Nancy Carlson

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

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 ...

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 ...

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