Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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. 

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! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Therapy Dog Chou Chou De-stresses Students

It's December -- time to de-stress college students before final exams.

Typical therapy dog shifts are one hour. The university event was three. And then, an hour library visit!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Is Chou Chou Briard A Spy?



There are many meanings to the pronunciation of Chou Chou's name. I named her Chou Chou, French for cutie pie, because briards are French herding dogs. But the sounds "shoo shoo" in Hebrew can mean spy. 

Is Chou Chou a spy dog? I didn't consider this until someone saw her Halloween costume and suggested that it might actually be a disguise.

So let's look at the facts.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chou Chou Meets the Mayor

Today was a therapy dog library day for Chou Chou, and 3 other dogs and handlers. It was also election day, and the library was a crowded polling place. Lots going on!