Nancy Carlson

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

News-Register file photo##The Homeward Bound Pets Spay/Neuter Clinic in McMinnville is open three days a week.

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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Homeward Bound Pets  Hannah Schmidt scratchs Grace, a stray dog turned into the shelter Wednesday, Sept. 20. Stray animals picked up by county animal control will be brought to Homeward Bound beginning in October.

County signs contract for stray pet boarding

Yamhill County is set to begin kenneling lost, stray and seized dogs with Homeward Bound Pets, beginning Oct. 1. The nonprofit no-kill shelter will replace the commercial Pets Stop Inn kennel as the county’s ...

Happy Tails: Project Pooch makes profound difference

It has been well over two decades since I brought home an adorable and, yes, mischievous basset hound puppy we named Menehune. She would become my first therapy dog, and she led me down a path, at a basset ...

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Happy Tails: Get co-pilot ready before hitting the road

My last “Happy Tails” column was inspired by an article in Time magazine. This week, my source is an even less likely one — WeightWatchers magazine. And no, I am not going to spend our ...

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Happy Tails: Another look at what's between your dog's ears

Awhile back, I discussed a Time magazine article called “Secrets of the Canine Mind” by Jeffrey Kluger, and I got about halfway through before I ran out of space. So in today’s Happy ...

Happy Tails: Dogs untroubled by social stigmas

Did you ever wish you could be more like your dog? I’ve been asking myself this question the past few days. Let me explain why. I like to walk — it’s good for my health, my soul and ...

Happy Tails: Research gives insight into dogs' brains

Over the years that I have written this column, I occasionally am asked how I keep coming up with dog-related ideas to write about. The honest answer is, I don’t. I subscribe to half a dozen or so ...

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Happy Tails: Pup will be happier at home when the heat rises

This is the time of year when I stop complaining about how wet and cold it’s been and start complaining about how dry and hot it is. I’ll grant you that while I write this it is an absolutely ...

Happy Tails: Fill your calendar with the dog days of summer

It’s going to be a busy summer for us dogsters. I just checked out the calendar in my summer issue of Animal Wellness magazine, and it makes me pant just to look at it. Here are just a few notable ...

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