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?

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. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

8 Things Dogs Don't Like

Chou Chou Briard is smart and gentle. She's earned 2 AKC titles and medals: CGC Canine Good Citizen, and ThD Therapy Dog.

Certified therapy dogs are evaluated to be sure they will accept children who may not know how to handle a dog. 

Here are 8 behaviors that dogs generally don't like; this is something parents can teach their children.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chou Chou Briard: I Lost My Tooth!

("So here I am -- pretty in pink, with my Hello Kitty bow! It's my favorite!")

("It's National Pet Dental Health Month, and I just had my dental checkup. I got an A+ for perfectly white, clean teeth!") 

("But bad news, too! I had a broken tooth! And it had to come out. It's okay. My tongue hides the empty space!")

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

After the Breakup

("My BFF Toffee doesn't want to play with me! I don't understand! So sad!")

("I've had other suitors: today a tan labrador retriever at the vet's office sniffed me and then peed on the floor to get my attention! It didn't impress me! I just want Toffee back!"

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Chou Chou Therapy Dog at the Library

Today was a library day. Chou Chou participated in one of her "Read to a Dog" therapy dog visits. Children who  lack confidence in their reading skills  practice by reading to nonjudgmental dogs.

But first, yesterday, Chou Chou had to get ready with a bath, then  brushing, and drying with a dog hair dryer.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

It's National Pet Dental Health Month

Chou Chou likes having her teeth brushed, which is very good because they are brushed almost daily. 

Just one problem....