Friday, December 1, 2017

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

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 live 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 was 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, brings tears of joy to my eyes. Here he is pictured with the talented artist, Kat, and his amazing lead vet, Dr. Arnold Rugg in front of his portrait.

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 is so special, so in-tune, that I would not trade it all, ever.

Gibson brought so much to my life...and he still does. He will
always be my inspiration, my heart dog, my K9 hero. And I am not alone in that! 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 - 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! 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!


  1. Such a great flashback and Gibson will always be a hero to many.

    1. Thank you! That is so wonderful of you to say!

  2. I always love seeing Gibson - with his beautiful face and gentle eyes - he inspired so many! I so understand about missing our heart dogs as I still miss Pip every day.

    Your new site looks amazing!

    1. Thank you! I so appreciate your kind words! Sigh, I think we shall always miss our wonderful heart dogs...thank goodness our hearts are big, for they took a chunk with them. Hugs! PS - Thank you about my site! Been a few years in the making!

  3. Such a beautiful and hopeful post relating to Epilepsy Awareness Month. As mum to a very special Epi-Warrior who {knock on wood} is now 6 months seizure free, we know the 'impawtance' of love and hope for facilitating a normal life for these incredible creatures who inspire me daily. 💜

    1. Thank you so much! May your Epi-warrior be 6 more months, and then another 6 months, and another 6 months, and so on, forever - seizure free! 💜