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. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chou Chou's Follow-up Eye Exam


Chou Chou had a second eye exam, at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital. She was hesitating when she walked in the dark and seemed to fail the "cotton ball test" during her annual eye appointment. That could mean nothing, or it could be early PRA leading to blindness. I was considering doing more sensitive testing. I wanted a second opinion.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day Weekend





It was hot today, with not much to do. It was like being cooped up with a toddler. So I took Chou to a pet store, to see what we could find, and to have someplace cool to go. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bath Day for Chou Chou Briard


This afternoon was bath time -- a good thing to do on a warm summer day. Tomorrow we will visit a new library as part of the Lend A Heart animal-assisted therapy program, and Chou Chou has to be clean and brushed for the children.

Friday, August 22, 2014