Nancy Carlson

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

Carlson: To ignore or not to ignore

I admit I did have a premonition that jumping might become a problem with my darling Basset, Beau Dacious. John and I had driven to Sacramento to meet him and hopefully impress his breeder that we would ...

Carlson: Bones of contention

Either people who write for dog magazines are into lists, or I tend to gravitate toward articles that include lists, since the organizational work is pretty much done for me. Happy Tails Nancy ...

Carlson: Zoom adds zip to pandemic-era training

Since I got my first basset hound puppy back in the 90’s I have had only one ambition for my dogs — to get them certified as therapy dogs. Back in those days I was working as a school counselor ...

Carlson: Is mischievousness in your dog

It is with a sigh of relief I report my basset hound puppy, Beau Dacious, now 18-months-old, but still very young at heart, has slowed down somewhat — quite a bit actually — with his destructive ...

Carlson: Thinking of adding a second dog?

I have to admit, especially when my patience is wearing thin, that bringing a 55-pound basset puppy home to a 2-year-old, 85-pound greyhound, and then trying to manage the ensuing chaos, was perhaps not ...

Carlson: Tips for dog owners heading back to work

I started this column in early June, when it seemed like the path toward our new normal seemed somewhat straightforward. Then on June 12, I heard there was another spike in coronavirus cases and Gov. ...

Carlson: And for something completely different: Birdwatching, anyone?

These past couple of months (some of the longest in my life) I have written about dogs and the pandemic — how to care for your dog while you shelter in place, how to amuse your dog now participating ...

Carlson: Raising a Basset pup no walk in the park

Beau Dacious, my now 15-month-old Basset Hound puppy, is not maturing quite as rapidly as I had hoped. Actually, some days I don’t think he’s maturing at all. He just has a bigger body, ...

Carlson: Sharing just doesn’t come easily to dogs

My May 2020 issue of Whole Dog Journal arrived this week, and among the articles was one called “Changing of the Guardian,” by Pat Miller, about dogs and resource guarding. Happy Tails Nancy ...

Carlson: Dogs are a planet’s best friends, too

I’m writing this on Earth Day. It is raining with an absolutely biblical kind of vengeance out there, but I can deal with that — this is Oregon, after all. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson ...

Carlson: Is this a good time to adopt?

My inbox for the last month or so has had plenty of articles from dog experts weighing in on whether this is, or is not, a perfect time to adopt a pet. Newspaper articles go on about how many of us are ...

Carlson: Ways to pass the time with Poochie

  I am writing this five days after Gov. Kate Brown ordered all of us to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy.” And I wholeheartedly support her, knowing this is critically important, and ...

Carlson: Life with pets in a time of change

It would not take a crystal ball to predict this week’s column is going to deal with the coronavirus, albeit from the impact it has on our lives with our companion animals. Happy Tails Nancy ...

Carlson: Helpful naming advice to freely ignore

If your dog’s name is Bella or Max and you take him or her to the dog park and call his/her name, you might very well have a half-dozen dogs charging toward you (although dog parks being places that ...

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