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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"The Sibe Vibe" Celebrates 5th Anniversary on Air With Therapy Dog Team & Book Giveaway!

 "If it's about a Siberian Husky, we'll chat about it!" 
~The Sibe Vibe Intro

 I am so excited to be celebrating the fifth year of being on air with my Dog Works Radio show, "The Sibe Vibe!" I'd like to say "thank you" to my producer and co/host, Robert Forto! Via modern technology, we are able to span the globe to speak with our guests! Over the five years, we have chatted with wonderful guests all about Siberian Huskies, northern breed dogs, and health topics for all canines such as Canine Epilepsy. Our guest have all have shared their expertise, special and interesting stories, important information, fascinating books, exciting movies, and fabulous songs! If you haven't tuned in,  you can check out my catalog of shows HERE.
 This month on my show, we highlighted Back-to-School time, and welcomed Cathy Armato, a writer and blogger with Dogs Luv Us And We Luv Them, where the focus is pet safety, animal welfare, . She and her beautiful red and white Siberian Husky, "Icy," are also a Therapy Dog Team, visiting school children for a reading program, also stopping in high schools, colleges, nursing homes, and other specialized facilities to bring smiles to others. I also talk with Cathy about her travels with Icy and her Maltese/Havanese mix "Phoebe" - ranging from the beautiful vistas of Arizona to the amazing shores of Long Island sound, and pet-friendly places in between! Her pet travel tips and post "100 Places to See With  Your Dog" is a must read!

Cathy Armato's beautiful Therapy Dog "Icy"
with my illustrated children's book, Getting Healthy With Harley. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Armato).

 In celebration of our Fifth Anniversary, we are giving away one of my FiveSibes Tales books, Getting Healthy With Harley, like the one with Icy above, to one lucky winner! (Entrants need to be 18 or older and live in the U.S.) ***If you would like to enter, tune in to the show below for details on how and then go to the show's page and leave your comment THERE! ***
But hurry! Deadline to enter is 11:59 PM EST on August 27, 2017! If you'd like to check out more about this book and my other books, visit ArcticHouse Publishing.

To enter giveaway, please be sure to leave your answer to the show's question in a comment on the Dog Works Radio The Sibe Vibe page HERE featuring the episode with Cathy, or we won't see it! 
Thank you for tuning in to our show! and Good Luck!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Newsy Tuesday: Advocacy Award Finalist

Woo! Our Mom is a Finalist for "Advocate!"

 I am so honored to be named a 2017 finalist in the Women in the Pet Industry Woman of the Year in the "Advocate" category! Writing and sharing information on Canine Epilepsy, the Siberian Husky breed, and rescues are all something very near and dear to my heart...and to be recognized and chosen as a Finalist for my work is such a thrill!

May this extra attention help bring even more attention to help inform, educate, and support other families who 1) are living with a dog with Canine Epilepsy,  2) thinking about adding a Siberian Husky to their family, and 3) encourage others to find their best furry friend from a rescue. 

My Gibson, my inspiration.
My journey with my Epi-dog, Gibson, and his amazing will, inspired me every day, and continues to inspire me, to help others know that dogs with Epilepsy can--and DO--live happy, full lives. My only wish - that my sweet wooly boy was here to share this great honor with me. Thank you, Gibson, for teaching me so much about perserverance, grit, and love of life no matter what challenges lie ahead.  You were such an amazing and loving boy and I miss you every single day. May your journey and life continue on to help others know they are not alone if they find their dogs suddenly faced with the seizure monster...and to do away with the notion that dogs with seizures are "damaged dogs." They most certainly are NOT! They are amazing warriors, like my Gibson, who enjoy life and do not let Canine Epilepsy stop them from living life to the fullest! In Gibson's name, I will continue our advocacy in the hopes of helping others so all Epi-dogs may  #LiveGibStrong.

I also want to say "thank you" to all of your, my dear readers and listeners who read my blog, share my articles, and tune in to my show "The Sibe Vibe" - together, we can spread the word about Epi-dogs far and wide and hopefully, through my advocacy, encourage folks to not surrender their dog because of a seizure, and to also not fear adopting a dog with seizures.

I am so honored.

Congratulations to all the WIPIN finalists. Looking forward to the winner announcements that will be named at their Women in the Pet Industry's annual conference on September 26, which just happens to be my birthday!

Friday, August 18, 2017

It's A Husky Friday Night on Flashback Friday!

Can you believe it's Friday already?! Is it me, or does it seem to roll around faster and faster every week? In two weeks, we will be bidding adieu, unofficially, to summer as September arrives! Today, we are flashing back to just one year ago...but honestly, it is a scene here from every night as we settle in after dinner for some family TV time. I imagine, this is what my pups are saying! Popcorn anyone?!

What's on the agenda for your Friday night?!

 You're Invited!

 Come Stroll Memory Lane With Us!

Do you have a photo from your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend!  (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog). We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Preparing Your Epi-Dog For The Solar Eclipse

 There is a lot of buzz about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st, especially for folks who are in the path of totality. No matter where you live, if you plan on watching the solar eclipse, aside from protecting your eyes from “eclipse blindness” with special American Astronomical Society approved eclipse glasses, did you know that the eclipse could have an affect on your Epi-dog (epileptic dog)?

With the simulation of “night” as the sun is covered by the moon, animals may go into a nocturnal mode, or seem restless or confused, while others, will be unfazed. However, the excitement of the eclipse by humans could create excitement in our dogs, whether they have epilepsy or not, as they pick up on our energy and moods. The same as with non-epileptic dogs, if there is a lot of noise, whistling, clapping, or fireworks to celebrate, dogs could be frightened and attempt to escape. As with any loud or stressful holiday or event, be sure to have your pets securely and safely kept away from opening and closing doors, and keep their collars on with up-to-date ID and microchip tags, just in case they slip out during the commotion, or while you are eclipse gazing (only with the certified eclipse glasses, of course). And, as with any lunar phases, solar flares, changes to the Earth’s magnetic field, and/or environmental shifts, the eclipse could also be a possible trigger for your Epi-dog.

Will your dog definitely have a seizure? No. Could s/he? Yes. Therefore, it’s always good to be prepared, just the same as in any situation where there are stressors present or when there are any incidences that stray from the norm, such as dietary, environmental, weather, and/or atmospheric changes.

Preparing Your Epi-Dog For the Solar Eclipse

Prior to the eclipse, have a chat with your veterinarian, and do a little pre-planning, as you would for any out-of-the-ordinary situation or event that could have an adverse effect on your Epi-dog. While the eclipse (hopefully) may not trigger seizure activity in your dog, some helpful hints in preparing, include:

1 Keeping your Epi-dogs safely inside during the eclipse. 

2. Having your Epi First Aid Kit ready and waiting. 

3. If your Epi-dog is on anti-seizure medications, be sure  s/he has been properly dosed on time and have any emergency doses at the ready. 

4. If you use natural anti-anxiety supplements or treats, be sure to administer them early enough, as according to the directions and vet instruction.

5. If you use an anxiety vest or shirt on your Epi-dog, this is a good time to put one on, just as a precaution.

6. Playing soothing music or white noise in the background.

7. Plug-in a calming pheromone diffuser or use a spray.

8. Diffuse a calming essential oil*, such as lavender (but NOT spike lavender oil). Also, when diffusing, choose either #7 or #8, not both at same time.

9. Put a cooler or herbal calming collar on your Epi-dog.

10. If you use a cooler mat or bed for your Epi-dog, have it refreshed and encourage your dog to lie on it.

11. Stay close to your dog, petting and talking to him/her in a reassuring manner until after the eclipse is over.

12. Have an emergency plan. Be sure your vet/ER hospital numbers are handy, as well as having a means of transportation, should your dog should go into seizures.

Please note, that even with the best of preparations and care, a dog with Canine Epilepsy, even if on anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), still may experience anxiety, pacing, and/or seizure activity. Not sure if your dog is having a seizure? Contact your vet immediately.

*A word about essential oils – again, it is important to check with your veterinarian before using, especially if trying for the first time. Some essential oils, such as spike lavender, eucalyptus, hyssop, rosemary, sage, camphor, tea tree, et al., can trigger seizures.

What's In Your Epi First Aid Kit?

In addition to your regular dog First Aid Kit items, for an Epi-dog, also be sure to have:  

  • Seizure medications.
  • Instructions in case of a seizure (for when you have a pet sitter). 
  • A journal to note episodes, length of seizure, reactions, meds, etc.** 
  • Instant ice packs. 
  • Rubbing alcohol wipes. (I prefer ice packs). 
  • Emergency contact numbers: vet, neurologist, 24-hour vet hospital, poison control, a friend/neighbor to help.
  •  Natural/herbal anti-anxiety calming oral spray (I use Rescue Remedy). 
  • Calming pheromone room spray.   
  • Herbal calming collar. 
  • Portable water bowl
  • Dog Ear Thermometer

Additional Items to Have on Hand  
For Post-Seizure:
  • Natural vanilla ice cream. 
  • Organic honey or maple syrup.  
  • Source of protein, i.e., organic creamy peanut butter, low-fat mozzarella sticks, cottage cheese, organic yogurt, chicken, tuna, etc. (low-fat healthy protein treat to help raise the sugar levels back up after the ice cream or honey/maple syrup).  
  • Fresh water.  
  • Pet bath wipes (for post-seizure clean-up).
  •  Disinfectant wipes (for area clean-up).  
  • Paper towels.  
  • Latex gloves. 
  • Collar, harness, leash.  
  • Car Ramp or blanket as a makeshift stretcher to transport pet if incapable of walking.

 **For keeping a digital journal, as well as important seizure information, download the FREE Royal Veterinary College (RVC) mobile app for Apple and Android devices. Check out my blog post with Gibson all about this great app HERE.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Moore Husky on a Merry Meme Monday!

What a great pic submitted by Angela Moore of her beautiful Husky, "Sasha!" Angela tells me that her Sasha was "adopted her from our local animal shelter last year. I was told she is a pure breed, but I'm not sure. She was kept strictly outside before, so, not housebroken. She'd just had a litter of puppies, and her breeders decided they didn't want her anymore. 😕  When we took her home, she was fearful, distant, and sad. She has changed a lot in a year, though. She may be car sick, and skittish, but she's totally adorable and greatly loved! She and her 'sister,' Rizzi, get along great, too!"
Lucky Sasha! We had so many great captions suggested for this wonderful photo, too! I was thrilled when my caption was selected from the submissions by fans of our FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page! 
To view past memes featured on FiveSibes, visit HERE.

Would you like to join in our Merry Meme Monday fun? Here's how:

 PS - Don't have a northern breed dog? No worries! 
Since we are a Siberian Husky blog, and we love all of our furfriends, you can submit a pic, just be creative and show your pet with a Husky or northern breed dog (real, toy, drawn, etc!) Be creative!

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Puppy In A Basket!

"Happiness is a warm puppy." ~Charles M. Schulz

Oh, my sweet little baby boy, Wolfie! Flashing back nine years to the spring of 2008, puppy "Wolfgang White Wolf of Mystic Mountain" was welcomed into our home along with his three littermates, sisters Chloe and Bandit, and joining our "originals" Harley and Gibson, the FiveSibes were formed! Pictured here, my little white fuzzy boy went out on our first pet store shopping trip and he loved riding in the cart! He wooed and howled all the way back to the car! To this day, he's my sweet "baby boy!"

 You're Invited!
 Come Stroll Memory Lane With Us!
Do you have a photo from your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend! We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog).