Saturday, February 17, 2007
Meanwhile, I spent Friday running pre-holiday errands: the bank, the bills, groceries, drug store, dog food. Anything I might need in the next week. What people who haven't ever experienced Mardi Gras may not realize is this: it is an actual holiday. The banks shut down. There is no mail. And the traffic is awful. So you have to have your supplies ready.
It has been too cold to go to any parades so far, but I hope to make it to something eventually. Tuesday morning the St. Anne parade starts a few blocks away as residents march into the Quarter. But like everything else in New Orleans, there are now factions involved: those who want to begin at the traditional point on Clouet in Bywater, and those who want to reroute the parade with a Marigny starting point. Again, the fact that every effort in the city becomes ego driven rather than anything else is exhausting.
Anyone have a job for me out there??
Friday, February 16, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Things were a little quiter here, but it still sounded like nothing else. The sky was crackling like gunfire, Brando was pacing through the house, and Sula managed to settle down, even though she's the one who always has trouble with these things.
I spent most of yesterday afternoon at the City Council's crime meeting with Riley and DA Jordan. I'll post more about it later, although at this point it doesn't seem to be the most important thing to do...
Actually, this boy had three dogs with him. This little puppy, an adolescent, and then a daddy dog. The three dogs went to join the crowd lining the parade route, a black lab began snarling viciously at them. And the crowd turned to look and blamed the pit bulls.
Monday, February 12, 2007
The Barkus dog parade took place yesterday in the French Quarter, and I couldn't resist stopping by. I parked along a street in Treme and was immediately joined by a group of huge pit bulls who were also on their way to the parade. I ended up spending a lot of time taking pictures of the many pits and their families. More to follow...
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Recently it has come to my attention that most people don't know what separation anxiety really is--including many people who work with animals. This video is a good example, and yet, it is actually fairly mild compared to some dogs I know...
Of course, all dogs would rather not be left alone. But for some it goes into an intense, hysterical reaction--as you'll see in the video.
For a while, my dog Brando would become hysterical if I even just went into the bathroom. He still cries sometimes when I go into another room.
"That's not normal," an animal "expert" recently told when I described some of the typical behavior of a dog with chronic separation anxiety. No, it is not.
(This video is not of one of my dogs.)