Nancy Carlson

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

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 ...

Happy Tails: Case highlights constitutional questions

Many of us have thought that Washington, D.C., has gone to the dogs these past few years, but I’m here to tell you that, at least in one case, that’s a good thing. In October, the United States ...

Happy Tails: Deciding when your pup should socialize

This week, I am going to discuss a thorny dilemma that anyone who has ever owned a puppy in this century has confronted: how and when to start socializing your puppy while keeping him safe from infectious ...

Happy Tails: It's all in good fun at the Basset Games

Clear your calendar on Sunday, July 17, for the event I know you’ve been waiting for: the 2016 Basset Hound Games. Such drama, such passion, such fun! Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an ...

Happy Tails: Lessons from Dallas' dog problem

Did you ever have a story from the news get stuck in your head and not leave you in peace? That is exactly what’s happening to me at the moment, and I’m hoping that writing a column might stop ...

Happy Tails: Study looks to add years to pets lives

I am a card-carrying member of Oregon Public Broadcasting— well, I would be, if I haven’t mislaid my card — and I have to say, I get my dues’ worth from the organization. The news ...

Happy Tails: Kids need to learn dog safety

If you are a regular reader of “Happy Tails,” you may remember that last year I did a column on the new way of doing business at Dog Control, now that the facility at the fairgrounds has been ...

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