Thursday, February 16, 2012

FiveSibes' "What's Wrong With Gibson?" Canine Epilepsy Awareness Book Tour

We had the most wonderful delivery come via snail mail just the other day...It was a book!  Not just any book, Dears...oh no.  It was What's Wrong With Gibson?, written by Dorothy Wills-Raftery and illustrated by Michelle Littler.  It's a touching children's book about canine epilepsy, told with love and compassion from the FiveSibes mom herself.

"Look at our awesome new book!  So many pictures of my cousins!"

The story unfolds in rhyme, sweetly illustrating the FiveSibes pack at play.  I won't spoil it for you, but I will tell you that through their seizure experience, they teach us some great information.  The story is moving and actually had me choking back tears - I'm a big sap after all.  Harley knows just what to do, and shows her pack to act with care and love in supporting big brother, Gibson.

"Come here, Fenway, I'm going to read you a story about seizures..."  "Seizures?!  They sound scary!!"

I remember watching my first seizure as a vet tech.  I can still see that poor Rottweiler's body shaking and tensing, while her head hit the hard floor.  We placed a towel under her until it was over, waiting anxiously for the electrical storm in her brain to stop.  My heart goes out to all those that suffer from epilepsy and are forced to endure it alongside their kiddos.

"I'm too scared to look..."

"Nyxie, do we have to be worried about epilepsy?"

Please support Dorothy by heading over to ArcticHouse Publishing and buying a copy.  Please visit my friend, Dorothy at FiveSibes to read more about her fantastic pack, and please buy What's Wrong With Gibson - a percentage of each book will be donated by the author to Canine Epilepsy Resources!

"I've got you covered, Little Brother.  Let's read it together..."

"We don't have to be scared!  Thanks to The FiveSibes, we know how to handle seizures!"


  1. We have the book too and we all loved it. EVenour little bipeds enjoyed it. Great post!

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  2. What a great surprise!

    Teddy Bear & Sierra

  3. We're hopping over now. Thanks for telling us about it.

  4. Thank you so much for your wonderful post and support! Love your beautiful pics, which will be added to my personal library (I love looking at those beautiful faces!)and also to our Blog Book Tour photo album on Facebook (and will be here at a later date too!) So glad you liked the book...and Arewen & Nyxie - that's so great of you to read together so Fenway didn't get scared! Husky hugs to you and to Hu-Mom! Thanks again!

  5. How fun is that...the book is such a wonderful way to spread the word
    Benny & Lily

  6. That was a great review, along with fabulous photos of your pups reading the book. Our first Lab had epilepsy, and it scared us to death at first. Later, we became better at handling his seizures... and he was among the lucky dogs for whom his epilepsy spontaneously went away in his elder years.

    Thanks for your supportive words about my dog, K. They mean a lot to us in this tough time.

  7. We came across from The Five Sibes....What a brilliant review of the book. We loved the wonderful photos of you all reading the book.
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugltesx

  8. That books sounds amazing. It must be really reassuring to have it all explained in such a gentle way so you know what to do. Well done FiveSibesMom (will hop over and tell her myself too)

    Love and licks, Winnie

  9. Great post-- thank you for it and for your visit to our blog!!! We will be buying that book for sure!!!

  10. We have our copy and it is great information given in a very stress-free form. Thanks for spreading the word about this book and the FiveSibes efforts to raise awareness of Canine Epilepsy... it can happen to any pup.

  11. Thanks for sharing the info on the book. What a great thing to have such a book with the information about epilepsy! One of our 1st Sibes (King) had that and it was scary. Sadly his couldn't be controlled. Would have been nice to have that book in order to learn more.
    Glad it's out there now to help others!
    Mom Barb for the pack


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