Are you wearing purple?
|Woo! Coffee for Hu-Mom!|
As many of you know, my beautiful Siberian Husky, Gibson, was diagnosed shortly after his third birthday in 2009 with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy, and has become the face of Canine Epilepsy Awareness as we shared our journey of the past seven years with our readers and radio show listeners.
When Gibson suddenly earned his silver wings this past December (NOT from Epilepsy, but from Heman-giosarcoma discovered while he was under for a splenectomy), the outpouring of love for this amazing boy was so overwhelming and touching. I had no idea just how many lives my Epi warrior touched. And hearing from everyone about how he made a difference in their Epi-dogs' lives, or helped to bring hope and information to others, just means the world to me. This is my first Purple Day without my boy. I won't lie, it's painful, yet bittersweet to know his life and his journey with epilepsy has helped others, and in his name, I will continue our outreach and education about dogs with seizures to others so they know they are not alone, and there are places to go for information, assistance, and support. Gibson was also so brave, strong, and happy. It is our hope that all Epi-dogs #LiveGibStrongForever.
As many of you know, today is our second annual Purple Day Blog Hop! And this year we have expanded it to a Media Share, and are so pleased to team up with another brave Epi-warrior, "Rolo," and his mom Kimberley Matchem of Confessions of a Rescue Mom blog!
If you are not familiar with a Blog Hop, simply grab our badge above here, post it somewhere in your post or website, place a mention & link to our FiveSibes blog (http://FiveSibes.blogspot.com) ~AND~ Confessions of a Rescue Mom blog (http://confessionsofarescuemom.com), grab the "Get the Code" below to paste into your post, and link up by clicking "You Are Next-Click Here to Enter" at the end of this post so your site's thumbnail shows up. Don't have a blog or website and want to link up your pet's purple pic from Instagram or Twitter? Go right ahead! Be sure to include hashtags! #LiveGibStrongPurpleDay so we can see them and share on our sites & #PurpleDay2016 so Cassidy can see them! Then follow the link-up process below!When done linking up, hop around and visit other blogs and posts to see how everyone has "gone purple" and spreading the word about Canine Epilepsy Awareness!
***Need an intermission? Stand up, stretch your legs, walk your dog, grab a second cup of coffee or tea and come on back to read more! Thank you! ***
As part of our #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, we help to raise funds for various Canine Epilepsy non-profit organizations and team up with others to do the same! Here's some recent highlights:
I want to thank Gibson's amazing veterinarian team at Kingston Animal Hospital who loved him and gave him the best care for his Epilepsy and for his weak hind issues. Always going above and beyond and treating him as if he was their own. Gibson loved going to the vet! When he was able to walk over, he would take a direct path without any cues right to their back door! Once inside, he was always treated like a celebrity, and he enjoyed every minute of it, bestowing his famous Gibbie kisses on the staff! They have allowed me to put up a collection "doghouse" for donations for Gibson's "Live Gib Strong" awareness bracelets, and to date have raised over $75 in donations over the past two years, and still counting, that has benefitted Canine Epilepsy Resources Epil-K9 Foundation (home of the Epil-K9 List) Emma's Seizure Fund through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
These bracelets are also available online at our ArcticHouse Publishing house store HERE. (Excuse our mess, we are in the middle of revamping our site)!
Also available through ArcticHouse, are my two books on Canine Epilepsy, What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy, and EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy.
|A great Canine Epilepsy resource book and stories of 124 Epi-dogs worldwide!|
A portion of proceeds from both books is donated to Canine Epilepsy Resources Epil-K9 Foundation (home of the Epil-K9 List) Emma's Seizure Fund through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
"Gibbie Snacks" are Gibson's namesake treats formulated by House Woof Dog Biscuits with the Epi-dog in mind. For every bag of Gibbie Snacks purchased, House Woof donates $1.00 to The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy (TWF). TWF offers possible financial assistance to families, rescues, and fosters of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy. Our FiveSibes love these treats, so they are not just for Epi-dogs!
Gibbie Snacks are all natural and organic, and they never contain any wheat gluten, preservatives, rosemary (all possible seizure triggers), salt, or sugar!
YouTube stars Gone to the Snow Dogs conducted a #LiveGibStrong Sock fundraiser, raising $364 that benefitted the Canine Epilepsy Resources Epil-K9 Foundation (home of the Epil-K9 List) Emma's Seizure Fund through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
"We choose to support Canine Epilepsy after following the story of Gibson for the past few years! Very inspiring!"
This past summer saw the very first New York/Long Island Canine Epilepsy Expo and Fundraiser, in conjunction with our #LiveGibStrong campaign, hosted by The Empire State Snow Dogs Club, where $150 was raised for The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy, and $200 for Canine Epilepsy Resources Epil-K9 Foundation!
Harley loved sniffing the checks and was busing wooing, "Show us the money!" As Gibson, above, prepped the donation checks to Epil-K9 and The Wally Foundation!
Several of the group members graciously volunteered to be reporters on the ground at the event, and this was our first "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show with taped segments live from the day of the Expo! Tune in here to here the live segments from the Expo!
And before we sign off, just a reminder that our #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign message will always be, "Dogs can live, and have lived, full and happy lives with Canine Epilepsy, for however long we are blessed to have them." On behalf of furangel Gibson and myself, thank you for all your support and love for Epi-dogs.