Nancy Carlson

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

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 ...

Carlson: Dogs understand more than we thought

I’m beginning to think I should give the proceeds of “Happy Tails” to National Public Radio, since it has been the inspiration for several columns lately. This week’s, for example, ...

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Happy Tails: Bird's story touches hearts worldwide

Instead of going to the dogs this week, we are going to go to the birds. I heard about a toucan in Costa Rica who touched my heart and the hearts of millions of others, inspired an Animal Planet documentary ...

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Happy Tails: Walking the dog without tension

I happened to see a dog wearing a prong collar the other day, which isn’t exactly a notable thing except that I haven’t actually seen anyone use a prong collar in ages. With Gentle Leaders ...

Carlson: Hot weather survival skills for you and your dog

I hate the heat. I am writing this mid-August — yesterday it was a 104 degrees; today it’s down to a mere 97. I have what I hope you would agree is a relatively pleasant personality up until ...

Carlson: Dog-related doings around the county

Many thanks to Jay Pearson of McMinnville Parks & Recreation and Lannette Noble of the city of McMinnville for meeting with a number of us dog park groupies on a lovely evening in July to discuss dog ...

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