Friday, October 26, 2018

Why We Have Purple Pumpkins on Halloween!


Flashback Photo: Gibson, October 2015


Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought it was perfect

Gibson, in a favorite photo, 2015, going for the treats!
today to Flashback to when my Epi-Warrior, Gibson, was here and we celebrated with purple pumpkins! Why purple? As part of the Epilepsy Foundation's Purple Pumpkin Project, one of our pumpkins - Gibson's - was purple for Canine Epilepsy Awareness to get people talking about dogs living with seizures. 



Flashback Photo: October 2017
We continue to show Gibson's purple pumpkin in both his memory, and for our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness & Education Campaign and #Paws4Purple program with Purple Day® for Epilepsy & The Anita Kaufmann Foundation to show others that these amazing dogs can live a happy life doing whatever non-Epi dogs do, and, like Gib, they love and embrace life so much, it leaves us all truly inspired.


So, how did the Purple Pumpkin Project come about? It is all credited to a boy and his father! Founder Ron Lamontagne's son who has epilepsy, was thinking about how to spread awareness for those living with epilepsy, and when he came upon a local pumpkin patch, he was inspired! Knowing November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and that children and their families would be carving pumpkins for Halloween on October 31, he thought why not make one purple and when folks ask, "Why is your pumpkin purple?" we can all reply "For epilepsy awareness" and encourage conversations about it! In this video, also from 2015, we highlight the program as well as many beautiful Epi-dogs and their furfriends who helped us spread the word about Canine Epilepsy Awareness and showing off their purple pumpkins in support!






Come on back next month, when I will be highlighting various Epi-dogs, information, and resources for Canine Epilepsy!

Now, be sure to show us your purple pumpkins! Simply visit our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page and post it (and your pet's name & town/country) under our pinned post for Purple Pumpkins, or DM it to me and I will share throughout the month! It may even wind up in a future awareness video! 

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16 comments:

  1. I love reading stories about kids who make such a big difference in this world. I figured the purple pumpkin was for Gibson, but I love the back story to it. Fabulous idea to go purple on Halloween, and I bet there will be a lot of people asking and learning about canine epilepsy and raising awareness.

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  2. Interesting story about the purple pumpkin. Seizures are not fun in our pets (or humans).

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  3. What a fantastic story and thanks for sharing about the background of purple as I often wonder where the ideas come from.

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  4. Purple is Lexy's favorite color! And our mom's, too! We loved reading the story, and paws up for purple pumpkins for epilepsy awareness!

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  5. What a wonderful way to get peoples attention - using/making a purple pumpkin. Gets people asking questions and learning more about Epilepsy.

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  6. What a beautiful way to show awareness and get a conversation going

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  7. Purple is one of my favorite colors. I honestly wasn't aware of this correlation of purple pumpkins with Canine Epilepsy Awareness. Thank for sharing this informative post. I'll be sharing too.

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  8. Love that photo with the purple pumpkin 'bag.' And such a cool story about how purple pumpkins became to represent epilepsy awareness. Thank you for sharing that cool YouTube!

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  9. The purple pumpkins are so cute, I'm loving your photos! Such a cool way to raise awareness.

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  10. That's a fun way to raise awareness! I haven't seen any but I'll have to keep an eye out.

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  11. I remember the purple pumpkins! A spectacular and super friendly way to make sure the message gets across loud and clear. We take good health for granted far too much I think.

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  12. It's great everything you do to promote Epilepsy Awareness. I have never seen purple pumpkins until now but good to know.

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  13. I love the purple pumpkin concept, that is such a clever way to help start the conversation about Epilepsy. I love the video, great job! Beautiful photo of Gibson with his purple pumpkin.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  14. I was pretty traditional when it comes to pumpkins. But once I learned about Gibson and his purple pumpkins, I really love them!

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  15. What a great way to celebrate Halloween and bring awareness to epilepsy.

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  16. How creative and clever to incorporate this into the halloween festivities. I can imagine many people will ask about the unusual color allowing to spread awareness.

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