Saturday, July 27, 2013

Exciting News! Introducing "Gibbie Snacks!" A Recipe for Canine Epilepsy Awareness...and a Treat Giveaway for Epi-Dogs!

It's been very exciting around here! It's been hard to keep it quiet! But, we can now announce another big step in our "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign - treats!

Woo? Woof? Ruff? Aroooo?

That's right, all our canine furpals...treats! A dog's favorite word! We know your ears are perked and we have some cute head tips just waiting to hear the rest of our news!

So, I am so thrilled to present...

Here's our official announcement:

And here's a little video introduction:

"Gibbie Snacks" are made by House Wolf K-9 Dog Biscuits, a part of the Edelweiss Bakery & Cafe in Vermont, good ol' USA! Yes, these treats are freshly made with all healthy and wholesome ingredients. The fabulous baking and creative team of Ralf and Ken of House Wolf were inspired by our Epi-Husky Gibson and researched healthy diets for Epi-dogs. They specially formulated "Gibbie Snacks" with the Epi-dog in mind! 

At first glance, we fell in love with the House Wolf "Gibbie Treats" label as they included Gibson's cartoon version from our What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy illustratred children's book!

"Gibbe Snacks" Label
And then, "Gibbie Treats" have all of Gibson's favorite foods in them: lean beef (they make their own puree´), sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, and oatmeal, plus zucchini and some fresh parsley! Yum! NO salt (which is very important for Epi-dogs on Potassium Bromide), NO rosemary (which can be a seizure trigger for some Epi-dogs), and NO preservatives. They are baked fresh in their Vermont bakery and lovingly hand-packed and shipped. And with all the concerns about commercial dog treats being tainted, I stopped purchasing dog treats and started making homemade when time permits. Then I discovered House Wolf...I feel good about feeding these to my furkids. And an added bonus...with no fillers or artificial ingredients, Gibson has also lost some additional weight! (Epi-dogs can gain weight from the medications. I've been working with Gibson for the past two-and-a-half years to get him down from his gain to 116 lbs to 90 lbs! The last four just fell off him over the past few weeks, and I attribute that to healthy treats that include House Wolf).

Are you ready??? For every bag of "Gibbie Snacks" ordered, House Wolf will donate $1.00 to The Wally Foundation for Canine Epilepsy! 

The Wally Foundation's mission is:

"To assist owners of idiopathic epileptic dogs, dog rescue groups and animal shelters to afford medications and treatments related to Canine Epilepsy. The Wally Foundation will strive to be a resource for canine epilepsy, and support research into more effective treatments and a possible cure in canines and humans alike."

"The Wally Foundation hopes and believes that no owner should have to choose between food on the table or needed medications for their beloved dog, nor should any adult or child have to say 'Good-bye' to their furry loved one for lack of support, education, or resources."
"The treatment of Canine Epilepsy can be burdensome and expensive. It requires a self-less commitment to a willingness to treat an epileptic dog. Some dogs are well controlled and live a full life while others have their lives cut short. The treatment of epilepsy begins to take over your life, and requires constant vigilance and a strict adherence to medication schedules and protocols. This is the reality of living with an epileptic dog. It is also the reason The Wally Foundation operates, to offer support, assistance, and to raise awareness of this horrible disease."  
We here at the FiveSibes are so honored and pleased that House Wolf is not only supporting Canine Epilepsy Awareness by developing a treat specially formulated with the Epi-dog in mind, naming it after our beautiful Epi-Husky Gibson, but also for jumping right in to assist other Epi-dogs through donating to The Wally Foundation! 

Through wonderful, thoughtful, caring, and selfless actions such as these...maybe one day no dog will ever go without the treatment it dog will ever face being euthanized because a parent can't afford medications...and we all pray that one day...Canine Epilepsy will no longer exist. Until then, the more we bring awareness to Canine Epilepsy and seizure disorders and how dogs can, and do, live full lives...the better those lives will be! It really takes a community to make this happen...and I'm so proud to be part of such a wonderful, caring pet community! Together...we DO make a difference in the lives of these amazing warrior dogs.

"Gibbie Snacks" will be available to order online (with a $1 per bag being donated to 
The Wally Foundation) 
from the House Wolf K-9 Dog Biscuits website HERE. First shipments start on 
Monday, July 29, 2013! 

Just look for this label on House Wolf ordering page:

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As a special treat...we will be giving away one (1) bag of the new 
House Wolf "Gibbie Treats" to one of our Epi-pals! You must be an Epi-dog to enter (Canine Epilepsy or seizure disorder). We will announce the lucky winner next Saturday! Enter here:

***August Updates*** 


Woos and Congrats to SUE S. & her Epi-dog, "THE MIGHTY QUINN" of the White Dog Army for winning our random Rafflecopter drawing for a complimentary bag of 
"Gibbie Snacks!"

*August Special on Gibbie Snacks*

 *Calendar Alert*

Mark your calendars! Both House Wolf and The Wally Foundation will be on upcoming episodes of The Sibe Vibe!

House Wolf will be our guest on the August 11th episode of The Sibe Vibe where we will be discussing healthy baking for your canine companions and House Wolf's love of baking and Siberian Huskies!

And in November...we will be featuring Rick Selwood of 
The Wally Foundation for National Canine Epilepsy Awareness Month.

We hope you are excited about our news as we are! Until next time, stay safe, healthy, and happy!

"Gibson" of the FiveSibes


  1. Wow, that is really exciting!! I am sure they are delicious and goods for the dogs too!

  2. This is wonderful. I love everything you do for our fellow epi pals!

  3. Congrats! That's fantastic news! As a dog mom who has to worry over certain grain issues with Shango, it's so nice to see foods where I can be thrilled to give him a treat without that worry.

  4. WOWSA!!! That is indeed excitin' news!!! They do look delish!!!
    Good luck to all the Epi-doggies!! They look FABulously delish!
    Ruby ♥

  5. Jack cannot wait to try some new Gibbie Snacks! Thank you for working with House Wolf to create them and for getting them to donate $1 to the Wally Foundation for each bag sold! Absolutely terrific, thank you for all you do!

  6. Stopping by to visit some of my favorite Sibes!! Hope you're all doing well!! :)

    Woofs & huggies, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  7. Those treats are a great idea. I am sure it is hard to find things epi-dogs can eat.

  8. Yummy and helpful, such a wonderful combination!

  9. Popped over to say Hi.. Those treats look yummy. We have done Christmas in July too :) xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  10. These treats sound so yummy!! I had no idea that rosemary was dangerous for dogs with epilepsy.

    Your pal, Pip

  11. Those look dewishus! And you are all such beauwoooowoooootiful Huskies! Wooooowoooooooo, Ku the Alaskan Malamute (
    p.s. this is my kitty sistah Zoe's emial/blogger account. She said I could use it to wooowooooo to other pups.

  12. Doh!

    I missed entering to win the gibbie snacks, however I am super pleased that you told me about them and I'll be sure to tell Mum how healthy they are cos she's all into that stuff!! :)

    Hope you're all having a fun day

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  13. Hey there FiveSibes! We visited your blog. We are in aww over all the stuff you got going on over here. We couldn't find where we were supposed to leave a comment, so we found a spot on this older post. Congratulations on getting a snack named after you -- the Gibby Snack. How pawsome is that! We listened to about a half hour of the program on your radio show about the House Wolf Treats. I think the show was from August. It was a great show. It was making us super hungry for some of those treats, so we had to stop listening to the show after a while cause all we heard were our tummies rumbling. :)