Thursday, May 11, 2017

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? An Afghan?

Monday, May 1, 2017

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, June 2, 2016

Diagnosis: Canine Hiatal Hernia

Back in December, Chou Chou woke up in the middle of the night distressed, burping, heavy panting, and lip licking. What followed was a long  path to diagnosis.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May: National Service Animal Eye Exams



Chou Chou had her annual eye exam today and her doctor gave her this bandana.

Every May, Board Certified American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists across the country volunteer their time  to provide free eye exams for service and therapy dogs. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Birthday Party For Chou Chou Briard




Chou Chou is 5! ("What will we do for my birthday?")


Puppies grow up so fast! She came to me at 8 weeks old, after a flight from Canada to California, wearing a little yellow collar. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Herding Dogs and Fences

Chou Chou Briard is a herding dog. No sheep? No problem. She lives on a busy street near a park and lots of dogs walk by! And like any good herding dog, she tries to round them up.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Chou Chou's Cute Little Paws -- With Chewing Gum!



Chou Chou is up on her grooming table, lying quietly with her feet hanging off the edge, getting brushed. Don't her paws look cute and fluffy? This is after the gum was removed!