Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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?

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. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chou Chou in the Therapy Dog Photo Opp

Lend A Heart scheduled a group photo on the steps of the State Capitol building, Sacramento. There are more than 100 certified therapy dogs and handlers. Could all these dogs -- with a few cats and rabbits! -- sit together nicely for a group photo? Could Chou Chou do this? See what happened...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chou Chou Earned Her ThD!


Chou Chou just earned her AKC Therapy Dog title, ThD! I am so proud of her! We worked hard as a team -- therapy dog and handler -- going to libraries, schools, and nursing homes with our animal-assisted therapy organization, Lend A Heart. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Briard Mobile!

There's a new addition to my backyard landscaping. It's a briard mobile, made for me in Austria by a talented woman who loves these dogs. Attached to an evergreen branch, it blows in the wind and the briards, heart, and paw print swing. 

At night, with the motion detector night light, the briards cast shadows on the fence. ("The mobile pups look just like me!") Love it!


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mobile created by Karin at pretty-d0gs.com



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chou Chou's Follow-up Eye Exam


Chou Chou had a second eye exam, at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital. She was hesitating when she walked in the dark and seemed to fail the "cotton ball test" during her annual eye appointment. That could mean nothing, or it could be early PRA leading to blindness. I was considering doing more sensitive testing. I wanted a second opinion.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day Weekend





It was hot today, with not much to do. It was like being cooped up with a toddler. So I took Chou to a pet store, to see what we could find, and to have someplace cool to go.