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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Together We Can Give Hope to Others: Pawing it Forward to Help a Husky Rescuer in Need

Sasha & Luka of the Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe*
So many times we are infuriated when we hear stories about furbabies being abandoned and dumped off at shelters because families can no longer care for them or decide they no longer fit into their lives. We say, "Why didn't they reach out?" "Why didn't they ask for help?" "Why would someone do that?" "I would have helped if I knew." Our furbabies are our children. They are our responsibility through thick and thin, sickness and health, richer or poorer. They give us complete love and devotion with expecting nothing in return. We owe them love and care...forever.

The Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe is currently in need of some immediate help...and they ARE asking for it. 

The home they are currently in is an apartment
Sasha and newly rescued Herik, an Epi-dog.*
complex - although pet-friendly, it has just been broken into, for the third time. This time, some of the Sibe Tribe dogs got out as a result. Fortunately, they have all been found and returned safely. But the risk of this happening again, their guardian tells me, is all too real for them. And the thought of the Huskies - especially ones with special needs, is just too scary to think about. But we must think about it. 


Then there's a health problem. The Huskies came back home and were ill. Apparently, while they were running about, they got into a pond and area where they were able to ingest stuff, including goose droppings that is prominent in that area, which their vet believes is what caused them to become ill. And there is also a mold issue in the home. "We need to move to a safer and healthier environment," the Sibe Tribe's hu-mom, Mary, states.



The Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe taking a nap!*

Mary, whose income has scaled back dramatically for the summer, is an avid animal lover and rescuer. She is also a civilian musician for the United States Navy, which sometimes takes her away from her apartment for short periods of time. But now, in lieu of the break-ins, she doesn't want to  be away from her Huskies and risk their getting out, getting lost, sick, or worse. The dogs mean the world to her, and three of them are special needs canines. She just recently adopted an Epi-dog, a canine epileptic, who she is determined to help and give a good life to and is in the midst of working with a vet for proper medical care to control the seizures. Another Husky has cataracts, and a third has spinal abnormalities. But the Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe does not need to worry about ever being rehomed or dropped off at a shelter because this special lady, their hu-mom and guardian, says she will sleep in her car with her furbabies if need be as giving them up is not an option. 

Bravo! I say. It's not easy when hard times come a calling to continue the same special care for our pets, especially if they have medical issues, but as pet parents and guardians, isn't it our responsibility to care for them...no matter what?


Luka of the Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe waiting to move with family into a safer home.*

"I just need help getting over this little bump in the road," she tells me via a telephone conversation earlier this evening. By October, Mary hopes to be back on her feet financially (her hours were cut back for the summer). And to hopefully get moving now, Mary has started a YouCaring.com Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe fundraiser to help her achieve her goal of raising $5,000 to aide in funding the move to a safe house she found, one that includes space for the dogs that is also within walking distance to the beach so she can take them on exercises. The neighborhood is safe. There is no mold. There is a yard. There is a full basement level "where it will be cool for the dogs" in the Virginia heat. Money from the fundraiser will also help her to purchase the much-needed medications and food for the rescue Huskies. And...folks in Pennsylvania are waiting on her to possibly rescue another that is waiting for a home. "I know in a few months I will be stable enough once again," she states. "I so appreciate any help...even if say 600 people just donated $5 each, that would get me almost there. I just want to have a safe and healthy home for my dogs and myself so I can properly care and provide for them and continue rescuing other Huskies in need. I just need to get over this hump of a few months, and hopefully be able to move into the house, and then we should be smoother sailing."


Recently rescued Epi-Husky and newest Sibe Tribe member, Herik.*
We all have hit "bumps" in the road at one time or another in our lives. And with a little help from friends, family, and yes - even strangers - we have been able to pass over the bumps in the road, and get back to life. If we could all just visit The Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe's fundraising site and if each of us considered donating even a minimal amount (i.e. skipping that drive-thru coffee or frozen drink and donating that amount) times 10 people or 100 people, would be such a help! Maybe you know of a business who could help, or if you can't personally help, you surely can help by sharing the news to others who may be able to.

In the words of President Obama, "The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."


Together, if each of us joins in with one another, we can bring help "make some good things happen" for the Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe in their time of need.


"Thank Woo for helping us!"*
Let's all paw it forward and make a difference in the lives of Mary and the Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe as she has helped to make a difference in the lives of the Huskies she has rescued and given a home and so much love.

To donate to the Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe, please visit their YouCaring.com site HERE.


*Photos courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sibe Tribe.



The Sibe Tribe currently has three special needs dogs - one with cataracts, one with spinal abnormalities and one with epilepsy.  In the months since moving into our current apartment, the dogs has been getting sicker.  Our Vet believes that the illness is due to the duck and goose waste that is all over the grounds of our complex.  We are also having electrical and mold issues in the apartment that the management and maintenance has failed to fix - our human has been electrocuted in the apt and has mold allergies causing headaches and respiratory issues.  Most recently there has been a rash of breakins - yesterday the intruder breached the door and all of the dogs escaped the apartment.  Thankfully, they were all found and returned to the apartment, but now two are violently ill from whatever they encountered while running free.  The Sibe Tribe desperately needs funds to move to a house with a fenced yard and help with more Vet visits to get us all back on the road to good health.  
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/help-the-sibe-tribe-move-to-a-safer-and-healthier-home-/80228#sthash.e0cUxlGe.dpuf




The Sibe Tribe currently has three special needs dogs - one with cataracts, one with spinal abnormalities and one with epilepsy.  In the months since moving into our current apartment, the dogs has been getting sicker.  Our Vet believes that the illness is due to the duck and goose waste that is all over the grounds of our complex.  We are also having electrical and mold issues in the apartment that the management and maintenance has failed to fix - our human has been electrocuted in the apt and has mold allergies causing headaches and respiratory issues.  Most recently there has been a rash of breakins - yesterday the intruder breached the door and all of the dogs escaped the apartment.  Thankfully, they were all found and returned to the apartment, but now two are violently ill from whatever they encountered while running free.  The Sibe Tribe desperately needs funds to move to a house with a fenced yard and help with more Vet visits to get us all back on the road to good health.  
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/help-the-sibe-tribe-move-to-a-safer-and-healthier-home-/80228#sthash.e0cUxlGe.dpuf
The Sibe Tribe currently has three special needs dogs - one with cataracts, one with spinal abnormalities and one with epilepsy.  In the months since moving into our current apartment, the dogs has been getting sicker.  Our Vet believes that the illness is due to the duck and goose waste that is all over the grounds of our complex.  We are also having electrical and mold issues in the apartment that the management and maintenance has failed to fix - our human has been electrocuted in the apt and has mold allergies causing headaches and respiratory issues.  Most recently there has been a rash of breakins - yesterday the intruder breached the door and all of the dogs escaped the apartment.  Thankfully, they were all found and returned to the apartment, but now two are violently ill from whatever they encountered while running free.  The Sibe Tribe desperately needs funds to move to a house with a fenced yard and help with more Vet visits to get us all back on the road to good health.  
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/help-the-sibe-tribe-move-to-a-safer-and-healthier-home-/80228#sthash.e0cUxlGe.dpuf

2 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm so sorry to hear this Sibe Tribe is having troubles. Butt, I'm glad they are asking for help instead of giving up. I'm sending warm vibes and healing thoughts about those icky pond sickies. Thanks for letting us know about these sweet furiends in need.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

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  2. Bless those who take in special needs pups! We can't give much but you are right if we all help each other during our need we can overcome any hardship. Going to do our part.

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