Thursday, April 7, 2016

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?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May is Therapy Dog Month


So many activities this week! 

On Tuesday, Chou Chou had a therapy dog shift at the library, with 3 other dogs and lots of children.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Attachments Between Dogs and Their People



Two new research studies have found similarities between how infants form bonds with their parents and how dogs bond to their owners.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hanging Out at the Sacramento Dog Show

Chou Chou has been in dog shows and won some beautiful ribbons, but I wouldn't call her a show dog. We don't enter very often. 

The Sacramento Kennel Club Dog Show is held just a few miles from my home. Chou Chou has been shown there. But it's more fun to hang out with the handlers, breeders, owners and dogs without the stress of competition. Oh, and the shopping at dog shows is great!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday, Chou Chou Briard!


April 7, 2015. Chou Chou Briard is 4 years old! ("But I'm still a playful puppy!")

To celebrate, she had a birthday party in the library, during her Read To The Dogs therapy shift. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Chou Chou's Seder

My friend invited me (and 7 others) to a Passover Seder -- a symbolic meal to retell the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. Seders can last for hours; I asked if he would mind if I left early, to take care of my dog. He responded, "Why don't you bring her."