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.
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.