Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our First Therapy Dog Assignment



Tonight Chou Chou and I were scheduled for our first trainee shift as an animal-assisted therapy team, in a library.

Monday, July 22, 2013

We Passed! We Passed!

Yesterday was our evaluation to be certified as an animal-assisted therapy team. I almost didn't go. Chou had a stomachache, I had a migraine headache, and I am always nervous when I am being evaluated for anything. But we went. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Behavioral Consultation




Chou Chou and I met with a veterinary behaviorist today. There are only 60 board certified behavior specialist vets in the entire country! 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ventura Dog Show, Day 3




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

Ventura Dog Show, Day 2



It was the second day of the show, with a different judge, but the same briards.  This time, I really messed up, not Chou Chou!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ventura Dog Show, Day 1

We didn't sleep much last night. Chou Chou was panting and shaking the bed. I kept turning up the air conditioner fan   until finally she was cool enough to sleep.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Road Trip!



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

A Worrisome Development


I've been worried about Chou Chou recently. She startles at noises and barks if a dog gets near her. She has never been reactive -- always playful and curious.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Chou Chou's Summer Q & A


("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. ")