Nancy Carlson

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

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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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: ...

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