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Friday, February 12, 2016

Love on a Flashback Friday: Day 3 of the 3-Day Quote Challenge




"I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say, 'I love you.'" 
~William Shakespeare


This is an absolute favorite photo of my daughter and Chloe. Flashing back to July 2012, sweet Chloe blew out both of her CCL's at the same time while mid-air jumping on the bed, and went in for emergency double imbrication surgery. (Full story HERE). I snapped this photo of my daughter comforting Chloe upon her return back home post-surgery, and all I can say is...pure love.




I was nominated by All Things Collie to participate in this challenge. Please see the past two days' posts for my Day 1 and Day 2 quotes, photos, and nominees.

There are three rules to this challenge, and they are:



1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three additional bloggers each day.
Today, on my final day of posting for the challenge, I nominate:
3. And our kitty furpals at Brian's Home

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!


We're also joining The Pet Parade Blog Hop

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Three Day Quote Challenge - Day Two: Dreams

Another of my favorite quotes from Pulitzer Prize winner, Marsha Norman, and one of my favorite photographs I shot of Harley. 

"Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you."
 
What is your soul writing about you? 





I was nominated by All Things Collie to participate in this challenge. Please see yesterday's post for my Day 1 quote, photo, and nominees.

There are three rules to this challenge, and they are:



1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three additional bloggers each day.


 
Today, I nominate:







Be sure to stop back tomorrow for our final Day 3 of the 3-Day Quote Challenge and our three new nominees, plus it's our Flashback Friday Blog Hop! Hope you'll join us!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Three-Day Quote Challenge on a (Not Quite) Wordless Wednesday



Today, we here at FiveSibes are doing a bit of fun double-duty as it is Wordless Wednesday and I was asked to particpate in the 3-Day Quote Challenge by our beautiful furfriends over at All Things Collie, and gladly accepted! So, today's Wordless Wednesday will be an almost wordless post! 

As many of you know, I have always loved pairing quotes with photographs and posts, and today I'm starting off with reposting one of my favorites. Gibson was such a strong warrior with his Canine Epilepsy and all of his health issues, that one day when we were sitting out on the grass, I snapped this photo of him just enjoying the sunshine. We used to do that...just sit and enjoy some quiet time together. Especially outdoors when he was feeling good, it was a real treat for him. He just loved to go for walks with me and hang together outside. When I had created this, he had just finished yet another stint of rehab, and was just simply enjoying the afternoon. He taught me how to do that...to feel the sun on my face and be strong in the face of adversity. Gibson overcame so many trials, that this quote, by Wilma Rudolph, fit him perfectly; my canine superhero. 



Now it's my turn to nominate other blogs...

There are three rules to this challenge, and they are:

1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three additional bloggers each day.
Today, I nominate:
1. The OP Pack of The Chronicle of Woos
Be sure to stop back tomorrow for our Day 2 of the 3-Day Quote Challenge and our three new nominees!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It's Mardi Gras Time! Featuring Krewe of FiveSibes, Texas Sled Dog Rescue Parading Pups & a Tasty Fat Tuesday Treat!

One of my favorite Mardi Gras collages



What is the Krewe of Barkus? It's the only canine Mardi Gras krewe (and parade) in  New Orleans! It is also a non-profit organizaton that raises funds every year to benefit local animal shelters and national humane societies. It's motto is "Humane Treatment for All of God's Creatures."

 According to the Hall of Festivities Mardi Gras, the Barkus Krewe: "...was created in November of 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr Fan Club (Margaret Orr being a WDSU-TV Weather Anchor). Its membership limited to canines, the Krewe of Barkus is headquartered in the vicinity of the "Flea Market" and includes such rules as: "Cats, while welcome, will not be provided security." The first official Krewe of Barkus meeting was held in Janaury 1993, when the first King and Queen Barkus were chosen. The event is always open to the public.

Here's a look back at the beautiful adoptable and adopted Huskies, Malamutes, and Sled Dogs from Texas Sled Dog Rescue (TSDR) who were part of the Mardi Paws 2015 Parade! Many thanks to TSDR volunteer Lillian Malm for her assistance!






Check out these fab photos of Texas Sled Dog Rescue's beautiful pups in this year's Mardi Paws Galvenston 2016 Parade HERE!
 





We here at FiveSibes would like to congratulation the King and Queen of Barkus 2016 - King Alex, an 8-year-old Weimaraner, and Queen Nee Nee, a 10-year-old long-haired Chihuahua! Hmmm...again, just wondering when a Siberian Husky will be crowned...just wooin' out loud!



This photo is in honor of our Krewe of FiveSibes King Gibson and Queen Harley, our pack's true loves, forever!
 


 ❤ "Woooo...mon amour...my love," 
our King Gibson 
whispers to his Queen Harley. ❤

Since it is Fat Tuesday, the closing celebration of Mardi Gras, we're all about the treats! Here's our FiveSibes Canine Cooking Corner's recipe for Whipped Green Bean Kibble Omelette:

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

International #EpilepsyDay: #LiveGibStrong


Today is International Epilepsy Day. A joint initiative by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), Epilepsy Day is a global event takes place on the second Monday of February each year to highlight Epilepsy and those who live with it and their families. Here at FiveSibes, where we highlight Canine Epilepsy, we are choosing to celebrate the #yesIcan theme and our continual message of our #LiveGibStrong campaign - that dogs can~and DO~live happy, full lives with Canine Epilepsy. As many of you know, my Epi-dog (epileptic dog) and K9 Epilepsy Ambassador, Gibson, was diagnosed at age three and he so loved life! While we managed to keep him seizure-free for seven years, he did battle plenty of side effects of medications, but slayed each battle as the true warrior he was. Holistic treatments and supplements, combined with his Epilepsy medications, helped him every step of the way. He loved to talk. He loved to run. He loved to play. He loved the snow. He loved to dance his special Gibbie hip-hop dance. He loved me. He loved his packmates. He loved life!

Gibson, my Epi-dog, loved life.

This is my first Epilepsy awareness post that I've written without him by my side. It's not easy. It's actually downright difficult and sad because he was always my champion. I could reach over and rub his velvety nose or pet his beautiful wooly fur as I wrote. Gibson was my heart dog and my canine superhero. I was blindsided when he suddenly fell ill, and devastated when I lost him shortly before Christmas...from a sneaky,  hiding cancer. But, then I look at his videos taken the days before he had to leave...and he was so healthy and happy and seizure free! And it reminds me of that great Gibson zest for life. And I smile. I know he is by my side always. And his message will continue on, to offer hope to other Epi-dog families finding themselves on this journey so well-travelled by me and my boy these past seven years.

We want folks who begin this journey to know they are not alone. There is support. There are so many wonderful and caring people who are also on this journey who can share their experiences. There are many resources available for information, assistance, and networking with others about Canine Epilepsy. And, we are always happy to help! Just drop us an Email at FiveSibesLiveGibStrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


And, I'm thrilled to announce that I will be launching our new FiveSibes.com website soon, a project I have been working on for a long time, that will include an extensive section for Canine Epilepsy information, links, and shared resources. There is also a great resource section I compiled over the years in the back of my EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy book available through ArcticHouse Publishing and Amazon (a portion of books sales are donated to Canine Epilepsy Resources/Epil-K9 Foundation "Emma's Fund" house at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine).

I also want to remind folks that House Woof Dog Biscuits formulated a special wholesome treat specifically created for the canine epileptic and named "Gibbie Snacks" after my boy. House Woof donates $1 per bag of Gibbie Snacks sold to The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy (TWF). TWF offers possible financial assistance for much-needed Epi-medications to families of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy.



So, today, on International Epilepsy Day, we hope our message rings out loud and clear that a diagnosis of Canine Epilepsy is not the end. For Gibson and me, it was actually a beginning...of a truly beautiful, bonding, and close relationship based on trust. I learned so much from him about pushing through illness, seeing the joy all around, no matter what, and loving those who love us.

Bracelets available at ArcticHouse Publishing

With my courageous, beautiful, brave boy's spirit always by my side, we want everyone to remember to #LiveGibStrong by doing what he loved to do: 
Enjoy each day. 
Woo to the moon. 
Let snow gently fall on your face. 
Nuzzle a loved one. 
Give big Gibbie kisses to family and friends. 
And do the Gibbie hip-hop dance across the floor with a big, happy Husky smile! 

He had so much fight in him...he fought the seizure monster...and won! He had such zest and amazing spirit. This video was shot just two weeks before he journeyed to the Rainbow Bridge from cancer.  He was fight strong. He lived happy and Gib Strong.


#LiveGibStrongFOREVER 
on #EpilepsyDay and Always.




Sunday, February 7, 2016

It's Puppy Bowl Sunday!


It's Game Day! Our girl Bandit is excited to watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet! Are you watching the big game today?

And what else is good on Game Day?
Snacks! And Sundays here at the FiveSibes homestead is all about the kibble omelettes!

Here's one the Huskies favorite (and healthy) omelettes. Bone(e) Appetit and Happy Puppy Bowl Sunday!




 And as with any sporting event, there's always a lot to discuss post-game. Here's what Harley, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit had to woo about (with Wolf having the most to say)!



And after the excitement of the game, and the food...

 Zzzzzzzzzzz...
 

For a fond look back to when our good furpal Little Miss Suri was in the Puppy Bowl 2014 representing us Siberian Huskies, click HERE

And Suri and Daddy, Carl Bromberg, were my guests on The Sibe Vibe, talking all about their Puppy Bowl expeirence! Listen here (or on iTunes)!

Check Out Pets Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Dog Works Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio with Dog Works Radio Shows on BlogTalkRadio
 


Puppy Bowl Flashback 

Our FiveSibes love Game Day, as seen in this Puppy Bowl 2014 photo! Oh, how I miss my big guy Gibson!






Friday, February 5, 2016

Flashback Friday: When A Siberian Husky Joins the Family!


Flipping through older photographs for my Flashback Friday series is always fun, and sometimes bittersweet, especially when I come across the furbabies that are no longer here, but always in my heart. This photo made me chuckle. Our old gal, Chelsey, a German Shepherd/Akita mix we adopted as a puppy from our local SPCA, was our family dog for almost 13 years before we brought home our first Siberian Husky puppy, Harley. Harley was (still is at almost 11!) a ball of energy and everything was fair game for a little Husky body slamming! Chelsey's expression in this photo says it all! Lucky for her, we welcomed Gibson soon after this was taken so Harley had a pup to boss, shove, and love, leaving Chelsey to go back to bathing in the sunbeams shining through my daughter's bedroom window as a senior pup should be able to do!

“I guess sometimes the greatest memories are made in the most unlikely of places, further proof that spontaneity is more rewarding than a meticulously planned life.”
~J.A. Redmerski, The Edge of Always  





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!






We are also joining in the Pet Parade, hosted by Rascal and Rocco, Barking From the Bayou, Bionic Basil’s Blog, and Love is being owned by a Husky!