Friday, April 26, 2013

Flashback Friday #28: Hidden Treasures of Our Lives Reside on Memory Lane

"The heart that truly loves never forgets." 

For the past few days, I've been sorting through one of my closets in an effort of spring cleaning. This one particular closet had never been emptied out to the walls since we first built our house in 1990! But instead of it being a real chore, I've been enjoying sorting through the hidden treasure of our lives as there in boxes were some photos that captured wonderful memories of years past. 

There hiding behind the folds of clothing were some of my daughter's infant and childhood toys, her first rocking horse from my mother for her First Christmas, my Lamaze class book, holiday cards, and many photographs, including ones of my daughter as a baby, playing on the floor with her Nanny, holidays with cousins, merry-go-round rides with her father and I, vacation photos of a much younger hubby and I when we were first married, and photos of past pets that have now journeyed beyond the Rainbow Bridge. Each item brought back wonderful memories, turning my cleaning project from a daunting task into a fond stroll down Memory Lane. 

A few of the photos were of my daughter from when she was about six years old with our rescue puppy, Chelsey. Chelsey was a beautiful pup, part German Shepherd and part Akita, that we adopted from our local SPCA. She and my daughter grew up together as best friends. I taught her to "watch over" my daughter and that she did up until Canine Alzheimer's started taking over. She was the most obedient dog...she was never far from my daughter and always protected her. So much so, that I had forgotten to teach her a command to not "watch over" my daughter and she would growl at anyone who would be a threat in her eyes (including a brother-in-law who playfully picked my daughter up and tossed her in air and then caught her again. Oh, Chelsey did not like that thinking he was hurting her. She would bark and growl and put herself between him and my daughter and then grab my daughter by her wrist and start pulling her away from the "threatening man!" 

You could ask Chelsey to stay, and she would not - no matter who was tempting her - leave her spot unless I told her it was okay to do so. She recuperated from hanging by her collar on a fence she managed to jump, rebounded from heartworm disease, and was plagued with severe anxiety issues from lightning and fireworks. Chelsey was a strong girl. She was a wonderful girl. She was a healthy girl, but slowly symptoms came on her that ultimately we recognized as Alzheimer's. She would play with our then-puppy (and first Siberian Husky) Harley and later Gibson, but then suddenly in the middle of play, something would snap inside her and she would turn the play into an all out attack on the puppies. So we then kept her separate from them. She had the house to herself when the Huskies were out and one of the bedrooms when they were in. Her favorite spot was lying in my now teen daughter's room on the floor atop her discarded clothes!

When our beautiful sweet girl finally began not recognizing our daughter, her best friend, it was clear she was becoming a danger to not only herself, but the very ones she loved and protected, and who loved her. We made a family decision to sadly let her journey to the Rainbow Bridge just three weeks after her vet visit where she was declared physically healthy, but sadly, she was no longer mentally healthy. To this date, her passing is a very difficult one for me. Not that any are easy. But it's difficult to reconcile a healthy body with an unhealthy mind. I still miss her so.

Looking back on the photos brought back so many wonderful memories of Chelsey with my daughter as pictured above. They spent many hours together in the backyard and on the swings together. Then when Harley joined our family, Chelsey endured being pounced on by an energetic Siberian Husky pup, even though she had arthritis. The photos helped me feel like Chelsey was back here with us once again. That's the nice thing about Memory never forgets.  ❤

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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Calling All Siberian Husky Friends! Help Our Breed Win's Breed Competition!

We're back on the campaign trial in support of our breed, the Siberian Husky! And we're reaching out to all our furpals to help us once again as we are in a fun face-off in another breed competition - this one by's Facebook Page! If you would like to help our breed, please visit their page and "Like" the graphic. That's all! (If you have Facebook, please don't share that graphic as it casts a vote for the other breed. A bit tricky I know!) Woos and Thank Yous to all our friends for your support!!! 

 The voting is not over! Facebook Page has revised their Bark Madness Competition to reflect a question style format (see below) after much input from readers. Even if you have already voted, please go back and visit their page and revote "Siberian Husky" using their new question format as the former method will now not be used. Go Vote Husky! And let's remember, it's all in fun! Thank you!


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013 - The (Furry) Faces of Climate Change; Helping to Reduce Our Pets' Carbon Pawprints

The FiveSibes love the Earth and sure hopes everyone else does, too. After all, it's the only planet we have and if we don't care for it, who will? We must think not just of ourselves, but of future generations as well. This year, we are joining in the Earth Day 2013 "Faces of Climate Change," so let's be good to our Earth. Here at the FiveSibes, we have some tips to measure your dog's carbon pawprint. For a full (free) version of my Earth Day article and photos, please visit page 24 of the recent issues (Vol.2/Issue 2) of AMERICAN PET MAGAZINE. Here's a sneak peak:

Here's some tips from my article to help everyone "think green" when it comes to our pets and their pet care, and help to reduce not only our carbon footprints, but their carbon pawprints as well:

Walk your dog whenever possible instead of going by car.
Use recycle shopping bags when going grocery shopping for your supplies and food.

Feed your pet their food in a stainless steel dish.
Make your pet's snacks whenever possible.
Recycle pet food containers and cans insread of throwing them  in with the trash.

Recycle pet medication containers (check with your vet or pharmacy as many happily accept them). 

Clean with chemical-free household supplies (we should be anyway for the health and safety of our pets).

Use biodegradable "doggy-do" bags.

Don't use the microwave to warm up their food.

Plant a tree in memory of a pet.

When emptying out a pet pool or water dish, use it to water flowers, shrubs, and trees. 

Recycle old dog beds, blankets, and toys. Stich em' up, give them a wash, and donate to shelters.

Spay or neuter pets to reduce the epidemic of homeless animals and overpopulated shelters.

See if you can find the FiveSibes' above photo in the Earth Day's "The Face of Climate Change" Wall (and you can join, too! See how by visiting the Earth Day Network.) To see the full photo wall, click the arrow tab on the right to move the Twitter panel to the right.

Happy Earth Day 2013!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Be the Change for Animals: Volunteers in Action "Operation Roger" Truckers Pet Transport

Beep-Beep! "Need a ride?" Our Harley at the wheel!

Today is Be the Change for Animals "Blog the Change" day. And, in honor of their "National Volunteer Month" and the BtC theme of "Celebrating People in Action," I'd like to give a big honk to the Operation Roger Truckers Pet Transport!

This is an amazing group of about 20 to 30 truck drivers who love pets and offer "volunteer transportation and housing for abused and neglected animals, military pets, and pets that need relocation due to family difficulty." According to their website, "volunteer to help needy pets get to their new homes and have a better chance at a fun-filled life by giving them a hitchhike in their cabs and a lot of TLC enroute." These caring truck drivers help dogs, cats, and bunnies in need across the country safely reach their destinations.

Now in its eighth year, Operation Roger has helped transport 694 pets (and counting) across the United States!

Please visit their website for transporting application, requirements, information on the organization, successful pet transport stories (have some tissues handy as they will tug at your heartstrings!), a list of sponsors, a list of interstates their truckers travel, and much more. Please keep in mind that Operation Roger is not a door-to-door service. These are truck drivers who do have a commitment to their jobs first, but because of their love of animals, want to help as many small pets in need as possible. There is a one-time application fee of $25, but the transport is free of charge. You can also follow their Operation Roger Facebook community page and request to join their Operation Roger Truckers Pet Transport Facebook group for information and to interact with other folks. While the community page is an open public page, to join the group, just submit a request to join and let them know the FiveSibes sent you over! This group has a lot of interaction and documents of transporting options available. If you are in need of a transport, please contact them via Email at

Volunteer drivers, sponsors, and donators are the backbone of this dedicated non-profit organization. If you'd like to volunteer to be member of Operation Roger, they are always looking for truck drivers, shuttle drivers, and layover homes for the animals. To apply, contact Operation Roger via Email at:

So the next time you see a homeless pet's photo come across your social media, please don't think, "If only I lived closer." Check to see if the rescue requirements will permit out-of-area adoptions and then contact Operation Roger to fill out an application and that long-distance animal in need may just be your new pet! 

Blog the Change

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Siberian Huskies Need Your Vote in AKC #FinalFido4 Competition!

Calling all our friends, Siberian Husky parents, lovers, friends, and supporters! Please help us get the Siberian Husky to the top of the American Kennel Club's friendly breed competition! We need your vote on Wednesday, April 10 from 
8:30 AM EST to 3:00 PM EST 
to help the Husky beat the Bulldog 
in the #FinalFido4 leg of the competition! 
Please visit the AKC Facebook page and 


Woooos and Thank Yous!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Flashback Friday #27: Puppy Power x 3!

"Happiness is a warm puppy."

~Charles M. Schulz

Or in our case...three warm puppies! 
Happy Flashback Friday!

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In Memory of "Oreo"

I'd like to dedicate this post to beautiful "Oreo" Stoddard - a furpal of ours of friends and fellow five Sibers from New York. Oreo suddenly became ill and it was time to earn furangel wings and journey North of the Rainbow Bridge. Wear your beautiful silver harness with pride. You will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved you. Here is a little slideshow of special memories of our furpal loving life. Run free through those beautiful snowy fields, sweet Oreo.