We couldn’t pass through Tennessee on the way home without taking the opportunity to do some photos
Dolly says: Bring on the visitors!!
First stop was the Smoky Mountain visitor centre. Dolly figured that was where people would come to visit HER, so she was a little disappointed. What could be more ideal than a sign with the Canadian emblem on it for her? (The red maple leaf for you non-Canuck types!) The people there were very nice and gave me maps and told me of other locations that might make for nice photos.
Dolly says: Now this is more like it! They are showcasing ME!
Next stop was the Chamber of Commerce office. Unfortunately not a lot of colour out yet, and a bit of a dreary day, but Dolly thought it was kind of cool that she rated all this attention.
Dolly says: Did you know they named this place for me?
What could be a more suitable location for photos of the princess than the place who’s name she bears? (Sorry to disappoint you yet again Dolly, but its the other way around).
Dolly says: At last …fans!!
It was pretty well the end of the business day, and this gate keeper was nice enough to let me park my van and take some photos without paying an entrance fee when I explained my mission to her. Dolly just loved her because she knew all the good “skritch” spots!
Dolly says: She’s pretty – but I’m prettier!!
This is as close as I’m going to ever get to a shot of Dolly and Dolly
Thanks to the efforts of Lois Demers and Lisa Croft-Elliott Dolly and Dragoon had a very successful specialty!
Due to a change in ring procedure from previous specialties Dolly needed her own handler, so Lisa Croft-Elliott stepped in to assist Lois and take over when all of the specials needed to be in the ring at the same time, piloting Dolly to Select Bitch and Award of Merit. She was one of only two bitch specials selected for the final line up out of 73 Specials – 41 dogs, and 32 bitches.
Dragoon and Lois won the Open Dog class. Dragoon will be taking a vacation to Europe for a year to go stay with Lisa and Carrie and show in Europe. Its going to be very quiet around here without Da Goon, but I think it is a great opportunity for him and I know that he will be well cared for over there, and he will have the opportunity to contribute to the overseas gene pool. Hopefully when he comes home he will have some more maturity and be ready for a specials career here.