Nancy Carlson

"Happy Tails:" Tales of the bond between humans and animals.

Carlson: Modern style of training clicks with dogs, owners

It is easy for me to get lazy about dog training. It takes time and money, and can be tedious. But my dogs enjoy it, it gets us out and about, and a bit of a refresher is a good idea. To that end, I have ...

Happy Tails: What is your dog trying to say?

If you enjoy these columns, and I sincerely hope you do, you can, in part, thank the myriad dog magazines I periodically find in my mailbox. They are a regular source of inspiration. Happy Tails Nancy ...

Carlson: Best of Show trophy eludes many popular dog breeds

I am writing this during the first of the two days of the televised Holy Chalice of Dog-ness, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held each Feburary at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Of course, ...

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Carlson: Good food that won't break the bank

Ah, February — the month of valentines, presidents and Whole Dog Journal’s review of the gazillion different dried dog foods available on the market. I have discussed this topic many times ...

Carlson: Therapy work a treat for dog and handler

I like being retired. I mean, I loved my job as a school counselor. It was very fulfilling and no two days were ever the same. But it was also hard work, and I don’t miss the pressures and demands, ...

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Carlson: The weighty subject of dog diets

‘Tis the season of resolutions to boldly carry forth into the rest of the year. And although I am not very good at keeping my own resolutions, I am pretty sure I can manage to keep the ones I make ...

Carlson: How to avoid puppy mills and backyard breeders

We had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving with some friends at Seaside at a cottage about half a block from the beach. Yes, it was windy, cold and rainy much of the time, but really, there’s no ...

Happy Tails: Bassets aren’t brainiacs? Who says?

I have to take umbrage with an article in the fall edition of Modern Dog, a Canadian magazine. The piece, “Canine IQ: How Smart is Your Dog?” is written by Stanley Coren, a Canadian behaviorist ...

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Happy Tails: New spay/neuter clinic is a local treasure

We live in a very special place. Those of us fortunate enough to live in the Yamhill Valley have a lot to be proud of — our world-renowned pinot noirs, the unsurpassed beauty of the surrounding hills, ...

Carlson: Keep the holidays merry - and safe - for all

Since it seems that once again, the holidays are approaching at a speed much like that of a locomotive, I thought seasonal hazards would be a timely topic. None of the myriad of dog-related magazines that ...

Happy Tails: Are breed tests worth the cost?

I have owned dogs for most of my almost 70 years in this world. I have found that having dogs in my life has been fulfilling, comforting, enjoyable and, occasionally, hilarious. The other thing that I ...

Carlson: In Ireland, charmed by a special creature

I know most of you open this section of the paper expecting to read one of my seeming endless ruminations about dogs. How about we take a break this week? How about we talk about dolphins? I recently encountered ...

Carlson: Nature or nurture? No easy answer

Back in the days when I had to work for a living, many were the times I sat in the teachers’ lunch room discussing the educator’s perennial question: nature or nurture? Scenario: A kid from ...

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Happy Tails: Dogged by excessive barking? Join the club

If I had a magic wand and the power to do away with one of my dogs’ several annoying behaviors, I would pick barking. I can live with Fiddlesticks shredding paper all over the living room when she’s ...

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