Thursday, April 7, 2016

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? An Afghan?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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, June 16, 2015

Getting Ready for the Dog Show!

("I bet you think I sit around all day on an antique velvet French couch, don't you?") 

("No, I don't!")

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chou Chou Briard at the High School

As a therapy dog, Chou Chou has gone to libraries for children's "read to a dog" programs, to nursing homes, to the university, and to 5th grade after-school  programs teaching about dog safety.

A few days ago, we went with our fellow therapy dogs to a high school to de-stress the teenagers before their exams.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Lucky to Have Hip Dysplasia?

Chou Chou is back to her weekly physical therapy visits at U.C. Davis Veterinary Hospital. She is doing underwater treadmill and laser therapy. 

Integrative Medicine has expanded its patient load, but the space is small, so dog owners are no longer allowed to watch the dogs do their therapy. I have to sit in the waiting room now. And I talk to other dog owners.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May is Therapy Dog Month

So many activities this week! 

On Tuesday, Chou Chou had a therapy dog shift at the library, with 3 other dogs and lots of children.