Friday, May 11, 2018

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? An Afghan?

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. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

De-Stressing First Responders


Chou Chou Briard, AKC Therapy Dog Excellent, spent a  weekend with other therapy dogs at the California Office of Emergency Services. The dogs were there to de-stress FEMA workers, firefighters, and the National Guard -- deployed from all over the US to fight the Northern California fires. Some were just back from Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida hurricane relief. They were exhausted, and all so grateful!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Therapy Dog Excellent




Chou Chou Briard has completed 200 animal-assisted therapy visits to libraries, schools, nursing homes, and community de-stress events and has earned her new AKC title: Therapy Dog Excellent. AKC has presented her with a patch and a medallion to wear (which is heavy!).

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Chou Chou Briard Discovers Sand



It was Mothers' Day Weekend and family was visiting. Time to go to the beach! Chou Chou has never been on sand. Would she like the beach? Would the sand stick in her hair and never come out? Or would it come out all over the floor for days on end? I didn't know how she'd react, but off we went to Santa Cruz, CA for playtime on the beach!

Monday, July 3, 2017

National Puppy Day With Chou Chou



For National Puppy Day, Chou Chou took some of her favorite people to Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, CA, for a photo shoot. This mansion was the  mine owner's home and is known as the Bourn Cottage.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Children's Book About Chou Chou!

Who Will Come To My Party? is Chou Chou's new book! It's available as an ebook and a paperback at amazon.com.

It's the true story of a friendship. There are photos of Chou Chou Briard and her friends, and the ebook also has videos. 

Children who love dogs will love this book, and the uplifting message will resonate with readers of all ages.   


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