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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.

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...


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)!

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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!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Newsy Tuesday ~ Accolades and Appreciation!

I have a little catching up to do with news, the sharing of some wonderful achievements that were awarded in 2015. Some of you may have seen when I posted the graphics on my blog, but with the decline of my mother's health starting last July and ending with her passing in November, then Gibson's sudden bout with cancer and passing shortly before Christmas, I have not felt much like celebrating, so some achievements that I'm thrilled to have received, were not highlighted as I would have liked. Now while I do not typically like to "toot my own horn," I do feel so appreciative of the following, that I'd like to give a shout out for those who were kind enough to choose my work. Plus, I know both my Mom and Gibson would want me to share some good news and celebrate with you all, so here it goes!
Selected as a three-time "Excellence" 2015 Award Nominee by
the Dog Writers Association of America 
(winners to be selected in NYC this month!)

Named 2015 "Best in Print" Author by 

Chosen 2015 "Best Author" by  

FiveSibes™ Tales What's Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness Named to

My EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Loving & Living Life With Canine Epilepsy Named to

These accolades mean so very much to me - as a writer and photographer for just about my whole life, it's my passion. I've been so fortunate to be in a career doing what I love to do. I love to write. I love to capture life in photographs. The marriage of both as a photojournalist has brought me to many wonderful stories, some pretty cool places, and meeting amazing and awesome people and pets along the way. One of my biggest pleasures is to hear that my stories and/or photographs have brought smiles to others. That, in my humble opinion, is true success. I also feel quite honored to be recognized by the industry for which I write for! I'd like to send out a very special "Thank You" to my lifelong fan and writing cheerleader, my beautiful angel- my Mom, and to my angel heart dog, Gibson, my main muse and Epi warrior.  I dedicate these to you both, and love you both forever. And to you, my loyal and faithful readers and listeners, a huge heartfelt "Thank You," for without you, my words whether in print or on air, would not have a home.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Gibson Does the "Nae Nae" Dance on a Fond and Fun Flashback Friday!

I miss those big polar bear paws.
Gibson was not only an amazing boy and Epi-warrior, he was quite the character! There are so many things I miss about him, and even with four other Huskies, his presence is greatly missed. I feel as though he is just out in the backyard, lounging on the deck until I call him in. And to hear so many of you tell me you miss seeing him, too, well, it just warms my heart to know of how many lives he touched. Since I'm a shutterbug by trade, suffice it to say I have a lifetime of photos of my FiveSibes, so Gibson will be popping in every now and again to share a memory and a smile with us all.

Gibson was a very special boy. He was so in tune with me. He listened. He understood. He responded. I sorely miss our two-way conversations, his understanding, and his playfulness. He was just so much fun to be around. And when he was feeling good, he felt goooood! And on those days I was even more prouder of him, if that's even possible, because I was always proud of his fighting spirit and his zest for life. When he was feeling good in between his health set backs - and lately (before cancer suddenly snuck up on him), he had been feeling great! His legs and hind end were strong again after almost two years of rehab. And, the added bonus was we kicked the seizure monster's ass (for seven years straight). I was so proud of him, my fighter boy. So, today's Flashback Friday is back to one of those fun days when he was in one of his playful moods, only a short time before he left us, when I had a lot of laughs filming him doing his famous Gibbie hip-hop style of dancing. I knew right away this was going to be his "Nae Nae" dance video! I can't help but smile and even chuckle a bit when I watch this and see my boy getting into the Silentó dance craze to "Watch Me!" So...here's my silly big beautiful wooly boy doing what he did best - making me smile and I hope this fond Flashback memory of him will bring you a smile, too. Now...

Watch him. Watch him. Watch him whip...
Watch him nae nae!

I miss you, Gib. I hope you are having fun hip-hoppin' your way around the Rainbow Bridge!

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!