Nancy Carlson

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

Happy Tails: Many dog owners, one dog park and pet peeves galore

Emotions ran high during an April meeting in McMinnville to discuss “issues” at the Riverside Dog Park, as this newspaper has already reported in somewhat painful detail. Kudos to the Parks ...

Happy Tails: Eugene's downtown dog ban raises hackles

I may have mentioned in one of my recent columns that Happy Tails should not be viewed as a political forum. Please forget I said that. Although this week’s column has nothing to do with Democrats ...

© Can Stock Photo / rusugrig##Despite their grace and seemingly boundless energy while running, greyhounds tend to be a bit clumsy in tight spaces and content to while away the day in a nice, soft bed.

Carlson: Take another look at sighthounds

When you are retired, you have the luxury of time to think, although you don’t always exactly make a conscious decision of where your thinking will take you, and you don’t always end up in ...

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Happy Tails: Dogs are masters of manipulation

If you enjoy the topics I cover in Happy Tails, and I sincerely hope you do, you often have my husband, John, to thank for them. He is an ardent follower of the news, and during his late night excursions ...

Image: ACLU of Michigan##Ehlena Fry and her now-retired service dog, Wonder.

Carlson: A big win for disabled students

Last summer, I wrote a column about the first case involving a service dog to ever be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court: Fry vs. Napoleon Community Schools. I ended the column by saying I’d let you ...

Happy Tails: How to find the best chow for your pup

February brought a few things I didn’t plan on — like over 10 inches of rain, most of which fell while I was trying to walk the dogs. However, like clockwork, my February issue of Whole Dog ...

Carlson: Bracing for the bag ban

The winds of change are blowing across our nation, folks, and McMinnville won’t be spared. The good news is the particular change I am thinking of is quite progressive. As I write this, the McMinnville ...

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Carlson: Dogs are good for what ails you

Happy Tails has never been, nor should it be, a political column. Although I have some rather strong opinions about certain dog-related topics, I don’t think any of them fall into the realm of politics. And ...

Carlson: Diabetic service dogs save lives

I have written many columns about service dogs over the years, but I never get tired of the topic, and I hope you don’t either. The genesis of this column was a conversation I had with a friend ...

Carlson: Can a new approach help modern dogs?

Last Happy Tails, I set out to give you a synopsis of a new approach to dog behavior described in an article by trainer and behaviorist Pat Miller in the November 2016 Whole Dog Journal: “Pro-Choice: ...

Carlson: The evolution of dog training

Has been a slow news season in the dog reporting business, and this particular columnist is desperately scrambling for something to write about (any ideas you have about an aspect of pet care I haven’t ...

Carlson: Improving quality of life for our aging companions

Even I, who can be pretty good at denying reality, have to face the fact that Irish, our Greyhound, and Higgly Piggly, our Havanese, are getting up there. Irish will be 10 years old at Christmas, and ...

Carlson: Are apps a dog owner's best friend?

I have made no secret in these columns that I am not now, now will I probably ever be, comfortable with technology. That said, I have been uncharacteristically engaged in a series of Whole Dog Journal ...

Carlson: Respect support-animal laws

I was standing in line at a department store in Salem the other day, and the woman ahead of me had an extremely cute toy dog, probably a Yorkie, tucked under one arm. Now neither of these two things are ...

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