Nancy Carlson

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

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Carlson: Where human food trends go, dog food soon follows

Most years, shortly after February, I write a column on Whole Dog Journal’s annual roundup of approved dry dog foods, but this year I didn’t. Just wasn’t in the mood, I guess. I mean, ...

Carlson: For many dogs, the Fourth is just plain scary

I just glanced at my calendar and realized that if I am going to write a column about you and your dog surviving the Fourth of July, I had better get in gear, because the dreaded day is only three weeks ...

Nancy Carlson photo ## Finbar the Greyhound, not napping.

Carlson: Unlearning my Greyhound knowledge

I am old enough to be unsurprised that many times when I think I know a lot about a topic — and even offer advice about it — it turns out, I have not a clue. It is in this state of cluelessness ...

Carlson: Dogs behaving badly, and what to do about it

I’ve gotten behind on reading my dog magazines again. In my defense, they have an uncanny ability to arrive while I am engrossed in a page-turner mystery, and when I’ve finally gotten to the ...

Carlson: Is Pooch aggressive, or simply ‘reactive’?

One of the benefits of having to come up with a topic for this column every other Tuesday is that it motivates me to get out of the house and learn about things I might not have gotten around to otherwise. Happy ...

Carlson: The best breeds for senior dog lovers

When you turn 70, which I did last summer, you have to admit that not only are your youthful years in the rearview mirror, but they are receding so far, so fast, that they have become a distant memory. Happy ...

Sheridan locals planning new summer event

SHERIDAN — Sheridan Days was discontinued following last year’s June celebration, but an effort is being made to launch a new event titled Hometown Days. It would most likely will be held ...

Newberg man sentenced for threatening incidents

Levi Weinstein told his physically disabled victim, “I’m going to slice your throat; I should kill you,” while putting a fixed blade knife to his throat last November, according to court ...

Carlson: Eco-friendly products, with the pocketbook in mind

We who are fortunate enough to live in the Willamette Valley are somewhat sheltered — knock on wood — from most of the disastrous weather that’s becoming more commonplace in many parts ...

Carlson: Service helps match people, pets

My husband, John, and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in November. Neither of us can remember where our marriage certificate is (it has to be around here somewhere), but as school teachers, we ...

Carlson: Boning up on new dog laws

I find it almost impossible not to be a bit cynical about whether the lawmakers of our nation are actually earning the tax dollars we pay them. But I have to admit that as far as 2018 goes, the answer ...

Carlson: For dog fans, Westminster beats a box of chocolates

Friends, February is right around the corner, and we all know what happens then. If you guessed Valentine’s Day, well — that’s not the answer I was looking for, but kudos for being a ...

Carlson: Prep before shopping for your next pup

Whole Dog Journal is not for the wannabe dog enthusiast. The articles lean toward the esoteric, and are thorough to the point of nearly beating a topic to death. I confess that a lot of the articles are ...

Carlson: Program helps patients with pets

My spirits were lifted when I came across an article about a project that brings out the best in us. When I share it with you, maybe yours will be, too. If you, too, are a loyal customer of Bi-Mart, maybe ...

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