Thursday, June 11, 2020

Introducing Chou Chou & Her Blogger

This blog was started in 2011 by Dr. Nancy Kalish as a fun way to follow the life of her briard Chou Chou. Sadly, in July 2019, Dr. Kalish passed away unexpectedly. While that means no more updates on Chou Chou's life (she has found a wonderful new home), this blog in its current state will remain for the foreseeable future so that anyone can go through the previous posts to learn more about Chou Chou.

  Who Is Chou Chou?  Who Is the Author?

I am a psychologist in Sacramento, CA. Until recently, I was a professor at California State University, teaching courses in child and adolescent development. I do survey research, and wrote a couple books, on people who tried lost love reunions -- couples who reunited after being apart for many years. 

And I have a dog who keeps me busy and brings me joy. Chou Chou is a beautiful briard, a French herding dog. They require an extensive commitment of time for their grooming, exercise, and socialization needs, as you will read about on this blog, so they are not common. 

When we go out walking, people stop me to ask about her. "What kind of dog is that?" Many people guess: A labradoodle? A wheaten terrier? An old English sheepdog? A bearded collie? A bouvier? An Afghan?

Monday, May 11, 2020

About Briards

Breed Information
published by the Briard Club of America

The Briard, or Chien Berger de Brie, is an ancient working breed of France whose origin dates back to the eighth century. Early tapestries depict these large shaggy dogs with the Emperor Charlemagne, and Napoleon was also reported to have kept Briards. The Briard has been used since early times as a guardian of the flocks and a herding dog. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Starring Chou Chou's Housemate, Brandy Cockatoo!


Chou Chou Briard lives with Brandy, a cockatoo that barks at her for attention. Recently Brandy watched a TV show, Nova, about parrots. Here's what happened.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Therapy Dogs De-Stressing Students at the University

Chou Chou Briard has been going to the university with me since she was just a few months old. She hid under my desk during my office hours and popped up ("surprise!") when a student came in. Now she goes back as a therapy dog to de-stress students before exams. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Chou Chou Briard is 7 Years Old

Chou Chou's birthday was April 7. She's been with me since she was 8 weeks old and it went so fast. Take a look at the beginning of the blog for her baby photos and her story.

Chou Chou Dines Out at Lazy Dog Restaurant

Chou Chou and her Cavalier King Charles friends -- Melinda, Candy, and Tony -- went out for Sunday brunch at Lazy Dog Restaurant. They have a patio where dogs can sit. That's nothing unusual. But this restaurant caters to dogs, literally!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Chou Chou Briard Goes to Kindergarten

Can a dog go to kindergarten? Yes! Chou Chou is a therapy dog, helping children learn to read, and she was lucky to be part of a kindergarten class.