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. 

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. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chou Chou Briard Does Couture

Today Chou Chou went to be measured for her Halloween costume, which is being made just for her. ("But my costume is a secret!") And she tried to renew her friendship with Tinsel ("We met in a Tricks Class!"), who is not sure he likes her.


See more of Tinsel and Chou Chou on YouTube!

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Chou Chou Briard Finds a Playmate

We were outside a Starbucks, waiting for friends, when Chou yanked me over to the window next door. It was a designer consignment boutique. I peered in the window and saw racks of clothes. Chou Chou saw something else.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chou Chou the Therapy Dog: In the Library

Chou Chou has her AKC Therapy Dog title now, but she is still working. And she is still getting herself in trouble at the libraries.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chou Chou's Q & A

Q: Do you like wearing your beret?

A: ("Oui, of course! I am a French herding dog! When I was outside for 4 hours, to give hug therapy to stressed college students, my hat kept my head warm!") 

Q: You kept it on your head for 4 hours?

A: ("No, no! Just on and off! My pawrent puts it on, then later I shake it off! It's a fun game!")