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. 

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.

Chou Chou Briard Visits Old Friends

When Chou Chou was born, my mom lived here, at the Einstein Residence Center. Chou came from Canada to live with me, a special gift from my mom. So the pup visited here often. My mom loved to watch her grow.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Time For a Puppy Swim Date!


My friends have a pool. Chou Chou hasn't gone swimming in a long time. Would she remember? Would she still enjoy it?   

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Puppy Needs A Personal Fan

Chou Chou loved this white drugstore fan. I bought it when she was a little puppy. The house is air conditioned, but she likes the breeze. 

The fan broke: too much hair wrapped around the motor, and no way to open and clean it.  So now she has a new fan. ("Very fancy!")

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Managing Chou Chou Briard's Hiatal Hernia



Why is Chou Chou on the staircase? ("I am waiting to eat!")

She was recently diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, a weakness in her esophagus that is causing GERD (reflux), especially at night. She gets burpy. 

To help her, I have adapted her eating in several ways.