Cheryl Dawson

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

Did you ever hear of a Husky fur hat? Mittens? Scarf? How about “siberwool?” Well, on today’s “The Sibe Vibe” show we will be hearing how to make these Husky creations with our guest Cheryl Dawson, lead siberwool spinner for the Save Our Siberians Siberspace Rescue Fund (SOS-SRF), volunteer board member, recording secretary, and Siberian Husky mom. 2018 celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the SOS-SRF! Formed in 1998 from a little group of Internet folks, former Sibernet members, this organization has grown over the past 20 years to grant rescues “well over$250,000 to help Huskies in need AND has helped their 600th dog!” Amazing! And,according to the SOS-SRF, “It all started with an idea to spin Siberian fur in to yarn—siberwool—and auction off the resulting products.” On today’s show, we will also hear all about how Cheryl first became interested in spinning, how she gathers Siberian Husky fur and turns it into Siberwool, the warm and cozy items she makes with it, and how this fur-based yarn helps Huskies in need. In addition to being a spinning and knitting extraordinaire, Cheryl continues in her role as the recording secretary of SOS-SRF and proudly says the organization, since it has grown, can now make grants of much more meaningful amounts. “We are also pleased to see rescue groups much more able to handle smaller amounts themselves, as they too learn more about fund-raising techniques.” Cheryl says their focus is now being more able to help out struggling younger groups as they begin to get organized to stand on their own. “Many times small grants to such groups can enable them to handle an expense that could have broken their bank accounts without us being there at a critical time….” Links to the Resources in this Show: For more info on how rescues can apply for assistance, Success Stories, info on their fundraising auctions, and more, visit the SOS-SRF website at:www.SOS-SRF.org. For more information on spinning siberwool,visit:http://www.sos-srf.org/FurSpinning.html. Watch the “Sheds to Threads” video interviewwith both Cheryl and the SOS-SRF Chairperson, Pat Tetrault:   Follow SOS-SRF on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SOSSRF/ FiveSibes Website: www.FiveSibes.com FiveSibes Blog: https://FiveSibes.blogspot.com Follow FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FiveSibes FiveSibes on Twitter:@FiveSibesMom To purchase FiveSibes™ Tale Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness, of which a portion is donated to the SOS-SRF, visit www.ArcticHousePublishing.com Host, Dorothy Wills-Raftery’s Bio: Dorothy Wills-Raftery is an award-winning photojournalist and author of EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy; the FiveSibes™ Tales children’s books What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness; and Buddy, the Christmas Husky~Based On A True Holiday Miracle (ArcticHouse Publishing). She is the creator, writer, and photographer of her award-winning international FiveSibes blog. Dorothy and her Siberian Huskies have been featured in American Dog Magazine, and her work has appeared in American Pet Magazine, Ruff Drafts, The Sled Dogger, and Kings River Life Magazine. She is a regular author contributor to the 4Knines blog and Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine. Dorothy is the writer and host of  “The Sibe Vibe,” which debuted on Dog Works Radio in August 2012, where the motto is, “If it’s about a Siberian Husky, we’ll chat about it!” Named “Best Author” in 2015 & 2016 by Hudson Valley Magazine, and all four of her books named “Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine, Dorothy is a 5-time Dog Writers of America Association “Excellence” nominee, including a nod for “Excellence” for the “Talking Canine Epilepsy” episode of The Sibe Vibe featuring Dr. Karen Muñana and Julie Nettifee of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2016, Dorothy was awarded the prestigious Maxwell Medallion for her blog article on rescue dogs in FiveSibes. Her book, EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy was selected as the NYC Big Book Award for 2017 in the Pet Category. An official International Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador since 2012 and a volunteer case manager for The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, Dorothy is the creator of the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness and educational campaign inspired by her own Epi-dog, Siberian Husky, Gibson. In addition to her Siberian Huskies, Dorothy shares her home with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, new grandson, and an adopted feral kitty. You can follow Dorothy and her FiveSibes on social media over on their website at www.FiveSibes.com and at FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews on Facebook. Thanks for Listening! We appreciate your visiting our site today and for help in bringing awareness to the Dog Works Radio podcast. Please leave an honest review for Dog Works Radio on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show. Finally don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic updates! It’s free! 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