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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's Our Second Anniversary of "The Sibe Vibe" Radio Show! We're Talking Holistic Pet Care and a Healthy Treat Giveaway to Celebrate!

Woooooooo! We are so excited here at the FiveSibes homestead! This Sunday marks the second Anniversary of our "The Sibe Vibe" show on Dog Works Radio! It's been an incredible two years filled with amazing guests and lots of Siberian Husky and canine chat! 

To celebrate, we'll be chatting with guest MARTA BANAT, a Small Animal Massage and Reiki Practitioner, Founder of All Paws Massage in Vancouver, British Columbia, and mom to beautiful Epi-Husky "Rocco!"  Marta started her journey with holistic approaches to pet care after her Rocco was diagnosed with Epilepsy. She will be talking to us all about the benefits of holistic massage and Reiki treatments for a variety of canine issues. A don't-miss show for sure!

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 We will also be celebrating with a "Get Your Dog Healthy With  Natural Treats" GIVEAWAY, compliments of those fabulously (p)awesome bakers at House Woof Dog Biscuits! Not one, not two, but THREE  (3) lucky listeners will each receive one bag of either "Gibbie Snacks," "Vermont Apple Crisp Stix" or "Paw-Nut Butters," baked by House Woof in Vermont, and a "Live Gib Strong" K9 Epilepsy Awareness Bracelet from us here at FiveSibes. So please be sure to join us for our special anniversary show for an hour of great conversation, important information, and listen in to how you can enter to win our fabulous Anniversary Giveaway! 
"Live Gib Strong" K9 Epilepsy Awareness Bracelet Prize

Tune in to find out how to win our Giveaway (which you can enter from the time the show airs until 12 AM on August 26th) and to listen to a great show on SUNDAY, AUGUST 24TH at 1 PM EST by following this link:  

 If you miss the show live, we will be posting the permalink a little later on so you can catch the recorded version, but in order to be eligible to win the treats, you'll have to listen ifor the hint on how to enter the giveaway that will be open just until 12 AM on August 26! So mark your calendars...and join us for an hour of fabulous talk all about holistic pet care and how massage and Reiki can help your pet, as well details on how you can have a chance to win a bag of House Woof healthy dog treats! 

Wooo! Talk to you all on Sunday on our second anniversary episode of "The Sibe Vibe!"

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Safety Information Week: Pet Fire Safety

It's Safety Information Week here in Blogville and all week long there have been/will be posts on very important topics, including our today's extended post on Pet Fire Safety. Be sure to check out our original post HERE to see the full line-up of posts during this very special blog hop to visit to read about vital information for our pet's health and safety from fellow bloggers here in our online community.

We here at the FiveSibes want to once again talk about the importance of Pet Fire Safety. Although we did a post for National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15), we believe so strongly in Pet Fire Safety, that we chose to talk about it once again and more in depth featuring tips, recommendations, a drawing, a video of a Husky who was burned and rescued from a house fire, and an in-depth heart-to-heart conversation with the Husky's mom and neighbor about the frightening ordeal. The goal of this post is to share vital information that could possibly safe a pet's life...or at the very least, give each family some peace of mind that they have done all they can in preparation for, but hopefully never have to experience, a fire where their pets are.

So many times we all settle into our daily lives with routines that take us from morning until night, weekdays until the weekend. But how many of us have stopped to make an emergency plan not only for human family members, but for our pet family members as well? 
 "...40,000 pets die every year in home fires." ~American Kennel Club
 In case of a fire, you may have an escape route mapped out for your family, but does it include your furry members? A little forethought and pre-planning could help save a life.

Harley is ready!

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), "...40,000 pets die every year in home fires." That's a frightening statistic. So what can we do to reduce that number? First, the AKC has teamed up with ADT Security Systems to designate an annual national Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15 to help bring awareness and hopefully reduce this statistic by offering the following helpful suggestions:

Tips for Helping Prevent Your Pets From Starting Fires 
Courtesy of the AKC


*Extinguish open flames: Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

* Remove stove knobs: Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house – a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.

* Invest in flameless candles: These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.

* Beware of glass water bowls on wooden decks: Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.

* Pet proof the home: Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently (FiveSibesMom note: And get down to their eye level to see what they would come in contact with when both standing, and if they jump up).

Other Important "To Dos"

* Keep pets near entrances when away from home: When leaving pets home alone, keep them in crates, areas, or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. (FiveSibesMom note: And be sure to have current safety window clings up on the nearest window or door to where your pets are. Keep current ID tags on your pets' collars, too, in case they become lost or separated from their hu-parents. And keep their leashes nearby).

* Secure young pets: Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home, such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

* Practice escape routes with pets: Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet. (FiveSibesMom note: have a designated trusted neighbor or nearby relative to be the emergency contact person in your absence).

* Consider using monitored smoke detection services: As an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pets who can't escape when left home alone. 

* Affix a pet alert window cling: Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window to each room where they are in. This critical information saves rescuers precious time during a fire to locate your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.You can fill out a form through the ASPCA HERE to obtain your FREE Pet Safety Pack that includes a window decal alert shown below.

You can also upload a printable fireman pet alert decal from with directions HERE. These can be printed (ink jet printer) onto paper or onto (preferred) clear decals for windows you can purchase at most office supply stores. See sample downloadable decals below:

***Special Safety Pack/Window Decal Giveaway***

The FiveSibes have once again teamed up with the ASPCA to offer one lucky reader a Pet Summer Safety Kit of all their own, including a pet window decal! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter at the end of this post to enter to win your own safety kit!

Does your Fire Department Have a Pet Oxygen Mask?

Over the past few years, more and more fire departments have been equipped with pet oxygen masks. Check with your fire department to see if they have them, or if they need one, have them check out Project Breathe by Invisible Fence HERE and the department's Fire Chief can fill out an application HERE for a possible donation of a kit (which includes a small, medium, and large pet mask and bag). This is dependent upon participation from your local Invisible Fence, but it is certainly worth a phone call that could possibly wind up with your fire department receiving a pet oxygen mask kit! Be sure to tell them the FiveSibes sent you over!

While we all hope and pray a fire never starts in our homes and that our family and furfamily members are never in this type of danger, it can and does happen. On a recent episode of my Dog Works Radio show "The Sibe Vibe," we chatted with the hu-mom and neighbor/rescuer of a Siberian Husky named Nanuk who was trapped in the family home when it caught on fire and was burned. Hearing his mom and neighbor's retelling of what happened brings tears to my eyes...but lucky for Nanuk, he had a happy ending and even was able to go back and meet the heroic firemen who saved his life by administering oxygen to the badly injured Husky. Pictured above is Nanuk after his recuperation with several members of the Los Angeles Fire Department who saved him. And below is the family's video showing Nanuk's journey:

This episode of my "The Sibe Vibe" is a very important show to help bring awareness that this CAN happen to any one and some firsthand tips from a family who lived through it. Please share the player with friends and family to help bring awareness to Pet Fire Safety. You can also follow Nanuk on his Facebook page, Husky Nanuk, Burned in a House Fire to see how well this beautiful boy is now doing and to see all of his amazing photos! Below is the player featuring my interview with Nanuk's family:

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 Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to check out the other posts during this week's Safety Information Week. You can see the full itinerary and links to all the informative posts from fellow bloggers HERE.

And above all, let's be safe out there!

A personal "thank you" to all the brave firefighters and emergency response teams who bravely put their life on the line every single day to ensure the safety of others. And also a heartfelt thanks to my future son-in-law, Kyle, who is a lieutenant with a volunteer Fire Department here in our county for all his dedication, insight, and for being part of this blog post along with his Husky love, our girl Bandit, who loves him dearly!


Congratulations to Ashlee H.! 
Ashlee, please contact us via Email at FiveSibes(at)gmail(dot)com to give us your "doghouse" address so we can have the ASPCA send their Safety Kit sent to you!
Enter Our ASPCA Summer Pet Safety Kit Giveaway Here: 

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Be sure to visit these other Pet Safety Week blogs!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Blogville's Safety Information Week Kicks Off Today!


Woo! We have an exciting week coming up! This is “Safety Information Week” in our wonderful online community of Blogville and this week will feature many posts on everything from travel and traffic safety to plant dangers, water safety, and so many more, as well as one on Pet Fire Safety by us here at the FiveSibes on Thursday, August 14, so be sure to come back. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the exciting festivities, including today’s Opening Ceremony, Speech, and Parade featuring all the amazing dignitaries of Blogville! And then on closing day, August 16, there will be lots of fun, including concerts, a kissing booth, and a Bouncy House! So be sure to mark your calendars to come back and visit Blogville this week and check out all the great blogs listed below all this week for some very interesting and informative posts. You’ll want to be sure to bring a notebook!

Gibson is pretty excited!

(Just click on the highlighted name to take you directly to the hosts' pages!)

August 11:  

Opening Ceremony – Sidebite
Opening Speech – Madi
Parade – Sarge

August 12: 
Poop Bags/Flashlights – Lassie & Benji 
   Plant Dangers – Reilly & Denny
     Wild Animal Encounters – Lee &Phod
    Travel Safety – Oz
      Traffic Safety – Frank

August 13

HGE Illness – Sidebite

  Food Safety – Sasha
    Stranger Danger – Angus
      TreeRat Hunting Safety – Ruby
      Water Safety – Fudge
             There’s an App for That – Duncan

August 14 

Pet Fire Safety FiveSibes (That's us!)

  First Aid Tips – Goose
     Hot Weather Safety – IdahoPugs 
     Pet Insurance – Bunk
   Microchipping – Wallace& Samuel


August 15

Search & Rescue – Bert  
Zoomie Safety – Millie & Walter
Stormy Weather Safety – Casey& Cinderella 
Water Safety – Lily & Edward
Pickpocket Protection – Easy

August 16:  

Picnic – Sasha  & Ruby 
DJ Rockin’ Wills  Music Set – Sweet William
Bad Dawg Agency Concert
Surf Jammers Concert Sarge
ADTR Fundraiser Kissing Booth – Mona & Prissy   
Bounce House – Frankie &Ernie  
Sand Box/So You Think You Can Dig – Daisy 

And don't miss Mona & Prissy of Just Us Texas Dachsies for a really cool Smilebox of this week's upcoming events! 

Chloe, Wolf, Bandit, and Harley are excited!

 We'd like to give a "woo-out" of thanks to our amazing hosts Sarge and Sidebite for putting together this (p)awesome Blogville community event. We're so thrilled to be part of it!

 Don't forget to come back and visit us on the 14th for our Pet Fire Safety post with lots of important information, plus a fun little giveaway, too!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Update on Wolf and Hu-Mom

One week ago today, Wolf went in for surgery on his other CCL. Pictured above, Wolf on his way home from ortho surgeon with my husband and daughter. What made this extremely difficult was that I could not accompany Wolf to or from surgery as I have been sick with acute bronchitis at first, which was upgraded just a few days ago to pneumonia. Wolf's surgery went well for a completely torn CCL, blown meniscus, and a lot of arthritis. He was heavy medicated, but prognosis is good, just like his other leg that healed well after surgery last Halloween. We've been convalescing buddies.

Wolf being greeted by his pack family (sis Bandit on the left and "momma" Harley on the right) as he he is helped up the ramp to the back deck with a sling by Hu-Dad. Everyone is so happy he is back home.

Wolf all nestled onto his bed with one of his buddies, on the road to healing. As soon as I am feeling more myself and healthier, I'll be back on to update. Thank you, everyone, for all your wonderful Emails and notes of well wishes for both Wolfie and I. We so appreciate them all!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Torn Cruciate - Yes, Again!

Wolf, cuddling his buddies the night before surgery.

So here we are ~ again ~ a place all-to-familiar to us. A blown CCL. While this one was no real surprise, as we were advised that after Wolf's imbrication surgery last October when he blew out his right CCL while running (see HERE for list of Wolf's previous updates), we could/should expect his other to give out in about a year's time. Well, it's been nine months and over the past month he has started showing the telltale signs of his left CCL going, and then this weekend, he was no longer able to put weight on the paw and I knew it was time. So this morning, my boy travelled with his Hu-Dad to the surgical hospital to prep for his surgery today. What makes this especially difficult is that I could not travel with them today as I myself was in Emergency Care this past weekend with acute bronchitis. But, his daddy reported back that he went in with the surgeon like a big boy! Just a few minutes ago, the surgeon phoned, and Wolf is out of surgery and in recovery. His meniscus was completely blown and he lots of arthritis developed with large deposits. They cleaned him all up and did a cruciate imbrication surgery as in the previous one, and hopefully, he will rest up well tonight and I can call tomorrow to see when he can come home, which will be none too soon for this Hu-Mom!

Please join us in a pawcircle of prayer and positive healing for my baby boy. I'll keep everyone posted with updates. Thanks for all your support and care! We are (sadly) getting to be experts in the CCL injury department, having four out of five Huskies over the past two years having gone through this to some degree or another. First, if you remember, was dear sweet Chloe who blew out both her at the same time and had emergency bilateral imbrication surgery. Then Wolf blew out his right one while running in the yard and required surgery. Gibson tore both of his (he, as many know is also an Epi-Husky and has sufferend hind end weakness for years as a side effect of his meds. To read his initial story, visit HERE) and Harley, after spinning, has a suspected small tear, but after a 9-week stint in an stability leg brace, other than some occasional stiffness from arthritis, she is doing well.

Seriously, what are the odds? I think we just beat them.

Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket.

Many of you will recall that we treated Gibson and Harley via Conservative Care Treatment (stability leg brace, harness, natural anti-inflams, laser therapy, massage, rest, and eventually rehab walks). Gibson, because he is an epileptic and we did not want to risk breakthrough seizures, and Harley, because she has some breathing and swallowing issues, and with hitting "senior" dog status, we did not want to risk it. Unfortunately, arthritis is something we can't really control and tends to settle in after such injuries. Chloe, Wolf, and Gibson are all from the same bloodline, so this is a hereditary trait and again, the sad results of irresponsible breeding where the dogs pay the price in pain, injury, and illness. But that's a soapbox I will climb up onto on a different day. Today, I'm just thankful that there are treatments that can help them, an excellent ortho surgeon and hospital (our ortho tends to our State Police dogs and is just amazing), and that my boy Wolf is out of surgery and in recovery. To me, that's a lot to be thankful for.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Celebrating 10K Fans on Facebook With a FiveSibes Giveaway!

 Woooo! We are SO excited!

         "Woooooo! What's going on?!"

 "It's FURtastic news! Just PAWSOME!"

 Have you heard the news?!

Does Mom know???!!!

 "C'mon, Mom! We have BIG news!"

"We are just SO excited! We clicked over 10,000 fans on our FiveSibes Facebook page today!"

 "Woo...that's so cool. Thanks, everyone! We love you guys!"


 "...that means we get 10,000 treats, right?!"

To show our appreciation for your support, we thought it would be fun to do a virtual party and host a giveaway so you can have a chance to win some cool FiveSibes™ prizes! How? Just leave a comment on our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews public community Facebook Page or our FiveSibes™ blog here answering these two questions: 
1) How you know/found out about us?  
 2) Why you enjoy our page and/or blog?
Then be sure to enter your name in the Rafflecopter below!

Not one, not two, but THREE (3) lucky winners will be randomly selected. You can enter the giveaway until 
July 25, 2014 at 9PM EST.

1st Prize: Autographed copy of my newly released FiveSibes™ Tale: Getting Healthy With Harley.

2nd Prize: A “The Sibe Vibe” T-Shirt*
*Sizes available are: S, M, L, XL (no 2XL).

3rd Prize: A “Live Gib Strong” K-9 Epilepsy Awareness T-Shirt*  
*Sizes available are: M, L, and 2XL. (no S or XL).


Congrats to our Giveaway Winners:

Christina W. - Getting Healthy With Harley Book
Stephanie O - "The Sibe Vibe" T-Shirt
Linda C. - "Live Gib Strong" K9 Epilepsy Awareness T-Shirt

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