Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Introducing Chou Chou & Her Blogger

  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, April 17, 2014

Puppies Grow Up

 Did you ever have a close friend in middle school 
who matured faster (or slower) than you, 
and suddenly your interests were different?

That's the story of Chou Chou and her BFF, Toffee.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Chou Chou Does Pilates?

My Pilates teacher sold her business and moved away, so my friends and I had to find new classes. We chose a studio, not too far away, that meets Monday evenings; our other class used to be on Wednesdays. That's how Chou Chou wound up in Pilates class.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Stuff... New Activities

Chou Chou has a new toy. She had the smaller version when she was 6 months old, but she chewed through the rubber. Sharp little puppy teeth! This one is much bigger. How could I resist a toy with a briard on the package? ("I don't care about the package! Please open it so I can play with it!")

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Warning for Herding Dogs: MDR1

Caleb is an Australian Shepherd that excels in agility. He became very ill after being treated with an Ivermectin product; he was rushed to the ICU, in a coma, and put on a ventilator.