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Happy Howl-o-ween! Why is Gibson's Pumpkin Purple?

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Gibson has a purple pumpkin this Halloween! Pretty cool, right? Do you know he has a purple one and not an orange one? Harley has a hint: Purple is the color of...? Epilepsy Awareness. The Purple Pumpkin Project® was founded by founder Ron Lamontagne, whose son was diagnosed with Epilepsy when he was just four. Ron was brainstorming ideas on how to spread awareness about Epilepsy and was inspired by a local pumpkin patch! He thought that while kids and families were carving pumpkins, they could also paint/decorate/make a purple pumpkin that would then prompt folks to ask the question "Why is your pumpkin purple?" to which the replies would be information on Epilepsy - human and canine.  As many of  you know, the cause is near and dear to my heart as one of my Siberian Huskies, Gibson, is an Epi-dog (canine epileptic) and was diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy in 2009, shortly after his third birthday. It was a very scary time and I felt very alone. Ever s

Our Epi All Star - Gibson - Inspiration for #LiveGibStrong - Final EpiTips & A GIVEAWAY!

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To round up November's (Canine) Epilepsy Awareness Month, I'd like to highlight my very special and amazing boy, Gibson. He is the continued inspiration and namesake of my #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, where we help share information, resources, links, and fundraisers to promote education about the positive and realistic side to living with a dog who has been diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy. Gibson and I have traveled this journey. We live it. He lives with it. I have written about his journey and will continue to do in the hopes of helping others who may now find themselves on the same journey. We are here to say - Epi-dogs are amazing! Is it easy...no! Is it scary? It sure can be. Is it worth it? Definitely yes!  So today, my Epi All Star is the boy who started me on this journey and has filled my heart with so much love.  My boy , Gibson.   Gibson has taught me so many things over the years. First, there's love, trust, and a bon