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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Beautiful Surprise From A Friend; Auction Update, ~and~ Epi-Tip #26

"One person caring about another represents life's greatest value." ~Anonymous

In the middle of this hectic month of November being Epilepsy Awareness Month, where Gibson and I work hard to spread the word about Canine Epilepsy Awareness through our #LiveGibStrong campaign, I received a special surprise. As many of my readers know,  I've been posting a daily Epi-Tip for the 30 days of November, wrapping up my new book about Canine Epilepsy, EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy, and sharing valuable information and resources via articles, social media posts, broadcasts on my "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio show, and even holding our first online benefit auction. In the middle of all this, I'm rehabbing Gibson from yet another weak hind end issue as a result of his Epi medications. Through all this, I have do admit that I feel a bit guilty that I don't have enough time to visit fellow bloggers and spend some time with friends. But, thankfully, most of my friends, readers, and folks who know me know how important November and Epilepsy Awareness is to me and my inspiration, Gibson. So, in the middle of all the deadlines and late hours, a package arrives for me from a dear friend and fellow Husky mom who writes the Holly and the Huskies blog. She has been a fellow 5-Siber and we "met" because of our Huskies. We fondly refer to our Huskies as "cousins!" When I saw her return address label, I smiled and placed the package on my desk for a few days as a reward, if you will. (I do the same with Christmas packages that arrive early. I save them until Christmas morning!) Oh, yes, I surely was eager to know what was inside...but, I kept it as an inspiration...a reward...that I could open when I finished one of my Epilepsy projects. Tonight, I did complete a project. And I opened the box. Tears filled my eyes as I unwrapped the bubble wrap to reveal the beautiful purple paw ornament above. What a special and thoughtful gift! Purple for Epilepsy Awareness, and a paw for my love of dogs. Also inside, was a lovely note thanking me for our friendship and for the Canine Epilepsy advocate work I do for all our amazing Epi-dogs. See, Holly is also an Epi-dog Mom - to not one, but two Huskies with Canine Epilepsy; beautiful Boo and her sister, Nala, who you will meet below. 

The beautiful purple paw ornament is so special to me, 
and on the eve of Thanksgiving, I thought it appropriate to say: 
Holly, thank you so very much for your friendship and support. This means the world to me! 


Meet the beautiful Boo & Nala Stoddard, today's Epi All Stars:

"Boo" 

~And~

"Nala"

Why not pop over to Holly and the Huskies blog and say "woo" to Boo and Nala. And be sure to tell them their "cousins", the FiveSibes sent you!
 
UPDATE! 
 Lots of FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness online benefit auction items have been packaged up (see the mountain of boxes above?!) and shipped out already! More are going out on Friday! Gibson checked everything twice, and thanks everyone who donated, placed bids, and shared our info, with a big Husky "Thank woooo!" When you get your item, if you could just go over to  
AFA - Auctions For Animals page and comment under your item(s) so we know, that would be great! Once all payments are in and tallies are done, we'll announce the total donations! Wooo! We're very excited!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

N.C. State U/College of Veterinary Medicine Recruiting Epi-Dogs on Keppra XR for Study ~and~ Our #LiveGibStrong Epi-Tip #25

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 Recruiting Epi-Dogs for Canine Keppra Extended Release Pharmacokinetic Study

Recruitment is open for dogs with epilepsy that are being treated with Keppra XR (levetiracetam extended release)) and Phenobarbital (group I) Keppra XR and Zonisamide (Zonegran) (group II) , or Keppra XR alone (group III) for a Pharmacokinetic study. This study is being conducted at North Carolina State University-College of Veterinary Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Karen Muñana, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology).

If your dog has been diagnosed with epilepsy, and is receiving the drugs listed above in any of the 3 groups listed, we are interested in sampling your pet to determine how Keppra XR interacts with the other anticonvulsants through sequential blood sampling in a one-day study. All blood levels will be provided to the owners at no-charge. If you are interested in more information regarding this project, or to see if your pet qualifies, please CONTACT Julie Nettifee janettif@ncsu.edu or 919-513-6812. 
If unable to travel to NC State, arrangements can be made in most cases to have sampling performed by your referring veterinarian.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Canine Epilepsy Awareness Tribute Video ~and~ Epi-Tip #24!

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Please take a few moments to check out this beautiful Canine Epilepsy tribute video put together by Victoria McGuckin and Blu's Foundation, ambassadors in the United Kingdom who have been doing some fantastic work together traveling and educating folks on Canine Epilepsy. Keep a close eye on the video, you'll recognize a few beautiful familiar Epi-dog faces! (wink-wink). 
Together, we CAN make a difference! 







Beautiful Blu, namesake of Blu's Tale Foundation.
Be sure to check out the Blu's Tale and Blu's Tale Foundation Facebook page to read all about this amazing Epi-warrior, and tell them the FiveSibes sent you over!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Meet Daisy, An Epi All Star, A Former Stray Who Needs Some Support ~and~ Our #LiveGibStrong Epi-Tip of the Day


Meet beautiful Daisy.


Missy Erickson and Andy Lakatosh are hu-parents to a Siberian Husky, Eva, they adopted from Alley’s Rescued Siberian Angels in California. Eva had had a broken front leg, and when she first came to live in her new forever home, her cast had just come off and she had little stitches in her leg. It only took a few months before she started walking on it, and now she is doing just great! Recently, Eva’s hu-dad, Andy, was leaving work when he saw a dirty, lonely Siberian Husky roaming around the town of Carson in California. The Husky reeked of urine and trash, but Andy’s heart could not leave the stray. So he brought her home, and even being so smelly and dirty, Daisy shown so much love and given hugs by this wonderful couple. 

Daisy with her new dad.
Andy and Missy gave her a bath, food and water, shelter, and love. For two weeks they searched for her family. Daisy is microchipped, but the contact phone number has been disconnected. Daisy’s medical records were traced, as she has been in shelters and rescues, and all her medical records ceased in February of this year. Apparently no one wanted this Husky girl.



No one has come forward yet for Daisy. No one apparently even misses her. According to the medical records they were able to trace, Daisy has Canine Epilepsy. However, being homeless, she has not been on any medication.
   
A few days ago, Daisy had her first seizure in her new home while lying on her adoptive hu-parents’ bed along with her new brother (who is a Golden-doodle) and her Husky sister, Eva. She then had another seizure, followed by yet another, and another. She’s had nine seizures in a 48-hour period. Her rescue parents brought her to the hospital where she was monitored for seizures and received medication adjustments. Missy also reached out to Alley's, who put her in touch with me to talk about resources and information available for living with and caring for an Epi-dog.


Daisy’s new mom and dad will not bring her to a shelter.
She is now a member of their family, and Missy and Andy want to help her get healthy and have a wonderful, happy life.


Being new rescue parents to a dog with special needs, they are in need of help to get Daisy on the road to stabilization so she can have a great life. They are currently fundraising so they can get all the tests, medications, and vet visits needed so hopefully Daisy’s epilepsy will become managed. For more information on



Daisy is now out of the hospital and back home to a very happy furbrother and sister. She is settling into her new home with two people who love her already!  One of her favorite things is to sleep in the pool!



Says her new parents Missy and Andy, “All we want to do is make sure this girl is healthy and lives the rest of her life happily. We can tell how unsure she is in trusting us at this point, but with evidence suggesting she's had over 3 different homes, been part of a rescue, and inside one of the worst animal shelters in southern California, we are not going to let her go back to a place where she would most definitely be euthanized.”



Daisy's new furfamily!
And, once again, my faith in humanity has been restored! It’s wonderful acts of kindness toward animals in need, like Missy’s and Andy’s that show the true spirit of the holidays all year round. So, if you know of someone or a business or organization who could help this once-stray Epi-Husky get all the help she needs, please visit HERE for more information, as well as their fundraising site.

And just like the flower of her name, this once abandoned Siberian Husky is blooming into a beautiful, loving member of a forever family...even with Canine Epilepsy. 



Beautiful family portrait:
Daisy with her new family - Hu-dad Andy, furbrother Dunkin, Hu-mom Missy, and fursister Eva.


"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
~Immanuel Kant




My name is Daisy and I am a siberian husky with epilespy. I was found by my new mom and dad on October 27th, 2014, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. My dad was working there, but he came outside and found me and brought me home. I was really dirty. I smelled of urine and garbage, and my coat was brown and black. But my new mom and dad petted me and hugged me anyways. They gave me a bath, gave me food and water, and made me a shelter, which they call a "husky hut".

Over two weeks, they searched for my old family. They found a microchip and tried to contact them, but their phones were disconnected. They found my old medical records through pet hospitals and animal shelters. I have been in a rescue and in animal shelters, but nobody wants me. Then they found out I was 9.5 years old and was on medication for seizures. My medical records stopped in February of 2014, and that's the last they know.

A few days ago I had my first seizure at home. I was laying on my new mom and dads bed along with my brother (a goldendoodle) and sister (a husky). But then I had another one at 2am that same night. And then I had another one again.

Over the past 48 hours, I've had more than 9 seizures in total, and my new mom and dad have brought me to an animal hospital where they are monitoring me for seizures and applying the correct dosage of medication.

My new mom and dad will not bring me to a shelter. They are willing to spend the time to figure out how to get me healthy, and help me finally live a happy life.

My new mom and dad were not prepared for the financial burden when I came into their life. They have already purchased my medication and paid a portion of my hospital stay, but the expenses are more than that. Please help if you can. I don't want to leave my forever home. - See more at: http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-stray-no-more-a-story-of-epilepsy-/43062#sthash.x5E4nXpl.dpuf
My name is Daisy and I am a siberian husky with epilespy. I was found by my new mom and dad on October 27th, 2014, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. My dad was working there, but he came outside and found me and brought me home. I was really dirty. I smelled of urine and garbage, and my coat was brown and black. But my new mom and dad petted me and hugged me anyways. They gave me a bath, gave me food and water, and made me a shelter, which they call a "husky hut".

Over two weeks, they searched for my old family. They found a microchip and tried to contact them, but their phones were disconnected. They found my old medical records through pet hospitals and animal shelters. I have been in a rescue and in animal shelters, but nobody wants me. Then they found out I was 9.5 years old and was on medication for seizures. My medical records stopped in February of 2014, and that's the last they know.

A few days ago I had my first seizure at home. I was laying on my new mom and dads bed along with my brother (a goldendoodle) and sister (a husky). But then I had another one at 2am that same night. And then I had another one again.

Over the past 48 hours, I've had more than 9 seizures in total, and my new mom and dad have brought me to an animal hospital where they are monitoring me for seizures and applying the correct dosage of medication.

My new mom and dad will not bring me to a shelter. They are willing to spend the time to figure out how to get me healthy, and help me finally live a happy life.

My new mom and dad were not prepared for the financial burden when I came into their life. They have already purchased my medication and paid a portion of my hospital stay, but the expenses are more than that. Please help if you can. I don't want to leave my forever home - See more at: http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-stray-no-more-a-story-of-epilepsy-/43062#sthash.x5E4nXpl.dpuf
My name is Daisy and I am a siberian husky with epilespy. I was found by my new mom and dad on October 27th, 2014, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. My dad was working there, but he came outside and found me and brought me home. I was really dirty. I smelled of urine and garbage, and my coat was brown and black. But my new mom and dad petted me and hugged me anyways. They gave me a bath, gave me food and water, and made me a shelter, which they call a "husky hut".

Over two weeks, they searched for my old family. They found a microchip and tried to contact them, but their phones were disconnected. They found my old medical records through pet hospitals and animal shelters. I have been in a rescue and in animal shelters, but nobody wants me. Then they found out I was 9.5 years old and was on medication for seizures. My medical records stopped in February of 2014, and that's the last they know.

A few days ago I had my first seizure at home. I was laying on my new mom and dads bed along with my brother (a goldendoodle) and sister (a husky). But then I had another one at 2am that same night. And then I had another one again.

Over the past 48 hours, I've had more than 9 seizures in total, and my new mom and dad have brought me to an animal hospital where they are monitoring me for seizures and applying the correct dosage of medication.

My new mom and dad will not bring me to a shelter. They are willing to spend the time to figure out how to get me healthy, and help me finally live a happy life.

My new mom and dad were not prepared for the financial burden when I came into their life. They have already purchased my medication and paid a portion of my hospital stay, but the expenses are more than that. Please help if you can. I don't want to leave my forever home - See more at: http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-stray-no-more-a-story-of-epilepsy-/43062#sthash.x5E4nXpl.dpuf
My name is Daisy and I am a siberian husky with epilespy. I was found by my new mom and dad on October 27th, 2014, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. My dad was working there, but he came outside and found me and brought me home. I was really dirty. I smelled of urine and garbage, and my coat was brown and black. But my new mom and dad petted me and hugged me anyways. They gave me a bath, gave me food and water, and made me a shelter, which they call a "husky hut".

Over two weeks, they searched for my old family. They found a microchip and tried to contact them, but their phones were disconnected. They found my old medical records through pet hospitals and animal shelters. I have been in a rescue and in animal shelters, but nobody wants me. Then they found out I was 9.5 years old and was on medication for seizures. My medical records stopped in February of 2014, and that's the last they know.

A few days ago I had my first seizure at home. I was laying on my new mom and dads bed along with my brother (a goldendoodle) and sister (a husky). But then I had another one at 2am that same night. And then I had another one again.

Over the past 48 hours, I've had more than 9 seizures in total, and my new mom and dad have brought me to an animal hospital where they are monitoring me for seizures and applying the correct dosage of medication.

My new mom and dad will not bring me to a shelter. They are willing to spend the time to figure out how to get me healthy, and help me finally live a happy life.

My new mom and dad were not prepared for the financial burden when I came into their life. They have already purchased my medication and paid a portion of my hospital stay, but the expenses are more than that. Please help if you can. I don't want to leave my forever home - See more at: http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-stray-no-more-a-story-of-epilepsy-/43062#sthash.x5E4nXpl.dpuf

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Packing up the Auction with a Working Breed Partner ~and~ Epi-Tip #22


We're busy little elves here getting all the items packaged and ready to ship from our recent first-ever FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Online Benefit Auction! Well, SOME of us are busy elves, others are sleeping, snoozing elves. Like Wolf. My working breed dog.

If you bid on an item and haven't paid yet, please check your inboxes for a message from AFA - Auctions For Animals or Kerry Stacey with your totals. As soon as we have all the payments we'll be announcing our donation totals! A big round of appreciation and "thank woos" to all donators, bidders, buyers, and supporters!





Friday, November 21, 2014

Woo! It's Flashback to Stuffing Time, a Canine Cooking Corner Thanksgiving Recipe, and Epi-Tip #21!



This week coming up it's time for Thanksgiving preparations and turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, the parade, and a food coma for all! So we thought it was fitting for our Flashback Friday photo to be one of my all-time favorites from 2010 when Harley was five, Gibson four, and the Pupsters were just mere pups at two! I had just placed the pan of stuffing on the kitchen window sill to cool off, when what should appear? Piercing blue eyes! Now while they could not have stuffing (onions and garlic - no-nos for the furkids), they did enjoy my recipe for their own Turkey MishMash! (Recipe below):










And joining us this week is co-host, those beautiful Sibes and their mom from Love is Being Owned by a Husky blog! Be sure to stop by and visit them and our hoppers! And we do hope you'll grab some pics of "yesteryear" of your pets and join in our weekly hop as we stroll down Memory Lane.


  Happy Almost Thanksgiving Flashback Friday!!!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Talking Canine Epilepsy with Neurology Specialists Dr. Karen Muñana & RVT Julie Nettifee Osborne ~And~ Our Daily Epi-Tip






Dr. Karen Muñana. Photo from NCSU-CVM

Our new episode of ‪the ‎FiveSibes‬ "The Sibe Vibe‬" on Dog Works Radio features DR. KAREN MUÑANA, Professor of Neurology, veterinarian, and author of over 70 works on veterinary neurology.


And...

Julie Nettifee Osborne. Photo from NCSU-CVM
JULIE NETTIFEE OSBORNE, a Licensed Veterinarian Technician with Neurology specialty.
and author.

Both Dr. Muñana and Julie are from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM), ranked "third in the nation among colleges of veterinary medicine" by U.S. News & World Report

Come listen in to an hour of important and valuable information on Canine Epilepsy and seizures in dogs. You can listen in any time (the player is below) - or - you can also now download our episodes on iTunes!

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To add your Epi-pet to their nationwide database, as well as reading information, valuable resources, and clinical trials, please visit the NCSU-CVM Companion Animal Epilepsy Research page HERE.