• 2017

                                            The Joy of Christmas and Birthdays

                                         Dawn McCarthy  Dec 2017   The Beauty Battalion

     

    I LOVE December!  The holidays are such a great time to spend with family and friends, where everyone gets to unplug, and be present.  This year December brings a big Birthday for my Dad, who will be coming home to the states since he lives abroad. It is also a big Birthday for my fur kid, Josie.

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                                            Top 10 Reasons to be Thankful for your Dog

                    Dawn McCarthy  Nov 2017   The Beauty Battalion

     

    It’s November — what better time to remind ourselves to be Thankful — for the comforts around us, our family, friends (both in the real world and online) and, of course, for the dogs we share our lives with. Thanksgiving is the time to reflect, count our blessings, and feel lucky for what we have. Hopefully you can give thanks for your health, your loved ones, your many achievements, and for our furry friends-for the unique love they provide...

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             First Time Fur Mom

                                            Dawn McCarthy  May 2017 .  The Beauty Battalion

     

    For me, I always wanted kids, but unfortunately it was not in the stars to happen. So, when just over 2 ½ years ago, I rescued my fur pup Josie, I gained an even bigger respect for “Mom’s” in general.  Not having kids, I really only have had to take care of myself, and it’s been a process learning someone has to ...

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    First Time Fur Mom on Father's Day

                    Dawn McCarthy  June 2017 .  The Beauty Battalion

     

    Depending on the type of person you are when the word domestic pet comes up the first thing usually thought of is dog. Dogs are loyal animals that if treated properly love their owners unconditionally. But why do we consider them “Man’s Best Friend" ...

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    Fireworks and Treats for your Dog this Summer

                    Dawn McCarthy  July 2017 .  The Beauty Battalion

     

    Depending on the type of person you are when the word domestic pet comes up the first thing usually thought of is dog. Dogs are loyal animals that if treated properly love their owners unconditionally. But why do we consider them ...

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    4 Tips for when your Dog is Home Alone Dawn McCarthy August 2017 . The Beauty Battalion ﷯It’s August and for many the back to school rush means more days are being spent out of the house leaving our fur kids home. Shopping for new school clothes, supplies, and attending back to school meetings, means less time spent at the dog park, taking long walks at night, or day trips to the beach.

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                   #First Time Fur Mom

                                            Dawn McCarthy  Sept 2017   The Beauty Battalion

     

    It’s true; Summer is coming to an end, and Fall is approaching as we go into September. A season favored by many—many dogs, that is. It’s not too hot, so their fur coats don’t feel as heavy, and they can stay out adventuring longer. Plus, there is so much to enjoy in the fall season.

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                   #First Time Fur Mom

                                          Dawn McCarthy  Oct 2017   The Beauty Battalion

     

    October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month; a month dedicated to promoting the safe practices of handling and caring for both domestic and wild animals. ... National Animal Safety and Prevention Month was created by the PALS Foundation. PALS is dedicated to helping people and animals coexist in a way that benefits all of nature.

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  • 2018

                       It's Time for Summer

                    Dawn McCarthy  June 2018

     

    We all want to have a happy, healthy and safe summer with our dog, but want to remind people that the beach and sand can poses a threat to many dogs as I shared last year with Josie ending up in the hospital for the night after a day at the beach.  The four major safety concerns are: dehydration, salt intoxication, sunburns (including paws) and a heat stroke.

     

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                       Happy Mother's Day

                    Dawn McCarthy  May 2018

     

    It's May and that means it's Mother's Day.  Never having children of my own, I consider “Josie” my fur kid. I have seen so many great quotes and sayings, and one of my favorites is.... 'Being a Mother doesn't mean being related to someone by blood. It means loving someone with your whole heart unconditionally".  I will never find enough words on how Josie has changed my life, and how much she has taught me.  It truly is correct to say...who rescued who?

     

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           Happy Easter

                    Dawn McCarthy  April 2018

     

    Well it's that time of year where we color eggs, eat chocolate and hide plastic eggs filled with treats .  Josie personally loves for me to hide things so she can find them, but plastic eggs-not good for dogs-but are real eggs ?  Being a First Time Fur Mom, I have learned there are many benefits and myths when it comes to feeding your dog eggs.  I hope the below helps you make your own decision on what you feel is best for your dog during this fun filled holiday.

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                     Happy St. Patrick's Day

                    Dawn McCarthy  March 2018

     

    March hosts St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, and National Puppy Day on March 23rd.  I love both of these holidays for many reasons. Call it the power of the shamrock, the charm of the leprechaun, or just the luck of the Irish, but March is full of fun times and the kick off of Spring. First, I still think and call Josie my puppy. So, when is a puppy really not considered a puppy any longer?

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                   Happy Valentines Day

                    Dawn McCarthy  Feb 2018

     

    February kicks off National Pet Dental Health Month, and #NationalLoveYourPetDay on February 20th.  This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to pamper your pets and to focus on the special relationship that you have with your fur kid.  Most households in the United States have at least one pet?  So, whoever your pet companion is, just go and enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day.

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                                        5 Ideas To Keep You & Your Pet Healthy & Safe

                 Dawn McCarthy  Jan 2018

     

    According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the year of the Dog and its characteristic word is ACTION! ... The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac. You are a “Dog Chinese zodiac animal” if you are born in one of these years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.  I am actually a Monkey-according to the Chinese Zodiac…kinda fun to see what animal you are? Go here to find out https://www.chinahighlights.

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  • 4 Tips for when your Dog is Home Alone Dawn McCarthy August 2017 . The Beauty Battalion ﷯It’s August and for many the back to school rush means more days are being spent out of the house leaving our fur kids home. Shopping for new school clothes, supplies, and attending back to school meetings, means less time spent at the dog park, taking long walks at night, or day trips to the beach.

  • 2018

    It's Time for Summer

    Dawn McCarthy  June 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We all want to have a happy, healthy and safe summer with our dog, but want to remind people that the beach and sand can poses a threat to many dogs as I shared last year with Josie ending up in the hospital for the night after a day at the beach.  The four major safety concerns are: dehydration, salt intoxication, sunburns (including paws) and a heat stroke.

     

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    Happy Mother's Day

    Dawn McCarthy  May 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It's May and that means it's Mother's Day.  Never having children of my own, I consider “Josie” my fur kid. I have seen so many great quotes and sayings, and one of my favorites is.... 'Being a Mother doesn't mean being related to someone by blood. It means loving someone with your whole heart unconditionally".  I will never find enough words on how Josie has changed my life, and how much she has taught me.  It truly is correct to say...who rescued who?

     

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    Happy Easter

    Dawn McCarthy  April 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Well it's that time of year where we color eggs, eat chocolate and hide plastic eggs filled with treats .  Josie personally loves for me to hide things so she can find them, but plastic eggs-not good for dogs-but are real eggs ?  Being a First Time Fur Mom, I have learned there are many benefits and myths when it comes to feeding your dog eggs.  I hope the below helps you make your own decision on what you feel is best for your dog during this fun filled holiday.

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  • 2017

    • First Time Fur Mom - May

      #First Time Fur Mom

      Dawn McCarthy  May 2017 .  The Beauty Battalion

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      For me, I always wanted kids, but unfortunately it was not in the stars to happen. So, when just over 2 ½ years ago, I rescued my fur pup Josie, I gained an even bigger respect for “Mom’s” in general.  Not having kids, I really only have had to take care of myself, and it’s been a process learning someone has to go to the bathroom in the morning before me!  I never truly understood how some people were so crazy about their pets, till I took on the responsibility myself. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up having pets, I even was lucky enough to have pony, however the true responsibility of having them stay alive, was not just up to me.

       

      I knew with my travel schedule, and her being a puppy she was going to need a lot of attention and I would need some help. As much as I knew I got this, I also knew I wanted to do what was best for her as well. I immediately took her to my brother and sister’s in law since they have always had dogs and they could be the ones to help guide me on my new little fur kid…upon arrival I will never forget-everyone was so very happy for me and it was a few weeks till Christmas.  She was like a little stuffed animal, almost fake looking, but someone else that day was truly the most excited..you see, my brother’s lab- Ms. Bingley (Ms. B) was only 4 years old and she immediately created a bond with the puppy.  We truly believe she thinks Josie is her baby as no dog would put up with the things Josie does to her.  On walks, and hikes, Ms. Bingley is never too far from making sure Josie is ok or near-by.  Their size difference does not seem to matter, and lucky for me since Ms. B was so well trained-Josie picked up many good habits.  It’s amazing to see, how much dogs actually learn from each other-however the love labs have with water is something lil Josie is not buying into any time soon.

       

      They play, and Josie has become another part of their family, when I travel.  I am blessed to have family so close, and Josie to have found a “Dog Mom” in Ms. Bingley since we don’t know what happened to her mom since Josie was rescued from a box in the trash.  This pup as my friends say..hit the jackpot-but I tell them she is the one who has truly changed me for the better, and opened my eyes in so many ways to appreciate so many other things.

       

      Mom’s come in all different ages, sizes and shapes. Being a mother doesn’t mean being related to someone by blood-it means loving someone unconditionally with your whole heart! So, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s, Fur Moms, and Dog Mom’s out there.  Here are a few quotes, I hope you enjoy!

       

      God couldn’t be physically with us she/he gave us dogs…notice? Dog spelled backwards is God and they both show us unconditional love. A dog is the only creature on earth that loves you more then he loves himself. Gets blamed for everyone’s farts. There are no bad days when you come home to a dogs love! Dogs have a way of finding people that need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t even know we had.

       

      Love Always,

      First Time Fur Mom-Dawn of Dawnscorner.com

    • Fur Mom on Father's Day - June

      #First Time Fur Mom

      Dawn McCarthy  June 2017 .  The Beauty Battalion

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Depending on the type of person you are when the word domestic pet comes up the first thing usually thought of is dog. Dogs are loyal animals that if treated properly love their owners unconditionally. But why do we consider them “Man’s Best Friend” when they’re just animals?  PBS states that the heritage of dogs traces directly to that of the gray wolf, meaning that many of the biological behaviors exhibited in wolfs are transferred directly to dogs, for example wolfs are primarily pack animals meaning they hunt in packs and are extremely loyal to each other. They use their numbers to survive in the wild and are very feral because it is necessary for their survival, however dogs are also pack animals that have been domesticated, so while they do not have a need for that kill or be killed instinct that is so common in wolves they are still fiercely loyal to those they consider part of their pack i.e. humans.

       

      So, since “Man’s Best Friend “is considered the dog, and it’s Father’s Day, let me introduce you too, my fur kids dog Dad , Tim.  As you know from my past articles, Josie was a rescue, and it was Tim’s brother Mike who was out late night working who found the box of puppies in the trash.

       

      Just like any animal, dogs have their special people that are part of their pack, that they just react to differently when they come home or they just see them coming. When Josie hears Tim, or maybe it’s his smell, the tail starts to wag, she lets out a little wine and can’t wait for him to pick her up if she has not already jumped into his car to greet him.

       

      Tim has always loved dogs and Yes, he is this big guy as you can see by the photos , holding and loving a little 17lbs “premium blend”.  He and his family have always had dogs, and Josie holds a special place in his heart.  She has him wrapped around her little paw, you could say.  They have a special bond, you can see and feel. He like me, has no children yet, so like many- the fur kids become like your kids.  Josie is such a lucky little dog that you can find her by his side shopping at the Nike outlet stores, to just going for rides in the car.  Her favorite past time is at the park playing ball, and he can throw the ball the farthest so always loves when he stops by to play.  Any relationship with an animal that a female or male shares with their pet is always special to watch and see they type of person they can be…good or bad.  Seeing a guy, who loves his dog, is good to them, cares for them, is something special, and has shown me a lot about my best friend and Josie’s Dad.  So, a very happy Fathers’ Day to all the Dads out there and the Dog Dad’s too who help, love and support the fur members in the family.

       

    • Fireworks & Treats for your Dog this Summer - July

      #First Time Fur Mom

      Dawn McCarthy  June 2017 .  The Beauty Battalion

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Depending on the type of person you are when the word domestic pet comes up the first thing usually thought of is dog. Dogs are loyal animals that if treated properly love their owners unconditionally. But why do we consider them “Man’s Best Friend” when they’re just animals?  PBS states that the heritage of dogs traces directly to that of the gray wolf, meaning that many of the biological behaviors exhibited in wolfs are transferred directly to dogs, for example wolfs are primarily pack animals meaning they hunt in packs and are extremely loyal to each other. They use their numbers to survive in the wild and are very feral because it is necessary for their survival, however dogs are also pack animals that have been domesticated, so while they do not have a need for that kill or be killed instinct that is so common in wolves they are still fiercely loyal to those they consider part of their pack i.e. humans.

       

      So, since “Man’s Best Friend “is considered the dog, and it’s Father’s Day, let me introduce you too, my fur kids dog Dad , Tim.  As you know from my past articles, Josie was a rescue, and it was Tim’s brother Mike who was out late night working who found the box of puppies in the trash.

       

      Just like any animal, dogs have their special people that are part of their pack, that they just react to differently when they come home or they just see them coming. When Josie hears Tim, or maybe it’s his smell, the tail starts to wag, she lets out a little wine and can’t wait for him to pick her up if she has not already jumped into his car to greet him.

       

      Tim has always loved dogs and Yes, he is this big guy as you can see by the photos , holding and loving a little 17lbs “premium blend”.  He and his family have always had dogs, and Josie holds a special place in his heart.  She has him wrapped around her little paw, you could say.  They have a special bond, you can see and feel. He like me, has no children yet, so like many- the fur kids become like your kids.  Josie is such a lucky little dog that you can find her by his side shopping at the Nike outlet stores, to just going for rides in the car.  Her favorite past time is at the park playing ball, and he can throw the ball the farthest so always loves when he stops by to play.  Any relationship with an animal that a female or male shares with their pet is always special to watch and see they type of person they can be…good or bad.  Seeing a guy, who loves his dog, is good to them, cares for them, is something special, and has shown me a lot about my best friend and Josie’s Dad.  So, a very happy Fathers’ Day to all the Dads out there and the Dog Dad’s too who help, love and support the fur members in the family.

       

    • 4 Tips for when your pet is home alone - August

      It’s August and for many the back to school rush means more days are being spent out of the house leaving our fur kids home. Shopping for new school clothes, supplies, and attending back to school meetings, means less time spent at the dog park, taking long walks at night, or day trips to the beach. Your dog can feel the change in the house and daily routines that he’s adjusted to this summer. My fur kid is lucky enough that I graduated many years ago. However, with many park friends needing to change times for normal meet ups to get these Back to school things done, adjustments are happening. For me, since I travel a lot, below are some tips that get my pet used to me being gone for the day. Most important- try to stay as consistent as possible. Consistency keeps my Josie well adjusted with my changing monthly schedule. Also, couldn’t resist doing some pictures of Josie for Back to School-again #Firsttimefurmom-no shame…lol Turn on some Tunes, or the T.V. Whenever your dog is left alone, the sound of human voices or music can be soothing. This helps keep them calm since many pets can get anxiety when their family members leave. Take them for a walk in the morning for at least 20 to 30 minutes Pets do like to sleep during the day while you are gone, but help them get their rest by getting up just a little earlier and make sure they get in their exercise. It’s not only good for you, but them as well. If you have kids, get them involved-it’s great bonding time. Make sure they have toys, or leave them a treat. Enriching the environment with a constantly rotating selection of interesting and interactive toys is helpful in making your dog feel at home when they are alone. This also helps so they don’t take to destroying other things, or finding a shoe to use as a chew toy or something more expensive in your house. This is also a good time to give them a treat that will take them a little while to eat or a bone to help them pass the time while you are away. Only be gone for 4 to 6 hours or arrange a “Play Date”. This is a hard one for me personally, as I only leave Josie for about 4 hours alone. If you know you are going to be longer -best to take your pet to doggie day care that day, or I personally am lucky enough to have my family so close, so Josie goes there for the day. If you don’t have family, ask your other dog friends if your dog can have a play date-like kids do. In most cases so far that I have personally seen, it’s a win-win for all involved. This helps get your dog exercise, keeps them busy and happy and makes for a very happy dog by the time they get home. Always try to rescue when possible- First Time Fur Mom Dawn McCarthy- email me @ dawn@dawnscorner.com
    • First Time Fur Mom - September

      It’s true; Summer is coming to an end, and Fall is approaching as we go into September. A season favored by many—many dogs, that is. It’s not too hot, so their fur coats don’t feel as heavy, and they can stay out adventuring longer. Plus, there is so much to enjoy in the fall season. With the sun setting earlier, getting caught outside while the sun may be setting may suddenly surprise you. It may even happen unexpectedly halfway through your walk, or out running errons. It’s funny, as one of those things I have learned in being a First Time Fur mom, and having a mixed colored dark dog, is that you really can’t see them well in the evening and if going out after 6pm to be prepared. It’s always a good idea to dress your dog in some reflective gear — especially if you walk your pooch by roads, in parks not lit well, or even around your neighborhood. Being the product junkie I am, I am a huge fan of LED-lit dog collars and leashes. There are also many dog collars now with lights that provide great visibility. On the weekends I tend to go out with friends to a local outdoor wine bar where dogs are allowed, and Josie is always outfitted in her LED collar and leash. Being a smaller dog, under 20lbs this makes it more visible for people to see her, and actually helps me where I am walking too! There are so many options on the market today and happy if you want to shoot me an email-to let you know my favorites. September is also NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY. Each year on the second Sunday in September, people come together in observing National Pet Memorial Day. On this day, pet owners honor their pets, both past and present, and think about and share with others the important role that their beloved pets have played and continue to play in their lives. I can’t even imagine going there right now in my mind, but something so many dog owners experience. A neighbor recently just lost their fur kid, and since he loved playing in the park, she has asked us all to plant a tree, or a shrub as a living memorial in September. You can also use #NationalPetMemorialDay to post on social media. It’s a great way to honor and share one of your favorite photos with others-your best friend. In addition, I also bought her a beautiful bracelet from https://iheartdogs.com/ which was not only affordable, but each purchase feeds shelter animals in honor of her dogs passing. They have Iheartcats.com horses etc too. It’s a great site, which I am happy to have found. So this September-enjoy the cooler temps, keep your dog visible when dark and share a picture on social media on this day of remembrance dedicated specifically to them. Always try to rescue when possible-xoxo #FirstTimeFurMom Dawn McCarthy- email me @ dawn@dawnscorner.com
    • First Time Fur Mom - October

      October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month; a month dedicated to promoting the safe practices of handling and caring for both domestic and wild animals. ... National Animal Safety and Prevention Month was created by the PALS Foundation. PALS is dedicated to helping people and animals coexist in a way that benefits all of nature.

       

      Being animal safety month, I want to share my story that just occurred over the Labor Day weekend when I took Josie to the local beach here in Malibu.  It was a beautiful weekend, and would be slightly cooler at the beach, so off I went with a friend and her two labs.  We went early in the day, around 10am and planned on leaving at 1pm. It would be a short day to just get the fur kids on the beach, and the water was actually warm here on the pacific which is rare, and a good time to go and enjoy the water.

       

      I take Josie out to play with her tennis ball in the morning and evening at least 5 times a week. She is a dog motivated by the ball, more than food to do anything, and the thing that brings her most happiness.  She absolutely loved running for the ball at the beach, (she does not really care for the water), so I would just rinse her under belly down to keep her cool, since she is also black and attrack’s heat.  She truly was so happy-running, playing, other dogs were there her size doing the same, and just a fun day.  Upon returning home, I went for a swim in my pool, and Josie was inside to rest. Around 5pm it was time to head to the park to meet with friends, and do just a little play since she had already been at the beach…This is when I started to notice issues.  She was just not herself at the park.  She actually spit up some water, and had some poop issues-not really like her.  We came home and she was still acting strange/quiet- she then threw up two more times, and I just knew something wasn’t right. I looked on google and was shocked by what could be happening from my day at the beach.

       

      I called my best friend to come with me, and we were off to the Pet Hospital by 8pm.  She was physically examined and I was told, she seemed ok, but probably best to do a X-ray since there was sand in her behind, and I agreed.  The Vet came back in and said, we have some bad news-she had a 6 inch impaction in her large intestine, and a 4 inch pack of sand in her small intestine as well.  I have included the picture for you to see.  They look like little hot dogs, but really packs of sand.  She now was going to have to stay for the night, have a IV to keep her hydrated, and since it was already moving thru her system-they wanted to see if it could pass naturally first.  I went home and was riddled with guilt.  How could I have not known that a tennis ball could attrack so much sand and that this could happen.

       

      Dogs have always played on the beach, but I found out that due to her size (she weighs 16-17lb) and she has a large tongue-these things could happen.  That didn’t really make me feel better, but now it was time to pray for Poop!  The clinic is 24 hours so I was able to keep an eye on her all night, and called every few hours.  She was doing well, and by 9am the next morning-we had some success in her passing sand.  Again, pictures attached.  My lesson learned-Sand, Beach and Tennis ball can lead to a very serious issue and become a $1,000 beach day.  There is also problems with dogs injesting to much salt water that could also lead to very serious issues.

       

      I am sharing this personal story to just help others be aware.  Again, this being Animal prevention and safety month-just want to help others keep their pets safe, and no one have to go through what I did.  I am truly blessed, I was able to take her home the following evening and just watch her for the next few days and keep her to a bland diet while all passed. I asked so many other dog owners, and they all had no idea, but while at the vet-it seemed pretty common. Life is such a process of learning when you have animals, and just grateful my story has a happening ending. Next beach day-bringing a rubber ball that may not be as likely to pick up sand, and be much more careful.

       

      Always try and rescue when pawsible,

      xoxo

      Dawn McCarthy

      Instagram- #FirstTimeFurMom

       

      For feedback or questions, please feel free to email: Dawn@dawnscorner.com

    • Top 10 Reasons to be Thankful for your Dog - November

      It’s November — what better time to remind ourselves to be Thankful — for the comforts around us, our family, friends (both in the real world and online) and, of course, for the dogs we share our lives with. Thanksgiving is the time to reflect, count our blessings, and feel lucky for what we have. Hopefully you can give thanks for your health, your loved ones, your many achievements, and for our furry friends-for the unique love they provide, and the countless ways in which they enrich our lives.  If you were to do a top 10 of why you are Thankful for your Dog/Pet-what would be on your list? Well, below is mine, and hope you agree.

       

      1. They make us better. Our pets improve us in so many ways. Studies show that petting an animal can reduce a person’s heart rate as well as their blood pressure, and animals keep us physically healthier overall because they keep us moving. Also, the endless joy they bring increases our mental health. I can say without a doubt-my fur kid Josie has done this for me

      2. They make us laugh. Dogs are always finding new ways to make us smile & chuckle! All breeds have their own personalities, their own expressions, and their own way of being funny. I can watch my dogs forever it seems when she gets a new toy to play with. Thank you to our four-legged friends for keeping us cracking up!

      3. They keep us active. Because they need regular walks, play time, and socialization in order to keep both mentally and physically stimulated, our pets keep us active! Dogs make terrific running, walking, or hiking companions. Personally, Josie loves to hike and go to the park where we meet up with a ton of my new friends, and her fur buddies.  So, high fives, or high paws to our pets for keeping us full of energy and for keeping us moving.

      4. They challenge us. Some pets are easier than others. Some are a more natural fit for your lifestyle. All animals deserve a chance at a happy life. We know that there are pets who may need a little more work, effort, or learning on our part in order to thrive. Yet, time and time again even pets who challenge us offer tremendous value, and always reward us with as much as we put in. Whether it’s a more difficult pet with behavioral or health issues, a dog who takes extra time to smell the grass on a walk, all animals require consistency, patience, and love from us in order to succeed. We get to become a team with our pets as we work with them. So, to all the animals out there who test us and show us what we’re made of-Thank you.

      5. They make great teachers & listeners. They’re non-judgemental. We can make mistakes in front of them and they don’t mind. They’re always there to lick away a tear or cuddle next to us when we need support or listen to us lose it. Pets allow us to learn as we go, to fail, and to be imperfect – and they love us anyway. We are indebted to animals for accepting us just as we are-human.

      6. They keep us company. Who doesn’t love a good snuggle buddy to enjoy a good movie with? Dogs make fantastic friends because they are simply masters in loyalty and companionship. It’s hard to be lonely when you have a devoted fur kid to spend your time with. I appreciate my lil Josie for always wanting to be with me, no matter where it is I need to go-she is up for the ride and “dog surfing”.

      7. They make us feel special. Let’s be honest we all love how excited our pets get each and every time we come home! Even when you just step out of the shower, the display of adoration and dedication is good for the ego. Animals aren’t afraid or embarrassed to shower us with love and to show us how much we mean to them. We are so grateful to our fur-kids for making us feel as awesome and interesting as the rock stars we are!

      8. They keep us present. Animals don’t live in the past or in the future. They’re present. They’re like little furry Buddhas walking around! They remind us to be mindful, to take deep breaths, to let go of past or future moments and be in the now. We thank our pets for reminding us that the present is a gift. Words will never express how being more present and stopping work everyday to just go to the park, has changed me for the better-mentally & physically.

      9. They protect us. You can always count on your dog to let you know when someone is at the front door, or walking by. They, or most would lay their own life on the line to protect you.  They are pack animals and we are their pack.  Just like Moms & Dads-they will do anything to keep us safe and protected. We may not like when they bark-but be thankful they do as it reminds us to be aware of things happening around us since many of us are buried these days in our mobile devices.

      10. They save lives. The day you either adopted or rescued your pet is the day they saved your life right back. Dogs help so many people’s lives every day who experience anxiety, have issues, they can sniff out bombs, find people, or by being a service animal. They ask for nothing in return except for Love. We could all learn something from Dogs.

       

      So, as you enjoy your turkey dinner with all the trimmings (mmm, stuffing) and you go around your family table sharing your blessings for the year, don’t forget to share some love with the fur kids in your life who give us so many reasons to be grateful as well.

       

      Always try and rescue when pawsible…

       

      Dawn McCarthy

      Instagram-FirstTimeFurMom

    • The Joy of Christmas & Birthdays! - December

      I LOVE December!  The holidays are such a great time to spend with family and friends, where everyone gets to unplug, and be present.  This year December brings a big Birthday for my Dad, who will be coming home to the states since he lives abroad.  It is also a big Birthday for my fur kid, Josie.  It will be 3 years ago this December 14th , that my precious little bundle of joy came into my life and changed my heart forever.

       

      As a pet parent, I feel like there is nothing more fun than celebrating your dog’s "gotcha day" or birthday, and having it in December, when everyone is up for a party-makes for some fun themes…let’s face it-No party is complete without a theme. However, this year with so much tragedy that has happened in the world, I will be doing a “Give Back or Exchange” party with a few options for Josie's fur friends to chose from:

       

      1. Pet Adoption and Rescue: No silly-even though this is a time when many pets get adopted for Christmas gifts and so many are rescued, I am talking about asking guests to bring: gently used blankets, towels or cans of food that will be donated to our local shelter or rescue- This way it’s a gift that keeps on giving and keeping other, less fortunate pets, warm with full tummies.

       

      2. Doggy Toy Exchange Party: Have you ever attended a clothing exchange party? Where people get together and bring their gently used clothing to exchange with their friends? Well, why not do this with the toys your dog doesn’t play with? You and your friends can bring toys that your dog no longer plays with and see if other dogs find them more interesting. It'll be a barking good time!

       

      3. Another option would be purchasing The Barkens Holiday Bucket https://sniffandbarkens.com/   This bucket includes a collection of six high-quality dog toys from Hartz Pets, delivered to your home in a reusable bucket perfect for storing toys, food, and other dog supplies. Each Barken Bucket sale benefits Pilots N Paws to further assist their work in life-saving transports and rescue missions is an added bonus. Pilots N Paws is a volunteer organization connecting pilots with other rescue groups to transport dogs in need to safe havens. This way if you do wish to buy gifts-look for ones that have a great cause attached as well. I am also a huge fan of https://iheartdogs.com/

       

      Christmas has many meanings, but for me it’s a time of year to be thankful, and grateful. I am forever Thankful for Josie, who has brought so many new people into my life (ask me about the connections I have made at the park).  She has also inspired many ways I can make a difference in other pets lives. This holiday season, I hope you get time to enjoy the season, spend quality time with your fur kids and family, make memories… and of course-takes lots of pictures and videos.

       

      Always try to rescue when pawsible

      Xoxo

      Dawn McCarthy

      FirstTimeFurMom on Instagram

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    March hosts St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, and National Puppy Day on March 23rd.  I love both of these holidays for many reasons. Call it the power of the shamrock, the charm of the leprechaun, or just the luck of the Irish, but March is full of fun times and the kick off of Spring. First, I still think and call Josie my puppy. So, when is a puppy really not considered a puppy any longer? They say puppies mature into adults at a different time depending on their breed.  Large dog breeds mature into adults around 15 months and smaller breeds will be puppies for only 9 months.  This is important to note since you'll need to feed a large dog breed specially formulated puppy food for much longer than you would a smaller breed dog. So, according to this-Josie is not a puppy anymore-but to me she will always be my little pup.

     

     

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    February kicks off National Pet Dental Health Month, and #NationalLoveYourPetDay on February 20th.  This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to pamper your pets and to focus on the special relationship that you have with your fur kid.  Most households in the United States have at least one pet?  So, whoever your pet companion is, just go and enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day.  Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk, or give them more attention on February 20th.  Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets-they give us so much unconditional love, laughter and happiness-celebrate them.  Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media, and share a special photo of you and your fur kid.

     

     

     

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    According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the year of the Dog and its characteristic word is ACTION! ... The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac. You are a “Dog Chinese zodiac animal” if you are born in one of these years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.  I am actually a Monkey-according to the Chinese Zodiac…kinda fun to see what animal you are? Go here to find out https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/ .

     

     

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    • It’s August and for many the back to school rush means more days are being spent out of the house leaving our fur kids home. Shopping for new school clothes, supplies, and attending back to school meetings, means less time spent at the dog park, taking long walks at night, or day trips to the beach. Your dog can feel the change in the house and daily routines that he’s adjusted to this summer. My fur kid is lucky enough that I graduated many years ago. However, with many park friends needing to change times for normal meet ups to get these Back to school things done, adjustments are happening. For me, since I travel a lot, below are some tips that get my pet used to me being gone for the day. Most important- try to stay as consistent as possible. Consistency keeps my Josie well adjusted with my changing monthly schedule. Also, couldn’t resist doing some pictures of Josie for Back to School-again #Firsttimefurmom-no shame…lol Turn on some Tunes, or the T.V. Whenever your dog is left alone, the sound of human voices or music can be soothing. This helps keep them calm since many pets can get anxiety when their family members leave. Take them for a walk in the morning for at least 20 to 30 minutes Pets do like to sleep during the day while you are gone, but help them get their rest by getting up just a little earlier and make sure they get in their exercise. It’s not only good for you, but them as well. If you have kids, get them involved-it’s great bonding time. Make sure they have toys, or leave them a treat. Enriching the environment with a constantly rotating selection of interesting and interactive toys is helpful in making your dog feel at home when they are alone. This also helps so they don’t take to destroying other things, or finding a shoe to use as a chew toy or something more expensive in your house. This is also a good time to give them a treat that will take them a little while to eat or a bone to help them pass the time while you are away. Only be gone for 4 to 6 hours or arrange a “Play Date”. This is a hard one for me personally, as I only leave Josie for about 4 hours alone. If you know you are going to be longer -best to take your pet to doggie day care that day, or I personally am lucky enough to have my family so close, so Josie goes there for the day. If you don’t have family, ask your other dog friends if your dog can have a play date-like kids do. In most cases so far that I have personally seen, it’s a win-win for all involved. This helps get your dog exercise, keeps them busy and happy and makes for a very happy dog by the time they get home. Always try to rescue when possible- First Time Fur Mom Dawn McCarthy- email me @ dawn@dawnscorner.com
    • It’s true; Summer is coming to an end, and Fall is approaching as we go into September. A season favored by many—many dogs, that is. It’s not too hot, so their fur coats don’t feel as heavy, and they can stay out adventuring longer. Plus, there is so much to enjoy in the fall season. With the sun setting earlier, getting caught outside while the sun may be setting may suddenly surprise you. It may even happen unexpectedly halfway through your walk, or out running errons. It’s funny, as one of those things I have learned in being a First Time Fur mom, and having a mixed colored dark dog, is that you really can’t see them well in the evening and if going out after 6pm to be prepared. It’s always a good idea to dress your dog in some reflective gear — especially if you walk your pooch by roads, in parks not lit well, or even around your neighborhood. Being the product junkie I am, I am a huge fan of LED-lit dog collars and leashes. There are also many dog collars now with lights that provide great visibility. On the weekends I tend to go out with friends to a local outdoor wine bar where dogs are allowed, and Josie is always outfitted in her LED collar and leash. Being a smaller dog, under 20lbs this makes it more visible for people to see her, and actually helps me where I am walking too! There are so many options on the market today and happy if you want to shoot me an email-to let you know my favorites. September is also NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY. Each year on the second Sunday in September, people come together in observing National Pet Memorial Day. On this day, pet owners honor their pets, both past and present, and think about and share with others the important role that their beloved pets have played and continue to play in their lives. I can’t even imagine going there right now in my mind, but something so many dog owners experience. A neighbor recently just lost their fur kid, and since he loved playing in the park, she has asked us all to plant a tree, or a shrub as a living memorial in September. You can also use #NationalPetMemorialDay to post on social media. It’s a great way to honor and share one of your favorite photos with others-your best friend. In addition, I also bought her a beautiful bracelet from https://iheartdogs.com/ which was not only affordable, but each purchase feeds shelter animals in honor of her dogs passing. They have Iheartcats.com horses etc too. It’s a great site, which I am happy to have found. So this September-enjoy the cooler temps, keep your dog visible when dark and share a picture on social media on this day of remembrance dedicated specifically to them. Always try to rescue when possible-xoxo #FirstTimeFurMom Dawn McCarthy- email me @ dawn@dawnscorner.com

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Dawn McCarthy  March 2018   The Beauty Battalion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March hosts St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, and National Puppy Day on March 23rd.  I love both of these holidays for many reasons. Call it the power of the shamrock, the charm of the leprechaun, or just the luck of the Irish, but March is full of fun times and the kick off of Spring. First, I still think and call Josie my puppy. So, when is a puppy really not considered a puppy any longer? They say puppies mature into adults at a different time depending on their breed.  Large dog breeds mature into adults around 15 months and smaller breeds will be puppies for only 9 months.  This is important to note since you'll need to feed a large dog breed specially formulated puppy food for much longer than you would a smaller breed dog. So, according to this-Josie is not a puppy anymore-but to me she will always be my little pup.

 

 

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 5 Ideas To Keep You &
Your Pet Healthy & Safe

             Dawn McCarthy  Jan 2018   The Beauty Battalion

 

 

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the year of the Dog and its characteristic word is ACTION! ... The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac. You are a “Dog Chinese zodiac animal” if you are born in one of these years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.  I am actually a Monkey-according to the Chinese Zodiac…kinda fun to see what animal you are? Go here to find out https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/ .

 

 

Happy Valentines Day

Dawn McCarthy  Feb 2018   The Beauty Battalion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February kicks off National Pet Dental Health Month, and #NationalLoveYourPetDay on February 20th.  This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to pamper your pets and to focus on the special relationship that you have with your fur kid.  Most households in the United States have at least one pet?  So, whoever your pet companion is, just go and enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day.  Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk, or give them more attention on February 20th.  Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets-they give us so much unconditional love, laughter and happiness-celebrate them.  Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media, and share a special photo of you and your fur kid.

 

 

 

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