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Pet Tip of the Week: A Change in Lifestyle (

by Dawn Watson

Freckles & Gracie(


Things are always changing. We get a new job, get fired, get married, get divorced, or are challenged in a hundred different ways. That’s life. 

But, what about Fido? 

Your pets ‘feel’ changes and can react to them either negatively or positively,

depending upon how they are presented. For example, if you are moving from a large home to a small apartment, spending more time walking Fido can ease his transition and make the move a positive change, for him. While losing a job can be a serious emotional and financial set-back for your family, it may allow you to  spend more time with your pets until you find that perfect, rewarding career! 

If you are facing a change in your relationship or considering a new one, don’t forget about easing into that transition by presenting it in a positive light to your pets. And, please remember that dogs and cats are not disposable: they feel pain and suffer emotional trauma. If your new love interest asks you to ‘get rid of’ your pet, perhaps it’s time to reconsider whether he or she is worth the loss of your best friend. 

Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030

 Pictured: Hunter and Gracie