up and down on it, sometimes the pups even managed to snuggle around Gibson on it - it soon become a bit wobbly, gnawed in many spots by the pups, and with Gibson just having been diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy, I didn't want to risk any of them getting hurt, so Hu-Mom here dismantled it and that was the end of Gibson's Husky palace! 

Ah...but the memories live on!

 "Okay, little bro, I guess we can share." 

Grab our badge and join in! Share your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram #FlashbackFriday photo and mention the FiveSibes with a link back to here and leave us comment so we can come visit your Flashback, too! To catch up on past Flashback Fridays, visit us here:

Flashback Friday #21: A Bandit of Love



















Thursday, February 21, 2013

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Open up and say, "Ahhhhh!" With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, it's a good time to review our pet's dental health regimen to be sure that what we are doing to keep our furkids' chompers clean and healthy is on target. 

First, a few quick questions:

 
  • Do you brush your pet's teeth? (There are a variety of "brushes" from traditional to a finger-style brush, a sponge, and wipes).
  • Do you perform periodic mouth inspections to be sure there are no broken teeth; sores, abrasions, or growths on the gums/tongue; or foul odor from the mouth?
  • Do you give your dog dental treats or dental specific items to chew on?
  • Do you have your veterinarian give your pet a dental check-up during visits?
  
Pictured above, our Harely shows off her canines...and while our girl does have good teeth, with age (she is now eight) there is some tartar build up in the back, so under the direction of her vet, we are keeping a close watch on her and she may have to go in to have a professional cleaning in the near future in order to prevent any issues down the line. Last year, when Wolf, who was four at the time, underwent surgery for the papillomas that grew on his leg, we opted to have his teeth cleaned since he was already under and now he has beautiful pearly whites!

For more on pet dental health care, and to see Wolf getting his teeth brushed, please be sure to read my article, "Keep Your Pet's Smile Healthy With Dental Check Ups" on page 12 in the current issue - Volume 2, Issue #1 - of American Pet MagazineAnd be sure to enter to win an oil portrait of your pet done by award-winning artist Carole Diane Heslin while helping animals in need. Full details HERE.

Until next time, stay healthy and happy!


 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Flashback Friday #21: A Bandit of Love


Bandit's sweet little face and beautiful puppy mask stole our hearts. She came home with us along with her littermates sister Chloe and brother Wolfie when they were just mere pups.  

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." ~Ben Williams

 Bandit is our BandaBear, our Miss B... and our "Crazy Girl." Bandit has always been our challenge Husky. Bandit flies rather than runs, and she is absolutely attached to and obsessed with our alpha queen, Harley. Her monicker fits her perfectly and I sometimes wonder if her name didn't just find her as she is truly a thief at heart! Named because her mask resembled that of a bandit's, she will steal every toy and pillow from the rest of the pack family and pile them under her. She will then guard them as if they were her own. Thankfully, the rest of the pack tends to ignore her challenging issue of possessiveness, and on occasion, surrogate momma Harley will have to remind her just who is the boss of the pack family! 

"What do you mean they are not all mine, Mom???"

 She is now pretty much all deaf, but she is also real love bug who just wants to be hugged and given lots and lots of belly rubs...just so long as she can have all the toys and all the beds!



















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We would like to dedicated today's blog to "Rusty" of the DaWeenies of Florida. We were saddened to learn that Rusty has made his journey across the Rainbow Bridge. Run free, handsome boy. You and your family are in our thoughts.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's Mardi Gras Time!

Laissez les bon temps rouler! 
Let the good times roll! 

  
Mardi Gras is here! And it's the perfect time to think about dressing up, food, fun, and watching the 
"Tails & Tiaras: Here Comes Honey Bow Wow" parade!


First, we'd like to offer our congratulatory woos the Krewe of Barkus' King of Barkus XXI - "Jacques Miller Wallis," a Vizslas, and the Queen of Barkus XXI - "Hattie," a Great Dane. You can read all about this duo on the Mystic Krewe of Barkus website!

Of course, here at the FiveSibes household, in honor of the Krewe of Barkus parade, we dub our "Nanuk 'Harley' Mari" as the Queen, and her true love, "'Gibson' Les Paul of Mystic Mountain" the King! 
Three woos for the King and Queen of the Krewe of FiveSibes! Here's our royal couple, from last year's photoshoot, getting ready for a celebratory pooch smooch!

 
And speaking of Sibes and Krewes and parades...here are some of our beautiful furpals from the Texas Sled Dog Rescue and their furiends as they had fun walking in the Galveston Island Humane Society pet walk called "Krewe of Barkus and Meoux!" Now this my kind of a parade! Woo!

Introducing:

 "Sterling" (TSDR alumni) and 
"Wookie" (Husky Haven alumni)

 
Keoki (shelter rescue), Sterling, Wookie and Jagger


Leah & Nishka Hoff


Reina (a Malamute adoptable)


Tiana and Leonidas


Zelda

If you love these beauties, check out the adoptable ones on the TSDR website! We'd like to thank the Malm furkids Hu-Mom, Lillian, for sharing these great photos with us!

And since Mardi Gras is also known as "Fat Tuesday," we thought we'd share our lip smackin' recipe for a tasty treat of yogurt-dipped bones (you can use your furkid's favorite crunchy style bone - or even better yet, homemade ones! We also thought we'd jump on board Blogville's Tasty Tuesday (hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kol's Notes). 



Have a Happy Tasty Fat Tuesday!

Be sure visit all the bloggers here for some great recipes for Mardi Gras and any day!