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The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – New Orleans, Louisiana

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We’re back!

As we quickly learned, New Orleans is the city of “Why not?”  New Orleans welcomes all comers, including pets (and including me).  NOLA might not have as many dedicated pet-friendly stores and parks as some of the other cities we’ve visited, but that’s because pets are seemingly welcome everywhere.  If you ever get the chance to visit New Orleans, make sure it’s during Mardi Gras and make sure you check out these awesome places with your pet.

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Thanks to stuffed animals from the parade and scraps of chicken next to the vendor carts Eko didn’t have to make this tough decision during Mardi Gras

A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Park – Cabrini Park – Have you ever debated between going to the bar and going to the dog park?  Well then Cabrini Park is the place for you!  The grass park has space for your dog to play and there are tables where you and a friend can enjoy your choice of beverage.  Bars in the French Quarter are happy to make your drinks to go.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Hotel – Green House Inn – Great location, great staff, great choice.  The Green House Inn feels like a home away from home for you and your pet.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Restaurant – The Bulldog – I was sold on the Bulldog when I saw the dog entrance to the patio and the water buckets, but what really impressed me was the fact that the Bulldog also raises money for local animal charities on a consistent basis.  And it doesn’t hurt that the place has awesome food and beer.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Event- Mardi Gras – No words, no photos and no video can ever truly capture the spectacle that is Mardi Gras.  You just have to experience it yourself.  And why let your dog miss out on the fun?

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Wishing we had more time in New Orleans

New Orleans, thanks for letting the good times roll!

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Pet Friendly New Orleans: Where To Stay

Our week in New Orleans was one of the best times we’ve had this whole trip. Undoubtedly, a big part of our success was due to where we stayed – The Green House Inn.

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Eko checked out the Green House garden and I checked out a new camera setting

Located in the Garden District, the Green House puts you within walking distance of parks, downtown and even the French Quarter (if you’re up for a couple miles).  The Green House is close enough to all the action so you won’t miss out on a thing, but it’s far enough away so you can get all the R&R you need.  With a secluded pool and hot tub out back, trust me, the R&R is top notch!

While I would happily recommend Green House to anyone visiting New Orleans, the inn is exceptionally great for pet-owners.  It’s nice to be able to walk down a flight of stairs, grab a piece of fruit off the table and head out the door for a walk.  Eko and I are always on the road, so we appreciate places like Green House that feel a bit more like home.  And if for some reason you can’t bring your pup, then you can always give some love to Steuben, a beautiful German Shepard belonging to the Innkeeper, Jesse.

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In case you were wondering where the Inn gets its name (Don’t worry Eko, you won’t be black and white forever!)

Thanks to Jesse and the Green House Inn for such a great week!  But as always, Eko and I have to hit the dusty road.  Today marks the beginning of our Texas trifecta (Houston, Austin, Dallas) so if you know someone who makes cowboy hats for dogs, now is the time to let me know.

See y’all in the Lone Star State!

Dog Friendly Lunch In New Orleans

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Usually, I pick where we eat lunch, but Eko found this entrance to the patio at The Bull Dog and so here we shall stay.  If you’re near the Garden District, we will be walking around Magazine Street for a while this afternoon.  Come give us a high five!

Mr. Eko Is The Only Thing Standing Between Me And Having To Buy Bigger Jeans

Between Mardi Gras, the French Quarter and all the delicious food in New Orleans, I think I  must have gained about five pounds this week.  Luckily, Eko doubles as my personal trainer and is happy to whip me into shape any day of the week.  Yesterday we visited Audubon Park for a little Ridgeback Boot Camp.

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We started with resistance training: I had to keep Eko from “saying hi” to the ducks

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Next, Eko had me running wind sprints

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We finished up with some deadweight lifts

And immediately after completing the work out, I completely negated any positive benefits by heading straight to Parkway’s, a New Orleans mainstay for absolutely amazing Po’ Boy sandwiches.  Parkway has a large outdoor seating area, so Eko was able to hang out and watch his hard work go down the drain.

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It was worth every bite

So it looks like I’m not getting out of this city without having to loosen my belt a notch, but the food is just too good.  Thankfully, Eko will always be there to drag me out for a run.

We only have a few more days in town so be sure to send over any recommendations!

MOT Goes Mobile!

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Well, I hope this works… We are at Audubon Park posting live from my phone.  God bless technology.  If you’re near the park come on over and say hi! We’ll be romping around for at least another hour.

Dog Friendly New Orleans: The French Quarter

After Mardi Gras, I expected the streets of New Orleans to look like a scene from I Am Legend, so I was surprised to find Bourbon Street intact and full of people yesterday afternoon.  For research purposes only, we found a bar and took in the view from a second floor balcony.

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You would never guess the biggest party of the year ended less than 24 hours ago

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Enjoying a drink on Bourbon Street is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it

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Eko was sad to discover that Bourbon Street fire hydrants are dog proof

Bourbon Street and the surrounding French Quarter offer plenty of restaurants, bars and shops that welcome dogs.  As far as pets go, New Orleans really shows off its French heritage; almost every single place we have visited will accommodate pets in some fashion.

After you have had your fill of Hurricanes and gumbo, you can walk to the end of the French Quarter and relax in Cabrini Dog Park while your dog lets loose.

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Eko went straight to work riling up some of the locals

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And then settled in to hang out with his new friends

And how would Eko rate Cabrini Dog Park?  I believe his face says it all:

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New Orleans has already given us plenty to smile about, but we still have a ton of exploring to do.  If you have a favorite pet-friendly spot in the city, let us know!

Mardi Gras Mayhem

The Beggin’ Pet Parade was good basic training, but I don’t think anything could have truly prepared us for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  As we walked out the front door yesterday morning, we immediately knew it was going to be an interesting day.

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“Will, why are the Ninja Turtles, Buzz Lightyear and Teen Wolf in the street?”

It was almost 10 am, so the locals were giving me strange looks because I hadn’t been drinking Hurricanes for four hours.  So to blend in we walked across the street to Bridge Lounge to try one of their famous mojitos.  Now, I’m pretty sure the bar would have welcomed anyone or anything on Mardi Gras, but the cool thing about Bridge Lounge is that it is pet-friendly year round.

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When Eko is the calmest creature in the room, you know it’s a serious party

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Eko and I made fast friends with a ton of costumed characters

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Not wanting to miss out on the fun, we donned our Blues Brother’s outfits

Mardi Gras is all about the parades, so we spent a lot of the day checking out the floats from each krewe. The parade route is obviously crowded, so if you have a dog the smartest thing to do is to watch the floats from any one of the side streets.  We set up camp in a few different areas and I would recommended any of the side streets along St. Charles as a great spot to see all of the action.

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The members of each krewe toss beads, toys and other gifts from their floats

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If you’re hungry, there are plenty of interesting lunch options

I loved watching the parade go by and Eko loved all the food everyone dropped.  I swear he  must have eaten the equivalent of five chickens and two alligators yesterday.  Just walking along the streets and seeing all the revelers was an adventure in itself.  Eko and I made it pretty far downtown along the parade route, but Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras is definitely not safe for dogs, so we ditched the crowds and headed back.  Eko didn’t come home emtpy pawed though:

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The Zulu Krewe was good to Eko

Everyone and everything is welcome at Mardi Gras, and it was great to be part of the celebration.  New Orleans really knows how to treat a dog right!

Dog-Friendly New Orleans: Check Reality At The Door

We have been in New Orleans for less than twenty-four hours and in that time we have already witnessed some of the most bizarre scenarios imaginable, including a woman’s heartfelt marriage proposal… to a life-size cardboard cutout of Ryan Seacrest.

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And no one batted an eye at the Star Wars dudes cruising in a mini-tank

To all those who enter New Orleans, my only advice would be to discard the question “Why?” from your mind.  There are no answers to questions like, “Why would they have a guy ride a giant toilet in the parade while singing Brass Monkey?”  The only relevant question to ask in New Orleans is “Why not?”  And as far as we can tell no one has ever come up with an idea for a Mardi Gras parade/costume that was rejected.

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“So it says in your application you want to ride a giant toilet and blast the Beastie Boys. Sure, why not?”

We got to see a bunch of fun parades yesterday, but we need to head out to catch all of the big ones today.  I can only imagine what we’re going to see.  All I can tell you is that not only do the people of New Orleans welcome dogs, but they also welcome about every kind of creature you could possibly imagine.

Eko, has been looking out the window all morning in anticipation, so it’s time to set the little guy loose.  Happy Mardi Gras!

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“Will, we must go. The parades need me.”