The Sibe Vibe: Olivia’s Card Drive for K9 Epilepsy

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

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

On this very special episode of “The Sibe Vibe,” host Dorothy Wills-Raftery is talking about an 8thBarkday Card Drive fundraiser for Epi-dog “Olivia” Barnaby that will benefit The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy (TWF) ~and~ give details about the (p)awesome items donated for a Barkday Goodie Basket that will be randomly selected by Olivia’s hu-mom for one lucky donator on July 1, 2018!

Here’s all the Barkday Card Drive details:

Simply send a snail mail card to Olivia for her 8thBarkday (that is on June 21st) and include one dollar ($1)—(or more if you’d like). Cards can also be online or Email cards, with the donation made via PayPal. All donators will have their names entered for a random drawing that will be conducted on July 1, 2018 – and one lucky donator will win a fabulous Barkday Goodie “Bag” consisting of:

  • A Big Gnaw donated by Knotty Toys for Good Dogs
  • A Pack of delicious Gib Nibs dog treats made by and donated by Nanette Willis of Sassy’s Goodies;
  • The book What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsywritten and donated by Dorothy Wills-Raftery of FiveSibes;
  • A Purple Bracelet donated by Epiwarrior Lexi & her HooMom, Yvette of Feathered Sunsets;
  • A Purple T Shirt designed by Dean Russo & an engraved Dog Tag donated by Critter Comforts;
  • A “surprise” gift from Rick Selwood, Founder & Executive Director of The Wally Foundation.

Send the Barkday cards with donation to:

Olivia c/o Knotty Toys for Good Dogs

P.O. Box 125, Coe Hill, ON.

K0L 1P0, Canada


Make donation via Paypal at:

To be entered into the Giveaway, be sure to comment Happy Barkday, Olivia!

Who is Olivia? Olivia is the sweet adopted dog of Jeanaann Barnaby and the star of her own Facebook page – Oh, the Life of Olivia! – and the CEO (Canine Executive Officer) of Jeanaann’s home business, Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. In addition to her online store of homemade hemp chew toys, Jeanaann also shares information on Canine Epilepsy Awareness in her blog on the website. Jeanaann also donates a portion of her Knotty Toys sales to The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy, where she is also their online communications director. Olivia has almost daily focal seizures and periodic gran mal seizures. She was diagnosed in 2011 with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy, and along with her hu-mom, have become advocates for dogs living with Canine Epilepsy.

The Wally Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers possible financial assistance for much needed anti-seizure medications to families, rescues, and fosters of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Canine Epilepsy.

Links for Resources Mentioned in this Show:

Oh, the Life of Olivia!on Facebook –

Knotty Toys for Good Dogs Blog –

Knotty Toys for Good Dogs Website –

The Wally Foundation~Canine Epilepsy on Facebook –

FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews on Facebook –

FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness & Education Campaign –

FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong/The Anita Kaufmann Foundation #Paws4Purple Educational Project –

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 FiveSibesblog. 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 4Kninesblog 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!”

In 2018, Dorothy’s book EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsywas awarded the Independent Press Award for “Excellence” the Reference book and in 2017 it was received the New York City Big Book Award for “Excellence” in the Animal/Pet book category. 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 9-time Dog Writers of America Association (DWAA) “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 2017 Dorothy was awarded the DWAA’s prestigious Maxwell Medallion for “Excellence” for her Red Nose Day photo poster and in 2016 for her article on rescue dogs, both published in her FiveSibes blog.

Dorothy is the creator of the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness and Education campaigninspired by her own Epi-dog, Siberian Husky, Gibson. An official International Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador since 2012, Dorothy partnered with The Anita Kaufmann Foundation in 2018 for the launch of her #LiveGibStrong #Paws4Purple K-9 Epilepsy project, and she is a volunteer case manager for The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy.

In addition to her Siberian Huskies, Dorothy shares her home with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson. You can follow Dorothy and her FiveSibes on their website at, on Facebook at FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews, as FiveSibes Mom on Google +  and on Twitter as @FiveSibesMom.





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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

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

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