Wednesday, July 31, 2019

#WaitingWednesday Spotlight: Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue

Welcome back to our #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 Raven's Husky Haven & Rescue! Be sure to scroll down to see some of their beautiful adoptable Huskies!

Organization Contact Info:

Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue
(beautiful physical facility)

Sycamore, IL 60178 
Phone: (815) 508-8007 
Email: ​

Their Story:

"Rescuing Siberian Huskies in accommodations that truly fit their needs. We pride ourselves on having a state-of-the-art kennel, pre-adoption training, and a multi-acre run area for our huskies."

The Facility

Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue is located in scenic DeKalb County in Illinois. Named after the co-founders' special dog “Raven,” the rescue was founded in 2011 and a rescue facility was built on four acres of beautiful land that includes a large playroom for the huskies, a grooming room, a kitchen, 12 indoor/outdoor kennels, some Husky-proof fenced yards (meaning fences buried underground) for the huskies to play in, and even trails for Husky hikes! There is a live-in, on-site manager (a retired 29-year US Army colonel veteran), a part-time employee, and a group of dedicated volunteers, including students from the nearby Northern Illinois University, NIU, which is “Home to the Huskies!”

I had the pleasure of having Kelly Lambert, president and co-founder of Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue on a recent episode of "The Sibe Vibe" on Dog Works Radio (celebrating their 10th anniversary of hosting and producing shows)! Tune in here any time to listen to a great show and learn all about this amazing rescue! You can also listen to this show and all of my episodes on iTunes, and on the Podcast app for iPhone and iPad!

Meet Some of the Beautiful Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue Adoptables... 

How Can I Adopt From 
Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue?

Visit their Adoption Process Page at:

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, July 26, 2019

And Then There Were Three Sibes...

Unbelievably, tomorrow marks the five-week anniversary of our beloved Chloe earning her wings, and this is my first post since then. To say that we are still in shock, is an understatement. To say I lost some writing mojo is right on point. Chloe's acute liver failure came on so sudden...not a even a clue. Her annual spring bloodwork from two months prior was all good, as were our other three. So not only were we shocked by the news, but our vet was as well. So many of you have so thoughtfully reached out to us to ask us how we have been and how Harley, and Chloe's littermates sister Bandit and brother Wolf are doing, and we thank you so very much for all the kind words, sentiments, prayers, and images.

"Time passes. That's the rule. No matter what happens, no matter how much it might feel like everything in your life has been frozen around one particular moment, 
time marches on.  ~Cynthia Hand

As when we lost Gibson back in 2015, the first couple of weeks were really the roughest on them (for Gib, it was very difficult for Harley, his bonded companion). With Chloe's loss, it is especially hard on her brother Wolf. He and his "twin" sis were pretty close. He has been hit with grief the worst, and his anxiety returned. Bandit, her sister and partner in crime (they were dubbed the "Tweedles"), has been anxious and sleeping in her spot in the corner under the kitchen nook table, and Harley meanders around table, walking in and out of Chloe's corner spot.  While grieving myself, it's even harder watching the packmates grieve.

My grandson really helped to perk up the pups, and watching him interact with Harley, Wolf, and Bandit brought such proud joy to my heart. For the Fourth of July, we filled the FiveSibes' pool and my daughter bought our Huskies some new pool toys--squeaky "firecrackers" with hopes of getting them to play. My grandson hand delivered them to each of them saying, "Here you go. One for you...and one for you...and one for you!" The joy in the Huskies from my grandson hanging out and giving them new toys was priceless!

 "Some things just fill your heart 
without trying."~Princess Sassy Pants & Co.

Treats, from special friends, like Sassy's Goodies (who also makes the Gib Nibs epilepsy fundraiser treats), also helped cheer up our grieving Huskies.

Some human little brother time, new toys, a little full-spectrum hemp oil, and lots of ice cream, pizza bones, treats, love, and patience...and I believe we are starting to adjust to that post-loss new norm.

For me, it's all so surreal. I still miss my beloved boy Gibson, and it's been almost four years since he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. While we are all adjusting to a new normal, yet again, Chloe's chatty presence is missed. There is a deafening quiet now when it is meal time as Chloe is not loudly alerting me a good half hour ahead of time by wooing and talking. (Oh, how she loved food!) She is not sitting with the other three, her pretty head perked in anticipation as her happy tail wagged while I prepare their meals. To say it is so strangely quiet here, is an understatement. Chloe was not everyone's cup of tea because she was so vocal, but I miss her voice. Our chatty, always happy, Chloe, with the tail that eagerly and always wagged, right up until the end.

But, as we continue on our journey with our FiveSibes now down to three, and knowing that our time left with them is even more precious now as the two remaining Pupsters are 11 and a half, and our alpha queen Harley is 14 and a half and now really starting to show signs of her is all so bittersweet. Bitter that we are in their golden years, their final leg of life with us on this plane, and yet so sweet that we have had the special privilege of all our times together--both past, present, and those yet to come with our remaining three--laughing, loving, and embracing life. But no matter the number--right down until that (dreadful) day when my beautiful, loving, amazing FiveSibes are only one--they will always and forever be Forever FiveSibes to me. 

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