Nancy Carlson

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

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 ...

Happy Tails: In defense of timidity

I was at the dog park the other day. That is nothing new; I’m at the dog park almost every day. But it was one of those rare afternoons last month when the sun was shining and the sky was actually ...

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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 ...

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