Welcome to the FiveSibes™ website, a virtual dog park where our motto is “If it’s about a Siberian Husky and/or Canine Epilepsy, we’ll chat about it!” Many of you already know of the FiveSibes ~ five Siberian Huskies named Harley, Gibson, Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit ~ from the FiveSibes™ blog, the FiveSibes Tales illustrated children’s books, FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook page, and other social media sites, as well as from conversations with their “FiveSibesMom,” award-winning author and photojournalist Dorothy Wills-Raftery on air during the“The Sibe Vibe” show she hosts on Dog Works Radio. This website brings all the different FiveSibes facets together under one doghouse roof so you can easily connect with any or all of them! You can get to know each of the FiveSibes and the FiveSibesMom a little better, check out the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness resource library tab, keep up with us on our current blog articles and on Facebook, tune in to Dorothy’s radio show, and be able to purchase one of Dorothy’s books through the ArcticHouse Publishing tab. There is also a section for information on the Siberian Husky breed, Siberian Husky rescues, resources if you’ve lost or found a Siberian Husky, and check out the library of Dorothy’s published canine articles and product reviews. Have a book or pet item you’d like reviewed and shared on our social media? Would you like FiveSibes as an affiliate sponsor? We can do that, too! If we don’t use it or believe in it, you won’t find it on FiveSibes! Interested? Check out our PR Kit under the Product & Book Reviews tab for details! We hope you’ll bookmark our site, come back and visit often, and make FiveSibes.com one of your go-to Siberian Husky and Canine Epilepsy resources!
Meet the FiveSibesMom
Dorothy Wills-Raftery, known as the “FiveSibesMom,” is an award-winning author, photojournalist, publisher, photographer, and public relations specialist, with vast experience in the educational and pet care fields. Dorothy’s Siberian Huskies, fondly known at the FiveSibes, are her inspiration for her FiveSibes™blog – a globally top-ranked Siberian Husky site at https://fivesibes.blogspot.com, where she shares a peek into the lives of the FiveSibes, discusses the magnificent breed of the Siberian Husky and their specific traits, promotes Siberian Husky rescues, discusses canine healthcare, advocates for Canine Epilepsy awareness, shares Siberian Husky and canine news, hosts a Flashback Friday Blog Hop, Merry Meme Mondays, shares recipes in her Canine Cooking Corner videos, and also does book and dog product reviews for things she and her FiveSibes love. She is also the wrtier and host of “The Sibe Vibe” Dog Works Radio show, and is the administrator of the FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews Facebook community page with over 20,800 fans!
Dorothy’s published canine-related books include EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy (Named “Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine in 2015 & 2016, and named “Top Dog Book” by Talent Hounds in 2015); the FiveSibes™ Tales illustrated children’s books - What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy (Awarded “Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016), and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness (“Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine in 2015 & 2016 and named “Top Dog Books for Kids” by Talent Hounds in 2015); and Buddy, the Christmas Husky—Based on a True Holiday Miracle (“Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine in 2014, 2015 & 2016). Her books are available through ArcticHouse Publishing and also on Amazon. Dorothy is a long-time member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA), Women’s Fiction Writers Association, American Rosie the Riveter Association, Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN), and BlogPaws. She is a monthly contributing writer for 4Knines.blog, and has had many canine-related articles and photographs published in a variety of publications, including Hudson Valley Paw Prints, American Pet Magazine, Ruff Drafts, Sled Dogger Magazine, and Kings River Life Magazine.
She is the WIPIN’s 2017 “Pet Woman of the Year Finalist,” and is a five-time DWAA “Excellence” award nominee, and recipient of their prestigious Maxwell Medallion in 2016 for “Excellence” for one of her FiveSibes blog articles on her rescue dogs. She was named “Best in Print Author” in 2015 and 2016 by American Pet Magazine, and chosen as “Best Author” in 2015 and 2016 by Hudson Valley Magazine.
Inspired by her Epi-dog, Gibson, and their journey together, Dorothy founded the #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign to bring awareness, hope, and information to others about dogs living with Canine Epilepsy. She has raised funds for the Epil-K9 Foundation, home to the Canine Epilepsy Resources and Epil-K9 List (www.canine-epilepsy.com) “Emma’s Seizure Fund” housed at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. Dorothy has also raised funds for The Wally Foundation (TWF – www.TheWallyFoundation.com) for Canine Epilepsy, where she is a volunteer Case Manager helping other Epi-parents in need. Dorothy has conducted several Canine Epilepsy research surveys that she hopes will help with important information about dogs with Canine Epilepsy. She has collaborated with House Woof Dog Biscuits from Vermont who used Gibson as their model to develop a wholesome treat specially formulated with the Epi-dog in mind, called “Gibbie Snacks.” House Woof also donated $1 from each bag to TWF to help with their mission of offering possible financial assistance to rescues, fosters, and hu-parents of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy. In April 2017, Dorothy was invited to do the welcome greeting to attendees for the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Canine Epilepsy Symposium. Currently, she is working on two new Canine Epilepsy awareness educational projects.
In addition to her Canine Epilepsy advocacy work, Dorothy also strives to educate others about the Siberian Husky breed in the hopes of helping reduce the number that are surrendered to overcrowded shelters, and works closely with several Siberian Husky and northern breed dog rescues on behind-the-scenes projects, as well as with the ASPCA® on various dog health, breed, and safety advocacy media campaigns.
In Memory of Gibson
Our FiveSibes Gibson Les Paul of Mystic Mountain
January 6, 2006 ~ December 16, 2015
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