When Dogs Run Free

From the Krewe of Barkus.


veryone gets a Mardi Gras parade. Even dogs.

Out of town guests don’t believe me when I tell them about Krewe of Barkus. They think that I’m joking. Do these pictures look like I’m joking?

The dogs and their people meet up in Armstrong Park. Any dog can join in, but to actually be a part of the krewe their people have to pay the usual krewe fee. If all of our dogs joined the combined fees could buy a small car.

Since Cocker Spaniels allow us to live with them I bet you could find the one picture of one of them.

Just before the parade begins you could probably could see a couple thousand dogs. Amazingly, they get along. There’s some barking at each other, but in the years that I’ve been there I haven’t seen any fights.

The park is on the lake side of Rampart. After crossing the street, the dogs and their people walk a route that meanders through The French Quarter. There are crowds on both sides of the street. It’s a pretty long walk. Some years are pretty warm. Our girl down below stopped four times to drink from a cup I brought for her. Bottled water is a miracle worker.

When the parade finally makes its way back to the park some dogs stop to socialize, but most are ready to go home and sleep the sleep of the just walked.



As you know, we have our groceries delivered. Because they don’t charge an overage of 14% on normal prices we use Wal-Mart. They are fine for most things. Lately, even meat has been pretty good. We use them for ground turkey.

We make our own dog food. Three pounds of turkey, three cups of rice and the proper amount of veggies. Five dogs times three pounds of turkey is a lot of turkey. The finished amount lasts about ten days. Wal-Mart consistently has the best prices.

We started doing this years ago during the Chinese-made dog food crisis. I was surprised to learn the premium brands were made at the same factories on the same lines that lesser food is made on.

The dogs love it and surprisingly, when you compare costs, it is far less expensive than buying good kibbles and some wet food.

That’s the long way of getting back to home delivery. Sometimes, certain foods are out of stock. The buyer/driver does a very good job of substituting like for like and keeping the prices about what you expected to pay.


Even though we ordered items from the general store some came via shippers.

Yesterday, a 20 ounce bottle of plain yellow store branded mustard arrived at our door. It cost 89 cents. It was shipped to us via FEDEX. We didn’t pay the shipping. I don’t care what it cost Wal Mart, but seriously who pays around ten dollars to ship an 89 cent item that should have just been brought to us in the normal way?


inally, from Banksy.



5 responses to “When Dogs Run Free”

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      This is well beyond the normal parade. When the dogs and their people cross Rampart Street — four lanes — the police stop traffic for a good 15 minutes.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Leah Avatar

    Absolutely love your Barkus pictures! The pet food recall certainly revealed much that is troubling about the pet food industry. Not much to like, except for the one company that told Menu Foods, “If you don’t announce this, we will.” I joined a research and pet advocacy forum at that time.


  2. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    There’s enough content here for three posts! I think when I die, I want to come back as one of your dogs.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. We are smart enough to know who really runs the house.


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