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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Today, We Hung A Norstar...


Today, we hung our Norstar on our FiveSibes favorite maple tree. Norwood's mom knitted these stars and sent out to friends to hang in Norwood's memory. A donation to his little furbrother Seager's rescue in his memory is such a nice way to help another rescue dog. Norwood would have really liked that. And hanging stars is such a wonderful tribute! As so many of us here in Blogville feel, we may not personally know each other, but through our blogs and connection, we share a special bond, sometimes even more special than those we hold with someone we do see in person. Love and friendship comes from the heart; miles between do not matter. We all know how much Norwood loved life, lived life, and will now shine brightly in hundreds of trees and landmarks across the lands. We like to think he'd be very happy and nutty seeing all the sparkling yellow lights knowing they were all for him!

Shine brightly, Norstar. Shine brightly.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day: Honoring the Brave Soldiers, K9 and Human, Who Bravely Served



Today is Memorial Day - a day of remembrance for fallen United States servicemen, women, and canines, who bravely served our country. While it unofficially marks the start of summer in many areas, with family get-togethers, picnics, barbeques, pool time, and more, we can not forget the true meaning of the day and take a few minutes to pay homage to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the years for our country.

Siberian Husky "Buck," War Dog Amabasador
  
War Dogs: Husky Heroes  

Did you know that the Siberian Husky and Malamutes were used as War Dogs during WWII? If you are a reader of my blog, you have read my previous posts about their important role during the war. I also talk about Buck, pictured above. If you are a newcomer,  Buck was the U.S. War Dogs Ambassador, and along with his handler, Vietnam veteran Johnny Mayo, Buck traveled 25,000 miles across the country being the voice for heroic War Dogs who served in Vietnam. Buck journeyed North of the Rainbow Bridge on March 23, 2006, but his service and story will always be remembered. You can read a great story with beautiful illustrations in the book, Buck's Heroes pictured above with our Harley.

Chips ~ A Four-Legged WWII Hero
 
 Photo by Herson Whitley. Courtesy of Mary Ann Whitley.

Chips, a Husky, German Shepherd, Collie mix, was the first dog to ship overseas as a Military Working Dog in WWII. He belonged to the Wren Family from Pleasantville, NY. When WWII broke out, U.S. families volunteered their pet dogs into the service as part of the K-9 Corps. Overseas, he trained as a sentry dog and assigned to a Military Police platoon and traveled throughout Europe, and saw fighting in Africa and Sicily. While he served on many missions, he is best known for when he attacked enemy troops who were in a pillbox shelter in Sicily, and even though he was wounded himself, he rushed into the shelter and bravely fought by biting the enemy troops, until they surrendered. Chips even met General Eisenhower! 

Book Cover
Chips became the highest decorated war dog and was lauded in newspapers, for receiving the the Silver Star for bravery, and the Purple Heart for being wounded while in service, and the Distinguished Service Cross, but later on those awards were revoked as it was against Army policy to give those prestigious human awards to a canine, who at that time, fell under the title of "equipment." Chips was unofficially awarded a ribbon by his unit for his service in eight campaigns. Chips was eventually returned to his family in New York. A book was written about him, a comic book starred Chips, and there's even a movie about him! To read more about Chips, see the Defense Media Network Story HERE.  

A very interesting personal story about how in 2006, a newspaper copy editor, Mary Ann Whitley, read Chips' story that had been submitted across the wire, only to have it spark a recollection of a photo of a dog that her dad, Sgt. Herson L. Whitley, coincidentally had in his photo album (the photo of Chips above). Turns out her father knew Chips! You can read Mary Ann's story, A Dog Called Chips, on the United States War Dogs Association page HERE.

For more information on the U.S. War Dogs, visit the United States War Dog Association HERE.

But for so many other K9 soldiers, their handlers, and human soldiers, sadly did not return home. And today, Memorial Day, is a day of reflection, respect, and honor for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms we do each and every day. We thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.

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War Dog Video by Paul Pytlowany. With Special thanks to Phil Weitlauf, U.S. Army Veteran- 1962-1968- Vietnam Era.

History of Memorial Day
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This Memorial Day post is dedicated to my late Dad, who served with the U.S. Army's "Big Red One" 1st Division, 16th Infantry and his second tour with the Rainbow Division, 42nd Infantry. This photo was taken of him during WWII on base with two of his furpals. His compassion for, and love of, dogs is just part of his legacy.While my dad survived two tours in WWII, we did lose him way too early, just 34 years after his honorary discharge. This Memorial Day, I'd like to remember and honor my Dad for his brave service.






Friday, May 22, 2015

Safety Tips to Keep the Fun in Memorial Day Weekend Festivities ~AND~ A Special Art Fundraiser You Won't Want to Miss!


Our Flashback Friday is a special one in honor of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25). This patriotic photo featuring our boy Wolf was taken a few years back. On Monday we will feature a special Memorial Day post in honor of our veterans, but today since it's the start to the weekend, we wanted to talk about some safety tips as Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial start to summer in many areas. It's a time for family and friends get-togethers, barbeques, swimming, and outdoor fun, so we like to take this time to share a few FiveSibes Safety Tips as a reminder so everyone, including our pets, can enjoy the long weekend:
  • Keep pets in a separate room or kennel while guests are arriving and leaving to avoid any escapes and to help quell any anxieties.
  • Keep collar and tags on in case they get spooked or sneak off.
  • Keep a leash nearby for emergency roundups.
  • Keep lit candles and lighters out of their reach.
  • Keep them away from hot/flaming BBQ grilles.
  • Do not use pesticides where your pets will be.
  • Watch out for poisonous yard plants.
  • Keep access to swimming pools limited so the furkids can not accidentally fall in. Have an access ladder or float available in case they do.
  • Have a kiddie pool filled up with water so your dog can
    2011 Puppy Pool Time!
    cool off an have fun, too! 
  • Keep backyard gates closed and locked. 
  •  Keep a watchful out for foods and beverages that are harmful, i.e. alcohol, chocolate, onions, grapes, certain nuts, chicken bones, caffeinated drinks (including that iced tea and iced coffee!), garlic, and salt. And ladies, watch those purses! Gum with Xylitol, pain relievers, and medications are toxic to dogs! For a full list of harmful foods, visit the ASPCA website.
  • Keep your vet, after hours clinic, and poison control numbers posted near your phone and in your cell phone. 
  • If you are traveling, please be sure to safely restrain your pet either with a pet seat belt or crate. Have dog's photo and vet info handy in glove compartment in case there's a fender bender and your dog escapes the car. And ~NEVER~ leave a pet in a hot car, even if the windows are cracked. If you see a dog in a hot car, report it immediately and get the pet help! (According to Mydogiscool.com, even if it is an 82°F day, inside a car the temperature can be a deadly 109°F !)
 
With a little forethought and preplanning, we can all have a safe, fun, and memorable Memorial Day weekend. And we have a Memorial Day "sale" for you! Check it out:




Artist Maria Montreuil‎ of The Frenzied Fox Artwork is fostering her first Husky from Trooper Husky Rescue, a Upstate New York rescue who takes in huskies who are older or have medical problems. The Husky she will be fostering has a stomach disorder and he needs medicine to keep everything running smoothly. 

Says Maria, "I want to help out Trooper Husky Rescue by having a fund raiser! I will do a quick, unfussy sketch of your dog on 9x12" Bristol (may be slightly trimmed depending on the size of the envelopes) for $16 and this includes shipping (within the U.S.). $5 of each drawing will go towards helping out Trooper Husky Rescue. All I need is a photo of your dog and a bit of a description of their personality so I can best capture that. Email me at: thefrenziedfox(AT)gmail(DOT)com or direct message her on Facebook (see my post for link to her here) if interested! Currently I invoice via PayPal but could possibly try to set up a webpage if that is requested. Thank you for helping the dogs!" 

What a wonderful deal - we get a beautiful sketch of our dog and Huskies in need get a donation toward their care! If you'd like to know more about the artist, read my blog interview with Maria this past December, visit HERE. Please be sure to mention you saw this offer on our FiveSibes blog!

Have a great weekend and don't forget to come back and see our special tribute to veterans on Monday, Memorial Day.



Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our invited co-hosts, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from your 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!


 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scrub-a-Dub...FiveSibes in the Tub!

As we know, bath and grooming days for a Siberian Husky is an adventure! This past Friday was spa time at our FiveSibes homestead and prior to the actual bath time, I posted this pic of our Harley queen reigning over the empty bathtub on our FiveSibes Facebook page, and we had readers comment about how well our Sibes behave during bath and grooming time. For starters are very fortunate enough to have a groomer who does house calls and has become very familiar with my Huskies over the years. Previously, we did a drop-off at a grooming parlor, but it was traumatic for both Huskies, the staff, and me! Gibson even managed to get himself out of their kennel one time and was meandering around the room on his own! A real Husky Houdini! I love having my Sibes groomed in their own home environment, and since my diagnosis of Rhuemetoid Arthritis now prevents me from helping, my wonderful future son-in-law stepped in to help keep our Huskies feeling calm by assisting the groomer and supporting each Husky with such love and care (he even got a few Husky hugs and kisses!) while the groomer groomed! 


FiveSibes Bathing Tip: Be sure the surface of whatever tub you use has a non-skid surface so your dog feels safe and secure while standing.
We used to bathe our FiveSibes in our bathtub. A few CCL tears, surgeries, and arthritis over the years, has led me to alternative methods. I purchased this fantastic portable Scrub-a-Dub walk-in dog bathtub that has reduced the stress of bathing about 99%! They LOVE this tub!  It has a ridged bottom (making it more stable for them to stand on, even when wet), a 25' hose with spray nozzle that hooks up to our kitchen sink, so the water can be adjusted to the perfect warm temperature, and there are drain plugs that makes emptying the tub a cinch. It's nice and sturdy, which is great with dogs like Gibson, who has special needs-- a weak hind end, CCL tears, and arthritis issues--to have the easy step in aspect. The sturdy tub with its high sides, slip-proof floor, warm water, and easy step-in style is what I believe gives my FiveSibes that stability that has allowed them to be such great bathers now! Plus, the cherry on top was my future son-in-law being right there in the suds with them, making them feel safe and secure.

Now, for Siberian Husky parents, it can either be fun, or it can be very challenging! It all depends on the Husky! Since Huskies are genetically geared to fear water because being cold weather dogs, getting wet equates freezing to death, it can be a bit of a challenge to show them that bath water is safe. So while our Harley loves the pool, the tub is a bit different. In the pool, she has free reign of her egress and ingress, but in the tub, there's some restraint, which does not go over well with our alpha queen! She'll howls and scream and to an unsuspecting passerby hears her, they may fear for her safety! Unless, of course, the tub is empty, as you can see from this collage! Whenever the tub comes out, Harley loves to step into it and make herself comfortable! Such a silly Sibe!

FiveSibes Bathing Tip: Keep the atmosphere as light and stress-free as possible. If possible, either you or a family member get right in the wet of things to help hold and support the dog, giving them a sense of security. 
Secure Dogs = Calm Dogs. 
 
"Look Ma...we're so clean and fluffy!"

*First Sibe*

*Second Sibe*


*Third Sibe*


*Fourth Sibe*


*Fifth Sibe*

Pawdicure Time!

"Look, Ma, we have pretty paws!"


Why should dogs get pawdicures?

FiveSibes Grooming Tip: It's important to keep paw pads trimmed of fur and nails well-manicured. The long fur in between the pads and nails that are too long can cause dogs to slip and slide on floors, and give them a feeling of instability when walking, which can stress them out at the very least, and could lead to them to possibly slipping and getting hurt. In the winter, keeping the paw pad fur trimmed prevents ice from attaching to the fur, and helps keep nasty road salts from sticking to the fur. And, they really look nice!

So, what's it look like after FiveSibes spa day is over?


Yep. For real! BOL!
 I think there may be a sixth Sibe hidden in all that blown fur!

FiveSibes Grooming Reminder: Please NEVER shave a Siberian Husky. Unless it's for a medical reason, their coats, while they may look hot to you, serve as insulation that protects them all year long and should never be shaved. It also prevents their skin from sunburn. We've talked about this plenty of times, but it's always a good reminder. Instead - be sure they are well groomed and free from mats so the air circulates freely through their fur creating healthy environments for their coats and skin.


And as for that Scrub-a-Dub Dog Tub? It gets a howling four-paws up each from our FiveSibes!
(*Note: I elected to review this bathtub without compensation as we are are really impressed with it and wanted to share the information!)


Monday, May 18, 2015

Bookin' It on a Merry Meme Monday!

Samira Mahjoub Tapia's beautiful "Chili" the therapy dog is busy checking out some books for kids in the library with Lynda Cox's (what we think is the perfect) caption!


Our FiveSibes™ Merry Meme Caption Contest is periodically hosted over on our
FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page featuring gorgeous Siberian Huskies and clever memes suggested by and voted by on our readers. Mondays have you down? Come join us each week for some Merry Memes and lots of smiles! Would you like to see your Husky or northern breed featured in a meme? Post your pic on our Facebook page or Email it to us at FiveSibesHuskyNews(at)gmail(dot)com and put "Meme Caption Contest" in subject line! We'll post it on our page and the caption suggestion with the most likes, wins, and we turn it into a poster crediting both photographer and caption winner! Lots of fun and a great way to highlight our furbabies! We hope you'll join us!

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#LiveGibStrong
The book Chili is asking about in the above meme, my What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy, is the first in my FiveSibes™ Tales series and is a light, brightly illustrated tale featuring my FiveSibes helping Gibson after he has a seizure. A great learning tool, delivered in a positive, non-frightening way, to read to/with kids of all ages to help remove any fear of epilepsy and seizures, and even contains a few helpful hints. A portion of proceeds from the book I donate to the Canine Epilepsy Resources Epil-K9 Foundation's "Emma's Seizure Fund" through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. What's Wrong With Gibson has been selected as a "Best in Print" book by American Pet Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015! If you'd like a copy of What's Wrong With Gibson? for a child you know (or adult!), for your vet's office, school, or library, please visit our small family-operated ArcticHouse Publishing today!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Feelin' Frisky on a FiveSibes Flashback Friday!

Our FiveSibes "twins" siblings Chloe and Wolf having some Siberific fun flashing back to when they were just two years old! They loved wrestling matches on the floor (sofa, bed, deck, yard, etc)! It's fun to see that still to this day, all FiveSibes love to engage in some frisky business!

"Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun."

~Nina Dobrev


Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our invited co-hosts, Love is being owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from your 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!