Sunday, June 30, 2013

Let's Celebrate Summer Together! Enter Our FiveSibes "Summer Fun Canine Photo Contest!"

Woooooo! It's officially summer in the Northern hemisphere...a time of splashing in pools, barbequing delish foods, romping in the fields, playing in the surf, going for car rides, exploring on vacation, catching frisbees in the park, chasing bugs, eating ice cream, burying bones, snoozing in front of the fan, watching fireworks, and lazing in the shade. 

It's also a great time to photograph our beloved canine companions doing what they like best doing the great Summer season. So let's have some fun together! Snap those great shots of your dogs and enter our "Summer Fun Canine Photo Contest!" We have some fab prizes and award certificates for our lucky winners! (We apologize to all our kitty friends, but this one's for the doggies!)

Here's the Submission Rules:

We'd love for you to follow (if you don't already) our blog here, our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews page, and our Twitter page (@FiveSibesMom), if you can, to keep up on lots of contest, Husky, and K9 news!

Photos will be judged by a panel of photographers, artists, pet experts, and pet parents on meeting the following:

*Summer Theme
*Dog's Expression
*Photo Composition
*Quality of Photo

*Be sure to state your dog's name, state, and country in the Email.*

Entry Deadline: Midnight EST 
August 15th.

Limit one (1) prize per pet family. 
Photos should be Emailed to FiveSibesPhotoContest(at)gmail(dot)com.
Put "Summer Fun" in the subject line.

*Winners will be announced by August 31st.* 
Submission of photos grants us permission to 
include photo in a YouTube slideshow 
and in our blog, Twitter page, and  

Now for the good stuff! Here's the PRIZE list!

Overall Grand Prize
A $150 House Wolf K-9 Dog Biscuits Gift Package &compliments of House Wolf
Award Certificate & Ribbon from FiveSibes.

House Wolf Grand Prize Gift Package includes:
Three (3) bags of delicious, wholesome House Wolf K-9 Dog Biscuits (no salt or preservatives),  Pet Naturals of Vermont Silk Conditioner for Dogs, Kong Air Dog Tennis Fetch Toy, Kong Ball "super durable formula,"  Pet Naturals of Vermont Natural Flex for Fido loosing his "Flex," American Kennel Club Portable Travel Bowl, Pets at Home "Poop bag disposer," Kong Braidz for Large Dog, and The Kong Wobbler for 25 pounds plus for the K-9!

House Wolf's"Keysha" waiting to award the Grand Prize!
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First Place Prize
A Kat N Kanine Custom 5x7 Pet Portrait & 
Award Certificate, Ribbon. custom one-of-a-kind portrait compliments of Kat N Kanine

A beautiful one-of-a-kind Kat N Kanine pet portrait will be custom made of your pet based on photos sent to the artist! (That's our boy Gibson in the upper left corner!)

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Second Place Prize
A FiveSibes™ Book/Gift Package & Award Certificate, Ribbon.
 compliments of FiveSibes

 Our FiveSibes Prize Gift Package includes:
Autographed What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy illustrated children's book, a 
"Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy awareness bracelet, a "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Resource Booklet, one "The Sibe Vibe" radio show T-shirt, and a 
FiveSibes™ handmade fleecy tug toy!

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Third Place Prize
Three (3) Bags of All-Natural, Vermont Made House Wolf K-9 Dog Biscuits compliments of House Wolf. Award Certificate & Ribbon from FiveSibes.
Flavors may vary. 
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Fourth Place Prize
One (1) New Three White Dog Cookbook, value $16.95. Award Certificate, Ribbon.
compliments of FiveSibes

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Fifth Place Prize
One (1) New set of Bone Cooke Cutters, value $14.95. Award Certificate, Ribbon. 
compliments of FiveSibes

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Sixth Place Prize
One (1) Set of New Husky (4.5") & Sled (4.75") Cookie Cutters, Value $11.00. Award Certificate, Ribbon. compliments of FiveSibes

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Seventh & Eighth Place Prizes 

One (1) New 5-Dog Theme Tin of Mini Cookie Cutters, value $8. And (1) Paw Print Cookie Cutter, 
value $3. Award Certificate, Ribbon. 
compliments of FiveSibes
 Mini cutters are approximately 1" each.

Pawprint cutters are approximately 2.5" each.
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One (1) Bag of  All-Natural Vermont Made  
House Wolf K-9 Dog Biscuits , 
compliments of House Wolf. Value per bag - approximately $7 - $10. Award Certificate & Ribbon from FiveSibes. (Husky not included!)

Our Harley modeling with a bag of House Wolf treats. Flavor may vary.

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One (1) Set of Two New PetSmart Squeaker Toys, Award Certificate, Ribbon. Value $6.50.
 compliments of FiveSibes

Sample of the Award Ribbons

So have fun with your furkids this summer, and keep clicking those awesome photos! 
Can't wait to see them! 
Good luck to all!


Here's Lookin' at You on a Shadow Shot Sunday!

"Love you, Momma!" ~ "Love you, too, Bandit!"

"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives." ~C.S. Lewis 

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants

Friday, June 28, 2013

Thinking of Thunder

We are thinking of our beautiful Blogger furpal, Thunder, of The OP Pack who is not doing well. I'm sure by  now you've heard the heartwrenching news that Thunder may have cancer and IMHA. If you haven't had the chance yet, please stop over to visit the Chronicle of Woos to get the latest update and leave them a message of love and support during this very difficult time. We send loving woos and prayers to Thunder and hu-family along with the hopes of healing comfort and strength for Thunder in the days ahead. Thunder, we love you! And, yes, we believe in miracles.
We are sending you lots of woos and positive wishes. Here our Wolf and Harley are sending their woos to you, Thunder.

Stay strong, Thunder.

Friday, June 21, 2013

It's Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Wooo! Friday, June 21st is the 15th anniversary of Take Your Dog to Work Day! Now, the FiveSibes are among the "working breed" dogs...but they like to do lots of things besides sledding...they are:
  • Official Taste Testers of all thing snacks, 
  • Quality Control Officers for testing toys, 
  • Professional Snoozers and Lickers, 
  • Assistant Editors for my book projects (Bandit, pictured here, really likes those red pens for chewing, I mean editing!), 
  • TV Specialists (they prefer Animal Planet), 
  • Water Quality Testers (they check out the pool water for temperature and fun-ability), and
  • Linguistics Experts, having perfected the Husky "woo!"
They also love to take turns spending time with us in our home office, provided we have a good supply of treats, toys, and oh, yes, a comfy bed!
"Woo, Gib, how do you spell Epilepsy?"
Pictured here, Bandit has joined Gibson as part of my editorial team. She is proofing lots of stories sent in for my latest book on dogs with Epilepsy that is tentatively scheduled to be published later this year. As you can see, Bandit is pretty busy chatting with Gibson about some notes via speaker on her iPhone.

We Need Your Help...We Need Your Votes!

"Vote for me, please!"
Bandit is such a great assistant book editor, that I've submitted her photo below to the Take Your Dog To Work Day photo contest. We'd love it if you would vote for her! And if we win, we will receive $500 donation to a Husky shelter of our choice! Woo-hoo! Please vote for Bandit to help us help other Huskies in need! You can do so by visiting and voting HERE. (And if you could ask your furpals to vote for us, too, that would be just pawsome!)

So, do you take your pet to work with you? 

To check out some tips on getting ready to bring your pet to the work place, be sure to read my article in the current issue, (Volume 2, Issue 2), of American Pet Magazine. Here's a sneak peak:

Have fun taking your pet to work!

Joining The Fight Like A Frenchie For Benny

We are joining Blogville in sending furpal Benny of Two French Bulldogs lots of woos and wishes to stay strong, be healthy, and 
"Fight Like A Frenchie" against his diagnosed liver cancer. We are so sorry to hear he is battling this monster and join with other Bloggers in supporting him and sending him, Lily, and their Hu-Mom our heartfelt prayers and power of the paw and forming a Pawcircle of Hope and Healing.
Stay strong, Benny. We love you!

Thanks to Jazzi's Hu-Mom for sharing  this cool image!

To donate toward Benny's extememely expensive treatment,
please visit this "Go Fund Me" site:

Friday, June 14, 2013

Flashback Friday #30: Summer Lovin'

Harley & Gibson - Summer of '06! 
When the love birds were just babies! 
Harley at one-and-a-half years old, 
and puppy Gibson was just six months old!

Summer Love
by Leah Harlow 

 Summer love
A new flame
Bright but fades
Time well spent
Summer love
Early sunrises
Late night fireflies
Bright afternoons
Summer love
Every second spent
Thoughts race around
Chances well taken
Summer love
Soggy sand
Cool water
Warm hands
Summer love
The newest joy
Most awaited part
Let loose
Summer love
Take a chance
Take a dive
Take it in
Summer love. 

Happy Flashback Friday! 

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 #22: A Tale of a Prince and His Perch 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Newsy Tuesday: Gibson Says, Another Check Please for K-9 Epilepsy Awareness!

Epi-Husky "Gibson" of the FiveSibes says, "Thank Woo!" for helping us to raise funds for Canine Epilepsy Resources.

Wooo! Gibson and I are so happy to announce that we recently raised $180 more through our "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign for the Canine Epilepsy Resources' EPIL-K9 Foundation for "Emma's Fund" bringing total contributions to date to $250! The campaign is on-going and a percentage of proceeds from my book will continue for the life of the book, so hopefully, our donations will continue to add up! The campaign consists of a percentage of proceeds from my children's book, What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy, awareness bracelets, t-shirts, and straight donations.

Our "Gib Check"

 So a huge "Thank You!" to all of you who help us promote Canine Epilepsy Awareness by purchasing my book and "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Awareness items, donating, and sharing our posts and videos! If you have not yet had a chance to purchase a book, one of the bracelets, or a t-shirt, you can do so at ArcticHouse Publishing.

This is a graphic from Canine Epilepsy Resources showing their receipt of our Gib Check under a photo of beautiful FurAngel "Emma," who the memorial fund is named after. The "Emma's Fund" is under the Neurology Department of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is used to help the Neurology department with small projects and equipment. Read about what the funds actually fund HERE.

To read more about our "Live Gib Strong" campaign, "going purple," and our thanks to others who have helped/are helping the campaign, click HERE.

To read about the initial launch of the "Live Gib Strong" campaign, visit HERE

To read about our very first donation check to Canine Epilepsy Resources, visit HERE.

To read about our Blog the Change: Canine Epilepsy Awareness, visit HERE

To read about Canine Epilepsy Resources, click HERE.

Who is Emma? Read HERE. 

There are many other posts on this blog about Gibson and his journey with Canine Epilepsy. To read, visit HERE. You an also simply type in "Canine Epilepsy" and/or "Gibson" into blog's search box in the upper left hand corner.

Let us continue to bring awareness to others with the important message that with love and some special care...dogs can and do live happy, full lives with Canine Epilepsy.

I am also very proud to be a Purple Day Ambassador for Epilepsy (Canine) Awareness for the second year in my area. If through sharing Gibson's and other Epi-dogs stories and bringing awareness to Canine Epilepsy and seizure disorders can help even just one Epi-dog and hu-parent, then we've been successful! Education is key!

I will leave you with once again sharing my Purple Day 2013 Awareness video highlighting beautiful Epi-dogs worldwide. We hu-parents choose to have our beloved Epi-dogs wear purple and bring awareness to Canine Epilepsy, seizure disorders, and these amazing warrior dogs not just once a year, but the whole year through!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Sibe Vibe Welcomes Some Pawsome Guests: Gone to the Snow Dogs, Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue & Adoption, The Sanctuary Project, and Operation Husky Rescue

Our "The Sibe Vibe" monthly radio show is doing really well and my co-host Robert Forto (of Dog Works Radio and Team Ineka) and I have been having lots of fun with it and every one of our guests has been terrific and full of information about Siberian Huskies and all things canine! Of course, we have you, our dedicated readers and listeners for making it so successful! We've had lots of fantastic guests on (check out our Dog Works Radio page HERE and our The Sibe Vibe blog HERE for a complete listing of previous shows you can tune in any time to listen to on your computer. I've been a little tardy in posting stories since we've been away from blogging as much as I used to because, as many of you know from previous postings, I've been focusing on healing our two Huskies, Gibson and Harley, through Conservative Care Management for torn CCLs, and it slow and time-consuming, but that's okay! Slow and easy is our motto right now for them. But, I hope to catch up posting soon as they heal as there's just so much news and info to share! 

Jessica "Snow Dogs" Hatch
In March, we featured  Gone to the Snow Dogs, where  my stand-in co-host Michele Forto (of Team Ineka and Robert's wife) and I talked to the Husky vlog queen Jessica "Snow Dogs" Hatch all about her Huskies and the great Gone to the Snow Dogs YouTube videos she shares with everyone. Once you watch one, you'll be a fan, too! And a personal thanks from me and my FiveSibes to Jessica and her Snow Dogs as they were one of the first sites to help promote us when we came onto the social networking scene! So "woos" from the house of FiveSibes to the Gone to the Snow Dogs household!

Listen to stories about Oakley, Shelby, FurAngel Shiloh, and Baby Memphis!
Here's our show where Jessica talks all about how Gone to the Snow Dogs rose to YouTube fame!

In April, you can tune in when my co-host flips the mic around and talks with me all about my FiveSibes and how they became our family!

Listen in to this episode of Robert and I chatting about each of my FiveSibes:

Operation Husky Rescue

In May, we featured Ann Calano of the Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue (ASHRA) and Cyndi Cubillas of The Sanctuary Project who have been involved in "Operation Husky Rescue." These amazing folks saved over 50 Huskies from a breeder who was being evicted. Check out the show and each of their Facebook pages to see how these Huskies are doing.

If you haven't seen the rescue video, have some tissues ready! And the best part? They were able to rescue ALL of the Huskies! Woo!

And tune in to this episode of "The Sibe Vibe" as we chat with both Ann and Cyndi - amazing ladies doing some amazing work for dogs in need:

We hope you enjoyed our shows! Please be sure to visit each of their websites and say "hello!"
Until next time, be safe, be happy, and be loved! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Update on Gibson's Conservative Care Management for a Torn CCL

Here's my boy Gibson just relaxing at the vet's today. It's one of his favorite places to visit! He went in for his K-LaserUSA treatment for his torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL - ACL in humans) and weak hind end issues. was also his annual check-up and we received some great most of you know, we've been doing Conservative Care Management (CCM - also sometimes called Conservative Care Treatment), which included the laser treatments and his wearing a Woundwear stability brace (that he is now wearing just on long walks) for his CCL tear. Since he's an Epi-Husky (canine epileptic), we wanted to hold off on surgery if we could to see if CCM would be beneficial to him without surgery...and today, after almost 6 months of rehab under CCM, the vet said his knee with the CCL tear is getting a little tighter! Woo! I was so excited to hear this. Continuing with  the CCM for the CCL - s.l.o.w. and e.a.s.y - that's our motto!

To read my initial Conservative Care story 
visit HERE
 To read my last update on our "rehab unit" visit HERE

While checking out the K-LaserUSA site, be sure to visit the videos section and if you click on the eighth thumbnail, you can see Gibson getting a treatment!

We sincerely thank everyone for their continued support, cards, and well wishes for our Husky kids. They certainly feel all the love and send their "wooos" of thanks, too!