willie with dr. bob and george

We had the honor of meeting New Orleans folk artist, Dr. Bob, the last time we were in willie’s my hometown of New Orleans. Dr. Bob’s Art Gallery is located on Chartres Street in the Bywater, right near where we were staying. When we stopped in we were lucky enough to meet Dr. Bob himself as well as his friend, George (pictured below). Dr. Bob, half Crow Indian and half French/German, is a self-taught artist born in Kansas, but eventually relocated to New Orleans via Lake Pontchartrain. His utilization of found objects…

While visiting the Big Easy we had to start planning for our next great adventure. Unfortunately, the government requires canines to be current on their rabies vaccination twelve months to twenty-one days prior to our travel date. Since willie hate needles, his last rabies shot was a three-year vaccine. This vaccination was still valid for another 6 months, but we were required to get another one as it had been over twelve months since that one was given. It just so happens that one of our favorite vets, Dr. Adriana Sagrera – DVM, practices just…

sitting on the levee

There’s just something about coming home, you know? After nearly twenty hours in the car we can’t even begin to tell you how welcome the sight of my old New Orleans neighborhood, the Bywater, was. The area has really developed in the last three years with new stores and restaurants. With so much new, we were so glad to see that the great mix of people with friendly pets still remains. They were so happy to see us too! We stayed with a friend on Mazant Street for the month of…

We stopped by the French Quarter in November 2013 to listen to some live street music.

After a run, willie stopped to cool off in a small pool made by a leaky fire hydrant. He had a really hard time getting out.

willie mardi gras day 2012

We spent the month of February 2012 back in willie’s hometown of New Orleans. It felt great to bring willie home, especially during the Carnival Season. We were there in the heat of Mardi Gras, with parades floating for nearly the entire three weeks leading up to the big day, Fat Tuesday, on February 21st. If you’ve never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it’s something you need to put on your bucket list. On Mardi Gras day the most fun is had when you get up early, secure a spot…

Just to give you guys a little snippet of what Mardi Gras is like, here’s a clip of willie walking in the Bywater heading to the parade route. Note the crazy wigs and costumes! Willie’s got beads!

feona and willie

I guess you could say that Feona, a Shepherd/Rottweiler mix, was willie’s first real four-footed friend. Feona lived on a farm outside of Portland, Oregon with her twin sister for the first four months of her life. She was then surrendered to a shelter when her people could no longer afford to feed her. Luckily for willie in 2007 she was adopted and brought down to New Orleans where we met. Though much larger than willie, Feona loves him like a brother. If you ask her she’ll tell you…

willie

Willie was born a short time after Hurricane Katrina, but it’s hard to give you his exact birth date. He grew up in a quaint little area of New Orleans, Louisiana called the Bywater. Perhaps one of the most colorful neighborhoods of the city, it brings together French and Spanish influences as well as the architecture of the Caribbean to create an architectural style all of its own. He’s a unique blend of poodle and schnauzer, often referred to as a “schnoodle”, and like the Bywater he emits one hundred percent love….