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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Must Dogs Eat Meat?

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor There are many people that practice vegetarianism or veganism and the number is growing. More and more humans are protesting the way animals are treated prior to being slaughtered for food. Scientists are producing more foods that contain “artificial” proteins. According to the American Veterinarian website 70% of vegetarians feed their dogs slaughter-free proteins. Domestic animal diets are a source of much speculation. Recently, it was discovered that the absence of grain in animals’ diets greatly increased their risk of heart disease. Before committing to protein substitutes in Fido’s or Tabby’s diet please read the extensive... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Dogs

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Each of my dogs had a distinct personality. Two of my dogs are elderly. One of them is so old that I carry him around in a pouch on my shoulder. Every half hour or so he wakes up and forgets who I am, and he barks at me. I know better than to reach for him—his teeth are sharper than his mind. Sammy, my other elder is a feisty little Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix. Smartest dog I ever had. He will unwrap a loaf of bread, steal a slice, then try to make the bag look... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Overweight Dog

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Some folks tend to over-feed their pets, especially those that have been rescued from a neglectful background. Generally, adult dogs should be fed twice a day. Under normal circumstances a meat-and-plant based diet is ideal. According to the VCA (Veterinary Centers of America) dogs’ diets need to include the essential vitamins and amino acids found in many high-end dry dog foods. Whether to supplement dry food with meat and/or vegetables is a matter of debate. You can research on-line and find out the ideal weight that matches the breed(s) of your dog. An easy way to... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': At Least There Aren't Zombies

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Let’s discuss the elephant in the room: Social Distancing. I picture getting the “All Clear” sign from the government which will set off an instant opening of doors all over the world. Folks will stumble outside, holding up a hand to block a sun they haven’t seen for a long time, except through a window that’s been scrubbed so often it’s thinning in places. Women with ragged nails and unibrows will climb into their bird-bombed cars with bearded men, only to find that their batteries are dead. They will not remember what to do next and... Read more →

When A Beloved Pet Passes Away

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor (Gloucestercitynews.net)(March 21, 2020)--When a beloved pet passes away the grief is very real. We ache and the pain is overwhelming. It doesn’t help that non-pet owners do not understand this void. Whether your pet passes away from old age, an accident, or must be euthanized due to advancing age, extreme aggression, or illness you have a right to grieve! Do not let others demean you for your emotions! There are support groups both online, via phone, and in person that may help you. However, becoming accustomed to the loss you are feeling will be with you for... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': A Time-Line of Conditions

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor I’ve lived through quite a few symptomatic adventures in my life. When I was eight, I survived the Summer of Poison Ivy. Although it doesn’t sound serious it is if it covers your entire body and causes you to lay naked on a rubber sheet in ninety-degree weather because your mother doesn’t want to wash icky sheets or articles of clothing. And we didn’t have air conditioning. At twelve I discovered chicken pox. All my friends had it, too. I gave it to my brother. That fact still makes me laugh. In 2005 my dog was infected... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip: The Evolution of Protection

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor In 1828 New York initiated the first laws that outlawed animal cruelty. In 1866 the ASPCA was created. In 1966 the Animal Welfare Act was created to set minimum standards for the care, sale, and overall handling of domestic animals. In 1970 the AWA broadened its scope to require anesthesia for lab experimentation on animals. In 1980 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded. In 1990 the AWA was amended to require that all dogs and cats be held in shelters for five days before they are allowed to be sold to research... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Roscoe Changes His Ways

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor “I wanna tell you, kid and I’ll give it to you square. I’m leaving you. I’m sorry it shook out this way but you and me don’t belong together, see?” “Oh Roscoe, how can you say that? How can you? After all we’ve been through. How many times did I fight with my mother and father, telling them you’re a swell guy.” “It’s no good I tell you! Your parents think one way and that ain’t the way I think, see? They got a good life with a white picket fence and a garden and you’ll... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Introductions

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Your friend comes for a visit and wants to be friends with your dog. She talks loudly and reaches to pat him on the head but instead of him acting like the happy dog you know him to be, he snarls or hides in a corner. What now? Think about your friend's entry and relate it in human terms--you don't speak the language and you're accustomed to a calm environment. Suddenly, along comes a giant, shrieking maniac (remember, dogs' hearing is 100 times more intense than yours) who lunges for your head! You'd react by either running... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin’: Colors

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor I’m confused about colors. When I was very young, I was as plump and ruddy as a MacIntosh apple. My mother dressed me in hand-me-down boys’ shirts she cleverly disguised as blouses by putting the buttons where the buttonholes were and cutting buttonholes on the opposite side. Colors were not an issue. In my teens I donned tie-dyed tee shirts that looked like somebody’s nightmare and wore makeup to match. I was part of a group that treasured individuality as long as everyone wore bell-bottoms and splattered shirts, so color was neither recognized nor critiqued by... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Grooming

Dawn Watson,\CNBNews Contributor Good grooming is essential to maintain your dog's health. But how much grooming does it take? Many veterinarians recommend clipping Fido's nails every three weeks. If the nails become too long they may curl under and damage the pads of his feet, causing pain or even infection. Trimming the fur surrounding his pads is also a good idea because dirt can cling to the area or become matted. It requires the help of the best dog nail grinder. Some groomers are qualified to express glands that can cause discomfort. If your groomer does not wish to take... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Gloucester City

A view of the Walt Whitman bridge, from Proprietors Park, Gloucester City, NJ Photo credit Heidi Weaver Copyright Pending Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor (Gloucester City, NJ)(February 17, 2020)--I live in a small town. No, I wasn’t born here. I was adopted. It’s gritty, my town. Filled with what others might think of as “characters”—folks that have sat at the bottom of one too many sad endings. Folks that are awakened each night by the sounds of the skeletons that hide in their closets, waiting to bust out when they can do the most damage. These are good people. Many are... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Fence Fighting

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Fence fighting. You may not have known what this behavior is called but I’ll bet you’ve seen it. When a dog is left to his own resources outdoors, he may exhibit an annoying chain of behaviors. If you have a fenced-in yard Fido may spot movement outside of the fence and run the length of the enclosed area barking furiously. Eventually, the object or person will disappear from view and the dog will calm down and be quiet. But suddenly, another object or person shows up in “his” space and the barking starts all over again.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': The Valentine

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor (Gloucestercitynews.net)(February 10, 2020)--I am currently sweetheart-free. I thought I had one for a minute, but he changed his mind. It’s okay though—he has cats. I have dogs. It never would have worked. In theory we could have had a cat room and a dog room, but my living situation is in a state of flux (long story) and he lives in a tiny apartment. So, it ended. I’m a bit choosy when it comes to men, but the criteria is different than it was in my youth. Back then, a fellow had to be a visionary and... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Allergies

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Spring is a lovely time of year—except when your dog has allergies. Dogs can suffer from many of the same types of allergies that plague humans. For example, pollen can cause dogs to scratch and bite their skin, certain weeds can make a dog sneeze, and some trees give Fido weepy, sticky eyes! Hey may even develop "hot spots", or scratch until his fur comes out in patches. If your dog shows signs of allergies, call your veterinarian. He may recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine, but do not give your best buddy any medication without your doctor’s recommendation.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Getting Lucky

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor I was born lucky. It was lucky I was born at all—my brother is less than a year older than I, a fact that caused my mother to proclaim me an “accident” throughout the rest of her life. I’m lucky to have survived being extremely clumsy. For example, I only broke three small bones in my foot when I stumbled while celebrating St Patrick’s Day. It could have been much worse. It was crowded. I could have taken down at least three of my fellow-celebrators when I landed. And yet, nobody else was injured in the... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Aggression

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor What does aggression mean when referencing a dog? Aggression is the intent to do harm, whether it is focused toward a human, another dog, or any other animal. This includes resource guarding, (aggressive behavior while protecting an object or person whom the dog probably believes belongs to him). When you label your dog ‘aggressive’ and he attacks, you, as the owner, are doubly liable because you knew he was aggressive. Unless you have been informed by an animal behaviorist with a veterinary degree, or an animal behavior consultant—an individual with many years of experience—do not declare that... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': I'm Around

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor I don’t mind being fat. Chubbiness runs in my family. Well, it doesn’t run exactly. It saunters casually. No one in our family is actually obese, mind you—we’re just on the way up or on the way down, weight-wise. I count calories in between Oreo binges. While that isn’t the healthiest way to eat, those extra pounds keep me from breaking a hip when I fall on the ice. I just sort-of bounce on the sidewalk a few times. Then, I crawl home, thankful for my chubby knees and every other part of me that’s padded. I... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Winter Precautions

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Winter is here. It’s cold, windy, and icy. But your dog still needs to go outside, either for a walk or to the back yard several times a day. There are a few things you can do to assure Fido’s safety and relative comfort during extreme weather conditions. Make sure that your dog is dry before he goes outdoors. Allow plenty of time after a bath so that his coat will not freeze. Use only animal-friendly products to melt ice in the area in which he walks. Regular rock salt will damage the pads of his... Read more →

Local Author's Books Available at Carr's Hardware

CNBNews Contributor On Friday, January 24, Carr's Hardware, located at 22 North Broadway in Gloucester City, will offer the Pi series for sale. Six of local Author Dawn O Watson's novels take place in Pi, a small town that mirrors Gloucester City. "I'm happy that the Carr family likes my books and are willing to sell them at their store," Mrs. Watson said. "Of all the novels I've written, the ones set in the little town of Pi are the most popular, locally. Citizens can see themselves in many of the characters." There are six books in the series. They... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Teaching Your Dog to Go Home

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Some dogs are escape artists, darting outside whenever they see an opportunity. It's not that they don't enjoy their homes, it's just that they seek the outdoors or a good chase! When you are walking a newly-adopted dog try to take him on the same route every day so that he sees how to get from Point A to Point B. He will smell the pathway back to your house and it will be ingrained in him. When you are on your way home from a walk say the phrase, "Let's go home!" at the end... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': My Feet

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor I have a thing about shoes. Somewhere between high school and adulthood, my left foot stopped growing while my right foot blossomed into a clown-sized replica of a chimp’s paw, complete with opposable “thumb”. While it’s true I can pick up a dime with it, it isn’t often necessary to do so. I broke a few bones of my left foot at a St Patrick’s Day celebration and since then, it’s twice as fat as my right foot although not nearly as long. None of these facts really matter. Unless I buy shoes. If I’m shopping on... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Dress for the Weather

Dawn Watson/CNBNewsnet I am often asked if I approve of dogs being “dressed” for cold weather. The short answer is ‘yes’. Small dogs and hairless breeds can easily suffer from hypothermia. If they are cold for long periods of time, they may freeze to death. It’s important to keep them from becoming over-exposed to harsh weather. Never allow your small or medium-sized dog outdoors without being right by his side. If you are cold, he is cold! It is now a felony in many states to have an untended dog outside without shelter or water for longer than an hour.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Happy New Year

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor So many things have made 2019 'different' to me, personally. Through it all, my dogs were by my side. In March, 2019 I lost my home and my training studio at 700 Market Street--my taxes tripled and I simply could no longer afford the property. I began pulling and living in a small camper. The dogs were happy. It was a rough life, but we survived because we were all together. Walks were escalated until my pups and I were walking miles per day. The ones that were too frail to walk were carried in a sling... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': I Will Remember You

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Lately I find that my short-term memory has fallen out of my brain. I’m not sure whether it has to do with my age or the fact that I’ve block some of the weirder shenanigans of my recent past. But whatever the reason I’ve lost track of some of my day-to-day history. A friend will ask, “Do you remember me saying that yesterday?” and I’ll try to bluff my way through it by acting indignant and responding, “Well, of course I remember! Who wouldn’t remember that?” when I have no idea what she’s talking about. My kids... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: New Year's Eve

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor New Year's eve can be a festive, fun-filled adventure for everyone. But what about Fido? It's possible that the festivities can overwhelm your dog, with its noise makers and fireworks, people and fun. If you are planning a get-together, take precautions ahead of time. Make it safe for all involved! Find a safe place for Fido, even if it means he is in a bedroom or his crate. Cover his crate (except for the door) so it resembles a den. Put a few treats in there and his favorite toy. You may even consider leaving his door... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Fixing Things

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor I started fixing things when I was thirteen years old. My grandfather gave me one of his electric shavers and I wanted to try it out on my legs. The old kind didn’t have an on/off switch—you just plugged or unplugged it to shut it on or off. It worked great but it wouldn’t come out of the socket, so I stuck a metal nail file between the prongs, and I woke up about an hour later. I haven’t needed a perm since 1964. In the early ’70’s I fixed a pair of platform shoes whose... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Separation Anxiety

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor When I think of separation anxiety in animals, I picture nervousness, inappropriate activities, and/or extreme verbalization when the animal is left alone or when the primary caregiver is absent. Some dogs are so crippled by separation anxiety that their owners rehome them because of the damage they have caused. There is no ‘quick fix’ when it comes to this upsetting behavior. It takes time and patience to train the dog that you will be returning. Here are a few steps you can take to ease your best buddy’s anxiety: If Fido is usually crated when you are... Read more →

Local Author Holds Contest--Winning Design is Cover of New Book

My name is Dawn O Watson. I am a writer, currently working on novel number twelve. Some of the books I've written come under the heading of the Pi Series (Pi, Squared, The Circumference of Pi, etc.). These novels take place in Gloucester City. Local artist Amy Williams D'apice designed most of the covers of these and others, including the latest novel, called "Ezra: 7", which will be available shortly before Christmas. While waiting for "Ezra: 7" to be released, I've begun working on another post-apacolyptic book, entitled, "Blue Earth." Blue Earth takes place in the year 2070, ten years... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Exercise

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Exercise is essential for the health of your dog. But how much exercise is needed? One can generally use a dog’s weight (if the dog is a normal weight) as an indicator of the correct amount of exercise. For example, a small dog is usually content with one or two walks per day and some outdoor playtime in the back yard. A medium dog requires more exercise, especially the herding breeds (cattle dog, shelty, etc.). Two or three, mile-long jaunts are in order for these dogs. Some larger dogs are content with a quick run and time... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Holidays

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor The holidays are upon us! Family members will gather together, spending time with one another and eating lots of goodies! But, what about Fido? Your dog is part of the family and thus, should be included in the festivities! However, a certain amount of preparation is in order so that everyone enjoys a relaxed and social time. Be sure that your dog is up to date on his immunizations. In case he becomes anxious and decides to take a chunk out of Uncle Chuck or to nip Aunt Nancy at least he won’t give anyone rabies! Seriously,... Read more →

Jefferson Health’s New Jersey Hospitals Nationally Recognized

with ‘A’s’ in Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals — located in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township — were each awarded an “A” in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Jefferson’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization — driven by employers and other purchasers of health care — committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Layers

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor There’s an old saying, here in New Jersey: If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute! It’s true—because we’re Not-Quite-Delaware and Not-Even-New York, we seem to confuse Mother Nature to the point of insanity. But there’s no doubt that winter is coming! I’ve found that the key to being comfortable, temp-wise is layering. The other day I visited my doctor and was asked to step on the scale. The nurse looked puzzled as the needle shot up to a number that would have been appropriate at a weigh station, but not on a regular machine.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Dressing Up

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Many people complain when they see a dog wearing articles of clothing. “Dogs have fur and thus are naturally insulated!” they speculate. However, that is not always the case. Some dogs are so small that chilly weather can cause them to shiver and be uncomfortably cold. Others are hairless and must absolutely be protected. And putting a raincoat on a dog can eliminate that “wet dog” smell almost entirely! The truth is, most of us treat our dogs like children and find comfort in dressing them up when it’s cold and for special occasions! It does no... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Pants

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Let’s talk about pants. The way a woman wears her pants can be defining. For example, if she wears them tight, she’s either gained weight or wants to show the world her curves. Worn loosely and she’s either lost weight and can’t afford new ones or she’s waiting for an Amazon delivery to update her wardrobe. Men fall into several pants-wearing categories. They’re either of the, I Haven’t Gained Weight, I Just Prefer to Wear My Pants Under My Gut, category or the, These Are More Comfortable When Worn Under My Chest, group. Some young men wear... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: When a Dog "Speaks"

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dogs have ways of communicating with dogs that differ from the ways in which he communicates with the humans in his pack. The signs are subtle, but if you understand canine body language you can easily interpret what Fido is saying. When your dog barks, he is speaking! However, barking constantly is a sign that he has not learned when to bark! For the incessant barker, try saying, “No,” calmly and giving him a sharp look—not a touch—to remind him that he is behaving inappropriately. Soon, he will bark once, then look at you for a sign... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Initially Speaking

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor There are too many conditions that make use of the alphabet. I have a hard time memorizing the names of illnesses. Now, I’m forced to remember their nicknames. A friend of mine told me she dreaded winter because her S.A.D. kicked in. After I inquired why she was sad, she patiently explained that S.A.D. was short for Seasonal Affective Disorder. I never heard of it, but if it made her sad, I was against it. I’m pretty clear about A.D.D. but for a couple of years I thought people were talking about their kids installing house alarms.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Structured Feeding

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dogs love to eat! But when you feed them is almost as important as what you feed them. Structured feeding means that you have a set time to feed Fido. In addition, you have a definite idea about what type of food should be served at that time. A good example of this reasoning is to feed your dog a cup or so of good quality, dry dog food in the morning and a half-cup with some cooked chicken or canned dog food at supper time, including dog biscuits as treats during the day. When you choose... Read more →

Local Business Offers Bicycles

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (October 23, 2019)--The summer of 2019 was notable for many things, here in Gloucester City. Among the most notorious was the theft of many bicycles. Some local businesses stepped up to replace the bikes stolen from our young people. RiverPark Pub began a campaign to collect money to replace those bikes. However, an individual came into the bar and stole the money jar that contained over $200.00. Although positive identification was made via a camera and video, the man has not been brought to justice. RiverPark Pub took action again by collecting money from... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Fall

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Fall is my favorite time of year. However, there are a few things I’d like to change about it. Before you go thinking, “Who does she think she is? Mother Nature? Guess she thinks she’s pretty good, changing weather and everything”, let me be clear: I know I can’t really change the weather, so read on. Allergies seem to surface at this time of year. Someone told me it’s because of allergy-inducing leaf spores, so I’d like to see leaves not give off any more spores, please. Kids could then roll around in leaves and not come... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Cost-Saving Ideas

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Owning a dog can become expensive, but there are ways in which you can cut down on extraordinary costs. Here are a few ideas: Instead of expensive toys, create your own toys for Fido. An old sock filled with newspaper and tied at the ankle makes a wonderful toy! Empty cardboard boxes can also initiate a fast game of hide-and-seek and a dollar-store laser pointer can be lots of fun. Flea control products can be purchased on eBay. I buy a tube of flea ointment for large dogs and split it up between my smaller dogs, saving... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': For the Love of Dog

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Folks think they know how much I love dogs. They haven’t any idea. I began bringing dogs home in about 1972. I started with just two, Bennie and Schultz. Later, I added Winky, Mandy, Winky and Mandy’s puppies (no thoughts of spaying back in those days), and the list grew until I was overrun by canines. And loving it. If anyone was listening to me while I was home “alone”, they’d hear a conversation something like this: “Why did you do that? Yes, you! You know I’m talking to you, don’t look away. We agreed you wouldn’t... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin’ It’s the Time of the Season

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor I missed my fifty-year high school class reunion. I know I said that I was going but my finances are tenuous during the best of times and foodbankish the rest of the month. The short answer is that I couldn’t afford the ticket, the gas, or the tolls. The humbling part of the story isn’t my absence, though. It’s that no one noticed. Let me explain about my high school. It’s located in what was once a city that worshipped their athletes. We, the drama club geeks, the artists, the poets, gave them a wide berth in... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Introducing a New Human Friend

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Sometimes it's necessary for your dog to become accustomed to a new friend, a more-or-less permanent person with whom you wish to share your home and your life. But, what about Fido? If your dog was attached to a previous partner, the going may be rough, at first. Fido secured a bond with him or her and that bond is about to change. He may grieve for his previous owner and show signs of displeasure when the new person is introduced. This is normal. Try to maintain your distance from your new partner until Fido accepts him.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Parking Matters

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Over the years I’ve gotten quite a few tickets for parking my car on the street cleaner’s route. Everyone I know complains about it and everyone has gotten a ticket at one time or another. All except for Mr. Down. I don’t think it’s fair that this fellow parks wherever he wants and never gets a ticket! If you look carefully enough you can even see the water marks where the cleaner went around his car! I should say, “cars” because he seems to have about a hundred of them! True, most of them are clunkers but... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Domestic v Wild Animals

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor For many years it was thought that cats and dogs were natural enemies. Recently however, studies have shown that when these species are introduced at an early age acceptance can occur. Almost any domestic animal depicted as having a ‘natural enemy’ can learn to live with another animal. But wild animals are in a completely different category. If a human ‘adopts’ an animal from the wilderness he or she is taking a great risk. I am not speaking about hybrids—wolfdog, coydog, or Bengal cats—I am speaking of true, wild animals. Wild animals have stronger prey drives than... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': Forget About It

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor My memory is going. Or rather, it’s become selective. I can remember the words to all the theme songs of TV cowboy shows dating from the late 1950’s but I can’t remember what I wore yesterday. I make a list of things to remember and then I can’t remember where I put the list. It’s awkward when I go to Dollar General. I usually end up going twice—the second time I buy the things I forgot the first time. Or grab the bag I left behind. Recently, I admired a kitchen appliance on a friend’s counter. “You... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: End of Life Decisions

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--When a pet passes away you will want to arrange for cremation or burial. It’s best to think about these issues before the grieving process starts. Check the Internet for costs associated with burial or cremation ahead of time. You don’t want the added expenses associated with a beloved pet’s demise, to surprise you. If your dog is elderly or very sick, plan ahead. When you’ve made the difficult decision to end a pet’s suffering it’s best to research costs and compare what each clinic or veterinary practice offers in the way of comfort care... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Just Sayin': The Back-Handed Compliment

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor If you’re like me, you’ve been the recipient of many compliments that took a while to understand. Often, you’re half-way home before you realize you’ve been insulted. For example, when someone tells me I’m ‘filling out’, you can bet he means I’m getting fat. And when a person says, “I’ve always liked that blouse,” I know she’s saying, “That blouse sure is old!” But my least favorite and most-often given “compliment” is this: “You look good—FOR YOUR AGE”! I’m confused. What exactly does that phrase mean? The first part, the ‘look good’ part is fine. I like... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Separation Anxiety

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Gloucestercitynews.net--Separation Anxiety is a condition shared by many dogs. In some cases it’s so bad that the dog is returned to the shelter or given away by frustrated owners. When the owner is present, signs of SA (Separation Anxiety) include exhibiting attention-seeking behaviors (pawing, jumping on owners, and barking) and destruction and barking when the owner is not at home. To desensitize Fido when you are not present, try crating or separating him a few minutes at a time, then praising him for calm behavior. Slowly increase the amount of time away until you are sure your... Read more →