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Friday, June 23, 2017

Pomp & Circumstance on a #FiveSibes Flashback Friday!


Since this is graduation weekend for many school districts, I thought it fitting to pay homage by flashing back 11 years to a celebratory Friday in June of 2006 when my daughter graduated and my six-month-old puppy Gibson (pre-wooly coat) was enjoying all the pomp and partying! What a wonderful day!

I would like to take a moment to congratulate all the graduates who are getting ready for the next exciting leg of their lives and send along best wishes for much success! 

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." 
~Eleanor Roosevelt





Join Us!!! Do you have a photo from  your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend! We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog).







Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sum-Sum-Summer Time is Here!



Woo! Happy 1st Day of Summer!

So fill up those pools, get out the sprinklers, and turn on those air conditioners, because it's...

 
 
 


 

Friday, June 16, 2017

#FiveSibes Flashback Friday: Gib, Pool's Open!


I remember this sweet day so clearly, it was June 2015...unbeknownst to me at the time, it was my Gibson's last summer with us. My husband had just opened our pool for the season and Gibbie and I just "chilled out" on the deck together. My big fluffy buddy boy. My spirit guide. My furry best friend. My Epi warrior. My heart dog. Gibson was the lover of the pack of FiveSibes. He was such a gentle soul. We had that magical human-canine connection; we could communicate without saying a word. He was such an amazing dog. I'm so glad for all the memories, and so happy for each and every moment spent with him and all of my FiveSibes! After we go through the pain of losing our furry best friend, and learning to live without them, what we have left are all those amazing moments spent together. While bittersweet, they fill my heart with love all over again each time I revisit one of those special moments with him caught on film.

"Today's special moments are tomorrow's memories."  
~Genie, The Return of Jafar


  

I am sending out a big "thank you" to Team Beaglebratz for their wonderful promo of our blog hop last week! So (p)awesome! Be sure to check them out!

*You're Invited*


Do you have a photo from  your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend! We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog).









Wednesday, June 14, 2017

#FiveSibes Honor U.S. Flag Day


It is Flag Day here in the United States. Our American flag represents freedom and is a symbol of our nation's pride, and as such, it greatly revered. I remember stories told by my father, a proud WWII veteran, of what it meant to the troops when they saw our flag. Throughout history, our American flag has brought pride and tears (of respect, sorrow for loss, and joy) whenever this beautiful red, white, and blue banner waves. 

There are specific ways in which to display our American flag. In 1995, I was the publicity and media liaison for our city's WWII 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee, working closely with veterans and our Kingston City School District to bring a living history about World War II and the role our veterans and homefront heroes played during that time to the district's students. I volunteered in my daughter's elementary school, and worked closely with the administration, teachers, veterans, and the media.  

One of the committee members and driving force behind educating the young on the history of this era, was U.S. Army Veteran Dick Williams, also know in our county as "Mr. Flag." He was dubbed Mr. Flag for his generosity of not only donating flags to schools, veterans, and cemeteries, as well as collecting and respectfully disposing of old flags in our area, but also for his education of WWII and our heroes, and the proper handling of our U.S. Flag. Through him, I learned much, and also joined him in his efforts to help to teach the school children of future generations about our flag etiquette. It was a privilege to know Mr. Williams, work beside him, and call him friend for so many years. (To meet "Mr. Flag" and read more about our time on the committee, visit HERE). In his honor, I carry on awareness for proper flag etiquette.



According to the U.S. Government Department of Veterans Affairs:

"When carried in procession with other flags the U.S. flag should be either on the marching right (the flag’s right) or to the front and center of the flag line. 
 
When displayed  on a float in a parade, the flag should be hung from a staff or suspended so it falls
free. It should not be draped over a vehicle.
 
When displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (left to a person facing the wall) and its staff should be in front of the other flag’s staff.
 
In a group of flags displayed from staffs, the U.S. flag should be at the center and the highest point.
 
When the U.S. flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be displayed flat, or suspended so that its folds fall free. 
 
When displayed over a street, place the union so it faces north or east, depending upon the direction of the street.
 
When the U.S. flag is displayed from as projecting from a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the unless the flag is at half-
staff. 
 
When suspended from a rope extending from the building on a pole, the flag should be hoisted out, union first from the building.
 
When flags of states, cities or organizations are flown on the same staff, the U.S. flag
must be at the top (except during church
services conducted at sea by Navy
chaplains). 
 
The flag should never be draped or drawn back in folds. Draped red, white and blue bunting should be used for decoration, with the blue at the top and red at the bottom.
 
The flag may be flown at half-staff to honor a newly deceased federal or state government official by order of the president or the governor, respectively. On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon."


Would you like more information on our flag? 
Visit the USA Flag Site HERE

You can download a printable flyer courtesy of the Missouri American Legion HERE.

 

Do you have your flag flown correctly? 




Monday, June 12, 2017

It's A FiveSibes Merry Meme Monday!



Thanks to everyone who posted a caption for my photo of Harley, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit eyeing a slice of pizza posted on Wordless Wednesday, and for joining us in our FiveSibes Merry Meme Fun Caption Contest! It sure was fun! The winning caption was written by Kerry Mc Brearty and selected by the majority of "likes" on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page!

Do you have a great photo of your northern breed dog (or your dog with a northern breed dog!) that really speaks to you? Maybe your dog is doing something funny, or looking really cute, or being silly or creative? Do you think a great caption could really bring the photo to life? Want to join in a community of dog lovers having some fun coming up with a great caption that when married to the photo, would make a fun meme? If so, Email it to us at FiveSibesHuskyNews(at)gmail(dot)com with "Merry Meme" in the subject line, and with your name (the photographer), permission to use/share the photo, and then visit our Facebook page to watch for your photo, to vote, and to join in the fun! Your photo could be our next Merry Meme poster! (To see past ones, just put "Merry Meme" in the search box at the top of our blog page).


Friday, June 9, 2017

Just Cruisin' on a Flashback Friday!


Pre-FiveSibes, our family (and daughter's first) furry best friend was an Akita/German  Shepherd mix we adopted from our local SPCA. Or rather, she adopted us! When we saw her, it was love at first sight - for all of us!  My daughter was just five, and this little puppy started following her all over the shelter, right into our hearts and lives! Chelsey and my daughter grew up together, the very best of friends. She was the best trained dog, always listening to her commands, and always, always right by my daughter's side. 

"No symphony orchestra ever played music like a (little) girl laughing with a puppy."
~Bern Williams

Chelsey was about 12 when Harley and then Gibson joined our family, and she was able to engage in a few games of fun with them before she started showing symptoms of canine Alzheimer's. Once the symptoms increased, she retired to resting in sunbeams under my daughter's bedroom window until it was time for her to leave us. It's been 11 years since our beloved Chelsey crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and we still miss that sweet, beautiful, loyal girl very much. I like to think of her romping and playing in the sunbeams with my sweet boy Gibson. 

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*You're Invited!* Do you have a photo from  your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend! We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog).
 


 


We are also joining the Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by
Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, and Barking from the Bayou. It's also open all week so be sure to hop on over to the hosts blogs and visit all the pet paraders!




 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Puppy Love (x 3) on a Flashback Friday


Flashing back almost nine-and-a-half years ago to when the baby "Pupsters" Bandit, Wolfie, and Chloe joined our family that already included their older brother, one-year-old Gibson, and the love of his life and the Pupsters surrogate momma, two-year-old Harley. It's been so special watching these three grow up together and it has always warmed my heart over the years knowing these littermates will never be separated and will always share a home together. The antics, the craziness, and the joy of training and raising three puppies at once will always be something so special to me. Is it possible this January the Pupsters (who still act like puppies) will turn a decade in age? Where does the time fly?


"A sibling is also one of 
your best friends." ~Unknown



*You're Invited!* Do you have a photo from  your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend! We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog).





We are also joining the Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by
Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, Love is being owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou. It's also open all week so be sure to hop on over to the hosts blogs and visit all the pet paraders!

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Husky Bandit Watching Strawberries




"Woo! What big strawberries you have there, Mom..."


Join in the BlogPaws Blog Hop HERE!

If those jumbo sweet berries wet your whistle, check out one of our FiveSibes favorite Canine Cooking Corner recipes perfect for this time of year: Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites, yum! Bon(e) Appetit!




Monday, May 29, 2017

A Very Special Day to Give Thanks: Hu-Dad's Birthday & USA Memorial Day


Woo! This is one of my favorite photos of my hubby, the Hu-Dad, walking with Gibson, that I've shared before, but there's no other photo that quite captures the strong caring silence as this one. Hu-Dad keeps things going smoothly here at our FiveSibes Husky homestead! From building special needs ramp to constructing a deck roof just to keep the weather off the Huskies so they can still enjoy being outdoors, to carrying the pups when they had surgeries, to sharing his pizza crust, not asking what the latest vet bill was, and being a super-pooper-scooper! We are so thankful for him all  he does. He is the best and loved by me and his furry "kids!"



Today is also Memorial Day - a day for us to remember and honor the fallen soldiers - both human and K9 - who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. We thank you and we will never forget.

 

Friday, May 26, 2017

When the Sun Shines on a Flashback Friday


There's a whole lotta hopping going on! First up, we are flashing back a few years to one of my favorite memories of my  now furangel Gibson, who was enjoying his rehab walking after a period of time where he was dealing with a weak hind end and a torn CCL due to side effects of his epilepsy medicine. During a rest, he raised his head toward the sunny sky, closed his eyes, and looked so blissful, I just had to snap his photo and pair it with the amazingly true quote. I look at this photo often and smile. Always a champion, Gibson truly enjoyed every minute of life. He was, and will always be, an inspiration to me, and remind me that even during tough times, be sure to take a few minutes to embrace and appreciate this wonderful life we have. Happy Flashback Friday!






 Do you have a photo from  your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend! We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog).








 We are also joining the Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by
Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, Love is being owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou. It's also open all week so be sure to hop on over to the hosts blogs and visit all the pet paraders!



And since we are enjoying this beautiful spring weather, we are also enjoying the blooming of our dogwood tree and thanks to inspiration from M.K. Clinton of Barking From the Bayou, we are joining in the Flower Friday Blog Hop hosted by Da DB Boyz! Be sure to visit them and the other hoppers to check out all the beautiful blooms!

Isn't Spring grand?!