K9 Epilepsy: What’s in Your Dog’s Epi First Aid Kit?

K9 Epilepsy: What's in Your Dog's Epi First Aid Kit?

It is November and with it comes the time of year when many of us are busy with the hustle, bustle, and preparations for the upcoming holidays. November is also Epilepsy Awareness Month, a time to support those living with epilepsy—humans and canines. So while you are making lists and checking them twice, I encourage you to do a purple awareness ribbon in support, and if you share your life with a dog who has Canine Epilepsy, to use this time to take inventory of your dog’s Epi First Aid Kit. First, and foremost, if your dog has a seizure, … Continue reading

5 Health Benefits of Adding Pumpkin to Your Dog’s Diet

5 Health Benefits of Adding Pumpkin to Your Dog's Diet

Ah, October! Here in the northeast, it is truly one of the most beautiful seasons as trees become emblazoned with leaves changing from bright orange to sunny yellow and apple red! There is a crispness in the air that puts pep not only our steps, but our dog’s as well! Along with the drop in temperatures, the season is ripe for fun with apple and pumpkin picking at area farms! And who hasn’t seen the “pumpkin is the spice of life” on t-shirts and in everything from coffees, teas, and cereals (for humans) to delectable treats for both people and … Continue reading

7 Photography Tips for Capturing Great Pet Pics

7 Photography Tips for Capturing Great Pet Pics

As a photojournalist, I truly believe every picture does indeed tell a story.   Every day, our pets bring us so much joy, whether it is that moment a puppy lick’s a child’s face, a therapy dog brings happiness to an ailing or lonely person, a cat chases a butterfly, a horse gallops across a misty field, a bunny nibbles on a piece of hay, or a dog rolls in the first snow of the season, taking a photograph allows us to capture and enjoy that moment, over and over again. Every day can be a day of many special … Continue reading

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

August has just arrived, and while many folks are still enjoying the summer time soaking up the sun and splashing in the water, the thought of school is not that far off. Some families are already preparing!   While items such as bookbags, notebooks, and pencils are being added to shopping lists, the transition from summer sun to school-time fun could actually be a stressful one for pets. Here are a few of my FiveSibes™ “golden rules” to help ease the change for our furry best friends and their human pals: Practice Makes Perfect (Sense) Before the first day of … Continue reading

Why You Should Not Shave a Siberian Husky

Why You Should Not Shave a Siberian Husky

Ahhh, summertime is here! It is the long-awaited season of fun in the sun and having our furry best friends accompany us on so many of our adventures.   With summer, comes that ol’ hot summer heat, and while a double-coated northern breed dog, such as a Siberian Husky, may make you feel hot looking at all that fur, and you may be tempted to shave him/her, I am here to tell you, don’t do it! Maybe you have seen one of those so-called “funny” shaved Husky memes going around on social media, but the truth is shaving a Husky, … Continue reading

Do You Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Pet?

Do You Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Pet?

Disasters can strike at any time, anywhere; from tornadoes to hurricanes, to flash floods and fires, to earthquakes. If an emergency suddenly arises and you need to evacuate, do you have a plan for your family, including your pets? If not, this is a perfect time to develop one. Here are some of my FiveSibes™ tips on being prepared: 1. Get Certified! If you have not yet taken a Pet First Aid/Pet CPR course, sign up now! Not sure which program to sign up for? Check with your veterinarian for a recommendation. 2. ID Your Pet Pets can get spooked and … Continue reading

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

It is important that while we prepare our homes, yards, and even cars for the fun-in-the-sun days, we keep our canine companions’ safety in mind, too. Here are some of my FiveSibes™ tips to help keep the fun in summer for everyone: 1. Yards of Fun! As we prepare our yards for the great outdoor season, do a thorough yard check, sans dogs, of course, and: Inspect all the fence lines and gates to be sure they are still solid and intact. Look around to see if any animals or bees made a nest that needs to be removed. Did … Continue reading

Earth Day: 12 Ways to Reduce Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

April 22 is Earth Day, a day for the world’s communities to come together on a global scale to talk about climate change and the environmental future of our planet. The year 2020 will see the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and its mission of forging a vision of change to protect the environment for future generations, and that includes our pets. But the health of our planet is not a concern for just for one day, it’s an everyday priority. Did you know besides the many ways we can reduce our own carbon footprints, we can also reduce our … Continue reading

5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 65 million people around the world have Epilepsy. Canine Epilepsy also affects thousands of dogs across the world, across the breeds each year. It is so important, on both the human and the canine fronts, to join together to help others understand, to not be afraid if they see a person or a dog having a seizure, and how to help and be supportive. That is what March 26 – Purple Day® is all about! Facts About Purple Day®: In 2008, a nine-year-old girl with Epilepsy named Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, along with … Continue reading

7 Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog With L-O-V-E!

Love for Your Dogs in Many Ways!

Welcome to the month of love! Ah, yes, love. Poets and authors write about it. Singers croon about it. Artists create visions of it. While every day is a day for showing our pets how much we love them, February is a time to celebrate that love with Valentine’s Day on February 14 and Love Your Pet Day on February 20! While we can certainly count the many ways our beloved dogs love us and we love them, here’s a few ways of showering our canine best friends with some l-o-v-e! Love Is Simple Nothing says, “I love you,” more … Continue reading