Our 7th Annual #LiveGibStrong Purple Day® for Epilepsy Blog Hop. #GoPurple With Us!
Those words in the above quote shared by the Anita Kaufmann Foundation are so very true. When a beloved pet is diagnosed with epilepsy, it needs to become our mission to advocate for them. In years past, a diagnosis of epilepsy often meant a recommendation for euthanasia. Thankfully, that is not the case today! There are lots of resources, information, and treatments to help manage epileptic seizures in dogs. Find out everything you can about Canine Epilepsy, and become informed on the topic so that you can have intelligent question-and-answer discussions with your veterinarian about what the best management care of your dog should be. Epi-dogs can--and DO--live happy lives, and can certainly do whatever other dogs who do not have epilepsy can do; like my Siberian Husky, Gibson.
I am proud to have been invited to give a virtual presentation for my FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong & #Paws4Purple initiatives for this year's Purple Day® Around the World Education Week! To have my Canine Epilepsy work be recognized and partnered with such internationally prestigious organizations as Purple Day® and Purple Day® Every Day: Presented by the Anita Kaufmann Foundation that do so much for human epilepsy awareness, certainly fills me with great pride. To know my Gibson and all of our research and work is now part of a world-wide movement that will in turn help other Epi-dogs and their caring families is so phenomenal. You can still register to see today's events & be able to access all of the week's presentations for a full year! Please scroll further down in this blog post and don't miss it! It is a very important video presentation on Canine Epilepsy that I hope you will bookmark and share with someone you know who is sharing their life with a canine warrior ~ an Epi-dog!
But first, let's talk purple!
What's Purple Day® All About?
What's with the purple? you may be asking yourself. If you have not already seen my Purple Day video, please take a few minutes to watch it, and not only will you learn why it's Purple Day and not Blue Day or Pink Day, but you will also discover how an amazing young girl named Cassidy Megan from Canada founded Purple Day in 2008 when she was just nine years old!
Since we here at FiveSibes advocate for dogs with epilepsy, in this video below you will see some beautiful dogs from all over the world--both Epis and non--join together to show their support to #GoPurple for epilepsy awareness. (Note: this is not our NEW video, but one of our previous ones that explains Purple Day origins, so please be sure to keep scrolling after watching this one!)
What is Purple Day?
There are plenty of helpful resources out there, and there are also (I regret to say) some self-proclaimed "experts" who are not supportive and only give their opinions that are not vetted or based in fact, and that is a serious disservice to the dogs in need. Not to mention that epilepsy is not a one-size-fits-all neurological disorder. Now, of course everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but when it comes to health and safety of an animal, I believe in going directly to the veterinarian experts and researchers skilled in this neurological field.
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In 2018, I proudly partnered with the Purple Day global non-profit sponsor The Anita Kaufmann Foundation (now rebranded as Purple Day® Every Day, presented by The Anita Kaufmann Foundation) for my #Paws4Purple initiative. You can read my post all about that HERE.
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Purple Day® Around The World Education Week
As I mentioned earlier this year, I was honored to be asked to give a virtual presentation, a message, about Canine Epilepsy for the Purple Day® Around the World Education Week. So, on today, March 26, Purple Day 2022, I am listed on the Agenda, right above the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro! He, too, has been a long-time advocate for Epilepsy Awareness as it holds a very personal meaning to him. "I'm an uncle who's got a niece who's epileptic, and I'm proud of her."
truly put my heart into my presentation and filled it with many tips, a
list of resources, and vetted information to share with others. I do
hope you will take the time to watch (it's approximately 12-13 minutes,
so grab a refreshment and snuggle with your pet) and soak in the
information that includes lots of links, our recommended resources, vet
quotes, and info on canine epilepsy trials your dog may be eligible for.
Please bookmark it to share with anyone who is seeking more information
on Canine Epilepsy.
If you registered for the event, you'll be able to watch any or all of the presentations for a full year. If you missed it, I'm sharing my presentation right here for you. I hope you enjoy it and that it may be of help to you, or someone you know who is caring for a dog with epilepsy, or who may be thinking about adopting one and is not sure about what to do.
Cooling Down an Epi-Dog:
Your Dog Does Not Have Epilepsy, or You Don't Have a Dog, What Can You Do To #GoPurple In Support?
You can be as creative as you like! Whether you dress you and/or your pet in purple, draw a purple picture, tint a photo with a purple filter, whip up a batch of purple cupcakes, tie your shoes with purple laces, write a letter (or blog post) in purple text, turn your website or profile photo purple--whatever way you can think of to show your support, because as in the words of the incredible Purple Day founder, Cassidy Megan, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age seven, and "started Purple Day to raise awareness for people with epilepsy and to let them know that they aren’t alone. At Purple Day, we want to educate people about what to do and what not to do when they see someone having any type of seizure."
Let's take that message and share it, along with going purple and joining us in hoping that all Epi-dogs #LiveGibStrong every day.
Remember: You are not alone.
Once again joining me are my two co-hosts, Jeanaann Barnaby and beautiful "Olivia" of Knotty Toys for Good Dogs and Kimberley Matchem and handsome furangel "Rolo" of the (former Rescue Dog-Mom Confessions) Instagram account @kmatchem4. Also joining us this year are two new co-hosts: Tracy Smith and her beautiful girl "Gibbs" of the fairly new Facebook support group that also prides itself on sharing valid info, GIBBS-erish...Making Sense of Canine Epilepsy, and Jan Nowicki and a familiar face to many, the beautiful "Ruby" of Ruby the Therapy Dog Facebook community page.
If you haven't grabbed our badge yet, it's time to grab it and post it on your blog or website with a link to today's post here, share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, whatever social media platform you prefer, and link up to our Blog Hop below so your link and photo can be included. Then be sure to hop all around to see what everyone is sharing! There will be lots of great info, photos, and fun!
The link is open all week to join in!
Screenshot Our Badge, resize & Link to FiveSibes.blogspot.com!
Thank you, dear co-hosts, for joining us!
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It is amazing all that you've been able to do because of Gibson's impact in your life. Congrats on being a speaker! I'm going to point my best friend to your blog. Her black lab has seizures and there really hasn't been any help for her. She might find some support here.ReplyDelete
We pray for a cure so that no pup every has to suffer again.ReplyDelete
I had no idea until I met you and Gibson, that dog epilepsy is such a big thing and it affects to many dogs around the world. I will make sure I share this everywhere! Long Live the Purple.ReplyDelete
Frankly, it is upsetting that the diagnosis still is "idiopatic." Such an embarrasement to medical science. Awareness, however, is what leads to solutions.ReplyDelete
I didn't realize that Gibson was seizure free for the last seven years of his life, that is incredible. You've been a wonderful advocate for dogs with epilepsy as well as a great resource!ReplyDelete
This is such amazing work you are doing in Gibson's memory. I remember a child in my class had epilepsy. I have never known a dog with it until you and Gibson. I can't believe in all this time, there isn't a cure. Keep up the good fight. I'm definitely sharing. #LiveGibStrong #Pets4Purple #PurpleDayReplyDelete
It's so amazing that this type of information is out there now, and that the days of just euthanizing dogs with epilepsy are behind us. Thank you for doing so much to raise awareness for such a great cause!ReplyDelete
May prayers heal this for the animals ~ gorgeous doggies ~ XoReplyDelete
Wishing you love and laughter everyday,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)