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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

nationaldogday.com
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!



Friday, August 14, 2015

Love on a Flashback Friday!



Today's Flashback Friday photo is one of my favorite candid photographs I shot of my daughter and Harley in a loving embrace from seven-and-a-half years ago, when Harley was just two-and-a-half years old! Oh, my, how time flies! 

"Time flies, but memories remain." ~Anonymous





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!
 



Friday, August 7, 2015

Fond FiveSibes Flashback Friday Moments With Hu-Nanny



For today's Flashback Friday, I thought it fitting to highlight past photos of my FiveSibes with my mom, their Hu-Nanny, who, as most of you know from previous posts, is currently in a rehab facility after her recent fall and illness. We are taking things day by day, and her spirit is amazing, even in the face of some steep uphill battles. Dogs have always brought such joy to her life, the many of her own over the years, and she always loved visits from my FiveSibes, since puppyhood! Here's a collage of Hu-Nanny with (clockwise from top): puppy Harley from 10 years ago, puppy Gibson from 9 years ago, with Bandit from thee years ago, with Wolf from two years ago, and sharing a candy cane with an 11-month old Chloe from Christmas 2008!



"True love is when you touch someone with your spirit, and in return they touch your soul with their heart." ~Unknown Author





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!