Nancy Carlson

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

Carlson: Destructive chewing is a gnawing problem

I was more than a little shamefaced, standing at the library front desk holding Exhibit A: a badly damaged library book that I hadn’t even had a chance to start reading before it met its inglorious ...

Carlson: Is your dog a chow hound? Here’s how to slow him down

Let’s face it — our beloved canine companions are probably bored out of their gourds a lot of the time. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an enduring interest in the bond between humans ...

Carlson: Answers to a bunch of questions you never even thought to ask

My husband, John, who most nights surfs the Web long after I go to sleep, is very considerate in sending me links he believes, usually correctly, will interest me. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson ...

Carlson: Focus on the basics; ignore the ‘foodie’ fads

Last time, I started but did not finish my report to you on Whole Dog Journal’s most recent list of approved dry dog foods. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an enduring interest in the bond ...

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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 ...

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