Friday, December 28, 2018

Happiness is a Husky Christmas Slumber Party on a #FiveSibes Flashback Friday


FiveSibes Flashback Photo: Christmas 2014

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”~Bob Hope



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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

Dreams of Christmas on a Winter Solstice #FiveSibes Flashback Friday


'Tis the season for peace and heavenly dreams...and a time when Santa Paws peeks in on all good Sibes before coming on Christmas Eve to deliver treats and toys for all good furry girls and boys! 

In this Flashback Friday photo from 2015, one of my favorites, our girl Bandit sleeps peacefully under the Christmas tree, waiting for the big day to arrive. The feeling of seeing my dogs happy, healthy, and sleeping so peacefully is a gift in itself.

We here at FiveSibes wish you and yours happiness, health, and peace this Christmas season.


In celebration of today's Winter Solstice...we here at FiveSibes are lighting a candle for our dear furangel Gibson, who left us in December of 2015, but never ever forgotten.

To read my "Remembering Gibson" on his 3rd Anniversary at the Rainbow Bridge, post, please visit HERE.

 

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Countdown to Christmas: Naughty or Nice?



































What do you think? Has Wolf been naught or nice this season?
 
This adorable personalized pet Advent Calendar I purchased for my FiveSibes this year is handmade by Sassy's Goodies, along with the hand-crafted, gluten-free, made in the USA, stocking treats to mark the countdown to Christmas! If there's one way to capture our Huskies' attention, it is with treats!

And if you are looking for a special treat for your dog's Advent Calendar or stocking? Don't forget about Sassy's "Gib Nibs" named after my Gibson and made with the Epi-dog in mind! A portion of sales will be donated to The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy!  A tasty gift that also gives back! Visit SassysGoodies.net to order!

We Want to Know!

Will your pet be on Santa Paws'
 "Naughty" or "Nice" List?




Did you check 
out our recently 
UPDATED
FiveSibes Gift Guide 
for Epi-Dogs 
(or any dog!)
yet? Lots of great ideas!
It's all right 

 











Sunday, December 16, 2018

💜 Remembering Gibson 💜

Gibson Les Paul of Mystic Mountain


"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ~Helen Keller

Today dawned gloomily with the heavens crying crystalized tears of frozen rain. Seems very appropriate for the third anniversary of my beloved Gibson earning his furangel wings. It is surreal that it is now three years. One month after my dear mother passed. I can close my eyes and be transported back to that day...that season...but choose not to. Gibson was not only a big fluffy wooly Siberian Husky boy (tipping scales throughout his life from 98 to 120 back to 98 pounds), but he had heart and soul bigger than the sky. He loved life. He never let Canine Epilepsy keep him from enjoying all that life offered. I am so proud he became, and still is, the face of Canine Epilepsy and the positive and inspirational message of hope and how amazing these dogs are. His courage and zest for life is what I hold dear and celebrate when thinking of him. Don't get me wrong, there are tears. There are always tears. While I love all my precious dogs, Gib was extra special and we had that connection-that incredible bond; we truly spoke the same language. He was my spirit guide. And his big polar bear paw print is firmly ensconced on my heart. Epilepsy never stopped him from embracing life. I sure do miss him, every single day. I hope he is having a blast--seizure and medication free, legs strong, cancer-free.. like he once did pre Epilepsy, running and enjoying zoomies in those glistening white snowy fields north of the 🌈Rainbow Bridge. 🌈

I love you, my G-man. Forever and always. 💜





Friday, December 14, 2018

Wait! Who Sees You When You're Sleeping, Wrapping, or Being Naughty or Nice?


Wolf realized that apparently Santa Paws is not the only one who sees them when they're sleeping, wrapping, naughty, or nice! Can you spot who is keeping an eye on Wolfie in this Flashback Friday photo from 2014?!

And...did your keen eye notice our cool wrapping paper? Yup! Featuring none other than our cartoonized FiveSibes! Pretty cool, right?!

 
(You can tell it's the howlidays as we seem to have a little gift wrapping theme going on with our posts! Wednesday's post was all about wrapping up Christmas)! 

"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness." ~Bob Hope

 We Want to Know!
So, keeping with our Flashing Back theme, also from 2014, brothers Wolf and Gibson would love to know...



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Did you check 
out our recently 
UPDATED
FiveSibes Gift Guide 
for Epi-Dogs 
(or any dog!)
yet? Lots of great ideas!
It's all right 

 



 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wrapping Up Christmas, Husky Style!


 "Woo. I like this paper."

Woo! We love the holidays here at FiveSibes! No matter what we are doing, they love to join in. So it's now time for wrapping and I sure do have some pretty awesome elves, Harley and Bandit, to help me! (Wolf and Chloe decided to settle down for a long winter's nap, instead)!

"Are we done yet? Is it treat time?"


We are a bunch of foodies here, especially during the holiday season, so when all the wrapping was done for the day (still have lots more to do), my FiveSibes were ready for their treat. So it was a yummy cheeseburger snack for my hungry Husky elves!

 "Nommm-nomm! Thanks, Mom!"



 Have you had a chance to check out our FiveSibes™#LiveGibStrong 
Gift Guide for Epi-Dogs (and all dogs really!)? 
We have gathered up a collection of some really cool items for your pup we think you'll love to check out!

 Click HERE to view our very special Gift Guide!




We're joining in the Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by Dash Kitten, Bionic Basil, and Barking From the Bayou! To have some Howliday fun, pop by their blogs (some are having cool giveaways), and visit other hoppers', too! 




Friday, December 7, 2018

'Tis the Season for Greeting Cards! Recycle Those Used Stamps To Help Dogs in Need!



Christmas Flashback Moment: Wolf 2015

Shhhhh...we're strolling down a snowy Memory Lane and peeking through the Flashback window to the inside of our FiveSibes homestead at Christmastime, when our Huskies were all excited about getting and receiving holiday cards! (I always joke, but am quite serious, they received FAR more cards than us humans do!) 


Flashback Friday Photo Moment: Wolf & Gib 2014

It's fond past moments like these that brings loved ones back for a brief visit. While all my FiveSibes seem to get more excited during the holidays, Gibson was our holiday Husky elf! He seemed to always enjoy sporting his jingling-jangling reindeer collar (or humoring his hu-mom!) and spreading Christmas cheer wherever he strolled!


Greeting cards are a favorite of mine. I will admit, that since the passing of my mother and Gibson three years ago, I hit the pause button on sending out greetings. In the top photo of Wolf with their many cards in their "mailbox," I will admit I still have yet to open those cards from Christmas 2015, which was one month after my Mom passed, and only two weeks after Gibson left for the Rainbow Bridge. My holiday spirit was severely under attack that year, so I took a bit of a break from sending greeting cards, but it is back in full force (thanks to my amazing family and sweet, sweet grandson) and I look forward to sending cards once again! And, I plan on sitting down with my Huskies one night with the Christmas lights all aglow, holiday carols playing, and Gibson's spirit nearby as I read those cards from Christmas past. Tears will fall, but over a smile from all those wonderful blessed moments of Christmas past.








All those cancelled stamps on your greeting cards could help other dogs around the world? They sure can! How you may ask? There are folks who engage in philately, or better known as stamp collecting, and they collect cancelled stamps to use as fundraisers!
DogTrust is one such organization based in the United Kingdom. Their "stamp lady" Jenny collects cancelled stamps and sells them to raise funds "specifically to sponsor kennels in our rehoming centres...Sponsorship provides for all food, treats, toys, veterinary bills and heating - in fact everything needed to give a dog somewhere to call 'home.'"


According to DogTrust, ANY stamps, both British & Worldwide are welcome, and she is really jolly to receiving the following:
Collections
Albums
Foreign Coins & Banknotes
First Day Covers
Presentation Packs
Jenny can also boost funds by selling postcards - old, new, wish-you-were-here, funny, pretty - anything and everything.
To donate your stamps and read how to send, visit DogTrust HERE


The United Kingdom's PDSA also collects stamps! According to PDSA.org, "We're the UK's leading veterinary charity, providing free and reduced cost vet care for pets of people in need."

To recycle your stamps by donating, and to learn more about PDSA, visit HERE.


Used stamps and postcards are welcome at Many Tears Animal Rescue, based in Wales, "We take in and rehome primarily ex-breeding dogs who are no longer required; those on "death row" in the pounds and those whose owners are no longer able to keep them. We are a unique rescue in that the majority of our dogs are ex-breeders and many have never seen the outside world before. With the help of our staff, fosterers and other volunteers we provide a special and loving environment to help all our dogs adapt and find permanent, loving new homes."

To learn more about how to donate your used holiday stamps (or any cancelled stamps), visit HERE.


Canine Partners Stamp Appeal is a program to "raise money to fund an assistance dog through their advanced training. All kinds of stamps are welcome, on or off paper. You just need to leave no more than a 5mm single thickness border around them, and the perforations should not be damaged. Any commemorative or special stamps should be sent, or handed over, separately."



For more info, visit HERE.



Do you know of any organizations who have a recycle stamp program to help working dogs or dogs in need? Let us know and we'll add it to our list!


Have you checked out our 
FiveSibes Gift Guide 
for Epi-Dogs yet? 
We have shared our favorite go-to items (most we think most dogs will enjoy) to keep our beloved furpals comfy, whether they have special needs or not! Feel free to peruse HERE!






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