Friday, December 16, 2016

Dear Gibson: A Letter From Hu-Mom, With Love



Dear Gibson, 
A year ago today, you physically left me and your #FiveSibes family to become a furangel. God must have needed a very special Husky because he called you north of the Rainbow Bridge, my sweet Gibson. I love you and miss you every single moment...you are forever in my heart and with your spirit walking by my side, we will continue inspiring others to love an #Epidog, and to help all dogs in need. Enjoy the forever snow, my sweet Gibbie. 
~Love you for always, 
Hu-Mom  


This is a very special Flashback Friday as it is also the first anniversary of  my dear, sweet, fluffy boy Gibson’s journey to north of The Rainbow Bridge. It’s so surreal to me that a whole year has passed and my boy is no longer physically here by my side. Gibson was my heart dog. My fluffy buddy boy. My spirit guide. My Epi-dog champion. My inspiration. He has truly left a huge polar bear pawprint of his on my heart for eternity.


I wanted to do a memorial video about him…but, honestly, my heart isn’t ready yet. It still hurts very deeply to not have him here. His deep, soulful eyes, his understanding everything I ever said to him, asked of him. We had such a connection. While I do share photos of him and memories and have continued our advocacy for awareness for dogs with Canine Epilepsy, to go through his lifetime of photos from when he first came home with me at four months up until his passing shortly before Christmas last year, just 21 days before his 10th birthday is still just too painful. I will—one day…



But in the mean time, because of how much he inspired others with his journey with Canine Epilepsy, instead, today I’m celebrating his life and my thankfulness for having the honor of being his hu-mom.  While he was a special needs dog, he was such a special dog to me.



In his name, our #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness
-->campaign is still going strong, bringing information, education, and hope to others who  share their lives with Epi-dogs. In honor of Gibson's life, I've been thrilled to be working with artist Cameo Anderson on a very special project in his name to hopefully help others with Epi-dogs that I am very excited to be unveiling it in the near future! So stay tuned!


I’m so thankful to all the publishers, media, fellow bloggers, family, and friends who continue to share our story and help inspire someone to care for an Epi-dog, give an Epi-dog a home, and to not fear a dog who has seizures. It is my hope that one day there will be a cure for epilepsy, and that all Epi-dogs may #LiveGibStrong.




Instead of a memorial video, I'd like to remember Gibson doing what he did best...loving life!


He could always be found alongside his true love, Harley.


A week before he earned his silver harness, Gibson had been feeling the best he had in quite a while. He had injured his already weak hind end (a side effect of the epilepsy medications) when he slipped the year before on ice hidden under snow. We had been slowly rehabbing all year and documented his healing. This video I had created and my heart still fills with such pride and happiness to see him running once again. There was no stopping this incredible boy!





 And, wow, that boy could dance!



 He even did a stint in politics (and had a great platform)!


  Oh, and how he loved his Gibbie Snacks, named after him and formulated for the Epi-dog by House Woof Dog Biscuits!





He bravely faced and fought all the challenges that came his way in true, inspirational, warrior Gibbie form!





And today...Gibson sent me a gift...a sign he is indeed right by my side...this morning, while feeding the other FiveSibes their breakfast, he once again appeared in rays of rainbow light! This happened one other time, on his 10th birthday, the first one after he made his final journey north just 21 days earlier. I quickly snapped this photo, as the rainbows appeared right where his little bro, Wolf, was standing! My Gibbie, my special heart dog, showing we will be connected for always. 


Many thanks to my very sweet and thoughtful daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson for this very beautiful and thoughtful bouquet in honor of my sweet, fluffy buddy, Gibson.






The FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop is brought to you by us, the FiveSibes, and our co-host Love is Being Owned by a Husky! We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane of your pet, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each Friday! If you don't catch us on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To see our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box at the top of the blog. Come join us! We'd love to see your pets' Flashback pics! Just grab our badge below:




 


We are also joining in the Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil,, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers! 





















52 comments:

  1. Gibson is still doing so much good in the world!

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    1. Thank you! That is so heartwarming to hear! <3

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  2. That was a wonderful tribute and my whiskers sure got weepy wet. Gibson was, and still is, a special one. Hugs from all of us.

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    1. Thank you, Brian...that means so much. <3

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  3. We would say this was a very beautiful and loving tribute to your very special boy. It is hard for us to believe he has really been gone a whole year. Knowing how much we miss our Ciara, we totally understand how you feel.

    Congrats on the new grandson - hope the family is doing well.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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    1. Thank you so much. They leave such a whole in our hearts, don't they? He was such a special boy. He would have loved my new grandson! I'd like to think Gib is having some fun snow zoomies with Ciara! <3

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  4. A beautiful tribute, thanks for sharing your memories. Your photos are beautiful and that bouquet is gorgeous.

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  5. He was a beautiful boy who touched the hearts of many. Treasure your memories...

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    1. I so appreciate hearing that. He truly did. Thankfully, we do have so many wonderful memories.

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  6. What a sweet boy and amazing life warrior. We hope tender thoughts and sweet moments of his remarkable life provide you with ongoing comfort and peace. ღ

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    1. Thank you so much! They surely do. And hearing of other Epi-dogs who are doing well as a result of Gibson's journey, just fills my heart with joy.

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  7. I know only too well how the loss of a beloved dog can break our hearts, I sure wish they lived longer!

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    1. I agree with your wish 100%! As the quote goes, to paraphrase - their only fault really is that their lives are too short.

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  8. Epi Warrior Gibson will always be remembered with love.

    Nose nudges,
    Olivia

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    1. Thank you so much! That means the world to me. Hugs to Olivia! <3

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  9. What a lovely tribute. It must be so heartwarming to know that he is still helping and touching others.

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    1. It truly is. Sometimes, on the days I miss him so much, it brings me comfort to know his journey is helping another dog and his/her family. Thank you!

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  10. A lovely tribute you must miss Gibson such a lot. We miss Dash Kitten such a lot.

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    1. I truly do. They really keep a part of our hearts with them forever, don't they? <3

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  11. Long live Gibson! Now, I'm going to go cry for you. <3

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    1. Awww...thank you. I'll share my box of tissue with you!

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  12. The loss of Gibson will always be with you, but your lovely tributes and continued thoughts of him help to keep him close to your heart. Sending you all my love.

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  13. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Gibson with all of us. He was so special and he is still helping others through you. Sending you hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Beth! It is my sincere pleasure to share Gibson and his journey...he still inspires me. <3

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  14. What a beautiful Tribute to Gibson, his legacy is carrying on with your spreading the word about Epilepsy, sending you a hug

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    1. Thank you, Ruth! I continue his awareness in the hopes of helping many other Epi-dogs. <3

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  15. I know how difficult these anniversaries are ...October 19 was Pip's three year anniversary and I still miss him so much. I love how you referred to Gibson as your spiritual guide. I feel that way about Pip, too. And gosh, I love the dancing video!

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    1. Oh, sweet Pip. I like to think of our two special furbabies having some fun in the snow beyond the Rainbow Bridge! Our spirit guides will always be with us. <3 Gibbie could dance, couldn't he? When I begin to feel sad, I remember his silliness...like his dance...and he makes me smile all over again. <3

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  16. It's very touching, comforting, and still yet upsetting to remember our fur children who've left us.

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  17. So many wonderful memories with Gibson, he was so loved! I think each dog has a special purpose in our lives.

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    1. I truly believe the same, Lindsay. They grace us with their presence in our lives, some take us on unexpected journeys that leave important paw prints for others to follow and learn from. They truly are an inspiration and we can learn so much from them!

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  18. Gibson's light will always be remembered. Thank you for allowing your pain to become a passion! So many people let it eat them away, but pain can be used to propel us towards making this world better for everyone. This is a beautiful tribute!

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    1. I so agree with you, Robin! Thank you for your kind words and for enjoying this tribute to my special boy.

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  19. Gibson is still with us sharing awareness and Sibe love. I just met someone last week with an epi-dog and was able to tell the story. hugs S

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing Gibson's story! His is an inspirational one that I hopes continues to reach and touch other Epi-dogs and their families for years to come!

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  20. Aw so sorry. What great memories you guys share! He was so handsome and sounds like an amazing dog.

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  21. Gib was indeed a very special dog. I believe he came to this world with a purpose, to help Epi dogs & their people! Together the two of you fulfilled that purpose, and now you continue that purpose without him but he'll not be far away. God Bless!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. Your words move me to tears! To know his journey helped others and continues to do so, makes me so proud. I do miss my boy so, but I know he is with me in spirit always. Thank you! <3

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  22. Hugs! Gibson was such a handsome fella. What a moving tribute, too. I fostered an epileptic chihuahua mix for a few weeks. He was such a good boy; thanks for spreading awareness about this very manageable canine disease.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! These Epi-dogs are so amazing. Through Gibson's journey, I'm so happy we are able to show others that these dogs deserve only the best! And in return, they inspire us by showing us that they even with Canine Epilepsy, they love and enjoy life!

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  23. Gibson will always be by your side look for signs and you will know. Thank you for this heart warming peek in to Gibson's life

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    1. His spirit while here was so strong and amazing, as was our bond. I truly believe you are right - and those signs mean everything. <3

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  24. Awwww Gib, such a sweet furry angel <3
    I imagine you have so many amazing memories! ((HUGZ))

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  25. My heart weeps for your loss a year ago. Gibson has clearly been your inspiration to keep helping all of us who are facing epilepsy anew. Thank you for that and Thank Gibson for his amazing life. Lots of love to you.

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    1. Your words are so very touching and meaningful to me, thank you KB. I hope your journey is going well...to know Gibson touched, and is still touching, so many lives truly warms my heart and I know sends his amazing spirit soaring. <3

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