Monday, January 6, 2014

♥ Happy 8th Birthday, Gibson! ♥ A Giveaway and Video to Celebrate!

Today is beautiful Gibson's birthday! It's so hard to believe it was eight years ago in April when Gib joined our family. He was just a happy, silly, big ball of fluff with a squinty parti-eye that made him look like he was winking. He couldn't really run like a regular Husky, he always did a combination of a horse's lope mixed in with a bunny's back end hop ~ and that's how he still runs today! That fluffy wooly puppy grew into a beautiful, amazing, loving, soulful dog...and a best friend to me. He is "an old soul" as our canine behaviorist once pointed out upon meeting him and I agree. When I talk to Gib and look into his beautiful blue eyes, they are knowing. We have a very special unbreakable bond. 

 Love this split-pic my daughter put together for us!

We've been through a lot over the years with his diagnosis of Canine Epilepsy shortly after he turned three, to bouts of hind end weakness due to his Epi-meds, and a very severe case of ataxia due to Bromide toxicity. He tore his CCL last December, and sure as clockwork, he tore his other this Christmas Eve when he slipped on icy snow during a sudden snow storm. He is currently on constant bed rest on his water bed, and can only go out with a sling system. We are also waiting on a new leg brace and will do Conservative Care Management/Treatment once again with him as surgery is always a last option for him since he is an Epi-dog and we don't want to trip any possible seizure activity. He is on pain meds and I am continuing with natural anti-inflammatory supplements and Omega 3 oil to help with the pain and inflammation. He is a strong boy and very determined. 

We'd like to thank everyone for your well wishes and Birthday greetings! He certainly feels all the love and we really appreciate it! We hope to get back to visiting everyone's blog soon when things here at the FiveSibes rehab unit settles down a bit more! Please know we are thinking of you all!

To say "thank woo" for celebrating his special day with us, we'd like to do a Rafflecopter *Giveaway* for an autographed copy of my FiveSibes Tale illustrated children's book What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy." We will announce the winner next Tuesday so you all have time to enter! So be sure to enter at the end of this post.

 Now for the party!

First up...the cake and presents! The cake is all-natural, farm-fresh made vanilla ice cream softened to spread in pan. Then House Wolf K-9 Dog Biscuits all natural "Gibbie Snacks" (named after Gibson and formulated for the Epi-dog, but all dogs love them!) are crushed and sprinkled over the top. Place cake back in freezer to firm, and voila!

Party table.

"Woo! Party is in here this year since Gibson is injured," Harley tells the pack.

"Vanilla ice cream cake time! Wooo! Nom, nom, nommmmmms...!"


Husky huddle time to lick the cake dish clean!

Gibson with his presents ~ a doggie pillow and his stuffed safari leopard!

 Oh baby...Gibson is Mr. Chick Magnet for sure! Here his love Harley and baby sis Chloe keep him company.

The very best gift of the day was when Gibson managed to get himself up all on his own! He has not been able to move without assistance of  a sling since his Christmas Eve slip! This was his Birthday gift to me! He struggles to get up, and he is on medication and natural supplements, and I pray he continues to improve. And today his WoundWear brace arrived, so hopefully, he will be on the road to recovery via Conservative Care Management/Treatment.

Pooped from partying and walking! Time for a snooze!

This birthday I wish him much healing, good health, and constant love surrounding him. He is truly an inspiration ~ and my love and heart dog! Here's our annual updated Birthday video - a fond look back since Gibson joined our family! We hope you'll enjoy our trip down Memory Lane!

Enter Gibson's Birthday Celebration What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy autographed book giveaway drawing here! Winners will be randomly selected on Saturday, January 11th and we will post the winners then. Good luck! And thanks for celebrating our big boy's birthday with us!

*Giveaway Update* Congrats to Donna Fahey Gomez on winning Gibson's Birthday Book Giveaway! Contact us at FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com to give us your dog house addy so we can send you the book! Congrats!

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  1. A very special ♫ ♫ Hap-Pee Birthday ♫ ♫ to you, Gibson. What do you mean the cake got licked clean????? You mean you didn't save a piece FUR me???


  2. Whhoooa! Look at that cake. Happy Birthday sweet Gibson

  3. Happy Birthday Gibson!!!!! I would really love your book. It may help the kids that visit my dog understand.

  4. Happy Birthday gibson!!!! It issoooooo nice to hear he was up on his own!!
    It looks like he had wonderful birthday!
    Great giveaway also! I am entering now!!
    Wishing you all the best!
    ((Husky hugz))
    "Love is being owned by a husky"

  5. Happy birthday, Gibson! It looks like a grreat pawty. I hope you keep improving.

  6. Ok so hi again! Didn't realize I had to leave a certain comment LOL
    So I would like this book because I have learned so much about epilepsy from your blog I would love to share the info with my kids! (Plus an autograph would be GREAT!!!)

  7. Happy birthday Gibson huskerboo!!!


  8. Happy Birthday, Gibson!!! We hope you can have a much better year this year. Mom always thinks of Thunder when she sees your beautiful eyes. He had the same "old soul" look.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  9. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Gibson!!!

  10. Happy 8th Birthday beautiful boy Gibson! I am sorry I missed your special day but I hope it was amazing and I hope this 8th year of your precious life is filled with much health and love and snow!! I was so sad to read of your fall on Christmas Eve and am sending prayers and love for a quick and painless healing. You are such a strong boy and I know with your wonderful Pack around you, nothing will stop your spirit from soaring!

    Enjoy all your birthday treats sweet one!


    K and Angel Suka

  11. I stumbled upon your blog today, would love to win your book - sorry you had/have to go thru all those things, big childhood dog had seizures, would love to learn more

  12. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Stop on by for a visit

  13. Happy birthday Gibson. Hope you continue to get well.

  14. Happy Birthday, Dearest Friend. We send White Dog wishes for a new year filled with recovery, health, pack adventures, pampering, continued success in spreading the word about epi-dogs, lots of friends, and! The White Dog Army