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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 →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': My Adventure

Dawn Watson/CNB news contributor Just Sayin' I’m soon going to be living in a 10 x 12 foot travel trailer so I figure I’d better practice my survival skills before circling my beloved Gloucester City in my quest for adventure. The first thing I did when I decided to purchase... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Weather

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dawn Watson It’s raining. Again. It’s been either raining or snowing for the past two months. Welcome to winter in the southern part of New Jersey. Everyone’s house is green and growing fur, due to the dampness. It would be picturesque if this was a countryside in... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Finding Fido

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor If your beloved pet is missing, here are some simple ways to (hopefully) ensure his return: Social media is one of the best ways to advertise a lost pet. Include your name, phone, a picture, and offer a small reward. Ask friends to share your post. Print... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Claiming Ownership

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor You come home from work and take your dog for a walk. Afterwards, you seek out your favorite chair, only to find that Fido has claimed it. When you instruct him to get down, he growls at you. What now? The reason Fido growled was because you... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': My Secret Hobby

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor I’m thinking about taking up a really dangerous hobby. I haven’t chosen it yet but there are lots of really cool ones out there. If I discuss it with my kids they won’t let me so I’m keeping it a secret. I saw a little kid on... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin’ Keep on Truckin’

Dawn Watson | CNBnews Contributor I am a trucker. My spiffy little Hyundai Accent could not pull the trailer I bought, so I sold her and bought a used truck. The Accent was named Katniss. The truck is Ragnar. I’ve become a different person. I drove Ragnar home from Philly.... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Importance of "Sit"

Dawn Watson | CNBNews Contributor A dog must be taught, gently and respectfully, that you, the owner, is in charge. One way to accomplish this is to have Fido sit for all favors. For example, giving him the sit command (one word) before meals, treats, petting, and going outdoors will... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Super-Powers

Dawn Watson | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 11, 2019)-- I have two super-powers: my sense of hearing and my sense of smell. Usually they are blessings. Not always. Let’s talk about a super sense of smell. I can smell a cigarette butt out on the sidewalk while standing... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Loving a Special Needs Dog

Dawn Watson | CNBNews Contributor People often ask why I care for elderly and special needs dogs. I generally answer by saying that they need me. But the truth is, I need them. There are many folks whose main priority in life is to nurture. We thrive only when having... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Stranger Danger

Dawn Watson | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 4, 2019)-- I went for a walk around my block the other day. It turned into an adventure. First of all, I live in a neighborhood where everybody knows your name. That isn’t always a good thing because they can address... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: When Fido Doesn't Fit

Trixie--a perfect fit! Dawn Watson | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (February 2, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)--Having worked with dogs for most of my life I have discovered that a few dogs do not “fit” the families that have adopted them. You may fall in love with a dog only to bring him... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': My Favorite Bar

Dawn Watson | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY NJ (January 28, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)--I have a favorite bar, my place to go after work or for a Saturday afternoon. I meet friends there, eat there sometimes, and generally act foolish, then follow it up with a coffee chaser. And it’s close enough that... Read more →


Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Traveling With Pets

Dawn Watson CNBNewsnet Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 26, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)-- Recently, there has been an increase in individuals and families that invest in campers and vans and hit the road after selling most of their belongings. I am one of those individuals! In order to make it a joyous adventure... Read more →