("Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, filled with treats and ear scratches, good friends, a cozy bed, and exciting adventures!")
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
1979 Volvo. Sometimes it runs. Always an exciting adventure! Remember my 12/23/11 post, when Chou got locked in and I was locked out?
Yesterday the tow truck came to change the battery. I took Chou Chou outside to expose her to the noise and big truck.
The tow truck driver wanted me to pop open the hood. I opened the car door and she pushed past me and jumped in. Let's roll!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
"Pets For Stress" is a new student organization at California State University, Sacramento; they invited our animal-assisted therapy teams to Homecoming Weekend. Chou Chou and I are a certified team, so we participated. Can you find Chou in the slide show? ("Don't confuse me with the doodledog!")
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
It was 1 a.m. when Chou Chou started barking and ran to the door. She was agitated. She continued to bark, so I was getting worried. I went outside with her on leash, holding some citronella spray. ("You think that will help you? Really?")
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Chou's dog walker said she saw a black dog that looked like a briard, in a neighborhood not far from mine. No, it couldn't be; it must be just a shaggy dog.
At a dog park, a man mentioned seeing a "black briard, a couple years ago." But if another briard lived in Sacramento, surely someone in the briard club would have told me. So I dismissed these sightings ... until a car stopped, and a woman handed Chou's dog walker her card.
Monday, September 16, 2013
It was a nice day. I put on my red shirt with the animal-assisted therapy logo, and my handler ID on a lanyard around my neck; then I put on Chou Chou's red collar with her therapy dog ID, and off we went to participate in a monthly after school program -- to put on a show and teach children about dog safety.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Labor Day Weekend. A Dog Show in Grass Valley, about an hour from me. I thought about entering, but I didn't have a handler and would have had to do all the grooming and showing myself. It seemed like too much trouble. But when my briard friends posted a photo online last night, taken at the Grass Valley show, I decided to take Chou Chou and drop in for the second day of the show. We needed another road trip, anyway, to end the summer.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
After completing a shadow visit, an evaluation, and 6 probationary visits to nursing homes and libraries, Chou Chou and I are a certified animal-assisted therapy team! Chou Chou is showing off her new ID tag. I have a tag, too.
I was awarded our certificate tonight at the monthly meeting. I am excited about the opportunity to do this!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Chou Chou and I are working through our six trainee visits to certify as an animal-assisted therapy team. Since our first library shift, we have done 3 more.
Children bring books to read to Chou: she never criticizes, so they gain confidence.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Last day, a third blue ribbon, then the same puppies to compete against. I learned my lesson yesterday and stayed out of Chou Chou's sight when she was in the ring. I stood at Ring 3 while she competed in Ring 4. So I have blurry pictures taken at a distance.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
What do people do on the Fourth of July? We go to Ventura to the dog show! There are more than 2600 dogs entered. It's a long drive for someone like me who doesn't like to drive (although Chou is very good in the car). But ten days of temperatures over 100 degrees is enough, and I was ready for cool ocean weather!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
("I know I'm cute, but you can't have me!")
Q: I read that in Sacramento it's been over 100 degrees for several days! What do you do when it's so hot?
A: ("Oui! Too hot for playful pups! I take daytime naps and play outside at night."
"And I pose for photos in my chapeau magnifique, made just for me! It can keep the sun out of my eyes, but my pawrent says it's an inside pretend hat. ")
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Chou Chou and I are starting the process of getting certified for animal-assisted therapy. I've wrtten about my library (shadow) visit. But tonight was the first time Chou would meet with everyone from the certifying group at the monthly meeting, and I wasn't sure if she'd lie down quietly with other dogs nearby.