Author Archives: Christie Green

About Christie Green

A student of martial arts since 1995, a writer since 1999, and an animal-lover for all of time

“One is not sleeping, does not mean they are awake.” – wisdom from a fortune cookie

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Getting The Control Freak Under Control

“Control freak” sounds harsh. “Keeping things under control so I feel safe and secure” sounds better. Please tell me you’ve also thought maintaining control makes things predictable, certain, more manageable. Regardless of the fact that’s almost never true. If you … Continue reading

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The BarkCam App

BarkCam is a free app with a wide variety of sounds that automatically snaps your dog’s picture at the height of their curiosity. Simply point the phone, choose one of 12 unique noises, press the button and the sound plays. … Continue reading

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A handy medical tool…from tennis

I don’t know what we would have done without a Wilson’s tennis wrist band. It made the perfect bandage for Rico’s injured dew claw. I think every dog parent should have one. A few weeks ago, Rico superman slid down … Continue reading

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Dog Play — It’s Good For Us, Too

  “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein If the guy synonymous with genius says it, who am I to disagree? Not that I would anyway. You can learn a lot by watching dogs play. And no … Continue reading

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5 truths when dealing with confrontational people, according to dogs

A confrontational computer repairman breathes today thanks to my dogs. At least, I’m pretty sure of it. Because the thought occurred to me to crack him good. He seemed to feel the same. Like, from hello. But woofy wisdom prevailed. … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Something Other Than Perfect

Sometimes I know better, but I fail to do better. I’m probably not alone. Whiskey highlights this. I swear she wants to bring out the worst in me. This morning, she lit into me while I talked on the phone. … Continue reading

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The Power Of Choice

Lately Rico has been meandering even more on our walks. So much so, hopeful buzzards keep an eye on us.   Yesterday something hit me that probably explained his slowing speed; I forgot Rico’s birthday last month. Ok, not that, … Continue reading

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How To Live With Vultures

There’s something about being at the top of the mountain, literally and metaphorically. Who doesn’t want to feel on top of everything? Even Rico likes the bird’s-eye view of the valley—the river’s stillness, the rolling greenery, the gliding vultures. Yes, … Continue reading

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Overanalyzing Bit Me In The @**

Pinched between teeth A pink welt on white skin OW! scares us both So it turns out Whiskey can be a shithead. She cozies up when I’m eating like she expects to be baby-birded. Her stubborn streak is … … … Continue reading

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