Thursday, April 7, 2016

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? 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. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What's New, Chou Chou?

What's new, Chou Chou? She's traveling around in her new taxi, earning titles as a therapy dog, and  running in the rain:

Friday, October 30, 2015

Puppy at a Construction Site

The city is putting in a new water main. It will run down my street and connect to my home. Lots of equipment and noise. ("I am not afraid! I am a brave puppy!")

See what she sees and listen to what she hears......

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chou Chou Briard & Another Dead Body?

Chou Chou! What's going on? Murder and mayhem seem to be following you. First the body in the pond near our house, and now this.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Chou Chou Briard and the Dead Body

This is the curious case of a pup, her dog walker, a park, and a  pond with a dead body.

What do we know?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pup Failed Potty?

Chou Chou Briard is beginning agility lessons. She doesn't know the rules yet. 

Before she enters the agility field, she has to go potty. If dogs peed in the agility area, other dogs would want to sniff, not work. 

This is what happened last week: