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, October 29, 2014

Chou Chou The Sheepdog Does Halloween


 
Happy Halloween from Chou Chou Briard!

She's been a busy therapy dog, going to her visits in her sheep costume.  But first, she paid a visit to her vet, to cheer her up, and said goodbye to her physical therapist.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chou Chou Therapy Dog Gets Ready for Halloween

("This was my Halloween costume last year. I was a butterfly! You will see this year's costume soon -- it's perfect for me! - but not today.")

("I have been wearing my new costume for therapy dog visits, so people will smile.") 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kayaking Chou Chou Briard



On a beautiful Fall day, my two friends picked up Chou Chou and me, and off we went to Folsom Lake to go kayaking! Nick was  our trip leader and Debbie was our photographer. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chou Chou Briard Does Couture


Today Chou Chou went to be measured for her Halloween costume, which is being made just for her. ("But my costume is a secret!") And she tried to renew her friendship with Tinsel ("We met in a Tricks Class!"), who is not sure he likes her.

video

See more of Tinsel and Chou Chou on YouTube!



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Chou Chou Briard Finds a Playmate


We were outside a Starbucks, waiting for friends, when Chou yanked me over to the window next door. It was a designer consignment boutique. I peered in the window and saw racks of clothes. Chou Chou saw something else.