Nancy Carlson

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

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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 ...

Happy Tails: Think you know all about pit bulls?

I write these columns a couple of times a month in hope of enlightening, or at least entertaining, readers about the wonderful world of dogs. Today’s Happy Tails will most likely confuse you, instead. ...

Carlson: Here, Vanity Fair Superb Dream ... I mean, Buddy

I have several friends and one sister considering getting puppies now that spring is finally here. If you have ever shared this delightful and, yes, challenging experience, you know there are myriad decisions ...

Happy Tails: Be prepared for pet emergencies

Thank you to Dr. Reed Prince and the staff of Companion Pet Clinic for their excellent, and free, presentation last month on emergency pet care. It was informal, informative and interesting. Kudos also ...

Happy Tails: Popularity belies bulldogs' problems

The American Kennel Club has published its long awaited — well, I was waiting — list of the most popular breeds of dog in the U.S. And guess what? The most popular breed is the same this year ...

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