Thursday, May 11, 2017

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?

Monday, May 1, 2017

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, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Chou Chou & the $2,000 Stomach Ache

One night, Chou Chou couldn't sleep; she was panting, smacking her lips, and burping. She was clearly very uncomfortable. ("Oui! My tummy was ouchy!") And when Chou Chou can't sleep, I can't either!

So off to the vet we went. That was 4 weeks ago.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chou Chou's New Year's Resolutions

("Today, I will share with you my New Year's resolutions -- not too many!")


Take Time to Read:
("Oui! I am reading Larry Kay's Life's A Bark!")


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Rainy Days With Chou Chou Briard



Chou Chou loves to go running with her Lucky Buddy dog walker. She is wearing her raincoat so she doesn't come home too soggy! When I go out with her for potty time in the rain, she wants to come right back in the house. But for a wet run around the park, she's ready!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Into the Woods With Chou Chou Briard



Thanksgiving weekend, we took a ride to a redwood forest in Marin, California.  Only one problem....