Friday, May 25, 2018

A #MemorialDay Weekend #FlashbackFriday Visit Down Memory Lane

It's here! While Memorial Day Weekend unofficially kicks off the summer season here, it is also important to remember why we celebrate, as my flashback poster above featuring Wolf depicts.

Thank You, Heroes...

Remembering our K9 Heroes...

Honor Your Veteran, Share A Memory

Share a Remembrance | National Memorial Day Concert | PBS: Honor the fallen: Share your memories of a friend or loved one on the National Memorial Day Concert's Wall of Remembrance.

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”- ~James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

Thank you to all our veterans - male, female, and K9 - who gave the ultimate sacrifice in order for us to enjoy the freedoms we can enjoy.

This holiday weekend is also a time to get together with family and friends, gather for picnics and barbeques, open up swimming pools, and get yards into summer shape. This second flashback photo dates back over three years ago and is of my now furangel Gibson supervising the opening and readying of our pool! Ahh...I'm ready to go in, how about you?!

Please be sure to take extra care to keep beloved pets safe while enjoying some early summer fun. This third flashback photo is from several years ago of our Harley as a cover dog model for American Pet Magazine, along with some of our FiveSibes holiday safety tips:

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Light a candle for a fallen veteran, 
human and K9, 
say "thank you" to a living veteran, 
and have a safe and happy 
holiday weekend with your family!

Woo! It's Flashback Friday here all week! Have a pic of your pet(s) early days? Gotcha Day? Birthday? Share it with us and join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane by grabbing our badge and linking up any time during the week! And be sure to pop over and visit other blogger's as well! What a great way to remember those early days, and a fun way to kick off the weekend! JOIN US! Maybe you even have a pic from Memorial Days past with your pets to share!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

#FiveSibes Donned Red Noses to Help End Child Poverty

Our FiveSibes award-winning awareness poster from 2017.

In three years, Red Nose Day has "raised over $100 million and changed the lives of over 8 million children in American and around the world." 

Together, we can be the change for children in need by joining together to reach Red Nose Day's goal to "end child poverty--one nose at a time." Here, at FiveSibes, our Huskies are joining us humans in spreading the word and mission. We hope you will, too!

For more info on how you can help "End Child Poverty" by donating, fundraising, holding informative events, and to check out what the celebrities are doing to help, visit the official Red Nose Day website HERE. We hope our amazing pet-loving community joins together to help our human children to live with joy and love, and to one day never know what poverty is.

The Greatest Love of All

"I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier."
~Songwriters: Linda Creed / Michael Masser

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

    A Mother's Day Dog Lovers Poem

    For fondly telling stories of my antics as a pup, 

    And for knowing yummy dog treats are the way to cheer me up...

    For cleaning all the mud when I forget to wipe my paws, 

    And for taking time to scratch my ears and cuddle “just because,”

    For comforting my worries when we’re driving to the vet,

    And for giving me the words of praise that others may forget,

    For showing me you love me in so many different ways —

    I’m wishing you the happiest and best of Mother’s Days! 
    ~Author Unknown

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    Flashback Friday: Our Original Sled Dog

    One of my all-time favorite photos from when my daughter was young was this one taken back 22 years ago with our adopted German Shepherd/Akita "Chelsey." Chelsey and Jenn were best buds. She was an amazing dog, who was so easy to train, and was such a good girl. She would listen to my commands, and perform them perfectly every time. If i asked her to "stay,"  no one, but me, could get her to move! I taught her to "watch" my daughter, which she always did. In this photo, my sister-in-law was creating a family photo album and was doing one of the winter months, and we decided a "reindog" photo would be cute with our girls. So, we staged the photo to look like I "Chelsey was hooked up to a sled with our girls on it in the snow! To this day, this photo brings a chuckle because my daughter and I dubbed it the "grumpy sled dog" photo because if you look closely at Chelsey, she looks like she is snarling and very unhappy. While she was not thrilled about the antler ears, she was actually munching on a dog biscuit (you can see a piece down by her paw) and the photo caught her mid-chew! BOL! I guess it was always meant to be that I would have sled dogs in my family! (Even though not one of my Huskies have ever pulled a sled! They are more the type to ride on one and be pulled! LOL)!

    "Nothing is every really lost to us as long as we remember it."
     ~L.M. Montgomery

    Woo! It's Flashback Friday here all week! Have a pic of your pet(s)
    early days? Gotcha Day? Birthday? Share it with us and join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane by grabbing our badge and linking up any time during the week! And be sure to pop over and visit other blogger's as well! What a great way to remember those early days, and a fun way to kick off the weekend! JOIN US!

    Friday, May 4, 2018

    Catching Up on Another Seizure Monster Visit on a #FiveSibes Flashback Friday

    Harley relaxing with her pack family on a recent evening.

    Have you missed us? We sure hope so! It has been a little hit and miss with my blogging lately due to a few things here on the homefront, including some ongoing heath issues for both myself and a few of the FiveSibes, including Wolf and his ongoing gastrointestinal issues from anxiety (that will be another post), Chloe having elevated kidney levels in her recent annual, and another visit from the dreaded seizure monster for my senior gal, the FiveSibes alpha queen and surrogate momma, Harley. It's been a little over a year since she had her first seizure, which after tests, showed she had hypothyroidism and could be the trigger for the seizure. At 12, it is not typically a diagnosis of Canine Epilepsy, but it is a whole new book of concerns when a senior dog starts seizing.

    Not only did Harley have her second full blown grand mal seizure a little over a month ago, she also had a little "incident" a couple weeks ago, where I was able to hold her and soothe her and it did not go into a full seizure. I cannot say for sure it was the start of one or simply an overstressed issue now that she is in her golden years. I have noticed that if she has to go out - LIKERIGHTNOW- if I do not get to the door fast enough, she starts to pant and get anxious. And stress can be a trigger for seizures. So, when Harley quietly indicates that she has to "go," (and when I say indicates, I mean she will quietly walk into the room, look at me, and hopefully I notice) and then just as quietly walk back to the door. If you miss this hint, and she will only do it once, maybe twice, she will get anxious and come back again, this time, panting, like, "Hey, I mean NOW." Which, all equals stress, especially on an older dog. (Shhh...please do not tell her I called her an "older" dog)!

    Harley snoozing soundly on the deck next to Wolfie.

    After an in-depth conversation with one of my vets, whom I think the world of, with her thyroid levels right on the mark, this seizure was thought to possibly be due to low-blood sugar, hypoglycemia (something this human is quite familiar with having to deal with that myself since a teen). These are all new things I am adjusting to that can begin to show when our dogs age. As much as I hate to admit it, my FiveSibes "pups" are all senior dogs now, and Harley, even though a very young-acting 13, is seriously a senior. Plus, she is also deaf. Her hearing left her over a year ago, which brings me to new ways to assure her she is safe when she screams and seems like she gets scared after her seizure, such as holding her and soothing her, and yes, I still speak to her. While supposedly they do not feel pain, I instantly think "she hurts" when I hear that heart-squeezing scream. But, some dogs do yelp or howl or scream when they come out of a seizure. Gibson was a quiet boy. Not Harley. But, no matter what wonderful care we give our beloved dogs, their bodies and systems change as they age, just like ours do, and different things can pop up that just were never there before. Such as hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia. That being said, I am SO thankful that it is not a brain tumor or cancer or a stroke (all very real possibilities for dogs at this age who begin to experience seizures). Both of Harley's new diagnoses are pretty manageable, even if there is no guarantee that she will not have another seizure.

    With regards to seizures in senior dogs, I want to thank Hindy Pearson of Caring for a Senior Dog website, who invited me to be a guest blogger on just this topic over on her wonderful website in my article "If A Senior Dog Has a Seizure, Is It Canine Epilepsy?" Please take a few minutes and go read my article there for more information on seizures in older dogs.

    Harley has always been the tough girl, the leader of our FiveSibes pack family. The true love of my furgangel Gibson, and an amazing surrogate momma to our three Pupsters--littermates Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit. She has always been strong, and she is resilient. I pray she continues to be and that the seizure monster goes away, never to revisit her. Somehow, after dealing with seizures, side effects, and close calls with my sweet Gibson, I guess I figured I'd get a pass on another one of my dogs having seizures. But, life is not like that. You just never know. The upside is, if Gibson had to be an Epi-dog, he sure taught me plenty and, even though a bit in shock, at least I feel prepared for when the seizures came. Harley just recently celebrated her 13th Birthday in March, as you can see from the photo above, and I sure hope we have years left to celebrate more birthdays together.

    For More Info on Canine Seizures and Epilepsy, You Can Download or You Can Request FREE copies of my #Paws4Purple Project With The Anita Kaufmann Foundation. (To request to have FREE hard copies of the flyers and bookmarks sent to you or your organization, rescue, shelter, veterinarian, vet clinic, etc., simply Email my #Paws4Purple partner, AnnMarie(at)AKFUS(dot)org, and tell her Dorothy & the FiveSibes sent you over)!

    Once again, I emphasize that seizures do not keep these amazing dogs down! Here in the following video, is our dear Harley, being her typical fun Husky self, a few days post seizure. Now, as for me...I was sitting in my chair going completely gray from worry, but as you can see from this video, she does not let it stop her for too long! I pray we will be saying that for several more years to come because quite honestly, I am not ready to say goodbye to another one of my furbabies yet. But then again, are we ever?

    Do I do anything different for her now? Sure do. I take extra care that she does not get overexerted, overheated, anxious, or stressed. I try to calm her down from chasing her tail (her favorite thing besides Fetch! to do), but that's not always an easy task! Plus, I do try to remember a great piece of advice that my one vet gave me years ago with  my let him (now her) live and enjoy life. Good advice! While I will worry and and always pay attention to every little twitch and sound, I do try to remember those words and have decided to let her chase her tail, at least for a few minutes! 

    Today's Flashback Friday photo visits 2012, when our queen Harley was just six years old and the beautiful "cover model dog" for American Pet Magazine. I am so proud of this girl!

    "But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day." ~Benjamin Disraeli

    Woo! It's Flashback Friday here all week! Have a pic of your pet(s) early days? Gotcha Day? Birthday? Share it with us and join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane by grabbing our badge and linking up any time during the week! And be sure to pop over and visit other blogger's as well! What a great way to remember those early days, and a fun way to kick off the weekend! JOIN US!

    We are also joining our blogger friends in the Pet Parade! Hop over and check out the hosts' blogs, too, at: Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and Barking from the Bayou!

    We are also jumping in to join the Appreciate the  Moments Blog Hop hosted by The Everyday Dog Mom! I appreciate all the moments - even  more so, if possible, when we are reminded of just how precious they are when faced with something like seizures or an illness. And, since it is May, and their theme is "mother" - my blog post, all the pics, including the magazine cover, are taken by me and is all of the FiveSibes pack momma dog - Harley!  Be sure to pop over to their blog see some of the other great photos featured in the Hop!

    It sure is a pretty exciting Friday for bloggers and readers! 
    Enjoy your weekend, Everyone!