Saturday, May 11, 2019

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?

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, May 25, 2018

Therapy Dogs De-Stressing Students at the University

Chou Chou Briard has been going to the university with me since she was just a few months old. She hid under my desk during my office hours and popped up ("surprise!") when a student came in. Now she goes back as a therapy dog to de-stress students before exams. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Chou Chou Briard is 7 Years Old

Chou Chou's birthday was April 7. She's been with me since she was 8 weeks old and it went so fast. Take a look at the beginning of the blog for her baby photos and her story.

Chou Chou Dines Out at Lazy Dog Restaurant

Chou Chou and her Cavalier King Charles friends -- Melinda, Candy, and Tony -- went out for Sunday brunch at Lazy Dog Restaurant. They have a patio where dogs can sit. That's nothing unusual. But this restaurant caters to dogs, literally!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Chou Chou Briard Goes to Kindergarten

Can a dog go to kindergarten? Yes! Chou Chou is a therapy dog, helping children learn to read, and she was lucky to be part of a kindergarten class. 

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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