In between a game of bourée and poker on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, Gail Perioux sung out to her friends around the table: “Who let the dogs out?”

“Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof,” the four other women chanted back in unison before dissolving into a fit of giggles.

They’re all 70 or 71 years old, but they might as well be 17 again. And on this particular Wednesday, they were thinking back to that time in their lives when former Gov. Kathleen Blanco was their teacher at Breaux Bridge High School.

“She had a very calm demeanor, even then. What you saw was what you got,” said Priscilla Breaux. “When she became governor, she had the same attitude and smile and demeanor. She was just

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