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This year, International Epilepsy Day celebrates its 8th anniversary, being founded in 2015. And since it falls so close to Valentine's Day...it's a great reminder to show a whole lot of love for our Epi-dogs (dogs with epilepsy)!
After years of experience with Gibson, my Epi-dog and 14 years of research as a result, I created my FiveSibes FREE online #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Online Resource Library to help other families who are on the epilepsy journey with their dogs in an effort to let them know:
A) They are NOT alone, and
B) Help is just a keyboard click away!
Gibson was a beautiful wooly Siberian Husky and a beloved member of the FiveSibes family. Diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy at age three in 2009, he is the beautiful face behind the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, created by author and "FiveSibesMom" Dorothy Wills-Raftery. The idea behind #LiveGibStrong is to help spread the word that dogs can - and DO - live full, happy lives with seizures and/or Canine Epilepsy.Also, through this campaign, we help raise awareness, educacate, and raise funds dog-eared for non-profit Canine Epilepsy organizations, such as the Canine Epilepsy Resources & The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, that offer immense support to families of Epi-dogs. With special care, medications, and alternative therapies, Gibson lived seven years seizure free and was an inspiration to Epi-dog families worldwide with his zest and love of life. Epilepsy did not define him. Life did. Gibson earned his angel wings December 16, 2015 just three weeks shy of his 10th birthday, NOT from epilepsy, but from hemangiosarcoma that was discovered during surgery after he suddenly became ill. Even as he was carried in for surgery, he wore his big Gibbie smile and gave out those precious Gibbie kisses. He is missed greatly, but is by my side in spirit every single day, inspiring me to be Gib Strong.
Gibson embraced life and the challenges he met along the way with a big happy Siberian Husky smile. He was a true Epi-Warrior. With Gibson's spirit by my side, we will continue our Canine Epilepsy advocacy and education in the effort to help and support other Epi-dog families, and to let them know they are not alone in this journey.
It is our continued wish that as we put our #Paws4Purple together, all Epi-dogs #LiveGibStrong & #LiveGibStrongForever.
What is International Epilepsy Day?
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Tune in to our past #FiveSibes #TheSibeVibe podcasts where talk all about Canine Epilepsy!
Our Dog Writers Association of America Award-Nominated Show for Excellence...
Chatting with Dr. Karen Munana & LVT/Research Specialist Julie
Nettifee from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary
Talking About the Important Link Between Zinc Deficiency and Seizures in Siberian Huskies with Margit Maxwell
Visit our Online Library to listen to more episodes.
And remember, Canine Epilepsy Awareness is not just one day ~ it's each and every day because these dogs are amazing and don't let seizures keep them from loving life!