Friday, May 31, 2019

Brotherly Love on a Flashback Friday

 FiveSibes ™ Flashback: Brothers Gibson & Wolf ~ June 2015

“Brothers are what best friends 

can never be.”

So, before we get into our fabulous Flashback Friday photos, some of you may have wondered where in the heck have we been, again? Periodically, as you may have noticed by now, I have to take a break from writing, blogging, and most things as my Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis flares up and along with that comes chronic pain and fatigue, to the point where picking up the laptop is a huge endeavor. While I am busy writing in my head, to actually get to it is tough. I know fellow autoimmuners understand...the best way I can describe it as trying to swim upstream in mud with weights on your whole body. Every day can be a new day something hurts, and the next day it's something else. So when the Fibro "fog" clears, I jump in to get things done I've been working on, which I have a few coming! Now, if only my body cooperates with me for awhile so I can get back to writing!

The Struggle is Real
Too often we hear people passing judgments on others not knowing the struggles they may be facing, but choose to keep them to themselves. Not all illnesses and disabilities are visible. Autoimmune diseases are among them. I think we all need to feel blessed and be thankful for good the things in our lives, and try to always remember to "be kind." It doesn't take any time. It doesn't cost a cent. But being kind to each other is the best gift we can give each other, and to ourselves, and pass along to future generations. 

Gibson, My Spirit Animal
While recuperating from my latest flare, I've been thinking about my boy Gibson even more so. So many things I miss about my heart dog. He was truly a kind dog. He was so in tune with me...the stories I can share are incredible, miraculous actually. He knew when I was having a flare and did not feel well. He took on some of my health issues, and then they disappeared when I was better. Even our vet was shocked by one of these very serious instances. It goes beyond explanation. Divine, actually. My beloved Gibson was not only empathetic to me, he was a healer. My true spirit animal.

Husband Dog. Big Brother. Best Buddy.
Gibson was that rare dog. That "one" who had a true gift. In addition to our bond, I always loved his bond with the rest of our FiveSibes pack family. While Harley (his love) is the pack's queen, he was the glue that kept them all together. Don't get me wrong, they still are all together, but there was something special about how they migrated to where Gibson was. His relationship with Harley was always such a wonderful one--my married couple! But he was an amazing big brother, too. He and all his younger siblings had a wonderful relationship, but he and baby bro Wolf had a true brotherly relationship...and the above two flashback pics from four years ago really show that love and bond.        

I miss Gibson terribly, and know I always will. But I am so thankful he and all my FiveSibes have been a part of my family and my life. And, I know, in my heart, he will always be my spirit dog, and forever a beloved member of the FiveSibes. đź’™

Has any of your beloved pets been your spirit animal and/or helped you heal from an injury or illness?
Share your story in the comments! I'd love to hear it.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Rainy Days and Muddy Huskies

It has been a very rainy month here (again)! While Siberian Huskies genetically do not like rain, they sure do love digging in the muddy puddles! Our flashback today is from this earlier year, and here's a little fun video of an imaginary conversation between my FiveSibes and me after they had a fun romp, dip, and dig in muddy water-filled craters in our yard! I hope you get a giggle or two from it!

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.” 
~Vivian Greene

Do your dogs love to plain in the rain or mud?  

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Celebrating Our Mother of Huskies on a Mother's Day Flashback Friday Bog Hop!

"Momma" Harley, our alpha queen who was three when we welcomed the puppies to our family, took to the Pupsters as if they were her own! A true mother of Huskies! Top photo, current photo, and bottom is a Flashback to Spring 2008, when the pups came home, and we became the FiveSibes!

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Friday, May 3, 2019

#FlashbackFriday: When Dogs Have Seizures

Flashback Photo ~ Harley ~ March 10, 2018

 Today's FiveSibes Flashback Friday photo is of our beautiful 14-year-old amazing alpha pack queen, Harley, pictured above from last year on her 13th birthday! Now don't tell Harley she is a senior, as she still has spunk like she's a pup! This post also covers an important topic, one very close to my heart: Seizures. 

As many of you know, my now furangel Gibson, was diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy and he became not only the face of Canine Epilepsy, but also my inspiration behind the #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness & Educational Campaign.  developed age-onset seizures when she was 12. While seizures are the same, the causes differ, and seizures in a senior dog are typically not Canine Epilepsy. Last May, I was thrilled to be asked by Hindy Pearson to write a guest blog post on her Caring for a Senior Dog website about this topic. Please check it out HERE.

This past February, I was also honored to be a guest on Hindy's Gray Paws and All podcast to discuss seizures in dogs of all ages. Tune in to the podcast HERE for this important, informative, and lively discussion on a very important topic. And shares are always welcome to help spread the word that with special care, dogs with seizures can live happy lives.

“It is amazing how much love and laughter (dogs) bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” 
~John Grogan

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Did you read our last blog post about our NEW #WaitingWednesday upcoming feature? Read all about it HERE!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

#WaitingWednesday: A #FiveSibes Adopt A Rescued #SiberianHusky Feature Coming Soon!

Our FiveSibes #WaitingWednesday Badge!

Stay Tuned... for a special weekly feature of a randomly selected rescue and their adoptable Siberian Huskies, their cousins Alaskan Malamutes, and all snow dogs and snow dog mixes waiting at a rescue for their forever family! We hope you will check back with us and share all our #WaitingWednesday posts to help these beauties find their forever loving homes...and who just may find your heart dog here!

What's #WordlessWednesday All About?

By now, you know my love of Siberian Huskies, and when I started this amazing journey with my FiveSibes, I did not realize the wonderful people I would meet along the way and all the amazing animals...especially getting to know amazing, selfless rescue folks and seeing the overwhelming number of animals in shelters and rescues waiting for their forever homes. With our focus here on Siberian Huskies, I was shocked to see so many being abandoned, abused, and dumped. A heartbreaking reality. Shelters are full beyond capacity and many beautiful, healthy Huskies wind up on death row with rescues racing against the clock to save them. The need for foster homes or someone to adopt is at an all-time high. But in order to create a loving forever home for a Siberian Husky, folks need to be sure it is the right breed for them and their family. Recently, I wrote a very important and informative blog article #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.

All of this led me develop and launch a new blog hop intended to help! While our focus here is on Siberian Huskies (as well as their cousins the Alaskan Malamute and northern breed dogs and mixes), this #WaitingWednesday Blog Hop is to highlight any rescue near to your heart and feature some of their adoptable dogs so we can all join paws and hands together to become a "village" and share them high and wide to help reduce the homeless statistics!

Are you a Husky or northern breed rescue and would like us to highlight one or more of your adoptable Huskies, just drop a line at:
 Put "Adoptable Husky" 
in Email's subject line,
include adoptable dog's photo, name, link to your website post bio on dog, and contact Email/Phone! 

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We are joining in the Pet Parade Blog Hop hosted by Dash Kitten Crew, Bionic Basil and Basil B Team, and Barking from the Bayou ! Be sure to check out the other fab blog hoppers!