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Friday, April 21, 2017

Flashback Friday: How To Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Pawprint on Earth Day and Every Day!

Saturday is Earth Day! So I am combining it into our Flashback Friday, by looking back to past Earth Day celebrations and here's our Harley and Binx bringing some helpful Earth Day tips on how to help reduce our pets' carbon pawprints!

For more helpful and Earth-friendly tips, check out my article "12 Ways to Reduce Your Pet's Carbon Pawprint" over on 4Knines HERE!

How are you reducing your 
pet's carbon pawprint? 
Tell us in the comments below!

To read more about how you can help our Earth, visit 

We hope you'll join in our weekly FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop by sharing photos from your pet's Memory Lane, grabbing our badge below, and linking up (we are open all week!) so we can all share in those precious memories!  Joining us is our co-host, Love is being owned by husky!

We are also joining in the Pet Parade! Hosted by , Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, Barking From the Bayou and Love is being owned by a Husky. They, too, are open all week so hop in the parade with us! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Waiting for the Easter Husky Bunny!

My boy, Wolf, staring pensively out of our front window patiently waiting for the arrival of the Easter Husky Bunny in this special Flashback Friday moment from 2012! 

What do you think he's wishing to find in his Easter basket?

We hope you'll join in our weekly FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop by sharing photos from your pet's Memory Lane, grabbing our badge, and linking up (we are open all week!) so we can all share in those precious memories!  Joining us is our co-host, Love is being owned by husky

We are also joining in the Easter Pet Parade! Hosted by , Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, Barking From the Bayou and Love is being owned by a Husky. We are open all week so hop in the parade with us! Happy Easter!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wolf, Siberian Husky Nurse on Duty!

Wolf, Siberian Husky Nurse (S.H.N.) on Duty!

My boy, Wolfie, (Gibson's little bro) has been living up to his "working breed" classification as he has been a very good furry nurse keeping an eye on me while I recuperate from acute bronchitis. He sleeps right on my feet, and hasn't let me out of his sight!


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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Rainbow Bridge Welcomes A New FurAngel - Buddy, the Christmas Husky

Original photo by and courtesy of Lisa Byrd; modified by FiveSibes

The Rainbow Bridge must be some (p)awesome place to be for it has so many amazing, beautiful angel animals there. My beloved Gibson is there. As is my Chelsey, Sandy, kitty Smokie, bunny Sunny, my fox Ah, many horses, and so many others pets. We have many furfriends who have also crossed The Rainbow Bridge. All of these beloved animals are healthy and happy, with all the dogs enjoying their zoomies and playing Fetch all day in a land that is eternally beautiful. Sounds perfect. Only catch is when our devoted companions are there, we can no longer physically be with them. So while they are in a place where the spirit soars, our hearts are broken as we are missing them here with us. It is a hurt we all as pet parents now way too well. 

And today, as unbelievable as it seems as I write this, we have to bid a final farewell to another dear furpal, Buddy, the Christmas Husky, who has now earned his wings and has made his journey to North of the Rainbow Bridge.

Photo of rescued Buddy courtesy of Shari Baillargeon

As many of you know, Buddy's story is what my book, Buddy the Chrismas Husky~Based on a True Holiday Miracle is about. His tale started out very tragic, where he was abused, shot, sick, and abandoned, left wandering the cold, snowy streets in an Arkansas town until a good Samaritan named Geneva Ryan stepped out into traffic that snowy Christmas Day and saved him. Through a whole online community known as "Team Buddy," Buddy found his way to his amazing and loving foster "Mama Shay" Shari Baillargeon, states away in Georgia, who opened her heart and home to to the sickly, barely recognizable Siberian Husky. 

Mama Shay, with the continued help and support from Team
Buddy, nursed Buddy back to a much healthier boy under the veterinarian care at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and she bestowed upon him so much love and healing, and shared his journey with us, reaching out and traveling to meet so many of Buddy's friends across states. Mama Shay provided him with a rescued dog's dream life. The unique thing about Buddy's story is that Team Buddy is a worldwide community of dog lovers, most who have never met in person, who joined together to help him throughout his ordeal, and continued to support Mama Shay and Buddy all through his health issues, some that stayed with him leftover from his unknown days of abuse, and a more recent diagnosis of lymphoma.

Book illustrations by Barbara K. Slocum
Mama Shay and Buddy's incredible story touched my heart so much that I was inspired to write the book about his life, from what I thought would be Buddy's point of view, along with a timeline of photos chronicling his journey from abuse and abandonment to rescue and love. The book, published by my ArcticHouse Publishing, not only tells of this rescue story, but a portion of sales I donate to help with, even if in a small way, Buddy's ongoing healthcare expenses. It's a book I'm very proud of and many thanks go out to the amazing FiveSibes and Buddy communities who purchased Buddy's book, which in turn enables me to make the donations. 

Latest book sales donation to Mama Shay's "Buddy's Buddies" Fund

Me meeting Buddy! Love at first sight!

This past summer, I had the joy of meeting this handsome boy when Mama Shay and Buddy drove from Georgia up the East Coast to upstate New York with traveling companions fellow Siberian Husky, Nala, who Mama Shay was fostering, and Nala's new adoptive Mom, Susan. They came to join me in a book signing event and a meet and greet at The Parish in New Paltz, where Buddy was the star! Children and adults alike loved meeting him, and Buddy, well, he was in his glory! It is a day that was so special and filled with love. One that I will cherish forever.

Photo by Judy Herron

The day was such a fun-filled special day for all of us, many who traveled great distances, including several states, just to attend! You can check out all of the fun here in this video:

Our fun "The New York Adventures of Buddy & Nala" cartoon strip from the day! We all know Huskies are characters and have a great sense of humor, and Buddy and pal Nala show us that!

 Buddy was the cover Husky of American Pet Magazine, where my article on him, Mama Shay, and Team Buddy was published. And he was my lead story about Buddy the "Traveling Husky" coming to the Hudson Valley, New York gracing the pages of Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine.

Buddy and Mama Shay were guests twice on my FiveSibes "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio Show! You can tune in here to hear his story:

December 2016

 December 2012

Today, Mama Shay shared with the Buddy community the following:

Mama Shay & Buddy by Lisa Byrd
"Mama Shay here. This is the hardest post I have ever had to write. Our Precious Buddy ~ The Christmas Husky has gone over The Rainbow Bridge. I am devastated but it was the right decision for Buddy. The MRI showed a tumor in his spinal cord. We could have waited to see if he could walk again on his own but he was very stressed and upset that he couldn't use his legs. He was always used to being the Strong Husky In Charge and he didn't like being helpless at all. He was in pain that I couldn't control at home. We all have Our Angel Buddy watching over us now. It was storming and pouring down rain when I was leaving UGA, Buddy cleared the sky for me so I didn't have to drive home through it. He is already taking care of me and I am sure he is watching over all of you who love him so much. I hope you understand that I won't be on much right now, my heart is hurting. I hope Buddy's page and legacy can be used for something good to honor him. We will have to decide what route to take but hope that you will all stay with us as we remember and honor our Special Husky In Charge. I want to send a special Thank You to Veronica Doster-Booth and Amanda Bee for coming to the hospital and being with me during this difficult time. Buddy has brought so many wonderful people into my life, he was a blessing as are each of you. We love you all!"

The Christmas Husky by Shari Baillargeon
Mama Shay has been such an amazing, loving forever foster hu-mom to Buddy, providing him with the best of care and giving him a life full of love, friends, and travel (Buddy has seen more of the USA than I have!) 

I grieve with Mama Shay and the entire community of Buddy friends and fans over the loss of this very special boy. Buddy was a true miracle story. He was, and always will be, a symbol of hope for rescue dogs everywhere. 

When asked what Buddy's message would be, Mama Shay said, "Just remember me when you see the next 'mangy mutt' on the side of the road. Instead of blowing your horn or shooing me away, pick me up and offer your kindness and help! The world can be a better place with one act of kindness which leads to others. After all, look what happened to me, Buddy, the Christmas Husky! Roo, Roo, Roo!”

So today, I am sending big Husky hugs to Mama Shay and must say good-bye to our dear, sweet furangel friend, Buddy, the Christmas Husky

Buddy, may your Husky-in-Charge star shine brightly forever.