CH Windfern’s Howlin’ Lucinda (Lucy), a lovely red-wheaten girl, was named after Lucinda Williams; a somewhat gravelly voiced soulful Louisiana-native folk singer. Lucy was the 3rd Irish Wolfhound Dave & Risha acquired from Zoe Bradstreet’s Windfern Kennel in Houston, TX. After knowing perfection in Maeve, their first from Zoe, they waited for what seemed an eternity for another pup. At 10 weeks old Lucy came home to New Orleans. Maeve refused to acknowledge her for quite a while, always turning her head the other direction when Lucy was near. It wasn’t too long until they became close. Not long after, Lilagh was added to the pack.
Lucy was extremely fast and had a coat that was smooth like butter as an adolescent. She loved to run – had the muscles of a racing greyhound, beautiful soft eyes with dark “eyeliner”, tiny rosed ears and a soft expression. As a small pup, she was into everything and had a tantrum nightly at 8pm in which she ran through the house terrorizing all in her path. She was prey driven, focused and confident in the field. When lying around at home, though, she was soft, loving and gentle. Lucy was shown in conformation and became an AKC champion in January 2007.
On a trip to Ireland in 2002 Dave and Risha met John and Kathleen Kelly at their 350 acre farm in Ballyboughal, Ireland. A few months later Lilagh of Nutstown (Lilagh) a shiny black-coated daughter of Blackie and Macushla was Lucy’s “sister” and her best friend. They loved to run; Lucy in front, Lilagh always chasing her. The three girls got along fabulously and loved to play and snuggle with each other day and night.
With the blessing and guidance of Zoe, Dave & Risha embarked on a journey that would forever change their lives; breeding. After much research, testing and planning, Lucy was bred and later whelped 9 puppies in May 2007. Marigny, Ursy, Ezra, Mulligan, Merrick, Tadhg, Rowan, Maeve and Zeus were her healthy, beautiful pups.
Later in 2007, when her pups were 4 months old, due to an unforeseen issue from the emergency C-section, Lucy passed away. Poor Lilagh was lost without her and wanted nothing to do with being a surrogate mom to Lucy’s pups, though she evolved into being a good mother to them. Lilagh passed in 2013 at nearly 11 years old, on the 1 year birthday of Dauphine, Hubig and Erin.