Saturday, September 1, 2012

Time out...

My new roof (thanks to Katrina) is damaged.  I have drywall falling from the 3rd down to the first.  I am going to start cleaning now... without Ms. Vilma.  This should be interesting.  My Team is out and about!

Our Monteleone office is closing...

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Friday, August 31, 2012


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City Bark

Just a quick update about the storm damage.  Considering the amount of rain and wind there was no significant damage. We did lose one of our large oaks on top of hill in small dog park but think it can be saved. Another large tree across the street from park came down and barely missed the fence.  It has been removed. There is a great deal of debris to be removed and we will all need to pitch in as the park can't do it.  I went over this morning and cleared a path to the gate.  The most surprising thing is that we have electricity and the gate is working Please consider bring a rake and garbage bag to help with cleanup.
We will ask permit holders to pitch in with cleanup Hope all of you have survived with minimal damage but assume many of you are without power If anyone is available tomorrow the park is asking for volunteers


We have moved our headquarters to Hotel Monteleone.  They are a wonderful pet friendly hotel.  

My poor Henri...

He can't cool off... He is about to come work in the car/office with me.  

Mobile Command Center

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My friend first, client second...

Made these for us!  Bradley calls them "motivation".  Thank you! We love you.

Dear Mother Nature:

This is enough for one season. Thanks in advance!

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Business as usual. Well not really usual unless you count working in the car in the driveway usual.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Still extreme dog walking!

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House checks...

Please let me know of you need is to go by! Email or text.

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Please let them fix us!

8th& Chestnut!

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Thursday emails...

Our address book is not working so if you see this and can email your schedule for next week, that would be amazing!

We will try again soon.

Lastly, any changes for tomorrow... Please let us know. We will be taking care of what has not been canceled.


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We are working hard and fast... With no power and tethered to an iPhone. So - we are skipping some of the nice to dos! Please forgive us!

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It's raining!

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Extreme pet sitting...

Waking up our babies... Not the safest thing we have ever done but I can't send them alone and the babies need us!

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That is a lot of rain!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


All but one tucked in! Scary but done!

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Live: Isaac in New Orleans

Tons of fun...  Make it stop!

Live: Isaac in New Orleans:

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We had planned business as usual tomorrow but I do not think any of us will be "as usual".  I have canceled all visits tomorrow.  Traveling clients - we will be touching base with you.

First Responders, Medical Field, please let me know if you need something and we will try to figure out  if we can and/or how to do it.

Long day...

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80 - 100mph winds. Gonna be a great day!

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My understanding

He is moving at mph and our winds are up to 80ish. This will last all day and that it is "doubtful" that Entergy will be able to start fixing lines today. Expect power outages until Thirsday.

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This am...

It is still a very wild ride... Odd that all of this is happening 7 years later.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Out! If anyone hears anything I should know... Please text !!!

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The power is out!

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Thus the excitement begins...

Come on already... get moving!

Levity needed...

Messages on boarded-up windows

The first one, naturally is my neighbor, Crazy Bob's store.  He is out of his mind... By the way he is the last person that would ever hurt a dog or a snake.  I was on this list with him... does that make me crazy?  I hope not.

BTW - He has a Standard Poodle named Remy.

Sarouk Shop Oriental Rugs


Messages on boarded-up windows: Sense of humor still on display as Hurricane Isaac eyes New Orleans.  Thank you Gambit!

From one of our clients...

I love my friends who keep us smiling: "KG  posts:
NEWS UPDATE: Isaac expected to bring bone crushing boredom followed by sweaty night without power. I think I dated a guy like Isaac in the old days. All talk."

Looks so calm?!

@ Cat 1 now...

It is beautiful out! Quiet, nice wind, and sprinkles.  Not for long.

From WWL

10AM Isaac update: Still a tropical storm at 70 mph, track unchanged

Shot of the day...

Refuses to read the TP now...

We are?

Henri has always been the smarter of the two...


People are killing me today...

"Issac update:  Lake Pontchatrain is completely under water" - LC

Email from a client...

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: Soon, you're going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some spinning red thing headed toward our coast and making two basic meteorological points:
(1) There is no need to panic.
(2) We could all be killed.

If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by "the big one."

Follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:
STEP 1. Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.
STEP 2. Put these supplies into your car.
STEP 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.

HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements:
(1) It is reasonably well-built, and
(2) It is located in Nebraska.
Unfortunately, if your home is located in Louisiana, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like a bad talk show host.

EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned.. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver's license; if it says Louisiana, you live in a low-lying area.) The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.

HURRICANE SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a lot of supplies. Louisiana tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM.

In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies:

23 Flashlights.

At least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the power goes off, to be the wrong size for the flashlights.

Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!)

A 55-gallon drum of underarm deodorant.

A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.)

And $35,000 in cash or diamonds so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no visible teeth.

Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the gulf and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the gulf.

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Victims in Pitt Street home invasion tied up, robbed at gunpoint » last PM

The city is empty!  Please watch out for each other and watch your back.

Victims in Pitt Street home invasion tied up, robbed at gunpoint » Uptown Messenger:

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Our little pal Isaac...

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

Traveling clients:

If you did not receive a text message from us.  Every one is up and at um and tucked in again.

PS - It just started to rain!

It is leaving us...

Update soon...

Out taking care of clients.... Yes - we have clients! Back to you soon.

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Scares me a little...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Good pm NOLA

7PM update...


Mandatory evacuation for Chicken by 7am tomorrow morning.  He will be moving to the dining room window to keep a watchful eye on 8th Street.

If you are gone...

and you would like us to check on your home before you return, please email me.  We will be happy to do so.

Update from WWL @ 4pm

Isaac top winds now 70 mph.  Hurricane Center increases expected top winds to be 100 MPH.  Isaac expected to be a Cat-2 hurricane at landfall Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

4PM Update

Baby Xena...

Mommy loves you little girl... we love you too little girl.  You were amazing and we will miss you so much.  I will always remember you running around City Bark with that beautiful smile.  Find your big Sister and keep a watchful eye on Mommy... this was very hard for her.

Saints Player Sedrick Ellis Says, 'Be Your Dog's Biggest Defender' |

I love you even more Sedrick Ellis!

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Noon press conference... Mayor Landrieu

Category 1 will defiantly impact the city of New Orleans

He did not issue any evacuation orders but may if the conditions change.

We have talked to all of you that are traveling so, please stay in touch and we will do the same.  We will continue to update as things evolve.  

Levity needed?

That is funny Dirty Coast!

Departing clients...

Your emails will be sent on Thursday but not to worry - at this point, we are all set for those of you leaving Thursday forward.

Telephone calls...

It is getting really difficult to phone in/out already.  If you can't get us, please text or email.

Tuesday & Wednesday

All non traveling clients:  

Unless we have spoken, we are canceling all visits on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Our plan is to be business as usual on Thursday.  Please email if you have any questions/concerns.

10am Update...

Category 1 Tuesday morning at 7am ish just south of Lower St. Bernard Parish heading in by 7PM tomorrow evening.  No word yet on evacuation orders.  If you are traveling and we have not spoken, please make sure to phone today.

TS Isaac

Here is the latest 5 day...  things are still unfolding early this morning.  We will update again as soon as things become a little clearer.  As of this morning, it is scheduled to make landfall as a Category 1.  The city has not called for any evacuations at this point.  The Mayor has a press conference later today.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Latest from City of New Orleans - NOLA Ready

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Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Isaac becomes better organized, remains a tropical storm | Weather Underground

Dr. Masters' blog, in my opinion, has always been an interesting read.

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Isaac becomes better organized, remains a tropical storm | Weather Underground:

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The latest... Louisiana Hurricanes, New Orleans Hurricane Outlook from WDSU

Louisiana Hurricanes, New Orleans Hurricane Outlook from WDSU:

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I refuse...

Prior to leaving for Katrina, I actually cleaned my entire house before I left.  For those that know me well, that is not how I like to spend my time so I am blessed enough to have a wonderful Housekeeper.

I refuse to do that this time... it was like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Hurricane Warning

Now we are officially under a "hurricane warning".

We are business as usual tomorrow.

Traveling Parents:

You should have just received a text message from us.  If you did not, please text or phone.

At this point - In the event that an evacuation order is called, please make sure that you have contacted your "Designated Emergency Pet Guardian" and that you have confirmed that they have a key to your home and are prepared to take over.

If you have any questions, please touch base.

Securing your home...

If you are one of our clients that use us to prepare your home, please email me ASAP so we can get you scheduled.


Latest update... Isaac

NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu will hold a news conference regarding Isaac at 2:45, Gov Jindal will hold one at 3:15. Jefferson & St. Charles Parishes have declared states of emergency, public schools closed in St Charles Parish tomorrow through Wed. Mandatory evacuation for Grand Isle called immediately for campers & tourists, residents tomorrow at 9am


Sorry y'all!

We are getting your changes... We are trying to catch up with all of them but are pretty far behind.

We are all working tomorrow... business as usual with a little extra stress.


On the other hand....

This is one way to avoid having to do Jury Duty this week.

TS Isaac

We went to sleep outside of the cone and woke up back inside.  Traveling parents - If we have not spoken yet, we will be!  Everyone cross your fingers and paws but don't forget -"Hope is not a plan".