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Friday, September 4, 2015

Sibe Summer Lovin' Had Me a Blast


"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer's best of weather And autumn's best of cheer." ~Helen Hunt Jackson

With the arrival of Labor Day, also comes the unofficial end to summer. September is a beautiful month. Perfect really. The temperatures are still warm. The waters still sparkle. And the crickets still chirp all lulling us into the false sense that summer is still here...after all, it's not the 23rd yet! But even with still humid days, although we do not wish to admit it, the sunlight is growing shorter and there is something in the air; while not yet the cool snap of Autumn, it is something. Something that tells us summer is ready to leave as Autumn beckons in the not-to-distant future, waiting in all of its golden glory of colorful foliage, crisp air, and pumpkins decorating the landscapes and our food!  

I love September. But I admit I will miss the long, hazy, lazy days of summer when everything seems to be moving at slightly slower pace. The Huskies lounging in the air condition with us or splashing in their pool ~ sled dogs without a sled or snow just being bathing beauty Sibes. But they are ready, just as I am, for the coolness of Fall, to once again walk in the valley of colorful beauty, eat pumpkin everything until we've had our fill, and roll around in the fallen crunchy leaves. Yes, Labor Day weekend is upon us, and we prepare to bid a fond farewell to yet another summer, but Autumn is waiting right around the corner, waiting in all of its cool, colorful glory as only Autumn can. 

So on this Labor Day Weekend, we wish you all the fun of summer as it winds down and quietly fades into seasons past before Autumn is upon us. For today's Flashback Friday photo above, we travel back to 2013 to our local beach when Wolf enjoyed his very first visit to the sandy shores of the Hudson River. The very best part was watching his reaction to the sound of the waves lapping upon the shore and the feel of the cold water as it cascaded over his paws for the very first time. Joyful memories I look forward to one day repeating again.

"Summer always ends with good memories." ~Anonymous

What better way to say "goodbye summer" than by flashing back with our FiveSibes & Friends Summer Fun video from two years ago featuring many of our beautiful furpals from across the globe. So sit back, turn up your volume, and enjoy the sights and sounds of a pawsome summer!



Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-host, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our blog hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box! We hope you'll come join us!



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wolf Savors Some Super Moon Shine



"I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the moon and God bless me!" ~Lullaby




Friday, August 28, 2015

Peek-A-Boo! There's A Husky in the Window!

"Woo...we'll take five orders of kibble-green bean omelettes, five orders of baked potatoes, five organic vanilla yogurts, and five extra large waters to go please!" ~Bandit of the FiveSibes

In this Flashback Friday photo from quite a few ago, our girl Bandit sniffed out my cooking and decided to get a closer look...and maybe even a taste...through the open kitchen window! It's a fun and favorite photo of mine!



Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-host, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our blog hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box! We hope you'll come join us!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's National Dog Day: Happy is Spelled D-O-G!



 "Happy" is Spelled D - O - G!


Today is National Dog Day! While every day is "dog day" here, it is nice to have a special date to remind us about how special our dogs are, what we've learned from them, and that not all dogs are as fortunate as ours having loving families to be spoiled by and wonderful homes to live in. The numbers of dogs across the breeds; just the number of Huskies alone, who are homeless and waiting in shelters to be adopted or fostered, is just staggering. I'd love to see everyone take today (or any/every day) to not only appreciate the wonder of our beloved dogs, but to also think about a homeless dog in a nearby shelter. Maybe stop by for a quick visit, give a hug and treat, maybe ask to take the dog out for a walk, and bring a less fortunate dog some cheer so he/she can have a happy National Dog Day, too. And, please, don't overlook the special needs dogs. They deserve love, too! Maybe you can become an advocate for the shelter dog and help spread the word about him/her and help to get that dog adopted! Now that's Happy!


How National Dog Day Came About

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National Dog Day (also known as International Dog Day) was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. "Millions of dogs are killed each year because they're simply unwanted," states Colleen Paige. "They're unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They're unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn't keep their promises about caring for the dog...unwanted because they shed too much...unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED...simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love and protect you. That's all. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered "unwanted love", into your heart and home on National Dog Day!" To learn more about Colleen's animal holidays, please visit HERE.





Husky Group Hug!

 In the following flashback video, it shows the joy and happiness of being a dog! Makes me just want to get out there and roll around, too!



Dig that Dog!

And what dog doesn't love a little digging?! Huskies sure do! Check out our other flashback video of Harley having a blast digging her way to...somewhere...nowhere...anywhere?!

 

Four years ago on National Dog Day, I wrote about what I've learned from my Siberian Huskies. It all hold today and I thought it was worth repeating. So here we go:

What I've Learned From My 
Siberian Huskies
by FiveSibesMom, Dorothy Wills-Raftery
  1.  I’ve learned how to enjoy the more simpler things in life: the touch of a breeze, a beam of sunlight stretching across the deck, a butterfly as it flutters by, the feel of raindrops tapping my face, the smell of blooming flowers, the coolness of grass, the sound of fresh snow crunching under foot, and the taste of quietly falling snowflakes.
  2. I appreciate food (even more so than before)!
  3. I am reminded how wonderful snuggling together can be. 
  4. I’ve learned how to be a kid again and play. Topping my list are running in the yard, splashing in mud puddles, running through a sprinkler, playing Sibe football, engaging in an enthusiastic game of Slide the Sibe (between the Hu-parent’s legs), and Fetch!
  5. I’ve learned how to naturally de-stress: hanging out and relaxing with my daughter with a Sibe under each hand, each leg, and one across my lap at the end of a long day (or anytime) is pure bliss and the best way to unwind. 
  6. I totally understand the meaning of trust and undying loyalty. 
  7. I’ve learned even more about the meaning of patience and unconditional love.
  8. I’ve learned a new language, Siberian Husky-ease, that I love to listen to, and occasionally speak.
  9. I appreciate all things music – including the various octaves of the Sibes howling their hauntingly beautiful wolfsongs.
  10. I totally appreciate Husky hugs and kisses for the priceless gems they are.  




While it's Wordless Wednesday, we actually are going off-the-map as we have a lot of words to say today since it's such a special "howliday!" We hope every pup is having a great Dog Day!



Monday, August 24, 2015

Wolf Wants More Sleep on a Merry Meme Monday (and Everyday)!


We do hope you'll come back and visit us next Monday for a Merry Meme! And if you'd like your Husky or Northern Breed dog to be featured in our Merry Meme caption contest, send us a photo and your dog's name at FiveSibesHuskyNews(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll feature it on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page and the caption with the most likes, becomes a featured Merry Meme! You can check out other memes in our Facebook Merry Memes photo album or search this blog for "Merry Meme Monday!" Here's to a great week!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

I Spy a Silly Sibe on a Sleepy Saturday!


Isn't it funny how my largest Husky ~ Gibson ~ finds his comfy spot under the smallest end table?! 
Silly Sibes!




*For an update on Hu-Nanny, Gibson & Harley, and my "The Sibe Vibe" show schedule, see previous post by clicking HERE.
 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fun Foolery on a Flashback Friday!



"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too." - Samuel Butler

For this week's Flashback Friday, I found this gem of a photo from about (gulp) 33 years ago! Our sweet boy "Sandy" was a "German Shepherd/Chow" mix, or so the local SPCA card said on the kennel door of an adorable little round golden ball of fluff with a pot belly who I instantly fell in love with! While I grew up with many dogs, Sandy was the first dog my husband and I had as a married couple. Sandy loved to ride in the back of my husband's pickup, hide in the piles of laundry in our first apartment as Mr. & Mrs., enjoy bubble baths in a bucket, and was such a gentle boy. I really did not see Chow in Sandy, and sometimes wonder if he didn't have Husky in there somewhere. He sort of looked like a beige version of my white boy, Wolf, but with beautiful brown eyes instead of Wolf's beautiful blue eyes. This photo my hubby took of me and Sandy goofing around while he was doing some outdoor construction at our first home. Sandy grew up into the beautiful dog above and fell in love with my daughter when she was born six years later. Sandy was the first dog my daughter ever met and loved. I even won a photo contest from M&Ms of the both of them together, heartily laughing as only a young child and dog can. I'll have to find that photo for another Flashback Friday! We eventually lost Sandy at age 13 when he developed tumors on his chest, which were drained and bandaged, but only came back with a vengeance and we had to let Sandy cross the Rainbow Bridge. But he will always be my family's first beautiful, wonderful boy.


Update on Hu-Nanny, Harley and Gibson 

Yikes! I'm late to my own Flashback Friday blog hop this week! As many of you know, my 94-year-old mother has been in a health crisis for the past several weeks, and after being hospitalized for a week, she was transferred to a rehab facility. As to whether or not she can return home or will be permanently taking up residence at the facility is still unknown. Right now she has good days followed by bad days followed by good days. Sometimes a bad and a good day all in one! I am the only sibling here for her and visit every day. Right now, wheeling her outside on nice days into the courtyard and sharing iced coffees (or a vanilla shake for Mom!) are highlights to our visits.Then my boy Gibson became very ill, and thankfully, he has recuperated, followed by our Harley girl having another very serious flare of her nearly hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). She's on meds and rest and is starting to feel herself. I've learned "slow-and-easy" is my current motto. Currently, I am trying to keep things as calm as can be, but with an elderly loved one in a healthcare facility, we all know that "calm" is subject to change at a moment's notice. Meanwhile, I am trying to get back into my blogging and social media as much as I can with all that is going on. I have lots to catch up on, and lots of great news to share, so please stay tuned and bear with me through the delays. My "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show will return in September with all new episodes as well. In the mean time, you can check out past episodes HERE or on iTunes under Dog Works Radio, "The Sibe Vibe."  

I do want to thank everyone from the very bottom of my heart for all of your kind thoughts, prayers, notes, texts, and positive vibes. They mean the world to us!

A Storm Crosses the Bridge

We here at FiveSibes are dedicating today's blog post in memory of beautiful "Storm" and we send out heartfelt condolences to Sue, Steve, and the entire White Dog Army from White Dog Diary as their beautiful Storm recently earned her angel wings. Our FiveSibes send soft woos to guide her on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. Run free, sweet girl. You will always remain in the hearts of those who loved you. (Remembrance image created by Ann of Zoolatry).



Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-host, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our blog hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box! We hope you'll come join us!