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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Goodbye Gibson ~ I'll Love You, Forever



It is with a broken heart that I now share that my beautiful, strong Epidog, "Gibson," has earned his angel wings. Epilepsy did NOT define him, nor did it take him from this earth. He was a strong, brave, and inspirational boy who did not let challenges stop him from loving life. Each health challenge he met head on, trust me that I would be by his side, and he conquered each one. And at the end, Gibson beat the "seizure monster." His epilepsy was managed by medications and supplements, and Gibson was seizure free for almost 7 years! Bravo, Gibson!


Today, while in surgery, it was discovered that Gibson's tumor had metastasized. It was not just in the spleen. It was all over, including an orange-sized tumor in his liver. Gibson was gently and peacefully let go as the heavenly angels came to escort him North of the Rainbow Bridge. I know my mother who just passed away on November 15, now has him wrapped safely in her loving arms. She was with us the day we welcomed him home as a four-month old puppy (see photo above), and now she is welcoming him home to Heaven. 





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The above video (may not play on all devices) is of the Harley, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit wooing their goodbyes to Gibson as he left for surgery this morning. If you listen, you can hear them in the background. After he passed, they broke out in howls once again, to help guide him on his way.

The rest of the FiveSibes pack woooed to him when he left to go to surgery, and they just finished wooing to him now. Please remember him always and his brave fight against Canine Epilepsy. And always remember - #LiveGibStrong in everything you do, because he did. Right up until the end. He proves that dogs can ~and DO~ live full, happy lives with Canine Epilepsy. I will be offline for awhile as I am so heartbroken and so miss my brave, beautiful, special wooly boy. But when I come back, I will continue our #LiveGibStrong Canine Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, with his brave spirit beside me. 

Last night, Gibson was at home peaceful with our family and the FiveSibes pack. He enjoyed a few early Christmas toys, and although he was weak, he did enjoy a few bites of treats along with his ice chips. We here at FiveSibes wish you all blessings of the holiday season. Hug your pups and family a bit tighter this holiday season in the name of Gibson and my Mom, for they both loved life. Gibson was a very happy Husky and had a wonderful summer and autumn, frolicking, swimming, singing, playing, and this past month he even jumped back up on the couch and chair to gaze out our front window. Something he hadn't been able to do for quite some time as he was rehabbing his legs from a fall and from his hind end weakness. While he was in very bad shape at the ER, through the help of my vet, he rebounded to be happy and perky for his final days. He went out very peacefully as a proud, happy Siberian Husky.

I will always remember how he loved to give Gibbie kisses; go for walks and car rides; how he did his special Gibbie hip-hop dance; how happy he always was every single day; how he loved his girl Harley and his siblings, the Pupsters; how he loved to woo "love you" and "ice cream;" how he loved to give me his big, heavy, beautiful polar bear paw; how his namesake treats - the House Woof "Gibbie Snacks," pizza crust, and ice cream were his all-time favorite treats; how much he loved the snow; how beautiful and velvety his nose was; and how soulful and understanding his beautiful blue eyes were. 


Gibson - I will love you for eternity, my sweet boy. 

I thank my amazing, caring, loving, and very special team of veterinarians and vet techs - all of whom Gibson loved dearly and bestowed his famous Gibbie kisses on right up until the end.

Thank you so much to all of you for being with us through this final journey of Gib's. What a wonderful caring canine community we are part of. Your prayers, hopes, wishes of healing light, and supportive words have really help to get us through this time. Through tears, I have read so many of them to Gibson. We are so blessed to know he was wrapped in so much love from across the world as he left for his journey North. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We will always be the FiveSibes, with FurAngel Gibson by our side, always and forever. 


 #LiveGibStrong Forever



"I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night..."
~Excerpt by Mary Elizabeth Frye

54 comments:

  1. Godspeed my furry friend, say high to RARA for us; we wish peace an love to those you have touched and left behind.

    Nuk & Family

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  2. I am so sorry. The hardest part about being a pet blogger is losing friends that I have grown to know and love. Gibson was such a wonderful spokesdog for epilepsy. I know that his life and legacy will remain special to so many people. There's nothing I say can ease your pain, but know that we are sharing in your grief. Sending love and prayers. ♥ ♥

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  3. They fill our lives with unconditional love and leave such huge holes when they have to say goodbye. We are so sorry that Gibson is no longer here on earth but will be with you always in your heart
    hugs and prayers
    Mr Bailey, Hazel, Mabel & Mom

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  4. Our hearts is so heavy after hearin da news dat our brave furiend has crossed Da Rainbow Bridge Gibson wos Izzys insperayshun wen it came to da epi monster, her wanted to fight it as bravely as her hero Gibson did ( an she does still ). Wee dids learn so much abouts K( epilepsy frew yor posts witch helped us so veri much.
    Gibson will bee missed so much by so many, wee is goin to do a moonlight howl fur our brave & corayjuss furiend.
    Run Free & Fast Deer furiend we will miss yoo

    Da K Krew & Family

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  5. Oh Dorothy, you have our deepest sympathies at this time. We are so very sorry for your loss. We know how devastated you must be after all you have done and given to Beautiful Gibson. For us his illness rings all too familiar - so very like what happened to Thunder. The evil "C" strikes a gain and Gibson SO did not deserve this. We are sure he was very warmly wooed a big welcome from our three Angels. Maybe, just maybe, he knew your Mom needed some company. Mom wishes she were closer so she could hug and comfort you. Many hugs from Mom and soft woos from both of us.

    Godspeed, dear Gibson!

    Ciara, Lightning, and Kathie

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  6. We are crying to much to type well but oh dear, we are so very sorry to hear about dear sweet Gibson. Please know we are thinking of you and send our love and hugs. Gibson, you touched the world's heart pal, we love you, always.

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  7. Deepest sympathy from us all..we may never have met but we all share the pain of loss with you at this time..much love and godspeed sweet boy..so sorry for your loss..Love Fozziemum and family xxx

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  8. Sending love and peace to the rest of the pack. Dog's Speed, Gibson!

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  9. Such sad news. Sendin big hugs your way.

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  10. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy.

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  11. We just found out about Gibson on POTP. We're so very sorry for your loss; we may not have known you before, but our hearts are broken for you just the same. I am in tears.

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  12. Sending you lots of Golden Hugs. Gibson left precious memories and will be remembered forever. Run Free Gibson ...

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  13. We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy! <3

    ~hugs~

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  14. So sorry you lost your beautiful boy. He was clearly treasured.

    Woofs,
    Tommy

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  15. I am so sorry for your loss of handsome Gibson.

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  16. My heart goes out to you all...I am so very sorry for your loss of sweet Gibson. He will be remembered always...run free now...

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  17. He was obviously a very very special boy! I am so very sorry you have lost him and also your mom such a short time ago too! Sending gentle purrs and hugs ❤️

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  18. We are so sorry about Gibson. Just know he sure was well loved by all of you and had such a wonderful home. Sending many large hugs.

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  19. We are so very sorry for your loss. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy.

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  20. We just heard and are so sorry your dear boy has crossed the Bridge. What beautiful eyes that look straight into your heart..xxx

    Fly free, Gibson. Our thoughts of comfort go out to the family you'll be watching over and remembering with love.

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  21. I am so very sorry to hear about sweet Gibson. I know you are heartbroken and we are sending you our love and warm hugs. What a special angel he'll be. Mournful wooooooos to the heavens.
    Grr and a Saddened Woof,
    Sarge and Staff

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  22. I'm so sorry for your loss. My sincere sympathy to you and your pack.

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  23. We are so sorry to hear about Gibson. We send you comforting purrs and headbutts...

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  24. From all of us at Zee & Zoey's Cat Chronicles we are so sorry for your loss. Gibson was a brave and beautiful soul... forever in your heart...

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  25. We're typing this with leaky eyes. We have followed Gibson's story since we first met him. Our Daddy has had seizures and we always felt a connection with sweet Gibson. We are so sorry to hear that he has gone OTB. We're sendng you love, hugs and soft, healing purrs.

    The Florida Furkids

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  26. We are so very sorry for the loss of Gibson. He showed such strength and determination and to some of us seemed so indestructible. I am so sorry that he was taken from you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  27. Am so sorry to read this. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  28. We are so very sorry for your loss. Peace.

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  29. We heard about your loss and wanted to send you purrs. I grew up with an epileptic dog and it can be a challenge but is certainly not life-defining and we're sure Gibson had an amazing life. Sending lots of comfort to you. - love, Alana and Crepes.

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  30. We are so sorry to learn Gibson has crossed over. It is so clear from your posts how precious he was. I know he will always be fully present in your heart. Plus, I know he will be around you for awhile in Spirit. I pray you can find a path to peace this season.

    Debby
    http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com

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  31. We're so sorry to hear that Gibson has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

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  32. Oh Dorothy :(
    I am balling my eyes out as I am reading this post. I have to say, I didn't see it coming at all. Gib is so strong, I thought he would pull through.... he is still so strong and always will be, I will never forget him, I have followed his story from the moment I met you guys through social media. I am so so so very sorry, I don't even have words :(

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  33. We are so sorry for your lost. We lost our Isadora just two months ago. Gibson was so well loved , cherished and lifted up by you throughout his life. What a fortunate boy! May you be comforted by remembering all you did for him and how in turn you were rewarded by his love of life and by his love of you.We are sending you our heartfelt condolences.

    the critters in the cottage and their Mama Sophie xo

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  34. My heart is sad reading the news of Gibson going to his eternal home. Sending you hugs and wishing you peace.
    Sweet William The Scot

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  35. We are so very sorry. We wish that we had gotten to know Gibson. Huge hugs for all of you. Godspeed Gibson♥

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  36. Dorothy, there just aren't the right words to express how sorry I was to read this post yesterday shortly after it was published. Gibson was very special to all of us especially during our April's bout with epilepsy. Seems we have shared so much, even the fact that our furbabies weren't taken by the evil S-monster but rather something far worse and beyond anyone's control. My very deepest sympathy to you and your family. Gibson, you were loved by so many and will never be forgotten. Run Young and Free on the North side of the Rainbow Bridge. And please say hello to our Eskimo dogs, Reno and Tasha.

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  37. As with the OP Pack loss of Thunder, we also know this exact form of cancer. Attaches to the splee, liver and then slowly bleeds, causes a rapid end. All 3 of our Sibes died from this exact type. Playing, wooing, walkies, and then the sudden lowering of the head and the crash. I wonder if this is something growing as particular to our breed or just large breeds in general. Gibson is running around in the snow fields North of The Bridge, your Mom wrapped in a warm coat smiling, and Thunder and RA are chasing him...pure Sibe joy

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  38. Rest in peace.

    Luv, Angel Keisha and Murphy the Poodle

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  39. Sending purrs and prayers of comfort to you during this most difficult time. Gibson was a fighter and so very well loved. We know is looking down from above, your guardian angel.

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  40. We are so very sorry for your loss. We hope the strength that Gibson showed to you will help keep you strong through this difficult and extremely sad time.

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  41. We send our love purrs and prayers of support at this sad time. We know Gibson is running free over the Rainbow Bridge with your Mom and they will watch over us all until that day we all meet again
    Timmy, Dad and Family

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  42. Oh my goodness we are all so sad and filled with tears. Run free sweetheart Gibson, my Benny Boy will show you around
    Lily & Edward

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  43. We are so very sorry to hear that your sweet Gibson had to go to the Bridge. Maybe he and our Moosey are hanging out together there, happy, peaceful and healthy once again. Hugs and good thoughts to you as you mourn the loss of your special boy.

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  44. Godspeed your journey to heaven Gibson; we are truly sorry. We send our sincerest sympathies to your mom and doggie family. hugs and loves from boomer, dai$y, tuna; and dude and sauce too ~~~~ ♥♥♥♥♥

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  45. I am so sorry that you had to help Gibson on to the Bridge. I lost my cat Finnegan just three weeks after my Dad passed. They loved each other very much; Finny was even with Dad at the hospice when he died. When I am unbearably sad at the loss of either one of them, I remember that they are together and it brings me some comfort. I hope the knowledge that Gibbie and your Mom are taking care of each other can do the same for you some day. In the meantime, please accept our hugs & purrs to help comfort you.

    Mom Nora, Jazzy cat & Callie Woofie

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  46. I am so very sorry. Run free, Gibson.

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  47. We are so sorry to read about Gibson, but do believe he is sitting with your Mother being loved until you are all together again.
    Sending many purrs and prayers..
    ~ The Bunch and Mom Bobbie

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  48. We send our love, purrs and soft woofs of support at this sad time. We know Gibson is running free North over the Rainbow Bridge, cuddling with your Mom. Tell Oskar the Samoyed I love him Gibson and to show you around!
    Luvs
    Marty's Mom and the Gang

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  49. I'm so sorry for your loss, and sending you much love and prayers for comfort. Run Free, Gibson.

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  50. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost a collie to cancer, when he was only 7. It's never easy to say goodbye. They always leave us too soon.

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  51. We are so sorry to hear about Gibson. Our momma had tears as you told us the story of him and your momma. I am sure they are in each others loving arms. stella rose

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  52. Oh geez, I'm so sorry to hear about Gibson. I just saw the news :( Hope you're finding comfort in all the great memories. (I lost Cosmo to cancer rather quickly three years ago... it's never easy, I know).

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  53. This was such a beautiful and moving tribute. Hugs.

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