Today, on international Epilepsy Day, we are so excited to announce the debut of the brand new “Gib Nibs” – a hand-crafted, gluten-free dog treat made by Nanette Willis, a Husky mom, United States Military wife, and the owner and baker at Sassy’s Goodies (with the Epi-dog (epileptic dog) in mind. And…a giveaway, too! Read about that a bit later in this post and be sure to enter!
After several discussions between Nanette and I on what Gibson had in his diet, and the ingredients that could and should not be in an Epi-dog’s treat, Gib Nibs was born! And I am so honored that Nanette is naming them after my beloved boy, the forever #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy ambassador, Gibson!
I am honored to announce this perennial fundraiser to help assist
other Epi-dog families today, on International Epilepsy Day, and to thank Sassy's Goodies for coming on board the #LiveGibStrong campaign! We are thrilled to join up with Sassy's, and in the spirit of being transparent, while we received samples for my Sibes to do some taste testing, I do not get compensated for Gib Nibs, as it is part of my Canine Epilepsy awareness education, fundraising, and promotion. I have been a volunteer case manager with TWF, and am so thrilled Nanette will be donating a portion of Gib Nibs to them so they can help other dogs with Canine Epilepsy.
What is Epilepsy Day? It all began in 2015 and, according to Epilepsy.com, it was “organized by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). The day provides a platform for people with epilepsy to share their experiences and stories with a global audience.”
For information & links for Canine Epilepsy information, please visit our new FiveSibes website and K-9 Epilepsy section HERE.
FiveSibesMom (FSM): Nanette, tell us about the new Gib Nibs, from the nutritional aspect and about the ingredients.
Sassy’s Goodies Nanette (SGN): Our new Gib Nibs are made with
organic oats, local home grown veggies when possible, and homemade beef pureé. They are low in fat and are a good source of protein for any dog, especially those with epilepsy and also diabetes. There is no sugar, salt, rosemary, gluten, or preservatives.
FSM: Excellent ingredients! Dogs with seizures should stay away from rosemary, gluten, and preservatives at they could be possible triggers. And dogs on Potassium Bromide, like Gibson was, need to watch their salt intake as it can interfere with the absorption of the medication and how it works, so it's great there is no salt in your Gib Nibs. How long will they last (if they aren’t eaten right away!)? And how should they be stored?
SGN: They will stay fresh for over a year in either our zip-lock bags or you can put them in their favorite jar.
FSM: Tell us about the nutritional analysis.
FSM: How do you feel being part of FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign? And thank you for making this a perennial fundraiser and donating a portion of Gib Nibs sales to The Wally Foundation to help other Epi-dog families.
SGN: I am excited to be a part of this campaign. I do a lot of work with local shelters and organizations, but this is the first time I can help in a larger area.
FSM: Tell us a little about Sassy’s Goodies...how it came about, how long you've been in business.
SGN: I started Sassy's Goodies 6 years ago this month when I had
recently lost my 8-year-old Husky, Nala, to diabetic complications. Being a diabetic, I had always made her homemade treats.
To tune in to my FiveSibes “The Sibe Vibe” Valentine’s Day show from 2016, when Nanette was my guest and we chatted about her Huskies and her treats, tune in below:
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