Nancy Carlson

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

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Happy Tails: The extensive sporting life of dogs

So last Happy Tails I shared with you my find at Bi-Mart — there was a pile of FREE dog magazines, namely “Spot Magazine — the Awesome Pet Guide 2018”, April/May issue. I read on ...

Happy Tails: Sports to get pooch off the couch

I subscribe to a lot of dog-related magazines — Whole Dog Journal, The Bark, Dogster — you name a dog magazine, and I probably do my bit to support it. It adds up to a bit of money spent, ...

Happy Tails: Pudgy pooch? Try counting calories

Not too long ago, I was bemoaning the fact that there were getting to be a few pounds too many of my darling Corgi, Fiddlesticks. I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but I am going to assume that ...

Carlson: Method is about more than clicking

When we left off last time, I was going off to find my clicker. I have become an enthusiastic convert to the school of clicker training, which is so much more than just using a clicker to train your dog. Even ...

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 ...

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 ...

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