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. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Land Treadmill, Again



Chou Chou's physical therapy veterinarian wanted her to try the land treadmill again. She doesn't like it. But unlike the water treadmill, it has an incline that the vet thought would be good for her hips. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sad: The Day Chou Chou's Adventures Paused





Did you ever feel guilty, that you weren't giving your dog what he or she needed? Too sick, or an out of town trip, or working too many hours at the office?

Our loving dogs give us so much comfort, but then something happens and we are at a loss to reciprocate this devotion. 

Chou Chou waits patiently for me.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chou Chou Briard: Best Therapy Dog Ever!



My mom has been in the hospital, in the ICU, and is very ill. The nurses let me bring Chou Chou to cheer her. Because my mom is in an isolation room, we all had to cover up with disposable hospital gowns when in her room, so as not to spread bacteria. Chou Chou was no exception. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Chou Chou Briard Begins Agility Training

Something new! Chou Chou started agility training. I think she will like this. Doing therapy dog work, she has to sit still. But in agility, she can run and jump!

We will go every other week, in the early evenings when it's cool. The agility course is large, 100' x 130'.