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? An Afghan?

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. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Should Chou Chou Briard Join Tindog?"





There's a new app, based on the Tinder dating app, called Tindog. Upload a photo of your dog (and maybe one of yourself) and see who matches with you... uh... your dog.

Maybe Chou Chou should try this? What would she write for her profile?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Ventura Dog Show Continues


  

The last day of the show, I asked one of the briard friends if he would mind using my phone to take videos of Chou Chou in the ring. He was willing. So I gave him my phone and went back behind my tree. 

The Ventura Dog Show, First Day


First day of the dog show. You might wonder why I am posting a picture of a tree trunk. This was my view of Chou Chou in the ring. I had to hide.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Road Trip With a Dog in a New Car

What do people do on the Fourth of July? We go to Ventura to see our briard friends at the dog show! There are more than 2100 dogs entered. Last time, my Mini Cooper had trouble getting over the mountain. So 3 days ago, I bought a new car, a 2012 Prius C. I don't know  how to operate all of it yet -- the manual is 560 pages! But, off we went.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Getting Ready for the Dog Show!



("I bet you think I sit around all day on an antique velvet French couch, don't you?") 

("No, I don't!")