Thursday, May 11, 2017

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?

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, September 14, 2016

Grass Valley Dog Show, With K9 Officer RĂ¼diger

Day Two of the Grass Valley Dog Show -- 1168 dogs and only one Briard. Just walking around the show was fun; Chou Chou got a lot of attention. 

("Will somebody tell me why they took away my hair clip? I can't see anything!")

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Grass Valley Dog Show

This was Chou Chou's first show in more than a year. I am not trying to earn her championship; I just go for fun and because it's good socialization for her. 

This is the first time she has entered the Grass Valley show, although she attended once before. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chou Chou Has A New AKC Title

September 3, 2016, at the Grass Valley Dog Show, Chou Chou Briard tested for the Advanced Canine Good Citizen title (also known as Community Canine). She earned the CGC on her first birthday, but I haven't seen the test for Advanced CGC offered until now. 

She had to pass 10 tasks; all involved being focused and obedient during distractions -- and at a dog show, there are a lot of distractions!

She took the test with 6 other dogs. She stood in line with them and waited her turn to perform each task. And she passed all 10. 

So now she has a new AKC title, CGCA, added after her name, along with her Advanced Therapy Dog (THDA) title. Good work, Chou!

("I have earned 4 titles! But AKC drops the CGC and the THD from my name when I earn the advanced titles. So unfair!")

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Chou Chou's New Neighbor

A new business just opened across the street from my house: Healthy Hounds Kitchen. They cook only for dogs! Chou Chou had to go and see. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Trip Without Chou Chou

Chou Chou is sleeping. She doesn't know I am leaving for a few days. I will be gone 4 days, visiting family. Debbie is her long-time sitter who will care for her and sleep over each night. Everything will be fine, but I worry.