#FlashbackFriday: Why a Purple Pumpkin?


#Flashback Photos ~ 2014 ~ Why is Gibson's Pumpkin Purple?
This is a special #FlashbackFriday with Halloween right around the corner and folks busy going pumpkin picking and carving...don't forget to do one up in purple!
Why IS Gibson's Pumpkin Purple? 
For K-9 Epilepsy Awareness

"Hmm...what's in my pumpkin?" ~ Gibson

 Each year, Gibson’s pumpkin was purple because he was an Epi-dog ~ a dog with Canine Epilepsy. And his form of epilepsy was called idiopathic, meaning they could never determine a specific cause for the onset of his seizures. And, purple is the color of epilepsy awareness. Gibson was living proof that Epi-dogs CAN ~ and DO ~ live full, happy lives! For more info on Canine Epilepsy, please visit our  #FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K9 Epilepsy Awareness Online Library page!

According to Epilepsy.com (home of Epilepsy Foundation® and Epilepsy Therapy Project), the Purple Pumpkin Project is the brainchild of founder Ron Lamontagne, whose youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy at age four. “While on a drive through Connecticut one Sunday morning with his family (Ron) was brainstorming ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness. The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving and decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple and tell people about epilepsy when asked, ‘Why is your pumpkin purple?’” So in September 2012, Ron launched the Purple Pumpkin Project on Facebook to bring awareness to epilepsy on the eve of November 1st, which kicks off Epilepsy Awareness Month.
 My article on this and photos of Gibson were featured in the Autumn 2019 issue of AmericanPet Magazine! Click HERE to read the full story starting on page 16!

Here are a few creative ideas for your 
Purple Pumpkin: 
  • Host an in-person (be safe!) or virtual Purple Pumpkin painting and carving party and share your pics!
  • Donate to your fave K9 Epilepsy or human Epilepsy organization.

Here's our Siberian Husky pumpkin from the past!
You can download some FREE (p)awesome Siberian Husky stencils for carving your pumpkin thanks to Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue! 

If you'd like a purple pumpkin like Gibson's, here's our Amazon affiliate link below. 
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 Have fun, and when someone asks,
"Why is your pumpkin purple?" reply,
"For Canine Epilepsy Awareness!"

Official Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador Since 2012
Did you paint a purple pumpkin? 


 The Linky tool will open all week for you to join us in the Blog Hop and share pics from yesteryear or yesterday! Please include our badge and *link back to us*, and  be sure to hop along down Memory Lane with us and visit the other blogs. Don't forget to leave a nice comment! Happy Friday!




  1. Hi ~ the new blog design is Fabulous, and we especially LOVE your "all Sibes" header!
    Paws Up and Happy Bark-0-Ween.

  2. Love the new look too. Well done.

    I knew why the pumpkin was purple. Well done.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  3. We sure knew why it was purple. Hey, I agree, everything sure looks nice!

  4. Happy Bark-o-ween πŸ’œ πŸ’œ πŸ’œ

  5. As always, thank you for being a 'pawsome' advocate for all epi-warriors! Elsa and I will be rocking the purple in solidarity πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ


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