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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Playing Catch Up - A Gibson Update

"Have you missed me? I've missed you all!"
My apologies for not being around much in Blogville...it's been a little crazy with rehabbing Gibson from his fall, sudden bouts of his vomiting and overheating, and my meeting the deadline for my next book on Canine Epilepsy. I do miss you guys, and plan to get around and visit your blogs as soon as I can! 

Update on my boy Gibson...

Gib getting comfy for his laser session!
With Gibson being an Epi-Husky (canine epileptic), he is on meds and supplements and we like to say he is "managed." But as any Epi-parent can attest to, it is an emotional roller coaster ride of the unknown. Gibson does go through the occasional setback from the side effects of those meds and supplements that he is on, such as a weak hind and bouts of vomiting and ataxia. Then, this past Christmas Eve, he slipped on a snow-covered patch of ice while playing with is little sister Bandit in the freshly falling snow, and he went down crying and was lame from his injury. He wound up hurting his already weak hind end and blew out his second CCL (last December he blew out his right one). Since we (his vet and I) decided the best route for Gib was the Conservative Care Mangement/Treatment as opposed to surgery, he was put on strict bed rest, anti-inflams, was once again fitted for an A-Trac Stability leg brace that he wore 24/7 for five weeks (until he chewed it off!), and a sling harness to take the weight off his hind legs so he can be walked to go to the bathroom. He is still in the sling harness as he needs assistance walking, and I have started in-home K-LaserUSA therapy with my vet's office and Gibbie just loves the girls coming to visit him! Since starting back on the treatments, I have notice a difference; he is starting to have a bit more strength in his hind end and can push himself up better without assistance.

Here's Gib with Jessica for a treatment:


And here he is with  June:

Oh, how my flirty boy loves his vet tech girls!

The good news is that he is now able to stand up for a few minutes on his own! Wooo! He still needs to be walked with a sling harness and has a limp from from the weakened hind end and healing CCL, but baby steps in the right direction!

From what I have learned, it is a very slow recovery process to strengthen his hind end and to heal the CCL via Conservative Care Management/Treatment (which I have done before with him for his CCL on the right side last year), but each baby step each day is a step in the right direction toward healing! The other day, we even managed to start "walking," which consists of my supporting his hind end in a sling harness and walking our backyard for a full minute. Woo! Baby steps...

Then he experienced a bout of vomiting, which he does periodically as a result of all meds and supplements he is on for his Canine Epilepsy. So he went on a bland diet for a few days, and he's back on track once again.

Mother Nature, however, then threw us a real curve ball
Harley kept a close eye on Gib.
the other day. The temps took a sudden jump from the 30s to the low 80s overnight! As many of you know, Gibson is an Epi-dog (canine epileptic) and this sudden spike in heat took a bit of a toll on him...he was panting, drooling, and quite out of it. I spent two days and nights keeping a close eye on him round the clock as he stayed on his cooler water bed. I kept him cool with fresh cool water, chipped ice, cool compresses to the paw pads and cool water wipe downs on his ears, forehead, and belly, and ran the oscillating fans (since it was too early here for A/C units yet). Yesterday, the weather dropped back down almost 50 degrees! Much to his (and my) relief. He is feeling much better! Hopefully, Mother Nature will remember to gradually go from winter temps to spring temps, and no more sudden spikes. I share this so in case any one else has a dog who has epilepsy or who experiences seizures, just be in tune with the weather as overheating can be a seizure trigger for some dogs.

 "Woo...where's my vet girls? I'm ready for my next 
laser treatment!"

"Wooo...I LOVE my laser treatments! (And when the vet girls visit me!)"

Both Gibson and I would also like to take a moment to send out a huge "thank woo" to everyone for their well wishes, prayers, power of the paw, positive energies, kind comments on our FiveSibes Facebook page, Twitter, and Emails, as well as your notes and messages of support and encouragement for Gibson. He certainly feels all your love! You have touched our hearts deeply. Thank you!

Until next time...we hope everyone stays healthy and happy and that my boy continues to #LiveGibStrong!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

First Donation Check From Buddy the Husky Book is in the Mail! And...It's Been Named "Best in Print" by American Pet Magazine!

Bandit is so excited to send Buddy, the Christmas Husky the first donation check from a portion of sales from my book on him called, Buddy, the Christmas Husky~Based on a True Holiday Miracle. While he is the Christmas Husky (named that because he was found and saved on Christmas Day), his story is for all seasons - how an abused, abandoned, and sick Siberian Husky was saved by a stranger who helped him find a happy home and lots of people across the world who love him! You can read in a previous post all about Buddy HERE. And you can also follow Buddy on his Facebook page of the same name HERE. Be sure to tell him the FiveSibes sent you!

We want to take a moment to say "Thank You" to all
Hey! Easter Bunny, don't forget me!
who ordered my Buddy book, illustrated by the very talented Barbara K. Slocum, and thank you for all the wonderful comments about the book, and for your support of Buddy. We couldn't have made this donation, which we hope is one of many, without you! If you could share the word to others who may like to buy the book, it's a great inspirational story that includes photos of Buddy throughout his journey. No matter what age, this book will bring tears and smiles to your face!
If you'd like to order a copy (and it will make a great Easter basket gift!) please visit our indie publishing house store at ArcticHouse Publishing (and please excuse our appearance as we are undergoing a makeover!)You can purchase the book online via PayPal, or if you prefer, you may also pay by charge card, just drop us a line and ask us to send you an invoice via Email at ArcticHousePublishing(at)gmail(dot)com and put "Buddy Book" in the subject line.

We'd also like to send a "Thank You" out to American Pet Magazine for featuring Buddy on the cover of their latest issue (Vol.3/Iss. 1) and including my in-depth interview with Buddy's Hu-mom inside. You can go to the website to download an online version to read, or order a hard copy. They also named my book a "Best in Print" for 2014! How awesome is that? Woo!

And if you'd like to help spread the word about
Buddy's story and his book, we'd love to have you host us for a blog post as part of the Buddy Book Tour! Just drop me an Email! You can write a review, do an interview, feature a Q&A, we love them all! And we will also add your blog's link to our list! Confessions of a Rescue Mom blog was the first to join the tour and we say "thank woo!" You, too, can be part of this fun trip! We'll even supply you with the book tour badge! The more books we sell, the more of a donation we can send to Buddy to go toward his care, and when his bill is paid, it will go into the "Buddy's Buddies" fund to help other dogs in need at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Coming Soon! The Next FiveSibes™ Tale "Getting Healthy With Harley"

So excited! Harley is helping me proof the final printer's blueline to my newest soon-to-be-published FiveSibes™ Tale - Getting Healthy With  Harley, illustrated by the talented Michelle Littler! We should have the books available for sale soon via our indie publishing site (that is under construction) at ArcticHouse Publishing. A portion of the book's proceeds, post publication costs, will be donated to the Save Our Siberians Siberspace Rescue Fund. 

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 
book release and Book Blog Tour! If you'd like to get on our mailing and book tour list, drop us a line at ArcticHousePublishing(at)gmail(dot)com and put "Healthy Harley" in the subject line.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Purple Day for (K9) Epilepsy Episode of "The Sibe Vibe" Features Fellow Blogger Susan Sehi-Smith of the White Dog Diary

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To close out March, we hope you'll listen to, and share, our very special Purple Day® for Canine Epilepsy Awareness featuring our fellow blogger, Susan Sehi-Smith, author of The White Dog Diary who is the founder and president of the Paws to People: Bridges to Cures organization "committed to furthering comparative studies research in catastrophic diseases (such as epilepsy and cancer) to save the lives of humans and pets." I will also have a more in-depth interview with Sue about Paws to People in a later post, so please check back.

I want to thank Sue for an amazing show that is just chock-full of important information. She is doing some amazing work, and hopefully, one day, through comparative studies research, cures for both our two-legged and four-legged loved ones will be discovered.

I'd like to dedicate this post to both Sue's Epi-Angel, Quinn, and my Epi-Husky, Gibson.

Sue's Epi-Angel, "The Mighty Quinn"

My K9 Epilepsy SpokesHusky, "Gibson"

“That is the wonder and excitement of comparative research to me…it is not about DOG disease…or PEOPLE disease…it is about ending diseases, period.”~Susan Sehi-Smith


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Weekend Coffee With A Friend

Happy Saturday! Who are you sharing your morning cup of coffee with?

One Lovely Morning 
by Aiyah De Torres  via PoetrySoup.com

Warm smile, fresh air 
light talks, 
day dreaming. 
A toast of love, 
a scent of aroma 
soothing in my membrane 
creamy and sweet, 
a perfect moment indeed.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Honoring Epi-Dogs on Purple Day® for (K9) Epilepsy AND a Very Special Announcement!

Today is the international Purple Day® for Epilepsy Awareness and, along with my Epi-Husky Gibson, I am very proud to be an official Ambassador for my third consecutive year. We join in the worldwide effort of bringing awareness, education, information, resources, and support to people about Canine Epilepsy. We also hope to help dispel some of the fear associated with seizure disorders and to let folks know they are not alone. We are here for you and hope we can successfully steer you in the right direction for assistance.

Gibson helping me post Canine Epilepsy information.

What is Purple Day?
According to PurpleDay.org, “Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. Cassidy's goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia (EANS) came on board in 2008 to help develop Cassidy's idea, which is now known as the Purple Day for Epilepsy campaign. In 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation and EANS joined forces to launch Purple Day internationally.

In Honor of Epi-Dogs & Epi-Angels Worldwide

We have a Purple Day for (K9) Epilepsy 2014 Photo Album over on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page. It's a public community page, so even if you don't "do" Facebook, you are welcome to come visit and look around. We do hope you'll stop by and see these beautiful Epi-dogs from across the globe.

I'd also like to reshare this Purple Day video I produced last year featuring beautiful Epi-dogs from across the world. We are going to update this video for next year, so if you'd like your Epi-dog included, please Email a Purple Day photo, your dog's name, state & country to FiveSibesLiveGibStrong(at)gmail(dot)com 
and put "Purple Day 2015 Video" in subject line.

Gibson would like to remind anyone who would like to purchase a copy of our What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy book, a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Canine Epilepsy Resources "Emma's Fund" through the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. To purchase a copy, visit our website store: ArcticHousePublishing.comwww.ArcticHousePublishing.com

I'd also like to take this opportunity to welcome House Wolf K-9 Dog Biscuits to the Purple Day Ambassadors! Representing Vermont, they have joined in the "Live Gib Strong" K-9 Epilepsy Awareness effort in many ways, including hosting a Purple Day event at their Edelweiss Bakery where they donated 100% of the proceeds from purple cupcakes, and 10% of the day's lunch, beverage, and pastry sales to The Wally Foundation for Canine Epilepsy that offers possible financial assistance to families, fosters, and rescues of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy. 

AND they also created the wholesome "Gibbie Snacks" -- my Gibson's namesake treat -- that with every bag purchased from their online store, House Wolf donates $1 to The Wally Foundation. What a great effort on behalf of Canine Epilepsy Awareness!

Tonight, I had the pleasure of precording our special Purple Day episode of my "The Sibe Vibe" with Susan Sehi-Smith of the White Dog Diary blog, who is also the president/founder of the Paws to People: Bridges to Cures organization, all about Canine Epilepsy, her furangel Epi-dog, The Mighty Quinn, comparative research studies, and her Paws to People. Lots of great information. We'll be posting the link to
the show on Sunday, March 30. (I will come back and update it here, too, so everyone can listen in at their leisure).

Here are of my two prior "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works
Radio shows where we talk all about Canine Epilepsy featuring Marion Mitchell of the Canine Epilepsy Resources and co-owner of the EPIL-K9 list, and Rick Selwood of The Wally Foundation.

Listen to Marion's show HERE.
Listen to Rick's show HERE.

Many thanks also to fellow Blogger Love is being owned by a Husky blog for helping to promote Purple Day! Stop by and say hi - it's a great, fun blog to visit!

How Gibson Spent Purple Day...

Gibson spent Purple Day decked out in his purple bandana, giving me Gibbie kisses, sending good wishes to all his Epi- and non-Epi-pals, getting his Epi blood panels drawn, and receiving some in-home laser treatments for his weak hind end and torn CCLs in the hopes of getting him up and on his feet stronger and soon. (He had taken a fall on Christmas Eve, spent six weeks in a brace and he still requires assistance for walking with a sling harness). He is determined and we are seeing progress each day. Here he is with one of his favorite vet techs, Jessica, getting his laser therapy:


And...my really BIG exciting announcement for today is for my soon-to-be-released book on Epi-dogs from across the world titled EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy. While I had hoped to have my release timed with today, we are not quite there yet and I do not want to rush this very special book. At this time, I do not have a specific release date \as we are in the editing and layout stages, it will be in the very near future. We'll be sure to post info on when you can order at that time from our indie publishing company ArcticHouse Publishing. A percentage of proceeds post-production costs will be donated to the Canine Epilepsy Resources "Emma's Fund." But for now, here's a sneak preview of the cover:

We hope on this Purple Day, people join together to bring awareness, hope, and support to all those who are living life with seizures. We honor them all.