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Monday, April 20, 2015

Squirrel Watch on a Merry Meme Monday


It's Merry Meme Monday and today we are kickstarting the week with this great photo by You Know You Own a Husky, When with the perfect caption by Oh, the Life of Olivia! They both are beautiful furpals and Olivia is a fellow Epi-dog! Please stop over and visit their Facebook pages, and be sure to tell them we sent you over! We hope our meme poster brought you a few smiles today and a great start to hopefully a wonderful week!

"It's just another Manic Monday..." 
~The Bangles

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 on our readers. Mondays have you down? Come join us each week for some Merry Memes and lots of smiles!


Friday, April 17, 2015

Fond Memories on a Flashback Friday


Today, I'm flashing back to 1991, when my daughter was three and playing out in the yard with our sweet boy, Sandy, who we adopted as a puppy from our local SPCA. Note the matching beautiful smiles! Such fond memories!



"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."
~Honore de Balzac



Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our new 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!



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blog the Change: Pet First Aid Awareness

Harley with my First Aid book from class.

Do you know how to help your pet in case of an emergency? Are you certified in First Aid...for your pet? Do you have a First Aid Kit all stocked and ready? April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and today for Blog the Change for Animals,  (which is part of Be the Changes for Animals, or BtheC4Animals, where bloggers share their "cause" quarterly to help benefit the welfare of animals worldwide), we here at the FiveSibes homestead are talking about Pet First Aid Awareness.


To kick it all off, we are starting with a brief pop quiz to test your knowledge on recognizing and responding to a pet emergency. Now come back here...no one likes quizzes, but this one could save your pet's life...




Ready? Here we go...


1. Your dog has a seizure, what do you do?
2. How do you know if your pet ingested/inhaled, or absorbed a poison?
3. Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke?
4. What to do if your pet gets stung by a bee?
5. Do you know the signs of bloat?
6. What are the ABCs of CPR?
7. Do you know the signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?
Answers at the end of the post.

 

"Woo...what's he bag for, Mom?" asks Wolf.

Do you have your vet, pet emergency hospital, and poison control numbers in your cell phone’s contact list or posted near your landline phone? Also include a family member, neighbor, or friend  you can call to help in case of an emergency. Sometimes we may need an extra set of hands to help transport the animal in need, or to stay behind with the pets left home.


Charges Apply. www.petpoisonhelpline.com
Charges Apply. www.aspca.org

Bandit wondering about the bag, too.

Do you know how to administer First Aid or CPR to your pet if need be? Have you taken any courses? Did you know you could sign up and get certified for a Pet First Aid, AED, and CPR course? It's not only a very important thing to learn, but classes are fun, too. And, I was even given my own mini First Aid Kit, including a stethoscope, that is now part of our First Aid Kit. You can check HERE for American Red Cross classes near you.

 Do  you know what a "Fly" bag is? 
(answer below!)

"Is this a 'Fly' bag, Mom?" asks Chloe and Wolf.

Do you have the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App on your cell phone? The app shows step-by-step instructions for:
  • First Aid emergencies
  • CPR
  • Pet profile for storing tag ID, photo and medical information
  • Early warning signs for when to contact a veterinarian
  • Animal hospital locator
  • How to include pets in emergency preparedness plans & a hotel locator
  • It also has First Aid quizzes for both cats and dogs.
To download the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App, visit Apple App Store or Google Play Store for Android, or go to www.redcross.org/mobileapps.


"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Benjamin Franklin




Okay - time to see how well you did on your Pet First Aid Quiz!

1. Your dog has a seizure, what do you do? 

Keep your dog in a safe place away from anything that may hurt him/her during a seizure (wires, items falling off a shelf, other pets, etc.) keep hands away from mouth, speak softly, keep calm, note all symptoms and time lengths of seizure. Post-seizure, dog may experience disorientation and temporary blindness, keep safe and away from stairs. Contact your vet.
 
2. How do you know if your pet ingested/inhaled, or absorbed a poison?

Signs include bleeding externally or internally, dilated pupils, drooling or foaming at the mouth, seizures or other abnormal behavior, trembling, drowsiness, shock, diarrhea, vomiting, red irritated skin or eyes, burned lips, ulcers in mouth. Contact your vet immediately.
 
3. Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke? 

Bloody diarrhea or vomiting, wobbliness, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, mucous membranes very RED, increased salivation. Get your pet to a cool spot, apply cool water, contact vet immediately.
 
4. What to do if your pet gets stung by a bee? 

Do NOT try to remove the singer as it may release more toxin. Contact vet. If hives progress, bring pet to vet immediately for a shot of medication or instructions on administering on-hand antihistamine.

5. Do you know the signs of bloat? 
Signs include hyper salivation, restlessness, pacing, distended abdomen, non-productive vomiting, shock. All life threatening and pet must get to veterinary hospital immediately!
 
6. What are the ABCs of CPR? 

A = AIRWAY. Check Air to be sure nothing is their mouth.  
B = BREATHING. Begin rescue breathing. Place hand over nose or nose and mouth. Gently exhale until chest rises.  
C = CIRCULATION. Check circulation. Start chest compressions. (Please check with your vet, be sure to take a First Aid class, or refer to the American Red Cross First Aid App for instructions.)
 
7. Do you know the signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)? 
Dog is wobbly, may twitch, seem blind, go into seizures, and even collapse. Rub corn syrup on dog's gums, even if comatose. Check ABCs and perform CPR if needed. Take dog to vet hospital IMMEDIATELY!
*Sources: American Red Cross Pet First Aid App & FiveSibes™

The Doctors TV Show presents "Ask the Vet" Pet CPR with Dr. Courtney Cambell:





FIRST AID KIT 
Do you have an up-to-date First Aid Kit for your dog? If yes, check to be sure you have current supplies and that topicals (and meds if you carry them in the kit) are up-to-date and have not expired. If no, there's no time like the present to either get one or create your own. I used to have a First Aid “Basket” for the FiveSibes, inspired by my future son-in-law who is a volunteer firefighter and EMT who has a "fly" bag (a fully-stocked First Responder medical and trauma kit housed in a duffel bag), I have now updated and upgraded our First Aid Basket, that also contained a mini on-the-go kit, to a bright red First Aid “fly” bag that includes: a stethoscope, antiseptic, antibiotic cream, gauze, bandages, scissors, ear and eye ointments, First Aid instructions, Benadryl® (in fridge), ear thermometer, alcohol pads, latex gloves, portable water bowl, pet's photo ID, etc. 

Gibson checking out our First Aid Kit.

Since my Gibson is an Epi-dog, I also include things such as his journal (containing medications, vet and ER contact numbers, and notes about seizures, including date/time, length, type, etc.), instant ice packs, medication list, and anything that I keep on hand in case of a seizure (i.e. Rescue Remedy®), disinfectant wipes (for clean up), and paper towels.  It also has pockets so I can toss his meds in when we are traveling, or on "the fly!" As an extension of sorts to our First Aid Kit, I also keep natural vanilla ice cream in the freezer at all times (to help raise sugar levels post-seizure) and a "cooler collar" (a collar that a thin ice pack slips into) for Gibson to keep him cool on a  hot day to help prevent triggering a seizure, or to help keep his body temp from rising should one occur.



We all hope we are never faced with an emergency or disaster, but if we are, it is better to be prepared and have emergency vet numbers and First Aid information at our fingertips because in an emergency, seconds are vital.  


Ben Franklin summed it up best when he stated, 
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”



Blog the Change

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, Moday...Merry Meme Monday!

It's Monday and there's nothing like a good cup of java or tea to get us going...or a great FiveSibes Merry Meme! Here's this week's Merry Meme featuring Donna Kilmetis' beautiful Sibe from Husky Tales, and Cheryl Jarman's great winning caption, to bring smiles to everyone on this Monday! Enjoy!

"Oh Monday, Monday
Oh Monday, Monday..."
~The Mamas & The Papas

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 on our readers. Mondays have you down? Come join us each week for some Merry Memes and lots of smiles!


Friday, April 10, 2015

A Circle of (Puppy) Love on a Flashback Friday!

The Pupsters arrival at home at just eight weeks old.


"My siblings are my best friends."
  ~America Ferrera



Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our new 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!





Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FiveSibes #GetTough on National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) & Giveaway

Bandit says, "#GetTough!"
Today is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) and we have joined the ASPCA, who has teamed up with professional wrestler and animal lover AJ Lee to "ask animal advocates across the country to get tough on dog fighting." 

According to the ASPCA.org, "Dog fighting occurs in every part of the country and in every type of community. The ASPCA is working to ensure that canines are safe from this cruel sport. Our responders save animals from abuse and build cases against abusers. And at the end of every case, our placement specialists ensure that animal abuse survivors find loving homes."

Harley, Gibson, Chloe & Wolf join Bandit on the #GetTough Team!
States AJ, "Growing up, my family and I lived in very poor, very dangerous areas and dog fighting was prevalent. My dad, who has the biggest heart in the world, would open our home to pit bulls that had been rescued from fighting. We fostered four, and kept them until we could find new homes for them."

We here at the FiveSibes join both the ASPCA and AJ in this cause, and ask that you join in the #GetTough fight as well! 

The FiveSibes #GetTough!



3 Easy Steps:
1. Get the ASPCA #GetTough Took Kit, which includes printable posters to share on your social media. Print them out and take selfies with your pet and the #GetTough sign and share on your social media to show your support for abolishing dog fighting. Click HERE to order your free kit.

2. Take Action! The ASPCA has a "great ally" in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Please sign their petition to the DOJ HERE asking it "to prosecute dog fighters with greater frequency in 2015 and in the years to come."
3. Learn More! Visit HERE to see the work the ASPCA is doing to #GetTough, as well as information on Pit Bill abuse and Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).


  1. Alert the media! Your local newspaper and television station are always looking for stories, especially investigative ones—be sure to contact them about the cruelty and dangers of dog fighting.
     
  2. Call or write your local law enforcement department and let them know that investigating dog fighting cruelty should be a priority. Dog fighting is a CRIME—and the police MUST investigate these cases.
     
  3. Protect your pets. Dog fighters sometimes steal companion animals to use as bait dogs. Don’t let your animals outside without supervision, and make sure they have proper identification tags and are microchipped.
     
  4.  Educate others in your community about the horrors of dog fighting and start a neighborhood watch program.
     
  5. Teach your children. Visit the ASPCA's "Kids and Parents" page for lots of information on helping kids form positive, healthy, non-abusive bonds with pets. 
*Source: ASPCA.org


 Enter to Win Above ASPCA Gift Pack:
  •  No one wins in a dog fight T-shirt 
  • ASPCA Frisbee
  • #GetTough on dog fighting sticker
  • ASPCA bumper sticker
  • Fight cruelty wristband 
 You can enter up until 12 AM EST on April 12, 2015!

***UPDATE - WINNER ANNOUNCED!***
Congratulations to JENNA Z. of Illinois!
Please send us your "dog house" addy so your ASPCA gift pack can be sent out!

#FiveSibes #GetTough

We're joining in Oz the Terrier's Blog Hop! 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Pupcake, Some "Chocolate" Bunnies, and a Whole Lot of Easter Fun!

Wolf and Bandit spy the "goodies!"
We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter this past Sunday! Ours here was quiet and spent with our immediate family and the Sibe kids, of course! We did have to delay their celebration for a couple days as our girl Bandit, who never gets sick, suddenly came down with a tummy bug and was sick most of Easter afternoon and night and into the next day. After a couple days of rest, she is thankfully back to her normal self and back on food, so we were able to do some belated celebrating together as a pack family! They were a very happy, excited bunch of Huskies when they discovered it included treats and toys! Two magical words our Siberian Huskies love to hear!


For starters, our FiveSibes were treated to a delicious custom-made and decorated Pumpkin Applesauce "Pupcake" and some pumpkin and peanut butter holiday cutout cookies from Sassy's Goodies in Springfield, Missouri. The Pupcake, according to Nanette (Sassy's Goodies owner, baker, and U.S. military wife), is made with "oat flour, oat bran, pumpkin, applesauce, olive oil, honey, egg, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and love!" 

Harley is ready for some of Sassy's Goodies!

A Siberian Husky mom of two, Sassy and Bentley, Nanette says, "Our treats are all natural with the freshest ingredients possible. They contain no wheat, corn, salt, sugar or additives. We use the freshest home grown ingredients for the best taste for your pet at affordable prices." 

Having an Epi-dog (canine epileptic) who is on Potassium
Bandit and Gibson checking out their cake!
Bromide, it is imperative to watch the salt intake, so it's great that these Sassy's Goodies Pupcakes never contain any! Plus, it's made with all fresh ingredients that we can even eat it! So our FiveSibes can have their cake and eat it, too!



"Nom-nom-nommmmmm...this is delish!!!"
You can read more about Sassy's Goodies on a previous blog post HERE, or visit the "always open" web store, or pop over to their Facebook page to see what's cookin'!

Just recently, Nanette and Sassy's Goodies was recently featured on TV's KOLR10 News when they celebrated Griffey the Weather Dog's first birthday with a Sassy's Goodies cake, made just like our Easter cake!


 
"Woo...gluten-free cookies? Yumm!" says Gibson.


"Woo! Cookies, too?!"
Well, our FiveSibes certainly loved the Easter egg-shaped Pupcake! Sassy's Goodies features these Pupcakes, along with their cookie cutouts for lucky pups. The cake is baked, frosted, then it is personalized, then wrapped and shipped Priority mail. As soon as the cake is received, it is placed in the freezer until ready to serve. It's also great crumbled and added to their breakfast of kibble, yogurt, and coconut oil! Yum! Can you say "clean bowls?!" And then there were the bunny and Easter egg dog cookies...nom, nom, nom!





"Okay, Mom, can we have it now please?!"
Chloe sure enjoyed the pupcake and cookies!



Then they opened up a fun package from their "auntie" Holly and her Huskies! Gibson claimed the purple stuffie and egg for himself, naturally! (Purple for Canine Epilepsy awareness). Check out these adorable hand-painted eggs from Holly, one for each Sibe! Just love them!

I believe the Huskies know when a package arrives for them as they sniff it out as soon as we bring it in! They know the package is going to be fun and all theirs! 


  
Thanks so much, Holly and the Huskies!

Then they had some chocolate bunnies....

WAIT! WHAT?! DID I JUST SAY CHOCOLATE BUNNIES???!!! 


Not real ones, of course, as we know chocolate is toxic for dogs. They got to enjoy canine fun squeaky fuzzy "chocolate" bunnies! Aren't they cute?! They came from  PetSmart®, of course!

"Woo...bet Mom had  you going there for a minute! No worries, they are stuffies!" assures Chloe!
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