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  Life Marches On
by Mr. Ed
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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“The more I see of the representatives of the people,

The more I admire my dog.”


 Alphonse de Lamartine



The annual Barkus Parade was held last Sunday

It’s a Mardi Gras parade for dogs in New Orleans

Many of the ‘left behind’ Katrina dogs were there

Pets that had been forgotten on the streets so mean


Dogs of every shape size and color were represented

These were dogs that were extremely glad to be alive

And there were people cheering and lively Cajun music

Celebrating these marvelous rescued pets that now thrive


And at the very front of the festive parade route

Marched my old friend the Pit Bull named Red

Who has become the incredible Katrina Mascot

Representing animals resurrected from the dead


Old Red truly seemed to know his important role

 It was as if this was the best time he had ever had

Eagerly greeting everyone he met along the parade route

Enjoying the attention of seniors young kids Moms and Dads


For me Red represents the reason we rescuers went down there

I believe all of our pets truly deserve love and compassion in this life

And I sincerely hope that when the next major disaster strikes our shores

We never again put our faithful pets through such horrendous hell and strife



©2006, Ed Kostro






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Reviewed by Janet Bellinger
I agree with your sentiments, Ed. Imagine, deserting ship and leaving your pets behind. Although, to give people credit, I have read that many people report they have or would risk their lives for their pets. Hurray for the Barcus Parade.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader)
Wonderful tribute and Yes I truly hope that they are seen as LIVES! No more than a child! Ed this is a wonderful poem which breaks my heart too cuz they were left behind. I've had a few dogs that were in wheel chairs. I designed a cart for them cuz one lost the use of all 4 limbs Boy it's so nice to see them smile as they go on living! like they want to do.
People who see them just needing a helping hand and not killed cuz they aren't in full "working order" are the ones I admire most and
Old Red Brave Dog who inspired not only loving folks like yourself but the animals that were left behind I'm sure. a real pillar of strength courage inspiration and unconditional true and pure love
Thank you so much for this poem.I hope all read this!
All my love and more
Spacey and Gang 43xoox(c :)
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine
Now this is my thing - New Orleans and Mardi Grais I have lived with this sort of thing all my life and have wonderful memmories of both. We are sandwiched between N>O> and Baton Rouge - my stomping grounds. I am both Creole and Cajun so it is just up my alley. I supose Old Red is from the same culture. A surviver and has the joie de vive
Reviewed by Lin Edwards (Reader)
A wonderful poem Ed. You and me is soul mates.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
Your kind heart and compassion is an inspiration to all mankind wherever they are.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
What a beautiful, joyful photo to go with your compassionate writing, and your gentle soul...Red look mighty handsome!
love and peace...Carole
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Compassion shines in each syllable of this heartfelt write. Red is GORGEOUS! A true survivor in every sense of the word. Bless you and all of our four legged friends. BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
Wonderful, compassionate write, Ed. Thanks for all you do for the animals. You are truly a gentle soul who has been one to let life march on for the Katrina animals. Truly an appreciation piece, Ed!

Reviewed by Only A Poet
this was so rich, enjoyed it immensely. a tribute to indomitable spirit!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Thank you Ed for this wonderful inspiring piece...good to see Red is doing okay!!

May No disaster ever hit any breathing animal or human....ever again!!

God bless those who care!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Amen! We had better look to all life as sacred, for Creator said it is and it's about time we concurred! If we were to do this we'dmake a difference in this bloody world! Love the pic, it uplifts the spirit! Thanks Ed!

Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher
A wonderful picture, such a delight to see Red well and alive! Of course your poem is great too, it carries good news and hope. But to see this brave dog always brings tears to the eyes.
Thanks for sharing this and thank you so much for all the excellent links you have provided!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
A man and his dog is a beautiful sight. I have a cat that follows my husband around like a dog. I call him a puppy and he comes running.
Nice work, Ed. A reminder to keep a close watch over our critters.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
True enough, it was a travesty for both dog and human in New Orleans, but I have to be the pesimist and say I doubt anyone learned much, and as you say life will march on, till the next natural or man made disaster...hopefully we will see a better handling of its "left behinds"...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Theresa Koch
Oh but this just wrapped around my heart. I used to take my old dog Wayland to a similar parade in Fairbanks every year.

When I left there a couple years ago Wayland retired into a retirement home as their house pet. He worked with the SED children with me for years. This writing made me cry remembering my dear old friend Wayland. Great piece dear kind friend!
Reviewed by Shoma Mittra
Superb ! Fabulous write!! What wonderful work you do, Ed.
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
"And at the very front of the festive parade route
Marched my old friend the Pit Bull named Red
Who has become the incredible Katrina Mascot
Representing animals resurrected from the dead." - And hardly a most wonderful symbol and hymn to survival could indeed be shared, dear friend, for life here marches in cadence with Love. This is absolutely beautiful and what an extraordinary lesson!
Endless blessings of Love&Light*

Reviewed by Peter Paton
You must have been very proud of Red on his back wheels leading this dignified and honourable parade of dog veterans of the Katrina catastrophe !
And yes, we must do everything in our power, to make more provisions and contingency plans for our furred friends in the future, before any more disasters strike our shores
Reviewed by George Carroll
Amen to that!
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