After Rocco’s first seizure I panicked. I had no idea what we were facing and how it will affect our boy’s life. The vet tried to answer all our questions as bets as he could, but I still felt alone and lost. I went searching for answers on the internet and that’s how I found Gibson from FiveSibes. Gibson is a beautiful, 5-year-old, wooly Siberian Husky and he has canine epilepsy. Gibson’s mom, Dorothy, was very helpful in answering my questions and pointing me towards many resources and a community of people and pets affected by K-9 epilepsy.
I read as much as I could, but still hoped that Rocco’s seizure was an isolated episode and will never happen again. Six weeks later Rocco had his second seizure and I made peace with the fact that he’s an epi-dog. The more I read about it, I realized that it’s OK, and that he can still live a happy, active and long life. I’m very much indebted to Dorothy for pointing me in the right direction and for working so hard to raise awareness about canine epilepsy.
Part of her awareness campaign is a children’s book she authored entitled “What’s Wrong With Gibson?”
This is the first book in a series of FiveSibe Tales, written by Dorothy Wills-Raftery and illustrated by Michelle Littler. In this book, through short, easy to follow stories and beautiful illustrations, children and adults can learn about K-9 Epilepsy. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to support Canine Epilepsy research, information & valuable resources through the Canine Epilepsy Resources Center. To buy the book you can head over to Arctic House Publishing, FiveSibes Blog, or you can find it at Global Pet Foods Bowmanville (Bowmanville, ON).
If you would like to learn more about Gibson and the FiveSibes, head over and visit their blog. If you have an Epi-dog, FiveSibes November Epilepsy Awareness post, is where I would encourage you to begin your search.