Lucy in Louisiana
16-23 April 2009
Lucy went out to Louisiana, to visit Winston, Ellie's puppy, who is now
17 months old, and his owners Craig and Diane. Here is Winston, all
grown up and very handsome, ready for his first show of a 4 day cluster.
On Sunday the previously rainy weather cleared to beautiful blue skies,
and Craig & Diane got some of their other 'babies' out - Lucy & Diane
drove to our lunch venue in this Corvette...
...while Craig followed in the Porsche. We swapped for the homeward
journey. Great fun!
We also spotted this veteran Mercedes, and chased it around until we got
close enough for a quick snap!
Back at home, it was another grooming session to keep Winston looking
perfect for his next 2 shows. Sadly he failed to win any points towards
his Championship, but not for want of effort on his or our parts!
Once the shows were done, there was a little time for sightseeing, and
we went to the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City, where we saw
...and these policemen too, looking like those machines were fun!
Lucy tries one out - the policeman didn't seen to mind!
Diane by the fountain
Lucy admiring the view
We then went to a huge outdoors shop and had fun browsing the vast
amount of camping, boating, fishing and hunting equipment...
...before a relaxing evening at home
Lucy tried quite a lot of new food this trip - gumbo (aka weird brown
sludge!), poboys, grits, and pictured above, crawfish!
Craig & Diane's house is in the flight path of an air base, and they get
a lot of these B-52s flying over the house
Just because the shows are over, there's still training to do - here
Diane and Winston practise their ringcraft
Winston has also started agility and is loving it
Lucy has a go with Johnny, one of Craig & Diane's cockers. We also did
some beginners Rally Obedience, which was fun!
On the last afternoon we visited some casinos, for which this area is
pretty well known - Craig made money, Diane came out even, and Lucy lost
For some legal reason, the actual casinos have to be situated on boats -
it makes a fun picture though!
Outside Craig & Diane's beautiful home in the sunshine
Out back, some of the dogs are having fun stalking the pool cleaner
All the Hardy dogs - Roux, Barques, Winston, Johnny and Marie
And the beautiful guest room Lucy was given for the week - even with
laptop so she could keep in touch! Many thanks again to Craig & Diane
for such a wonderful holiday!