Friday, August 31, 2018

Heat Wave on a #FiveSibes Flashback Friday



Wow! This summer sure is one for the record books! After a short break from the heat, the past few days the temperatures rose as the humidity snuck back in at almost 100% giving us days with a heat index reaching a sweltering 105℉, which is unusually high here in the Hudson Valley. No one wanted to be outside, especially our snow-loving Huskies! They even have to be convinced to leave the cool air conditioned house when it was potty time, and then it was a quick trip out to do their business, a run through the pool (except for Chloe who hates water!), and then right back inside! 


Today's Flashback photo above is from last summer when one day after the Sibes were back inside and I stayed out on the deck to freshen their pool water and hose down the area, I turned to see Bandit had opened the kitchen door to peer out at me as though she was worried about me staying out in the heat! I guess it is a role reversal when your dog thinks you need to come in from the heat instead of you asking them to come in! BOL!

Q. When it is hot and steamy out, 
how do you and your pets stay cool?





Come join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane in our FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Whether you share a photo of your pet from yesterday or yesteryear, let's have fun looking back over the amazing lives of our pets! What a wonderful way to kick off the weekend, too! We know how busy everyone one is, so the blog hop is open all week, so join in any time!









Sunday, August 26, 2018

It's a National Howliday for Us Dogs!



Woo! While every day is Dog Day here at FiveSibes, who are we to argue with a national holiday just for canines, right? I mean, what dog wouldn't want extra hugs and some special treats, and doesn't that all just go paw-in-paw with it being a holiday?! Today, we are enjoying the "howliday" by just lazing on the shady deck poolside enjoying the beautiful breeze together, which is a real treat since the weather had been so steamy and humid the past month. So this is a real treat! 


National Dog Day was created by lifestyle expert and pet advocate to encourage people to Colleen Paige, who also is tops in our books as she also created some other pretty special bark-worthy howlidays, including  National Cat Day, National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, National Horse Protection Day, National Kids & Pets Day and National Specially-Abled Pets Day, and one I just did an article on for 4Knines, National Beach Day!

"National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage." ~Colleen Paige, Founder of NationalDogDay.com


How are you spending National Dog Day?



We are joining in the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop 
hosted by The Cat on My Head Blog!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Trainspotting on a FiveSibes Flashback Friday!


Gibson trainspotting circa 2012!

Gibson and I used to love our walks together. It was our special time together away from the rest of the pack. With Canine Epilepsy, he had side effects from the medications including bouts of hind end weakness and an eventual torn CCL, which we treated with Conservative Care Management so he did not have to go through surgery and risk triggering an onset of seizures. As part of his rehab, we went on many slow and easy walks together. And he was the very best walker! He never pulled, he always was right by my side. We had so many wonderful conversations, and yes, I know he understood every word I was saying, and his eyes conveyed his words. We had that kind of a special bond. I always said he was truly my spirit animal. I like to believe he still is, and always will be.


During our walks, Gibson especially enjoyed going down to watch the trains go by, as in these photos. It always amazed me that it never frightened him being so close, he just loved to watch them go by. I miss this boy, every day, but I am so grateful we were in each other's lives for almost 10 years, and for all the wonderful memories that we had made together. 

Memories certainly do allow us to visit those wonderful times in the past. The quote on his photo collage truly says it all, "Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying each step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete." 

Enjoy those steps...every single one of them.



Come join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane in our FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Whether you share a photo of your pet from yesterday or yesteryear, let's have fun looking back over the amazing lives of our pets! What a wonderful way to kick off the weekend, too! We know how busy everyone one is, so the blog hop is open all week, so join in any time!



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

It's Time for #FiveSibes Howling Huskies!




It's a "woo-y" Wednesday at FiveSibes! While settling in for some relaxing family TV time last night, the pups decided they wanted the remote to watch something more dog appropriate and voiced their opinion, Siberian Husky style! BOL! (And if you are familiar with the breed, they love to howl and sing)! The interesting thing is our alpha queen Harley is now deaf, but Wolf makes sure he gets real close to her to include her in their songfest. Amazing to watch, and while they are a little out of tune, just as amazing to hear!

So turn up the volume, and tell us if your dog joined 
in the howlfest, or if your pet even noticed!

Hope you enjoy their song!




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Friday, August 17, 2018

Preparing Your Dog for Back-to-School Time!



August has just arrived, and while our FiveSibes family and many other folks are still enjoying the summer time soaking up the sun and splashing in the water, the thought of school is not that far off. Some families are busy with the annual ritual of back-to-school shopping and physicals, and some kids have already started classes! But if you are in areas where September means back-to-school time, this post is for you!

While items such as bookbags, notebooks, and pencils are being added to shopping lists, the transition from summer sun to school-time fun could actually be a stressful one for pets. Here are a few of my FiveSibes "golden rules" to help ease the change for our furry best friends and their human pals:


Practice Makes Perfect (Sense)

Before the first day of school arrives, practice walking to the bus stop or driving your child to school with your dog accompanying you to introduce both your dog and child to the new routine.
 

Positive Reinforcement

While change can be stressful at first, remember to keep the mood light and upbeat. Dogs have radar when it comes to their person's mood and energy. Sing a few songs, smile, and laugh while practicing the new routine. This will help both the student and his/her canine companion feel more at ease.


Let's Talk!

There is much to be said about the art of conversation, and yes, with our pets, too! Before leaving for the day, be sure to let your children tell the dogs they are going, but they will see them after school. Dogs really do understand, and communication is so important, not only for the cherished human-canine bond but what a wonderful lesson to teach our kids about interacting with animals.
 

Voices Carry!

While away from your home, leave a radio or TV on low (or set on a timer) so your dog hears voices and doesn't feel alone!
 

Call Me! Call Me, Anytime!

If you have a landline phone, call in from your office to leave a message (be sure the answering machine is on) so your furry buddy can hear your voice. No landline? You can connect a two-way video camera that connects to your smart phone or tablet so you can periodically check in on your pet, have a quick chat, and some even allow you to dispense a treat from your location!
 

Treats Are Sweet!

When you and/or your child have returned home from school, while enjoying snacks of your own, don't forget to treat your canine to a "doggie" snack, too. Nothing says love to a dog more than a hug and a yummy (healthy) treat!
 

Study Time is Quality Time

Dogs just love to be with us, whether we are active or at rest. If your child is doing homework or studying for a test, having the dog nearby is not only bonding time, but is also calming for both student and dog.


Lonely Days Begone

If your child is heading away to college and your house is now an empty nest, your family dog will also feel that absence. A good Rx? Extra play time, hugs, kisses, and walks will definitely help you both! You can also visit your local dog park for some extra human and canine socialization.


Not So Home Alone
Thinking about adding a second pet to your family? This may be the perfect time! If so, why not think about fostering a compatible dog from a nearby shelter or rescue? It could be a win-win!
 

K9 Class Time

When the kids go back to school, it is also a great time to consider enrolling your dog in school! If your dog is already trained and well behaved, there are some really fun agility and doggy dance or trick classes to check out. Or, if you always thought your dog would be a great therapy dog, now would be a perfect time to enroll him/her in a training and certification program. 



 A few additional reminders with the arrival of 
school days' golden rule days: 
  • Please keep a watchful eye out for all the children walking,
  •  Stop for those school buses, and
  • Take extra precautions to keep your dogs safe from slipping out the door when everyone leaves or returns from school! (Be sure all pet collar tags and microchip info is up-to-date).
With a little pre-planning, practice, and patience, may we all receive a gold star for a safe and happy school season!

My above (modified) article was originally printed in my guest post over at 4Knines in August 2017

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 Flashing back to the 2012 school year, our girl Bandit is all set for her K9 class with a new backpack and bandana! It's hard to believe this was six years ago already! Guess that makes her a college student now! Do you think she looks any different?

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Bandit's "school" books pictured in top photo are:




And, of course...

 


Bandit also has informational #Paws4Purple Canine Epilepsy bookmarks. If you would like FREE hard copies of the bookmarks and flyers, drop an Email to annmarie@akfus.org with "#Paws4Purple Materials" in the subject line.

 
Are you ready for back-to-school days?



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Friday, August 10, 2018

Dog Days of Summer on a Flashback Friday!

Flashback Photo: Summer of 2016

Who remembers that Mungo Jerry song written by Ray Dorset, that goes, "In the summertime when the weather is hot..?" (I bet you have an earworm, now)! Well, this summer has been among record breakers here in the Hudson Valley of New York and in between braving the almost unbearable thick wall of 100% humidity days with the thermometers reaching 98, 99, and 100 degree before the heat index, we barely managed to leave the air conditioned house to step outside for some of that hot air. 

With Huskies, while ours do love to laze around inside, they also really need to get out and stretch their legs. So during those brief intermittent times of being let outside, I'd just turn on the hose, and like the photo of Wolf above, let the cool mist float over their faces and bodies before spraying down the deck and filling up their kiddie pool to let them get some fun and cool exercise, splashing around to shake off the heat of the day. Then, feeling refreshed, we all retreat back inside, tracking wet paw and foot prints behind us until a few hours later when we do it all again. 

Did I hear someone say Autumn?!

I came across this poem that the author wrote about Summer days with his own pack, and really loved it. Hope you will enjoy it, too.




Dog Days of Summer
by Eric Paeplow

"As the summer sun
Raises high in the sky
Noses lift to sniff the breeze
As it drifts slowly by
With squinting eyes
And twitching nose
And the warmth of the ground
Beneath our toes
We lie here and rest
And soak in the sights
Keeping a watchful eye
For squirrels and birds that fly
And as we lie and rest
In the long cool grass
We raise our eyes to the sky
And watch, as the clouds drift slowly past
As we warm our bones and feet
And spend the dog days of summer
Soaking in the sun and drifting off to sleep"





 Come join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane in our FiveSibes Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Whether you share a photo of your pet from yesterday or yesteryear, let's have fun looking back over the amazing lives of our pets! What a wonderful way to kick off the weekend, too! We know how busy everyone one is, so the blog hop is open all week, so join in any time!

 




  FiveSibes is joining in The Pet Parade and we send a warm welcome to Dash Kitten for becoming the new lead host of The Pet Parade, along with co-hosts Bionic Basil and Barking From the Bayou, as Rascal and Rocco have taken a much-need break! We thank R&R for all their hops! Keep an eye out for fun parading to come from Dash and crew! Be sure to visit the hop and all the hoppers' great blogs, too!







Thursday, August 9, 2018

Woo! It's National Book Lovers Day, and FiveSibes Have Some Dog Books for You!


Today is National Book Lovers Days, and as an author and avid reader and lover of books, what a fun day! Naturally, I am going to do a little shameless promotion here of my current canine books (that I am very proud of) to celebrate the day! The above beauty, as many of you know, is our alpha queen "Harley," helping me to display our written wares!



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Here is a little about each book and how you can get one for your bookshelves or for someone you know! (The holiday season is not that far off--hint, hint)!

EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs 
Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy
A Non-Fiction Coffee Table Reference Book



  • 2018 Independent Press Award for "Excellence" in Reference Book Category

  • 2017 New York City Big Book Award for "Excellence" in Animals/Pets Book Category

  • Named "BEST IN PRINT" 2015 & 2016 by American Pet Magazine



About the Book: EPIc Dog Tales is my heart book! It is a 264-page beautiful large, coffee table style book that is a collection of truly inspiring and heartfelt stories about dogs who have lived/are living with Canine Epilepsy and how they do not let seizures get in their way of living life to the fullest. These touching stories as told by families and guardians of these amazing warrior dogs, will make the reader cry, laugh, and understand that dogs can - and DO - live full happy lives even with a seizure disorder. 

The book - which I am so proud received the Independent Press Award for "Excellence" in the Reference Book category - also contains valuable library of online resources and information available to help navigate the sometimes stormy waters of Canine Epilepsy. You will fall in love with every dog you meet in this book! A portion of proceeds from the book is donated via FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong to the Epil-K9 Foundation/home of the Epil-K9 List and Canine Epilepsy Resources for continued research and clinical trial projects in the field of Canine Epilepsy through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary.



What's Wrong With Gibson? 
Learning About K-9 Epilepsy
A FiveSibes Tale Illustrated Children's Book



  • Named "BEST IN PRINT" in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 by American Pet Magazine



About the Book: This is the first book of the FiveSibes™ Tale series!  This book is a bright, positive educational tale of how the FiveSibes help Gibson when he has a seizure from Canine Epilepsy. A book for folks of all ages, and a great tool for helping children understand pets (or anyone) with Epilepsy.




Getting Healthy With Harley: 
Learning About Health & Fitness
A FiveSibes Tale Illustrated Children's Book
  • Named "BEST IN PRINT" 2015 & 2016 by American Pet Magazine
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About the Book: This is the second book of the FiveSibes™ Tale series! Harley has her annual visit to the vet for a health check up. As the alpha queen and leader of the FiveSibes pack family, upon her return home, she makes it her mission to help the FiveSibes adopt a healthier lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. A fun read for children and adults alike! A portion of proceeds will benefit the Save Our Siberians Siberspace Rescue Fund (www.sosrf.org).




Buddy, the Christmas Husky 
A True Holiday Miracle 
A story about the real Buddy and his story of abuse and abandonment to rescue and love.
Currently Out of Stock
  • Named "BEST IN PRINT" 2014, 2015 & 2016 
by American Pet Magazine 
About the Book: You know (now furangel) "Buddy, the Christmas Husky" from Facebook...now you can read his story, a timeless tale of inspiration and hope for all seasons.


"An injured, starving homeless Siberian Husky is rescued by a Good Samaritan on Christmas Day. Through a network of caring people across the globe known as “Team Buddy,” the Husky, who becomes known as "Buddy, the Christmas Husky," discovers that not all humans are mean and uncaring. His long journey brings him to find compassion, friendship, and a loving mom to call his own."



A percentage of proceeds had been donated toward Buddy’s ongoing healthcare through the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, and now will be donated to Mama Shay and her "Buddy's Buddies" for medical expenses for Buddy's “buddies” – other foster dogs Mama Shay cares for - and for other rescue dogs in need. 

Check our link for availability: (Important Notice: *There may be other parties selling used copies of the book. Please make sure when you click on the book the "Seller Information" is ArcticHouse Publishing)*



My books are available through my ArcticHouse Publishing website's Book Store HERE, and for your convenience, there are links to purchase by PayPal or Amazon!



Just to let you know - there have been several different parties selling used copies of my books on Amazon, some even saying they are new copies. They are not new! *The only new copies are through ArcticHouse Publishing* only! To be sure you are purchasing a NEW book directly from us, please be sure when you click on the book link in Amazon to purchase that the Seller Information is always ARCTICHOUSE PUBLISHING to be sure you have the right seller!
 
A few canine titles on my summer reading list: 
 Lost Souls FOUND! Inspiring Stories About Northern-Breed Dogs by Kyla Duffy & Lowrey Mumford



Goodbye Friend, Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who 
Has Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski

A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans


What's on your summer reading list?