Friday, March 16, 2018

Feelin' a Wee Bit Siber-ish on Flashback Friday!

Happy St. Paddy's Day! Feelin' a wee bit Siber-ish at our house with this blast from the past favorite collage of our FiveMcSibes wearin' of the green!

And of course, we all know Siberian Huskies are quite the silly characters, so here's another blast from the St. Paddy's past with our silly FiveMcSibes! Sláinte!
(Now, if only I could find that JibJab video!)

"May joy and peace surround you, 
contentment latch your door, 
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!"
~An Irish Blessing

Woo! I's Flashback Friday here all week! Have a pic of your pet(s) early days? Gotcha Day? Birthday? Share it with us and join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane by grabbing our badge and linking up any time during the week! And be sure to pop over and visit other blogger's as well! What a great way to remember those early days, and a fun way to kick off the weekend! Happy Friday!

We are also joining our blogger friends in the Pet Parade! Hop over and check out the hosts' blogs, too, at: Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and Barking from the Bayou!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Birthday Fit for a FiveSibes Queen!

Woo! Today is our beautiful alpha queen Harley's 13th Birthday! Wow! It seems like just yesterday she was a wee pup of 7 weeks old when we drove an hour away in a pouring rain storm to pick up what was our family's first Siberian Husky. My daughter had wanted a Husky pup for a long time, since she was a kid! But I always said when she grew up and knew how to care for a dog, I would get her one. We already had our senior dog, Chelsey, a beautiful German Shepherd and Akita mix we had adopted from our local SPCA when my daughter was very young. They grew up together and were best buds. Once I was confident she could care for her own, we brought Harley into our family. Little did we know then, that flash forward - we would add four more Huskies to our family and they would become the incredible FiveSibes! 

Harley has always been the alpha. The leader of the pack family. When we brought Gibson home at four months of age, she was a year and a half, he fell head over fluffy tail for her and Harley was the love of his life, and he was her fluffy playmate and best friend. When we brought not one or two, but three puppies home at the same time (!) Harley took all three under wing and became their surrogate momma. Always up for a never-ending game of Fetch, or spinning at high speed after her tail (which she has managed to catch a few times!), Harley has smarts and attitude to spare! Although she can show her "Snarley Harley" at times (something she learned from our old gal Chelsey), she is a loyal girl to both our humans and the pups. She rules with an iron paw, and even at 13 with bouts of arthritis in  her one leg, she can still chase that tail, tear up a bed, or do a darn pretty good Husky jig! Deaf for over a year now, she communicates wonderfully, keenly listening and watching for hand signals. To see her, one would never know! She is just an amazing girl. It's hard for me to believe that she is a senior dog! In my mind -- and hers -- she is still an energetic pup! May she always be that way!

I sure hope we are blessed with many more years together. There is only one Queen Harley, and we do love her so.'s Party Time!!!

Harley, enjoying her gift, a toy snow cone! Thirteen? "Snow Way!" 

What are the FiveSibes waiting for? Why, birthday cake, of course!

Birthday girl gets the first licks!

Time for the whole gang to join in and enjoy Harley's ice cream cake!

Shhh...the Queen and her subjects are pooped from partying!

Yesterday, was Flashback Friday, and we are featuring our  Flashback photo of our beautiful Birthday Girl, Harley, as a puppy when she first joined our family! So love her intense puppy mask!

Even though it's Saturday, it's Flashback Friday here all week! Have a pic of your pet(s) early days? Gotcha Day? Birthday? Share it with us and join in our weekly stroll down Memory Lane by grabbing our badge and linking up any time during the week! And be sure to pop over and visit other blogger's as well! 

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We are also joining in the Pet Parade! Hop over and check out the hosts' blogs, too, at:Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and Barking from the Bayou!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Where's the Bacon on a Merry Meme Monday?

Rot-ohhh! Don't mess with this handsome pup's bacon! "Apollo" is the beautiful Siberian Husky of Brad Johnson, 
and we just love the caption submitted by 
Dee Kay and selected by our 
We sure hope someone saved Apollo 
a strip of delicious bacon!

Here's How ALL of Our Pet Friends 
Can Join in the Fun 
(even if your pet is not a Husky!):

To read more about our Merry Meme Fun Caption Contest, check out this post HERE!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Fangirling "Frozen" on a Flashback Friday!

"The cold never bothered me anyway."
~Elsa, Snow Queen of Arendelle, Frozen

Brrrrr.... so Mother Nature has decided to play a very dirty trick on us! After a typical January of snow and winter temps, came February, when she teased us with some unseasonably warm days. The past several days have been human-heavenly...sunny, lovely spring-like 70°F days, where we joined our FiveSibes in lazily lounging on our deck, dreaming of summer...(well, at least us humans were dreaming of summer. I am sure our Huskies were dreaming of snow)! Then today, we are kicking off March like a lion as we are in the middle of Winter Storm Riley, and apparently a "bombing out" as the weather folks say, for Riley is undergoing a "bombogenesis into a strong Nor'Easter with damaging winds." As I am writing this, I can hear the heavy winds as they are wildly gusting all around our house, eerily moaning out a tune in concert with our outdoor wind chimes that are now spinning and clanging in a frantic concert. Somewhere in the house a window is cracked open and the wind is howling in as the panes rattle. Needless to Huskies are not too happy--in or out. They are bored inside after spending the past few days outdoors for the most part. And with the wind and constant changing between snow, driving sleet and rain, going out also has them feeling unhappy. As a rule, Siberian Huskies do not like to get wet, and with the wind whipping around all the precipitation, they quickly get drenched, and their deck (which is housed under a roof) is completely soaked. So where is a Husky to go get happy? 

This hu-mom insists on their quick return inside from a potty break, for which they seem to pause and ponder. Reluctantly, they look at me before squinting their eyes shut against the wind and rain, as they make their back in from the deck (the whole five feet), acting as if they tapped into some long ago Siberian Husky relative surging on through the deep snow in an Arctic storm. Harley, Wolf, Bandit, and Chloe, push themselves through the pelting rain and sleet (under the covered deck) to begrudgingly come back inside our (warm and dry) house. Sorry, guys, it's just an indoor kind of day.  Apparently, a very long day if you are a Husky.

So, in honor of today's "kitchen sink" storm, our FiveSibes Flashback Friday photo is of our girl Bandit, back in the winter of 2015, when she had a bit of Husky-natured snow dog fun poking around in all the snow and channeling her inner Elsa of Disney's Frozen. 

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We are also joining in the Pet Parade! Hop over and check out the hosts' blogs, too, at:Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and Barking from the Bayou!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Celebrating Eight Years of Blogging!

Beautiful portrait of my FiveSibes created for me by the very talented Cameo Anderson.

Woo! Today marks our 8th Blogiversary! It has been such a wonderful eight years of sharing the lives of my FiveSibes, Siberian Huskies Harley, (now furangel) Gibson, and our Pupsters, littermates Wolf, Bandit, and Chloe, as well as seeing us launch our #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awarenenss and educational campaign. Over the years, we have enjoyed bringing you, our dear readers, photos and videos of our FiveSibes shenanigans, sharing the highs of sharing life with five amazing, wonderful Huskies, and the lows--sharing illnesses, injuries, and the losing our beloved Gibson. The sharing of canine news and events, news of my canine books and articles, a salute to canine heroes and highlighting Huskies in need of rescuing, as well as continued updates and information on Canine Epilepsy awareness, sharing laughs through our Merry Monday Memes, and strolling down Memory Lane on our FiveSibes Flashback Friday blog hop, to our "The Sibe Vibe" podcasts on Dog Works Radio, all has all been so important and enjoyable to me. Through this blog, I also created the FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page, became an award-winning member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and joined the wonderful BlogPaws group, where we continue to meet and network with other amazing pet parents. 

As a career photojournalist, I began this blog to connect with other pet parents and to expand on learning and sharing our experiences with the Siberian Husky breed and helping others understand the scary and sometimes rough waters known as Canine Epilepsy, and to share the message that these Epi-dogs are amazing dogs who can teach us valuable life lessons, and to let their caregivers know they are not alone when they find themselves faced with their beloved dog having a seizure. 

Through this wonderful "town" known as Blogville, my FiveSibes and I have met some wonderful furfriends and their families, whom we have come to know and are proud to call our friends. We have laughed with each through comments and Emails at the funny times, and shared tears and offer support during the sad times. 

Many heartfelt thanks from my FiveSibes and I to each of you for your eight years of loyal readership and friendship. Blogville is a wonderful community, and we are so proud to be part of it, and hope to be for many more years to come. 

My very first blog post was on February's Pet Dental Health. And in this Flashback Friday blog post, I am sharing a photo of our first Husky and alpha queen who launched it all, Harley, showing off her pearly whites in a photo from five years ago. 

To read my article in Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine, "Flash Your Pet's Pearly Whites" below:

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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, so join in any time)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below & 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!

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We are also joining in the Pet Parade! Hop over and check out the hosts' blogs, too, at:Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and Barking from the Bayou!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

#LostPuppy - Siberian Husky "Bella"

EVENING PUPDATE: I AM SOOOOOO happy to report that as of tonight, almost a week after she was reported stolen, missing Husky puppy "Bella" is back home safely in her hu-mom's arms!!! What a happy ending story!!!
Check out the reunion photo of pup and hu-mom below!

Beautiful "Bella" of Sassy's Goodies in Missouri has been reported stolen from their property. Bella is Sassy the Husky's baby. Her family, with assistance from law enforcement, is frantically trying to find her. According to Bella's hu-mom, there is a reward for her safe return. Please visit Sassy's Goodies Facebook page HERE for updates, more photos, and videos. Please keep an eye out for Bella's photo in your groups, lost and found pet pages, and ads in newspapers. We hope and pray sweet Bella is returned home safe and soon to her very worried family.


Bella and her hu-mom, Nanette, are all Husky hugs and smiles!

Thank you to all who shared Bella's posters & photos via social media.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Circle of Love

Flashing back a five years to when Wolfie was recuperating from one of his lateral imbrication surgeries for a torn CCL (cranial cruciate ligament, similar to the ACL in humans) and blown meniscus in October 2013, and his second one in July 2014. (You can read more of Wolf's story HERE).  While resting, his sister Chloe snuggled up to keep him company...such a circle of sibling love. She knew how her brother felt as just two years earlier she blew out both of hers mid-air as she was jumping up on a bed and had lost use of both of her legs at the same time, requiring bilateral imbrication surgeries. (You can read more of her story HERE).  How they care for one another is truly so heartwarming.

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." ~Lao Tzu

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We are also joining in the Pet Parade! Hop over and check out the hosts' blogs, too, at: Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and Barking from the Bayou!