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Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': What'cha Gonna Do?

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor I’ve known quite a few Bad Boys in my life. And they’ve known me. Before you get all judgmental let me explain that there is no hidden meaning to this statement. It’s just that I’m the type of lady that attracts—and is attracted to—all the wrong kind... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Thunderbolts and Lightning (CNBNewsnet)

Dawn Watson CNBNews Contributor During this time of the year we in New Jersey are often inundated with storms and tornadoes. While most of us are accustomed to dealing with the stress of this situation, what about Fido? If your dog is not acting in his usual manner it may... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': A Slightly Wilted Flower Child

Dawn Watson | CNBNews Contributor My high school reunion is in September. It will be the 50th anniversary of our graduation. Yep, I am a proud member of the graduating class of 1969. Right at the beginning of the Summer of Love. Yes, I wore flowers in my hair but... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Age-Appropriate Adoption (CNBNewsnet)

Dawn Watson CNBNews Contributor I know of so many cases of older people adopting very young dogs, only to pass away when the dog is middle-aged. At that time Fido suffers the loss of the only home he’s known. In addition, he may not have enjoyed the exercise and stimulation... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Puppies

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor (Gloucestercitynews.net)-- Puppies are adorable! Cute and lovable, charismatic and easy to love. But if you’re considering adopting a puppy here are a few reminders: Puppies four months and younger can be loud at all hours of the night. Often, they will cry for attention and howl pitiably... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Game of Drones

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor (For Game of Thrones Fans) Summer is coming. My Lords and Ladies—behold! No longer will White Walkers troll these lands of sand and sea; now come the Brown Walkers, those tan-of-skin and slick of brow, who think nothing of making a fire on the earth and roasting... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Neurological Deficits in Dogs

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor A “normal” dog does all the things you’d expect from a family pet—he barks to alert, is relatively house-trained, accepts and shows respect for family members, and is generally predictable. But when a dog does not fit into these acceptable behavior categories there may be cause for... Read more →

Here, There Be Angels

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Gloucester City. Gcity. Holy City. Title Town. So many names to describe the city I have come to love. Our small community contains all nationalities, races, cultures. There is conflict, yes. But we seem to be able to rise above it, for the most part and help... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Home Game

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor I’m living in a van. Down by the river. This phrase was made popular by an actor named Chris Farley on a sketch comedy show. I used to think it was hysterically funny. Now, not so much. This is not the only topic I’ll ever address when... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Bereavement

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Much has been written about our feelings when a beloved pet dies. We try to soften the reality by saying the pet “crossed the rainbow bridge” in the hopes that there truly is a special place where pets go in the afterlife. I have parented many dogs.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Piercings

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Piercings are all the rage, right now. Almost everyone I know has at least one hole from which to hang jewelry. It’s as though fingers just aren’t good enough and folks have to have other ways to show off their costume jewelry. A friend of mine was... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Nail Clipping

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor It can be a chore to clip your dog’s nails. Some dogs must be sedated and have a veterinarian clip them but most dogs can adapt if you use positive reinforcement techniques to get through the process. If you adopted your dog as a puppy, accustom him... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': It Ain't Easy

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Living life in an eight-by-twelve trailer ain’t easy. If it was, everybody would do it. The roads would be congested with campers, RV’s, and tow vehicles that look like they’re built to haul cities. Some of them are. In case you haven’t read about me, here it... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Intelligence

Dawn Watson/CNBnews Contributor Some dogs have higher intelligence than others. Throughout my career I have noticed a huge difference in dogs’ capacity to learn and remember. I’ve had occasion to work with both extremes. A dog that I adopted many years ago is on the lower end of cognitive reasoning.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Dancing

Dawn Watson/Cnbnewsnet Contributor CNBNews graphics file I love to dance. I don’t ordinarily do it well but there are times when my two-step noticeably improves. Generally, the improvements are due to unpleasant circumstances. For example, the other day I walked face-first into a spider web. Later, a friend who’d witnessed... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week:

Unnecessary Surgeries

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Many people that purchase puppies or kittens are asked if they want surgical procedures done on their pets shortly after birth and before they leave for their new homes. While some of these procedures are common, all are unnecessary body modifications. A cat’s only means of self-defense... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week

Dawn Watson/CNBnews Contributor Some dogs seem not to need much water to live comfortably, while others seem to drink to excess. How can you tell when a dog is ingesting enough (or too much) water? If a dog suddenly starts drinking more than he ever drank before it’s time to... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Everything Has a Purpose

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Ah, spring, when the earth warms and sprouts crocuses, daffodils, and forsythia. Hyacinth blossom, honeysuckle attract fuzzy bumblebees, and everything is in harmony with nature. And then, you notice it—the smell of concerned planters, hard-core gardeners, and perfectionist landscapers. Fertilizer. Cow manure, fish heads, chicken droppings, all... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Wolf: Brother of the Dog

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dogs possess the inherent qualities of pack animals. That is, if it’s true that they are descended from wolves, and wolves travel in packs then dogs too, are pack animals. It is upon this basis that Brother of the Wolf, LLC was founded. According to DNA research... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': The Village of Special Purposes

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Yesterday my friend took me to a gigantic thrift store. I’ve shopped in thrift stores before but this one was different. “Wait’ll you see,” she said with an air of mystery as we walked through the front door. I gasped. Not only was it huge, it was... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Know Your Breed

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor If you are thinking about adopting or purchasing a dog, there is a lot you should know. For example, some breeds (or mixes of breeds) need lots of room to run around and exercise. These are the herding and/or working breeds. A Border collie, German Shepherd, Australian... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

Dawn Watson/CNBnews Contributor I’ve been through lots of challenges but last night was the first night in my adult life that I almost froze to death. As some of you may know, somewhere between my mid-life crisis—okay, my end of life crisis—and the inability to pay my property taxes I... Read more →