Thursday, April 7, 2016

Introducing Chou Chou & Her Blogger


Introduction:
  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?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chou Chou Tries to Herd Chickens



Chou Chou went to play in the neighborhood schoolyard with her BFF, Toffee. After school hours, the school allows the dogs to be off-leash. Today, she found a surprise.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chou Chou's New Year's Resolutions

("Today, I will share with you my New Year's resolutions -- not too many!")


Take Time to Read:

("Oui! I am reading Larry Kay's Life's A Bark!")


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015!





("Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, filled with treats and ear scratches, good friends, a cozy bed, and exciting adventures!")





Thursday, December 18, 2014

A New PT Program: Chou Chou's Agility Baby Steps



Chou Chou Briard is in a new physical therapy program. She will continue her 45 minutes of underwater treadmill exercise, so that her hip dysplasia remains asymptomatic. But she will also do exercises, after treadmill, with her veterinary technician. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chou Chou's Adventure: FIRE!


It was a beautiful Fall day. Chou Chou loves to run through the leaves. But at night, my house almost burned down!