Nancy Carlson

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

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Happy Tails: More puppy don'ts

You may or may not remember that when last we were together, I was prattling on about an article from Modern Dog magazine’s winter 2015-16 issue called “How Not to Train Your Puppy.” Happy ...

Happy Tails: New puppy? Avoid these mistakes

Many of us have made, and hopefully still remember, our 2016 New Year’s resolutions. Modern Dog magazine adds to this burden by giving us 14 things to resolve not to do in an article called “How ...

Happy Tails: Senior dogs for senior citizens

I wanted my first column of this new year to dwell on something upbeat. Modern Dog magazine has helped me out immensely. The winter 2015-16 issue includees an article called “The Best Kind of Medicine: ...

Happy Tails: Housebound hounds? Interactive toys keep them busy, happy

I can’t believe just a few months ago I was whining about how dry everything was. Well, that particular complaint has vanished. I read that Western Oregon is still suffering drought conditions, but ...

Happy Tails: Is certification in Fido’s future?

Therapy dogs serve the community in variety of settings I had a very rewarding experience last month that I want to share with you. The therapy dog group, Paws for Love, through which I certified my basset ...

Happy Tails: Shopping list for the howlidays

This is normally the time of year when I write a column ranting and raving about the exploitive maneuvers of the Pet Industrial Complex. The PIC is currently trying very hard to get us to throw money away ...

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Happy Tails: So, the dominance theory is out — now what?

A few months back, I wrote a column based on a Whole Dog Journal article debunking the theory that dogs strive for dominance over humans or even other dogs. Turns out the research the dominance theory ...

Happy Tails: A tourist's view of dogs abroad

I recently had the great good fortune to travel to Europe — France, Italy and the Czech Republic. What a wonderful experience! John and I had talked about traveling while we still had our jobs, but ...

Happy Tails: Dogs don't do guilt

The other day, my husband called me over to his computer to see a series of short YouTube videos called “Funny Guilty Dog Compilations 2015.” Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an enduring ...

Happy Tails: Dog control - same services, new site

Now that long-awaited changes have been implemented, I have been wondering — and maybe you have, too — about the fate of Yamhill County Dog Control and the helpful and humane services the staff ...

Happy Tails: Playing by new park rules

I have good news for all you fans — and former fans — of McMinnville’s Riverside Drive Dog Park. There are changes afoot (or is it a-pawed?) that are going to make our outings more pleasant ...

Happy Tails: Tips for seeking a shelter dog

If you have been following this column lately — something for which I would be grateful — you know that, with one recent exception, I’ve been stuck on a theme. Happy Tails Nancy ...

Happy Tails: Helping dogs keep their cool

It is hot and probably just going to get hotter. We could be on track for one of the hottest, driest summers ever, and what with climate change, next year may be worse. On that cheerful note, it’s ...

Happy Tails: Picking your perfect puppy

In my last Happy Tails column, I wrote a synopsis of a synopsis. The summer 2015 issue of BARK magazine featured an article touching on the most salient points in a 50-page report from Harvard Medical ...

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