Nancy Carlson

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

Carlson: No-kill shelters strive to help animals thrive

I am a relatively new subscriber to Dogster magazine. I can’t even remember how I came across it, but I’ve come to look forward to my next issue. It’s light-hearted, always has a national ...

Carlson: Plenty to wag about in October

On one of those too-hot and too-humid days of August, I was feeling heat-related inertia in both mind and body, thinking I would never come up with another idea for this column. But then, voilà! ...

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Carlson: Dog walkers, mind your manners

When I die and go to whatever awaits us all beyond the grave, I have no doubt the epitaph on my tombstone will read, “Nancy Carlson: Loving Wife, Loyal Sister and Above-Average Dog Walker.” Dog ...

Carlson: Does your dog really want to please you?

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Carlson: Let sleeping dogs lie – in your room

Let me just come out and say this: My dogs sleep with me. Well, not all four of them, obviously. I do have standards, albeit low ones. But I seldom if ever go to sleep without a Basset Hound slumbering ...

Carlson: Bringing service dogs within reach

After writing this column for many years, I occasionally reflect on the adjectives readers may use to describe it, should the subject ever come up. Amusing, hopefully. Informative, now and again. And perhaps, ...

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Happy Tails: Think you understand your dog's language? Think again

My husband often finds interesting stuff for me to cogitate on out there in Internet land. This morning, I awoke to find an e-mail with a link from him in my inbox. It opened to a website called “The ...

Happy Tails: Cute to a fault

I heard a very disturbing story in the news recently; you probably did, too. A French Bulldog puppy died in flight after the attendant insisted that the owner put the dog in the overhead compartment. The ...

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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 ...

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