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, November 6, 2014

Is Chou Chou Briard A Spy?

There are many meanings to the pronunciation of Chou Chou's name. I named her Chou Chou, French for cutie pie, because briards are French herding dogs. But the sounds "shoo shoo" in Hebrew can mean spy. 

Is Chou Chou a spy dog? I didn't consider this until someone saw her Halloween costume and suggested that it might actually be a disguise.

So let's look at the facts.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chou Chou Meets the Mayor

Today was a therapy dog library day for Chou Chou, and 3 other dogs and handlers. It was also election day, and the library was a crowded polling place. Lots going on!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chou Chou The Sheepdog Does Halloween

Happy Halloween from Chou Chou Briard!

She's been a busy therapy dog, going to her visits in her sheep costume.  But first, she paid a visit to her vet, to cheer her up, and said goodbye to her physical therapist.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chou Chou Therapy Dog Gets Ready for Halloween

("This was my Halloween costume last year. I was a butterfly! You will see this year's costume soon -- it's perfect for me! - but not today.")

("I have been wearing my new costume for therapy dog visits, so people will smile.") 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kayaking Chou Chou Briard

On a beautiful Fall day, my two friends picked up Chou Chou and me, and off we went to Folsom Lake to go kayaking! Nick was  our trip leader and Debbie was our photographer.