Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy Howlidays


 Wolfie and Santa wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and Merry Christmas!

Although this year has been so very different for so many, and us with the unexpected loss of our girl Bandit, we are sending all good wishes and positive vibes out into the world for a happy and healthy holiday season and look forward to welcoming in 2021 with hopes of a healthier happier world for all. 

 

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve saw Wolfie waiting for Santa to come fill his stocking that was hung by the chimney with care!


 

Snow for a Snow Dog!

We were lucky we had lots of snow this year! Wolfie was out looking for Santa Paws' reindeer tracks!

 

A Fond FiveSibes Flashback to Santa's Visit! 

What a fun day this was and now a cherished memory!

 

 

Dear Readers:

We'll be back from our blogging break in the New Year. Wolfie and I needed time to mourn the loss of his sister Bandit and adjust to yet another new "normal" in these very unnormal times.  I look forward to sharing #FlashbackFriday and #WaitingWednesday Blog Hops with you all once again! ~FiveSibesMom


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Monday, December 21, 2020

Winter Solstice 2020: Remembering Our Beloved Four #FiveSibes

 

Fondly missing and remembering our beautiful Gibson, Harley, Chloe, and Bandit. Forever in our hearts.


A candle is lit for our beloved Harley, Gibson, Chloe, and Bandit, as well as all Siberian Huskies who have journeyed north of the Rainbow Bridge.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Gibson's 5th Rainbow Bridge Anniversary

Five years...my how surreal time is...five years ago today my beautiful heart dog, Gibson, earned his wings. He was my spirit guide, my soul dog. He just understood and knew things. He never let Canine Epilepsy keep him down or dull his zest for life. In the end, he beat the seizure monster for seven years! He was truly an inspirational dog, and I miss him every single day. Gibson was a very special canine and I was so lucky he was mine! I know he is with his true love, Harley, and younger siblings Chloe and Bandit, having fun zoomies together in those forever snowy fields, north of the Rainbow Bridge. He will be sending me and little bro Wolfie some snow (maybe a lot!) later today on his Rainbow Bridge date. Love you and miss you, Gibbie, my big fluffy boy, forever and always. #LiveGibStrongForever, my sweet, silly, beautiful G. 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Bandit's Gift of Snow



Wolfie received a surprise today...a sign from his sister, Bandit--snow!
 
"Snow!" enjoys Wolfie.
One week ago tomorrow, our dear Bandit girl made her journey to the snowy fields north of the Rainbow Bridge, a place where Siberian Huskies go to find their family and friends in the forever snow. Bandit loved the snow, as most "snow dogs" do. Huskies were born for snow. Whenever it snows, it is truly natures gift to the Siberian Husky and many of their dog friends.  
 
In Bandit's memorial post, I mentioned that our girl was strong, tough, and resilient, and like a Husky, was easily distracted by passing birds, fluttering butterflies, buzzing bees, squirrels, opossums, cats, and other dogs. This distraction, I noted, would most likely delay her arrival at the Rainbow Bridge, where our dearly departed Harley, her big brother Gibson, and her pupster sister Chloe would all be waiting for her. 
 
 How I picture my four furangels reuniting
in those snowy Rainbow Bridge fields...

Bandit with Harley and Gibson above, 
and Chloe below,
north of the Rainbow Bridge!

In true Bandit fashion, it took her almost a week to get there, and today, she let us know she had arrived by sending us October snow! 

"Wish you were here, Bandit."

Wolfie has been grieving. The loss of his sister so suddenly has left him with no appetite and bouts of crying as he looks for her in their familiar places. A sign is what not only he needed, but this bereft hum-mom really needed. Then, early this morning, a beautiful, heavy, perfect kind of snow greeted Wolfie and I as we stepped outside. His ears perked as his body filled with excitement--the first signs of joy since she passed--and he began to trot around our snow-covered deck and immediately began eating the pure white fresh snowflakes. 

If Bandit were here, she'd be having happy, wild snow zoomies, and I longed to see her running all around our yard. Then, as I looked up to the snowy sky with the white flakes falling all around Wolf and I, I knew she was doing just that...running wild Bandit-style, zooming all around those snowy fields north of the Rainbow Bridge as she reunited with Harley, Gibson, and Chloe. And as she was running, my girl sent us down a message--some of the snow she was kicking up--to us to let us know she had arrived and was doing just fine. 

"I'm here, Hu-mom and Wolf! 
Did you get my snow message?! 
Love you all!"

 

"Got it, Sis! Thank woooooo! 
Hu-mom and I are so glad you arrived okay 
and we really miss you.
Woos and love to you and Harley, Gib, and Chloe."
 

No better sign and gift to give her brother and I than some new fallen snow to help us start to heal our freshly broken hearts. Thank you, Bee. đź’™

 

Dear Readers:

Thank you all for the thoughtful and heartfelt condolences messages you have been sending for our girl, Bandit. I am reading each of them and it warms my heart to know Bandit and all of my FiveSibes have touched so many lives. This is truly a lovely dog-loving community we are proud to be part of, and your kindness has truly touched us all. I wanted to share today's sign from Bandit with you all, and if you received some snow, too, know it is sent with Siberian Husky love. While I am still taking time to help Wolf adjust to his new normal without his sister, I will be back to blog once again and share Wolf's adventures and memories of all of my FiveSibes. In the meantime, stay safe, be well, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ~FiveSibesMom

 



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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Goodbye To Our #FiveSibes Beautiful Bandit ~ Love You Always, Sweet Bee



I certainly did not expect to be writing this at this point in time...a heartbreaking memorial for our beautiful girl, Bandit. We've been enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather in our new house in a new town that has been filled with engaging walks with Bandit and brother Wolfie filled with exciting exploration of the surrounding nature's beauty, new neighbors, and new doggie friends. Both Bandit and Wolf adjusted so well. 



A recent portrait I love of Bandit and Wolfie in our backyard my daughter took.

 

Buddies...Bandit & my grandson!
 
Today, a glorious Autumn day filled with falling leaves and a crispness to the air, Bandit and Wolf were watching my toddler grandson--the pupsters' very best and favorite human--play with his trains out on the deck. But our day suddenly took a fast and heartbreaking turn before the sun set.

Our sweet Bee (one of our many nicknames for our girl, Bandit!), who along with her brother Wolf, would be turning 13 this January so while our Pupsters have always acted like puppies, and although I have them on a senior diet with supplements, I hate to admit that they are senior dogs. And naturally,  along with age comes some of those issues elderly dogs deal with. While she has had some arthritis, it has not slowed her down one bit! Then in recent months she has had several bouts of ear infections, and most recently a UTI. All of which had been treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by our vet. And each time, she was back to good health, enjoying walks, Husky play with Wolfie, participating in this summer's virtual #StepsForStrays, getting treats from my grandson, and going for walks where the neighboring deer, dogs, and squirrels always put her into sled dog overdrive!

If you have been following us here at FiveSibes, you know Bandit and Wolfie are two of three littermates we brought home at two months old and I dubbed them the "Pupsters." (We lost sweet sister Chloe suddenly and shockingly last summer to acute liver failure, and three months later, our alpha queen (unrelated by blood) and momma dog, Harley earned her wings at 14-and-a-half). 

The Pupsters were always a Husky handful of fun and mayhem! I was so thrilled we were able to bring home three puppies and raise them together forever. And they were so bonded, as a brother and sisters could be! 

Bandit the "Thief" in her glory!
Bandit was always the alpha of the three and the bossy one! Her name fit her to the B! It's amazing how she grew to fill her moniker pefectly. If they had toys, they would all wind up being "stolen" by Bandit and found under her on her bed or in her favorite hiding place (under our kitchen nook bench)! If you ever saw the movie, "Finding Nemo" and recall the scene with the seagulls going, "Mine. Mine. Mine," that was our Bandit! 

Chloe was closest to her, while Wolfie has always been more standoffish. He'd snuggle with Chloe, or his big brother Gibson the most. This past year, since it was just Bandit and Wolf, they became inseparable. Joint walks were a thrill! To think only one Pupster is left, is a tough one for me. Very tough and extremely surreal to go from a pack of five fluffers to one within four-and-a-half years; two last summer.

Walking around the new neighborhood.
 
Enjoying campfires with the family. 

Bandit on deer alert!

Bandit was our wild child of the pack. She was always healthy. Resilient. Tough. Smart. Silly. And totally self-reliant. Although easily sidetracked by passing insects and animals, our girl could survive in the wilderness if she had too! That is why her sudden downfall took us all by surprise. We all always thought that one day (we had hoped way, way in the future) she would be the last of the FiveSibes standing. But, as life goes, nothing is a sure thing. Not even for the strongest when it comes to that sonofabitch, cancer.

Bandit posing in all of her pupster alpha glory, circa 2018

After Bandit's bout of medication for a UTI, I thought she was doing great. In true Siberian Husky form, Rebound Bandit had come back, tail wagging, being the best trained dog ever. Never even an accident in the house since a pup. But after one walk, I noticed her back legs looks a bit shakey. I kept an eye on her and figured her mild arthritis was flaring. Then this past week, there was a slip here, but she quickly covered it up and act normal. I put a call in to our new vet and started her on daily anti-inflammatories. Then suddenly came the low whimpering and crying at night. Some anti-inflammatory meds and full-spectrum hemp seemed to ease whatever was bothering her, most likely another arthritis flare. 

Siblings. Littermates. Best Friends.

In true Bandit style, she picked herself back up and walked around almost normal. Then two days ago, I felt in my gut something was not right, and apparently Wolfie picked up on something, too, because he sniffed her - all the time - everywhere. Then that night, she refused dinner. Very unlike her. Maybe it was pain, maybe a side effect of her medication? Yesterday (of course a Saturday when our vet office is closed), while breakfast did not entice her, after some deck time with my grandson and Wolfie, she seemed to eagerly accept bits of his fish sticks. Yay! All good signs, but I decided Monday I'd have the vet give her an exam and run some tests. I mean, we all don't feel like eating from time to time, right?

Wrong.

She was going out to potty before coming inside, when suddenly she collapsed. Down to the ground, yelping. We tried to pick her up, but she yelled out in obvious pain. When we were able to stand her up, her legs were caved in the back. They would no longer do what legs were supposed to do.

My heart sank. This was not a pulled muscle; nor another arthritis flare. I've been to this sucky rodeo before. My big sweet fluffy boy Gibson all of a sudden one day collapsed in the same fashion. At first, we thought it was ataxia from his epilepsy meds, or his weak hind end which plagued him most of his adult life due to the meds. But no. After rushing him to the ER hospital, he was bleeding from the spleen and spiked a 107℉. Transferring him to my vet in the morning, they hooked him up to an IV and brought him back...we brought him home and for a week, the techs came over and hooked him up to an IV in our living room in the hopes of getting him strong enough for a splenectomy. But sadly, once he was in surgery, our vet discovered an orange size tumor and cancer had spread throughout him. Bandit's older brother Gibson was felled by hemangiosarcoma.

Today, I was having serious dĂ©jĂ  vu. 

I was overcome by that familiar sick feeling as my heart was breaking--I knew deep down inside in the pit of my now sick stomach, it was going to be time to assist Bandit on her final journey to north of the Rainbow Bridge before her body started shutting down, just like Gibson. After a trip to the ER vet, it was confirmed that, her belly hard, she indeed had indications that she was bleeding internally, most likely her spleen. At the ER, she could not stand at all. The light of life had left her once bright blue and uber observant eyes. It was her time. While I wish she could have passed outdoors at home, with us and Wolf by her side like Chloe and Harley did, thankfully in this day of Covid-19, the new ER vet office was so compassionate and allowed family in to a private room to be with her (with masks, of course).

 

Bandit loved my grandson, and especially giving him her kisses!

Even in her last moments, Bandit could give you a laugh. She was so many things, but topping the list, she was a lover. There was not a face she met that she didn't bestow with her passionate BandaBear kisses! Even on her last day here on earth, in her last moments, she gifted the ER vet one of her famous messy Sibe kisses.

And then she was gone. 

I still cannot believe it. My heart is yet again broken, as is Wolfgang's-her brother, fellow Pupster, and constant companion since two months of age.

I like to think our girl is once again running Bandit-speed style toward  sister Chloe, big bro Gibson, and momma Harley, who are all waiting for her in those forever snowy fields north of the Rainbow Bridge. But...if I know my BeeBee, she may not go directly to the north snowy fields to meet her family, she probably will take a sharp detour if a butterfly, buzzing bee, squirrel, opossum, bird, cat, or other dogs at the Bridge catch her attention! But my resilient Siberian Husky will eventually find her way to her furfamily.

 Bandit in her snowy glory, Winter 2019
 
FiveSibes heyday: Bandit enjoying ice cream birthday cake time with all of the FiveSibes family.
 

Forever immortalized as FiveSibes cartoons in my children's books.


Me and Bee enjoying a quiet moment this summer on our back deck.

Run free our beautiful Bandit...let your amazing Siberian spirit fly high. Don't take too long to meet your family--Harley, Gibson, and sis Chloe, are waiting for you. 

We will love and  miss you (and your kissing and silly antics) forever, our beloved BandaBear.

 

 

Dear Readers:

I will continue to share photos of Bandit with Wolfie in the future, for there are many new ones to enjoy. But first, I'll be once again taking a blogging break to mourn our loss and help my boy Wolf as he grieves. Thank you all for your love, support, and understanding. 

~FiveSibes(Forever) Mom


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Friday, October 23, 2020

Peep-A-Boo, Leaves, on a Flashback Friday!


 
Flashback ~ Bandit ~ Autumn 2017
 
Our Bandit is the silly dog of our pack! Always one to dig out fun, whether it is a pile of leaves or a pile of snow! She is always down for a good laugh! This Flashback photo was taken several years ago when I was calling the dogs in, and I could not find her! Suddenly, I heard the crunch crinkle of leaves and saw her down in our yard tunneling through the leaves from our maple tree! Our silly girl, Bandit!
AUTUMN WOODS
by James S. Tippett

I like the woods
In autumn
When dry leaves hide the ground,
When the trees are bare
And the wind sweeps by
With a lonesome rushing sound.
I can rustle the leaves
In autumn
And I can make a bed
In the thick dry leaves
That have fallen
From the bare trees
Overhead.
 

 

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