Christy has lived in the U.S. and Canada, always surrounded by animals. She returned to college as a mature student and discovered she lived with disabilities including dyslexia. Her time is balanced between academics, animal rescue, and gardening.
Her relationship with Gracie, the Bull Terrier, began while she was working on her doctorate and just before she discovered she had developed new life altering medical conditions.
The areas Chris writes about include the history and context of disability studies and disability services; living with disability; and living with and training dogs. She is currently writing a young adult novel, a novel for adults, and a collection of essays about coming to terms with and thriving a life punctuated by chronic illness.
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VideosGracie an English Bull Terrier trailer
Gracie is an English Bull Terrier who is amusing, enduring, chaotic, bouncy, and typical of her breed. When her person became ill, Gracie comforted and cajoled her back to a better mental and physical state. Gracie reminds us why we love dogs and why each dog needs to find his or her right home.
Dare to Not Die: A Pamphlet for Those who Consider Suicide
by Christy Oslund
Don't give up!
What those of us who live with suicidal thoughts sometimes need most in life is hope that life will not remain so painful; acknowledgement that we have already battled through much; encouragement that if we keep going eventually things will improve.
Read this if you are low on hope; please pass this on if you know someone else who could use encouragement.
Gracie an English Bull Terrier: A Handbook for Being Dog's Best Friend
by Christy Oslund
30 years rehabilitating dogs barely prepared Christy for her first Bull Terrier. Add a Collie and Labrador to the mix and life could be chaotic; when it came to medical crisis and stress, these same dogs provided the encouragement to keep going. Including tips on temperament testing, feeding, and training, this memoir/handbook will resonate with dog lovers, affirming why we are dog-people.
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