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Happy Birthday, Hu-Dad!

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For our Hu-Dad ...who gives us love and treats, and literally builds a roof over our head so the icky rain doesn't touch our precious Siberian Husky fur when we lounge out on the deck.   For our Hu-Dad ...who pets us as we take over the living room floor, couch, chairs, bed, everywhere!  For our Hu-Dad ...who never flinches at our vet bills (okay, maybe he winces a bit).    For Hu-Dad who...fixes all our messes (we did not chew the deck rails, windowsills, kitchen cabinet corners, bottom of chairs, or the cookbooks - that was Gibbie! - Okay, maybe we three Pupsters had something to do with the windowsills...and maybe the deck rails...and okay, maybe we took a few chomps on the bottom of the chairs...but the cookbooks  were all Gibson)!  For our Hu-Dad ...who runs out at the midnight hour when Hu-Mom suddenly realizes we may be low on food (sorry, Hu-Mom, but sometimes you do!).    For our Hu-Dad who...makes sure the air conditioners are in and up and

Kicking Off Memorial Day Weekend With Pet Safety Tips on #FiveSibes Flashback Friday!

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On this special FiveSibes Flashback Friday, I'd like to share this pets' holiday safety tips graphic, featuring my furangel Gibson in a patriotic photo from a few years back, as a reminder so everyone, including our furbabies, can safely enjoy the long holiday weekend.   Pin me! Tweet me! Share me! Monday is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for fallen United States servicemen, women, and canines, who bravely served our country. While it unofficially marks the start of summer in many areas, with family get-togethers, picnics, barbeques, pool time, and more, we can not forget the true meaning of the day and take a few minutes to pay homage to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the years for our country.   With Special thanks to Phil Weitlauf, U.S. Army Veteran- 1962-1968- Vietnam Era, for this video. (Please note, video may not play on mobile devices). War Dog Memorial from Paul Pytlowany on Vimeo .

Wild West Huskies Dress Up for Whitley

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Today, we are joining in the Blogville's "Dress Up for Whitley" Day in memory of our sweet furpal.  Since Whitley loved wearing pretty little dresses her momma made for her, and she loved all things Texas, I thought my FiveSibes Wild Bunch dressed in their Old West duds would be the fitting photo to honor our sweet little furangel friend.  Whitley, you a nd your p re t ty little dresses sure are missed! Please find my sweet boy, Gibson, a/k/a "Marshall Gentleman Gib," send him my love, tell him I miss him, and then you two enjoy a nice round of frosty root beers together, share a burger, and enjoy some paw-tappin' music while giving a spin around the dance floor together, with your skirt twirling !  (Whitley, Gentleman Gib is a great dancer!)  There sure will be a rootin'-tootin' fun time up at the Rainbow Bridge today, that's for certain! Here's the rest of our FiveSibes pack in their  Western party best! Ride into t

Shave a Husky? Don't Do it!

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Pin me! When the warmer weather arrives, I hear so many folks talking about shaving their Siberian Huskies . When I hear this, I want to hold up that big red STOP sign, and say, "Please, Don't !"  While you may be hot looking at a Husky with all its fur - especially a wooly - but trust me, it does not bother him or her! Unless specifically for medical reasons (as recommend by your vet), it is never a good idea to shave a Husky. Last summer, after having a conversation with my groomer about shaving Huskies, a double-coated breed of dog, I realized just how popular this idea is with folks, groomers included. I have also had readers send me photos of their dogs that had been shaved ~ without their permission ~ and concerned about the regrowth of their hair. It seems when the thermometer rises, people are tempted to shave their Husky (or northern-breed dog) .  L ast s pring , after Gibson was finished being groomed, I did a photoshoot with him and have no w

♥︎ A Very Special Announcement! ♥︎

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Newsy Tuesday: Article on Pet Preparedness in American Pet Magazine! Do You Have a Plan?

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*New Release* - Check out my ‪ article on "Disaster Preparedness: Do You Have a Plan for Your Pets?" that includes pet preparedness information, items for an emergency first aid kit, and some helpful mobile apps. See pages 6-11 in the newest V5, Issue 2 edition! Read it online at American Pet Magazine HERE!  

Original Love on a FiveSibes Flashback Friday

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Today, Harley is showing a photo of "the Originals" of our FiveSibes pack family ~ her and  Gibson from when they were puppies! We are flashing back 10 years to when Gibson joined our family at four months of age, and Harley, the love of his life from first glance, was just over a year old! While this month marks five months since Gibson journeyed North of the Rainbow Bridge, in other ways it seems this photo was just taken only a short while ago. I miss my "married couple" and how they were always together, snuggling. As much as I had a very special bond with Gib, so did Harley. He was so smitten with his beautiful alpha queen. Oh, how precious time is, and it does indeed keep marching on. So keep sharing special moments together, making tomorrow's memories today. You never know when you're making a memory. Rickie Lee Jones Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/rickieleej193159.html "You never know when you're 

Ode to All Moms: Happy Mother's Day!

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Today marks my first Mother's Day without my beloved Mom and my boy Gibson. My heart is heavy with their loss, and just one month apart. This month marks six months-- a half of a year- -that my mother has been gone. Five months since Gibson earned his silver wings. And today is the date my father passed away, 42 years ago. Time stops for no one, yet leaves us in such a surreal state. They will always be in my heart and in my memories, and I'm so thankful for having them in my life . I am also very blessed to be a mom to a wonderful, caring, beautiful daughter who makes every day a gift with her joy and love! I am al so happy to be the FiveSibesMom, and for my four remaining Sibes who continue to share their Husky love and make me smile , even though we all feel Gibson's absence. Grieving is a strange companion. Such an emptiness where l oved ones who have left should be...yet, happiness for all the blessings still remaining in our lives. There are many kinds

Flashback Friday: Huskies Take Manhattan!

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Photographic rendering. Gibson Over Manhattan Today's Flashback Friday dates back to 2012, when my photographs were selected to be part of the Creative Rising See.Me digital art exhibit in New York City. I was contacted after the show with a special announcement that one of my photographs would join other photographers and artists from around the globe in a skycraper show in Manhattan - my photo of Gibson was shown at 11:32 PM on Saturday, October 5, 2012!   Photo courtesy of See.Me Times Square Skyscraper Gibson Adorned. This was my See.Me artist statement: I am a photojournalist, author, blogger, and parent to one daughter and five Siberian Huskies. I have been a photographer and animal lover for almost my whole life! Through my photos, I love to not only tell stories, but capture a mood; a moment in the life of my Huskies (known as the FiveSibes™), one of which was diagnosed with Canine Epilepsy in 2009. Their innocence, dev