Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Letter to Gibson on His 2nd Anniversary at The Rainbow Bridge #LiveGibStrongForever



"I can no longer 

see you with my eyes

touch you with my hands,

but I will feel you in my heart 

forever."
~Tanya Lord



Dear Gibson, 


My beloved fur friend, you are indeed in my heart for always. I cannot believe you have not been here in two years. I still look for you, hear you wooing "I wuv woo," and "ice cream," can see you doing your Gibbe hip-hop dance, feel the weight of your polar bear paw, and miss those Gibbie nibbies and kisses. You were, and always will be, an inspiration to me. You helped me get through some tough days of having autoimmune issues from RA and fibromyalgia, and some days we limped together. I still use your determination and will to fight  your Epi demons to get me through my continuing days, just the same as I helped you through your trials and tribulations of living with Canine Epilepsy. 

Your Sibe family misses you, too: your true love Harley, and your younger brother Wolf, and sisters Chloe and Bandit. When they snuggle, there is always a space there that I am sure they are reserving for you...or maybe, you are still there with them. You will always and forever be a part of our FiveSibes family.



You will be by my side forever...my dear, sweet, strong spirit animal. Enjoy those snow zoomies like years ago with your Sibe family...and when the snowflakes fall, I know it will be you, sending your love from north of the Rainbow Bridge.

I love and miss you, G. For always.


#LiveGibStrong ~ #LiveGibStrongForever




Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Card Trivia on a Flashback Friday!



'Tis the season...for holiday cards! Let's test your musical holiday knowledge! How many of you recall this Christmas classic song? 


"Greeting cards have all been sent 
The Christmas rush is through 
But I still have one wish to make 
A special one for you 
Merry Christmas darling..."

I bet you are humming that tune now!

I am a little late to my own blog hop this week, but it's never too late as you can join in all week with any special memories you may like to share! My special FiveSibes Flashback Friday photo up top is from a few years back when my boys, Wolf and big brother Gibson, joined me in opening up the many wonderful cards sent to us by their fans and friends (they actually receive way more cards than we get)! Since my mother and Gibson's passing, and now with my father-in-law just a month ago, we are taking a respite from sending cards, but do look forward to hopefully once again joining in this wonderful tradition next year. For this year, we will be posting a card online a little later on with our warmest wishes to all our wonderful friends we have been so fortunate to meet here on Blogville, from my "The Sibe Vibe" radio show, and through our FiveSibes social media. We are truly blessed to have made so many wonderful connections through our beloved pets!



Honestly, my FiveSibes always seem to know when it is the holiday season and have always loved to join in on the fun of opening cards! (I think they may have caught a few whiffs of their furpals' scent, too, on them causing them to be extra excited)! I especially love the above photo because my Gibson was here with us, and he was always such a character! In eight more days, he will have been at the Rainbow Bridge for two years. I still cannot believe it has been that long...in some respects it feels like he has been away for way too long, and in some ways, just yesterday. Time is strange like that, isn't it? But oh, how he loved the holidays...and those memories bring me joy, as do all the precious moments of making memories with all of my FiveSibes family!

So did you guess the song and who sang it? If you guessed "Merry Christmas, Darling" by The Carpenters, you were right!



Also as part of today's Flashback Friday, I'm re-sharing some Christmas Card trivia from 2014! Ready? Here we go!


The origins of greeting cards began in the 14th century as wood-block printed New Year’s cards from Germany. 

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The first Christmas greeting cards, called "Christmas Pieces," were of made by English schoolchildren in the 18th Century to bring home to their parents.

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The modern Christmas card as we know it, was first designed by artist John Calcott Horsley for his friend Sir Henry Cole.

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Sir Henry Cole started the custom of sending Christmas cards in the United Kingdom in 1843. Cole, who was a civil servant was apparently fascinated by the new public postal system and he wanted to come up with a way it could be used more by the people.

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Due to the card's popularity, a year later saw the first "mass production" of the Christmas card when 1,000 cards were printed and sold for one schilling apiece.

Sending of the Christmas cards became popular, aided by the fact that the Postal Act of 1840 allowed people to send the cards to family and friends anywhere in the United Kingdom for a "penny post," a cost of just one penny each. This became even more popular in 1870 when the cost to send a greeting dropped in price to a halfpenny.

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The first American greeting cards were printed in Boston, Massachusetts by lithographer Louis Prang, a Prussian immigrant, in 1875 with the simple greeting 
"Merry Christmas." 

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The first - and still the most popular today - greeting on a Christmas card is "A Merry Christmas and a 
Happy New Year to you." 





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, so join in any time)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below (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! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog). We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun!

Grab our Badge!




We are also joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and  Barking from the Bayou
Be sure to hop on over and check out their blogs, too!


Friday, December 1, 2017

An Ode to Epi-Dogs Living With Canine Epilepsy on a FiveSibes Flashback Friday


Flashback Photo - December 2012- Gibson with his painted likeness, the artist, and his lead vet!

I love Flashback Fridays! While some memories are bittersweet, I prefer to let my mind drift back to those precious moments and relive the joys. Today, as we wrap up November's Epilepsy Awareness Month, I just want to take a moment to say that every day is a day for awareness and to champion these amazing, loving dogs who, even with the challenges of living with Canine Epilepsy, can live full happy lives just the same as dogs who do not have Epilepsy. If your dog has a seizure, always contact your vet immediately, and then research! You are NOT alone! Come on over to my new FiveSibes website and there is a section dedicated to Canine Epilepsy Awareness, where I share all of my books, articles, links to resources, and an encyclopedia information I have learned over the years of loving and caring for my own Epi-dog, Gibson.


And as we close out National Epilepsy Awareness month's photo challenge, here is yesterday (November 30th) Day 30: "Special Photo" of the #30DaysForEpiNovember Photo Challenge. There are so many special moments of life with Gibson. He never let his Epilepsy or challenges keep him from enjoying life! He was such a happy boy! He loved everyone and enjoyed everything we did together! A special highlight of our advocacy, and a lovely tribute to Gib, was when I was surprised by vet team when an artist at my vet's office painted his portrait on their building because of their love for him! What an honor! To know he was so loved and that his journey with Canine Epilepsy inspired so many others, brings tears of joy to my eyes. In the Flashback photo above, he is pictured with the talented artist, Kat, and his amazing lead vet, Dr. Arnold Rugg, in front of his portrait on one of the hospital's buildings. A forever treasure and wonderful tribute to such an amazing and inspirational dog.

I want to thank Kimberley and Rolo of Confessions of a Rescue Mom 
for hosting the month-long awareness photo challenge! Please be sure to visit their Facebook page and our FiveSibes Facebook page or Instagram accounts (@FiveSibesMom and @RescueMomBlog) to see all 30 of this month's amazing awareness photos. We hope you, too, will be inspired, and maybe even consider adopting a dog with Canine Epilepsy!



























Being the caregiver to an Epi-dog is not all easy. There are many frightening, nerve-wracking times...and there is strict medication times, schedules, costs, and a fear that you learn to live with along with the hope that all what you are doing is enough to keep the seizure monster away from your beloved furry best friend. But, I can also tell you that the bond you form with your dog, like the bond that was between Gibson and I, is so special, so in-tune, that I would not trade it all, never ever.

Gibson brought so much to my life...and he still does. He will
always be my inspiration, my heart dog, my spirit animal, and my K9 hero. Through our journey with Canine Epilepsy, which began shortly after he turned three in 2009, we formed an incredible bond. He taught me to face anything head-on, with fierce determination and with joy. Having myself been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, I keep Gibson's zest for life and determination to overcome the many health obstacles his Epilepsy presented, including hind end weakness from the medications. I think of how he loved to give Gibbie kisses, how he would say "I love you," and do his fabulous Gibbie hip-hop dance. Nothing, not seizures, lameness, or lethargy could keep this boy from enjoying life. I keep that with me, close to my heart, each and every day. On those days where I hurt, I think about how Gibson would warrior through and I am inspired to push on. Our bond exists still to this day, connected through his amazing spirit.

I am not alone in appreciating how wonderful these amazing Epi-dogs are! This past June, Epi-dogs and their families from all over came together t celebrate these amazing dogs' lives with an Epi-Pup Party! And what a day they had! Two of the parents, who are photographers, shared their photos of the fun-filled day with me, and I am pleased to share this video of "Dogs With Canine Epilepsy Enjoying a Pup Party!" I know you will be inspired by their joy!




This past month I also had the pleasure of speaking with another amazing Epi-dog mom and Canine Epilepsy advocate, Jeanaann Barnaby from Oh, the Life of Olivia! who was my guest on "The Sibe Vibe." You can tune in here where we discuss sharing life with an amazing Epi-warrior!







Tune in HERE to listen to my "The Sibe Vibe" Epilepsy Awareness Month's Episode with Jeanaann Barnaby.





So many more exciting things are coming up this year that I have been working on as part of my #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness and education campaign that I can not wait to share! My sweet boy has inspired so many, above all, me! So stay tuned, and may one day we have a cure, but in the meantime my wish is that all dogs with Epilepsy be blessed with loving and caring families, and may they all #LiveGibStrong.




My beautiful boy, Gibson, who continues to inspire!





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, so join in any time)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below (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!  (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog). We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun!

Grab our Badge!







We are also joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and  Barking from the Bayou
Be sure to hop on over and check out their blogs, too!