Nancy Carlson

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

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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Carlson: The science of affection between pet, owner

During heroic rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina, many people, knowing their own lives were in danger, refused to leave their homes because FEMA did not evacuate pets along with their people. My ...

Carlson: Can your dog sense ghosts? Do you care?

I don’t know if I should be proud or worried that I’m starting to recognize an article by Dr. Stanley Coren as soon as I read the title. Granted, he is prolific. And his submissions to Modern ...

Carlson: Working like a dog

Regular readers of this column will know that I have a fascination with dogs and the myriad jobs they do for us, some of which we literally couldn’t do without them. The way you know this is that ...

Happy Tails: Keeping your dog out of the ER

Although I am quite sure my dogs can’t read calendars, and the one I have tacked up in the kitchen is too high above their heads for them to see, anyway, all four have an uncanny ability to schedule ...

Carlson: No-kill shelters strive to help animals thrive

I am a relatively new subscriber to Dogster magazine. I can’t even remember how I came across it, but I’ve come to look forward to my next issue. It’s light-hearted, always has a national ...

Carlson: Plenty to wag about in October

On one of those too-hot and too-humid days of August, I was feeling heat-related inertia in both mind and body, thinking I would never come up with another idea for this column. But then, voilà! ...

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Carlson: Dog walkers, mind your manners

When I die and go to whatever awaits us all beyond the grave, I have no doubt the epitaph on my tombstone will read, “Nancy Carlson: Loving Wife, Loyal Sister and Above-Average Dog Walker.” Dog ...

Carlson: Does your dog really want to please you?

And does it even matter? Did Russia influence the 2016 election, or not? Is climate change a consequence of human behavior, or just lousy luck? Will a trade war with China be good for the economy, or ...

Carlson: Let sleeping dogs lie – in your room

Let me just come out and say this: My dogs sleep with me. Well, not all four of them, obviously. I do have standards, albeit low ones. But I seldom if ever go to sleep without a Basset Hound slumbering ...

Carlson: Bringing service dogs within reach

After writing this column for many years, I occasionally reflect on the adjectives readers may use to describe it, should the subject ever come up. Amusing, hopefully. Informative, now and again. And perhaps, ...

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Happy Tails: Think you understand your dog's language? Think again

My husband often finds interesting stuff for me to cogitate on out there in Internet land. This morning, I awoke to find an e-mail with a link from him in my inbox. It opened to a website called “The ...

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