Saturday, June 22, 2019

Goodbye Sweet Chloe ~ Love You, CoCo Puff

 "Chloe" Van Wylde of Mystic Mountain
Today was not at all what we expected. While the day dawned a beautiful, sunny, breezy Saturday...just one phone call catapulted our morning into a morning of mourning, filled with shock and sadness as we helped our sweet Chloe earn her furangel wings and journey North of the Rainbow Bridge to join her older brother, Gibson.


Puppy Chloe and her momma, my Daughter.
To say losing Chloe to sudden acute liver failure was a total shock. Her April vet check went well for an 11.5 year old pup with arthritis. While Chloe's legs had arthritis issues that have been steadily worsening to the point she was on medication, she was still a healthy, always happy girl.  Her leg issues stem back to when she was just four and during a leap up onto my daughter's bed, she blew out both of her legs, requiring her to go in for emergency double imbrication surgeries. So thankful at the time when she actually walked out of the vet (although bandaged up and heavily medicated), we were told severe arthritis would set in one day...and that day came. Even with a gimp, she was on medication and full-spectrum hemp oil to help alleviate her pain, she greeted each day with bright blue eyes and always a happily wagging tail. Seeing her, how could you not smile?!

Our vet reminded us this morning of how much joy Chloe and her siblings, Wolf and Bandit, our "Pupsters" brought to us. She remembered when we first brought home the three as puppies, and she said focus on the joy and happiness she added to our lives and we gave to her. 


Oh, there are so many precious moments, including how wonderful she was with my grandson from the moment he arrived! He even learned to call her by her nickname "CoCo." So dear to watch them together...my daughter's baby and furbaby.


Sharing in the raising of these amazing dogs with my daughter has been such a blessing, and so many days filled with laughter and silly Sibe shenangins. What is so hard for me now, is to how our FiveSibes went to four, and now three...and the empty bed, the space where Chloe should be among the others, and simply looking for the missing Sibe when the others come. So sad to know that the "three Musketeers" fondly known as "The Pupsters" will be together no longer...but, the joy in raising three littermates together and watching them bond and be each other's best friends for life is something that will always be so very special.


Chloe and littermates Wolf & Bandit: "The Pupsters" on one of their birthdays.




One of my fave photos of our fab FiveSibes, always together. The joy these Huskies have brought to our lives is something to always be treasured. Days go by way too fast. Now there are only three...but, will forever be the FiveSibes in my heart.


It's the silence that now is deafening as she was our "chatty Chloe," always talking, especially when it was meal time. That girl knew it was breakfast or dinner time a half hour ahead of time. She was like a Husky alarm clock! Oh, and how Chloe loved her treats. Honestly, Chloe just loved food. All the time! In addition to being the FiveSibes pack sweetheart, Chloe was also the chow hound! The mere mention of "treat" or "cookie" or that crinkle of a bag would have her come running front and center!



Chloe's face was that of an angel from the very beginning. The perennial puppy face. The sweetest dog,who never growled, grumbled, or grouched. Not ever. She greeted everyone every single day, almost right up until her very last, with a wag of her tail. And she never aged. Her face today was that of her puppy face, nothing belied the eleven and a half years under her collar.

Chloe was a such sweetheart, a gentle dog, who was always happy as indicated by her always-wagging tail. You couldn't help but feeling happy just being around her.


A Fave Photo of Chloe & my Daughter
Technically my daughter's second Husky (Harley is her first), Chloe and my daughter shared a very special bond. They were best pals. Chloe was so amazing and helped my daughter through some rough days. Then, after she blew out her CCLS and meniscuses and had her legs rebuilt, my daughter laid by her side all through her long rehabilitation. My husband built a special ramp for her, and all FiveSibes and family rallied around our girl. (You can read her story in my post "For the Love of Chloe" here).


It was so simple to please Chloe. A treat or meal sure made her super happy (and vocal)! That is why when she suddenly stopped eating, to the point of actually walking away from us, and then simultaneously becoming sick and vomiting, we knew something was wrong...way wrong. Yesterday she went to the vet for bloodwork and X-rays, and at first it seemed good news--no signs of cancer or growths. However, Chloe turned her nose up again at dinner, and not one snack--nothing--intrigued her. 

And then...the phone call. The news was not good--as a matter of fact, it was horrible news. Chloe was in liver failure and the critical point was coming fast.

 The very last pack photo taken with Chloe.

So on this beautiful, breezy day, we unexpectedly had to say goodbye to our pack sweetheart, one of the Pupster siblings, Chloe Van Wylde of Mystic Mountain. 

Chloe, lying on her favorite bed on the back deck--our FiveSibes favorite place to be--Chloe was held by my daughter, as we both pet her and told her she was a good girl, a special girl, and it was time for her to find Gibson, her big brother, at the Rainbow Bridge. He would meet her and together they would head north, and enjoy forever zoomies together in the softest snow with rays of sunshine glistening through, always and forever in our hearts. Harley, Wolf, and Bandit were with her...Wolf staying right by her side as she eased into her forever peaceful sleep as the sun twinkled, the birds chirped, and the breeze blew.

While we are numb, and I write this through many tears, we know she is safe from pain now. And, I remind myself, it was a beautiful day for her to take a trip to north of the Rainbow Bridge, surrounded by her family who loved her.


Run free now, sweet Chloe, with your big brother Gibson; forever happy and pain free. Know you gave us so many happy memories and meant the world to my Jenn. You will always be in our hearts. And...we hope it is raining treats up there just for you.

Love You Always, sweet CoCo, 
Your Hu-Momma & Grand-Hu-Momma
@FiveSibesMom





I will be taking a little time off to be with Harley, Wolf, and Bandit as we grieve Chloe's loss. I want to thank each of you for all your love, well wishes, prayers, and good thoughts. Our FiveSibes feel all the love, and I know Chloe carries that with her on her wings.

Heartfelt thanks to Zoolatry for this beautiful memorial.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

#WaitingWednesday Spotlight: Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue (NLSDR)




Welcome back to our weekly #WaitingWednesday Blog Hop where we highlight rescues and feature some of their adoptable dogs and dogs waiting for a foster home! While we here at FiveSibes, focus on Siberian Huskies and northern breeds, the Blog Hop is open to ALL breeds and species, so I hope you will join in and highlight some rescues near and dear to your heart and hop along with us! This week, our featured rescue is Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue (NLSDR).


Organization Contact Info:

Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue (NLSDR)
(No physical facility)
Email Adoption Coordinator: AdoptASledDog@aol.com
Website: http://awos.petfinder.com/shelters/IN222.html
Photo Website: https://adoptasleddog.smugmug.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NLSDR/

Based out of Indianopolis, Indiana since 2004, NSDR's mission is, "to advocate for and/or rescue stray, abandoned, displaced, or abused dogs. In particular we focus on northern breed dogs facing euthanasia in the Midwest/Great Lakes region shelters. Our goal is to place the dogs we rescue in loving, experienced, and secure homes with people who understand and celebrate the unique characteristics of their breeds. Northern Lights is the largest rescuer of northern breeds in Indiana. All of our Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and northern breed mixes are adopted to homes that are thoroughly screened and investigated to ensure the best possible match for each individual dog in terms of the new guardian's experience, lifestyle, and home environment."


Meet Some of the Beautiful Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue Adoptables... 






  










"Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue is a group of committed and experienced rescuers who came together because we wanted to stay true to our shared passion and priorities and keep our rescue about helping dogs. We maintain excellent working relationships with virtually all the leading northern breed rescue groups in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions."


How Can I Adopt From 
Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue?

For NLSDR Adoption Information  
Email the Adoption Coordinator at
AdoptASledDog@aol.com


What's This NEW #WordlessWednesday 
Blog Hop All About?
It's about becoming a "village" to help rescues, homeless Huskies, and all abandoned pets of any species in need. It's also to share breed information to help educate folks so they understand the traits, habits, and needs of specific breeds, such as the Siberian Husky, BEFORE they welcome one into their home to ensure the home will be a forever one. Please check out our recent post HERE where I talk all about this new important Blog Hop!  


Also, please be sure to read a very important and informative blog article wrote, #BreedEducate2Relate: It Takes A Village to Help Huskies in Need about the explosion of Siberian Huskies being abandoned and to become on educated on the breed before welcoming one into a home, as well as an equally important companion article in 4Knines titled Siberian Husky Rescues: A Heartfelt Mission to Help the Homeless. I hope if you have not read these, you will and share with others, too.



How You Can Join in Our Weekly "Village" to  Help Homeless Pets...

Write a blog post highlighting a rescue (you can do a different one each week!) along with some photos of the rescue's adoptable animals (dogs, cats, horses, bunnies--any species) along with a little info on the pet and the rescue's contact information. Then grab our badge below and link to our blog, add your post's link to the Linky list, and join in the hop to help homeless animals!



 If you are with a non-profit rescue of northern breed dogs (and mixes of both), please send me your info and some of your adoptables to highlight in an upcoming “Waiting Wednesday” feature! Feel free to Email info and photos to FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com and put 
“Waiting Wednesday Adoptable” in subject line!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Huskies Cookie Time on a Flashback Friday!



The Focus...
 

The Concentration... 



But, ohhhhh....a double steal of Chloe's cookies by Harley and Bandit! Well played, girls! In the Huskies game of life...you snooze, you lose! (No worries, Chloe did get her cookies, and Wolf passed on the treats. Silly boy.) Our fun and tasty flashback from summer of 2017!


"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats." 
~Irish Murdoch






You're Invited to Join Us! 
 
Share your fave pics from Memory Lane from yesteryear or yesterday, grab our badge, link to us, and join in our weekly Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Hop link is open all week







Wednesday, June 12, 2019

#WaitingWednesday Spotlight: Husky House Siberian Husky & Fellow K9 Rescue

 
Woo! So very excited to be launching our new #WaitingWednesday Blog Hop ~ it's a weekly post of highlighting rescues and some of their adoptables! Here at FiveSibes, we focus on Siberian Huskies and northern breeds, but the Blog Hop is open to ALL breeds and species!  I'm going to jump right in with our first featured rescue, Husky House Siberian Husky & Fellow K-9 Rescuebut please be sure to read below to get all the exciting deets on what this Blog Hop is all about!

Organization Contact Info:
Husky House
391 Rt 34
Matawan, NJ 07747
Email: Huskyhouseinc@gmail.com

Located in New Jersey, Husky House "is committed to the rescue, shelter, care and adoption of stray, abandoned and unwanted animals in the Tri-State area. We are also dedicated to furthering the public's education concerning the issues of proper pet care and the importance of spaying and neutering all dogs and cats alike. Husky House is a non-profit, tax exempt organization (501c3) that was founded by Lorraine Healy. Husky House is dedicated to helping abandoned Siberian Huskies as well as all breeds of dogs, including mixes, have a second chance in life and a place to call home which they so richly deserve."

Meet Some of the Beautiful Husky House Adoptables...





***NOTE: Dogs with epilepsy can and do live happy lives! For more information on Canine Epilepsy and seizure awareness, please visit our FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Online Library at http://fivesibes.com/k-9-epilepsy-awareness.html and our #Paws4Purple partnership with the Anita Kaufmann Foundation at http://purpledayeveryday.org/paws-4-purple/



















"Husky House is dedicated to helping abandoned Siberian Huskies as well as all breeds of dogs, including mixes, have a second chance in life and a place to call home which they so richly deserve." ~HuskyHouse.org


How Can I Adopt or Foster from 
 Husky House?

  1. Husky House IS NOT a walk-through facility. Adoptions are by approved appointments only.
  2. Fill out a non-binding application on their website.
  3. Husky House will be checking your vet and personal references.
  4. Husky House will conduct a phone interview.
  5. Husky House will perform a Home visit.
  6. Upon completion and approval of application & home visit, come meet the dog(s)!
Husky House Contact Info:


What's This NEW #WordlessWednesday Blog Hop  All About?

It's about becoming a "village" to help rescues, homeless Huskies, and all abandoned pets of any species in need. It's also to share breed information to help educate folks so they understand the traits, habits, and needs of specific breeds, such as the Siberian Husky, BEFORE they welcome one into their home to ensure the home will be a forever one. Please check out our recent post HERE where I talk all about this new important Blog Hop!  


Also, please be sure to read a very important and informative blog article wrote,  #BreedEducate2Relate: It Takes A Village to Help Huskies in Need about the explosion of Siberian Huskies being abandoned and to become on educated on the breed before welcoming one into a home, as well as an equally important companion article in 4Knines titled Siberian Husky Rescues: A Heartfelt Mission to Help the Homeless. I hope if you have not read these, you will and share with others, too.


How You Can Join in Our Weekly "Village" to  Help Homeless Pets...

Write a blog post highlighting a rescue (you can do a different one each week!) along with some photos of the rescue's adoptable animals (dogs, cats, horses, bunnies--any species) along with a little info on the pet and the rescue's contact information. Then grab our badge below and link to our blog, add your post's link to the Linky list, and join in the hop to help homeless animals!




If you are with a non-profit rescue of northern breed dogs (and mixes of both), please send me your info and some of your adoptables to highlight in an upcoming “Waiting Wednesday” feature! Feel free to Email info and photos to FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com and put “Waiting Wednesday Adoptable” in subject line!