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 ...

Carlson: In puppyhood survival mode

I have heard that in the aftermath of childbirth, a mother’s memory of the pain fades away, leaving only recollections of the joy of the birth. If this weren’t true, most women would only have ...

Carlson: Canned food: Worth the higher price tag?

I am very often tempted to spend money on things my dogs absolutely do not need. I mean, to my knowledge, no dog has ever died for lack of a scrumptious (and expensive) Red Barn chew. Ditto for yet another ...

Carlson: Dogs are smart in their own way

This is the first time my inspiration for a column topic has come from Women’s Day magazine. In fact, I don’t ever read Women’s Day magazine, probably because I assume that the people ...

Carlson: Strategies for dealing with a ‘reactive’ dog

I wrote about reactivity in dogs relatively recently, but the subject seems to keep popping up, both from exasperated dog-owning friends and, most recently, in the December/January issue of Dogster magazine. ...

Carlson: What’s gender got to do with it?

If you follow this column regularly, you know that we have acquired a 7-month-old Basset Hound puppy we’ve named Beau Dacious. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an enduring interest in the ...

Carlson: Spay/neuter question is complicated

I’ve actually been considering writing a column about this topic for a few years now, but I had serious doubts about whether it would be helpful. The question: Should we be spaying and neutering ...

Carlson: Life with dogs brings joy and loss

If you love dogs, and you live with dogs, you need to accept loss. Dogs don’t live as long as we do. If you have a toy breed dog, you may get more years to enjoy your companion. Those of you who ...

Carlson: Is it unconditional love, or just a ploy for treats

While the political scene in our nation’s capital leaves a little to be desired, the actual city is gorgeous. We spent a few days there in September and I was enthralled by the lovely parks, the ...

Carlson: Making vet visits less frightening

This week, I am going to write about a problem with dogs that I’m blessed not to have. But if I did, I would be delighted to learn about a solution described in an article in the August edition of ...

Ideas for dog lovers with allergies

It has been a long time since I devoted a column to dog allergies —and by this I mean people being allergic to dogs, not dogs being allergic to things, although that could be the topic for another ...

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 ...