Canine Epilepsy Awareness
Who is Gibson of #LiveGibStrong?
Gibson was a beautiful wooly Siberian Husky and
a beloved member of the FiveSibes family. Diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy at age three in 2009, he is the beautiful face behind the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, created by author and "FiveSibesMom" Dorothy Wills-Raftery. The idea behind #LiveGibStrong is to help spread the word that dogs can - and DO - live full, happy lives with seizures and/or Canine Epilepsy. Also through this campaign, we help raise awareness, educate, and raise funds dog-eared for non-profit Canine Epilepsy organizations, such as the Canine Epilepsy Resources & The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, that offer immense support to families of Epi-dogs. With special care, medications, and alternative therapies, Gibson lived seven years seizure free and was an inspiration to Epi-dog families worldwide with is zest and love of life. Epilepsy did not define him. Life did. Gibson earned his angel wings December 16, 2016 three weeks shy of his 10th birthday, NOT from epilepsy, but from hemangiosarcoma that was discovered during surgery after he suddenly became ill. Even as he was carried in for surgery, he wore his big Gibbie smile and gave out those precious Gibbie kisses. He is missed greatly, but is by my side in spirit every single day, inspiring me to be Gib strong.
Gibson embraced life and the challenges he met along the way with a big happy Siberian Husky smile. He was a true Epi-Warrior. With Gibson's spirit by my side, we will continue our Canine Epilepsy advocacy and education in the effort to help and support other Epi-dog familes, and to let them know they are not alone in this journey. It is our continued wish that all Epi-dogs #LiveGibStrong & #LiveGibStrongForever.
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For GibStrong Bracelets and Books on Canine Epilepsy:
"The Sibe Vibe" Epilepsy Episodes
Canine Epilepsy and Seizures in Dogs: A Chat
With Gibson's Lead Vet, Dr. Arnold Rugg
Chatting with Dr. Karen Munana & LVT/Research Specialist Julie Nettifee from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Talking About the Important Link Between Zinc Deficiency and Seizures in Siberian Huskies
with Margit Maxwell
Tune in to More Canine Epilepsy Episodes:
On the Road with The Empire State Snow Dogs Club’s Canine Epilepsy Expo with Jeanine Chang & Jodi Ekberg - September 2015 - http://dogworksradio.com/2015/09/26/the-sibe-vibe-at-the-empire-state-snow-dog-club/
Chatting with Canine Epilepsy Advocate Kimberley Matchem and Epi-dog “Rolo” of Confessions of a Rescue Mom blog – March 2015 - http://dogworksradio.com/2015/03/21/the-sibe-vibe-presents-kimberley-matchem/
For More "The Sibe Vibe" Episodes, Click HERE
Dorothy Wills-Raftery of FiveSibes & #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign on Mushing Radio - February 2012
*Coming Soon* Canine Epilepsy Support Groups
Important Dates to Remember:
International Epilepsy Day
Second Monday of
Purple Day ®
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International Epilepsy Awareness Month
Dogs From Around the World Go Purple for K-9 Epiilepsy Awareness
Purple Pumpkin Project
Treats Formulated for the Epi-Dog; $1/Bag Purchased is Donated to The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy.
NOTICE: As of September 2017, House Woof Dog Biscuits Bakery in Vermont is on a hiatus and the owners have suspended their bakery operation and are not taking orders (including their "Gibbie Snacks") at this time. On behalf of my FiveSibes and #LiveGibStrong, I wish to send out a heartfelt "thank you" to House Woof for all their efforts in caring for dogs, and especially for creating the Gibbie Snacks, formulated specifically for the Epi-dog based on my Gibson's diet, and for the honor of having my Gibson a/k/a "Gibbie," the namesake for the treats. We are also are very grateful to House Woof for their generous donations to The Wally Foundation from their sales of Gibbie Snacks over the years. We hope to see their doors reopen once again in the future.
We will update here as news becomes available. Thank you.
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