Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Update on Wolf and Hu-Mom

One week ago today, Wolf went in for surgery on his other CCL. Pictured above, Wolf on his way home from ortho surgeon with my husband and daughter. What made this extremely difficult was that I could not accompany Wolf to or from surgery as I have been sick with acute bronchitis at first, which was upgraded just a few days ago to pneumonia. Wolf's surgery went well for a completely torn CCL, blown meniscus, and a lot of arthritis. He was heavy medicated, but prognosis is good, just like his other leg that healed well after surgery last Halloween. We've been convalescing buddies.

Wolf being greeted by his pack family (sis Bandit on the left and "momma" Harley on the right) as he he is helped up the ramp to the back deck with a sling by Hu-Dad. Everyone is so happy he is back home.

Wolf all nestled onto his bed with one of his buddies, on the road to healing. As soon as I am feeling more myself and healthier, I'll be back on to update. Thank you, everyone, for all your wonderful Emails and notes of well wishes for both Wolfie and I. We so appreciate them all!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Torn Cruciate - Yes, Again!

Wolf, cuddling his buddies the night before surgery.

So here we are ~ again ~ a place all-to-familiar to us. A blown CCL. While this one was no real surprise, as we were advised that after Wolf's imbrication surgery last October when he blew out his right CCL while running (see HERE for list of Wolf's previous updates), we could/should expect his other to give out in about a year's time. Well, it's been nine months and over the past month he has started showing the telltale signs of his left CCL going, and then this weekend, he was no longer able to put weight on the paw and I knew it was time. So this morning, my boy travelled with his Hu-Dad to the surgical hospital to prep for his surgery today. What makes this especially difficult is that I could not travel with them today as I myself was in Emergency Care this past weekend with acute bronchitis. But, his daddy reported back that he went in with the surgeon like a big boy! Just a few minutes ago, the surgeon phoned, and Wolf is out of surgery and in recovery. His meniscus was completely blown and he lots of arthritis developed with large deposits. They cleaned him all up and did a cruciate imbrication surgery as in the previous one, and hopefully, he will rest up well tonight and I can call tomorrow to see when he can come home, which will be none too soon for this Hu-Mom!

Please join us in a pawcircle of prayer and positive healing for my baby boy. I'll keep everyone posted with updates. Thanks for all your support and care! We are (sadly) getting to be experts in the CCL injury department, having four out of five Huskies over the past two years having gone through this to some degree or another. First, if you remember, was dear sweet Chloe who blew out both her at the same time and had emergency bilateral imbrication surgery. Then Wolf blew out his right one while running in the yard and required surgery. Gibson tore both of his (he, as many know is also an Epi-Husky and has sufferend hind end weakness for years as a side effect of his meds. To read his initial story, visit HERE) and Harley, after spinning, has a suspected small tear, but after a 9-week stint in an stability leg brace, other than some occasional stiffness from arthritis, she is doing well.

Seriously, what are the odds? I think we just beat them.

Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket.

Many of you will recall that we treated Gibson and Harley via Conservative Care Treatment (stability leg brace, harness, natural anti-inflams, laser therapy, massage, rest, and eventually rehab walks). Gibson, because he is an epileptic and we did not want to risk breakthrough seizures, and Harley, because she has some breathing and swallowing issues, and with hitting "senior" dog status, we did not want to risk it. Unfortunately, arthritis is something we can't really control and tends to settle in after such injuries. Chloe, Wolf, and Gibson are all from the same bloodline, so this is a hereditary trait and again, the sad results of irresponsible breeding where the dogs pay the price in pain, injury, and illness. But that's a soapbox I will climb up onto on a different day. Today, I'm just thankful that there are treatments that can help them, an excellent ortho surgeon and hospital (our ortho tends to our State Police dogs and is just amazing), and that my boy Wolf is out of surgery and in recovery. To me, that's a lot to be thankful for.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Celebrating 10K Fans on Facebook With a FiveSibes Giveaway!

 Woooo! We are SO excited!

         "Woooooo! What's going on?!"

 "It's FURtastic news! Just PAWSOME!"

 Have you heard the news?!

Does Mom know???!!!

 "C'mon, Mom! We have BIG news!"

"We are just SO excited! We clicked over 10,000 fans on our FiveSibes Facebook page today!"

 "Woo...that's so cool. Thanks, everyone! We love you guys!"


 "...that means we get 10,000 treats, right?!"

To show our appreciation for your support, we thought it would be fun to do a virtual party and host a giveaway so you can have a chance to win some cool FiveSibes™ prizes! How? Just leave a comment on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews public community Facebook Page or our FiveSibes™ blog here answering these two questions: 
1) How you know/found out about us?  
 2) Why you enjoy our page and/or blog?
Then be sure to enter your name in the Rafflecopter below!

Not one, not two, but THREE (3) lucky winners will be randomly selected. You can enter the giveaway until 
July 25, 2014 at 9PM EST.

1st Prize: Autographed copy of my newly released FiveSibes™ Tale: Getting Healthy With Harley.

2nd Prize: A “The Sibe Vibe” T-Shirt*
*Sizes available are: S, M, L, XL (no 2XL).

3rd Prize: A “Live Gib Strong” K-9 Epilepsy Awareness T-Shirt*  
*Sizes available are: M, L, and 2XL. (no S or XL).


Congrats to our Giveaway Winners:

Christina W. - Getting Healthy With Harley Book
Stephanie O - "The Sibe Vibe" T-Shirt
Linda C. - "Live Gib Strong" K9 Epilepsy Awareness T-Shirt

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day: Blog the Change for Animals

Our Harley donned a firefighter's hat to help deliver the very important message about fire safety for pets. Today is Be the Change for Animals' "Blog the Change" and we are promoting National Pet Fire Safety Day, which is also observed annually on today's date ~ July 15 ~ as a reminder to be aware of your pet's safety in case of a fire and take a few moments to be sure you have a safety plan in place and take some advance precautions.
 "According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires in the home are reported every 83 seconds," states ADT Security Systems, who partnered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2009 to designate July 15 as National Pet Fire Safety Day.

According to the AKC, "The sad news first: 40,000 pets die every year in home fires. To help reduce that number, the AKC and ADT Security Services have declared July 15 'National Pet Fire Safety Day.' This nationwide annual awareness day educates pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone and provides them with proven prevention measures to ensure their safety."
Here is a list of tips courtesy of the AKC to keep our pets from starting house fires:
*Extinguish open flames: Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

* Remove stove knobs: Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house – a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.

* Invest in flameless candles: These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.

* Beware of glass water bowls on wooden decks: Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.

* Pet proof the home: Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently (FiveSibesMom note: And get down to their eye level to see what they would come in contact with when both standing, and if they jump up).

And, in order to keep your pets safe, please also:

* Keep pets near entrances when away from home: When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. (FiveSibesMom note: And be sure to have current safety window clings up on the nearest window or door to where your pets are. Keep current ID tags on your pets' collars, too, in case they become lost or separated from their hu-parents. And keep their leashes nearby).
* Secure young pets: Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home, such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

* Practice escape routes with pets: Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet. (FiveSibesMom note: have a designated trusted neighbor or nearby relative to be the emergency contact person in your absence).

* Consider using monitored smoke detection services: As an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pets who can't escape when left home alone. 

* Affix a pet alert window cling: Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window to each room where they are in. This critical information saves rescuers precious time during a fire to locate your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.You can fill out a form through the ASPCA HERE to obtain your FREE Pet Safety Pack that includes a window decal alert shown below.

You can also upload a printable fireman pet alert decal from with directions HERE. These can be printed (ink jet printer) onto paper or onto (preferred) clear decals for windows you can purchase at most office supply stores. See sample downloadable decals below:

 A great Pet Safety Plan video from Grady Veterinary Hospital:

Until next time, let's all be careful and stay safe out there!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Editing Session

My co-editor and Epi-Husky, Gibson, is busy snoozing (but close by me) while I proof one of the drafts of my upcoming EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy, to be published this summer by ArcticHouse Publishing. I have to admit, it's pretty exciting having the first set of proofing copies in my hands!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Howlin' at the Super Moon!

My FiveSibes kept me company as I photographed the gorgeous Super Moon last night, the first of three this summer. Each time I aimed the camera up at the moon, they would follow with their glances. Mother Nature gave us a beautiful night art exhibit! The moon is supposed to still be in its glory this evening, so if you missed last night, be sure to take a peek tonight! We sure will be!

Moon gazing
A glowing glory—
Feeling you near tonight.
~Dorothy Wills-Raftery 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Hu-Nanny!

Wooo! Today is a very special's the FiveSibes Hu-Nanny's 93rd Birthday! Her love of dogs and all animals comes directly from the heart and one of the many important life lessons she taught me as a child ~ to be good to animals, be their voice, and welcome them into your home with love and open arms, making their care and needs a top priority. Just one of the many reasons she is loved so much!

Heart In My Hands 

If you said you were cold.
I would wrap my arms around you.
If you said you were thirsty I would give you the ocean blue.
I would give you anything the moon, the stars, the sunset too.
This heart in my hands I hold out to you.
~by Katiynd Jenkins

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It's a Siberific Shadow Shot Sunday!

Moonlight shadows caress our three Pupsters, littermates, and best friends always.

"Like branches of a tree, we grow in

 different directions, yet our roots 

remain as one. Each of our lives will 

always be a special part of the 

other's." ~Author Unknown 



Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, USA!

Woooo! Today is Independence Day - America's Birthday - and on the Fourth of July we enjoy so many traditions, such as parades, barbeques, picnics, yard games, swimming, and watching brilliant fireworks' displays. Today symbolizes an unofficial official start to summer time and fun time!

Along with the holiday, comes some cautions for our pets. Topping the list is fireworks. While we may enjoy them, a lot of pets do not. They can cause fright, anxiety, and stress for many animals. Then, of course, there is lots of delicious human food around, but not everything we eat is safe for our pets to eat. Here's Wolf with a few friendly tips to help everyone in our families - pets and humans - have a safe, happy, and fun Fourth of July:

Another good thing to keep handy is your emergency vet hospital telephone number, or if you are away, the number of the nearest emergency clinic. And don't forget to leave it posted at home for your pup sitter's information.

It's also a really good idea to keep the Pet Poison Helpline and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center telephone numbers in your phone contact list, and printed alongside your house phone for easy access for yourself or your dog sitter just in case your dog ingests something he/she should not have. And for safety on the go, check out the Pet Poison Helpline's iPhone app.

With a some planning and a little care and pre-event house and yard check, we can all have a safe and very Happy July 4th!

For a few little giggles, here's our alpha queen Harley having a little patriotic fun!

And what's July 4th without a parade? Here's one of my favorite video slideshows of so many of our beautiful furpals, and furangels, who joined us a few years back for our Patriotic Pets on Parade! Enjoy!