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Mardi Gras 2008
Galveston Island Humane Society
News Release
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

GALVESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT K-9’S SERVE AS  PARADE MARSHALS FOR GALVESTON ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY’S ANNUAL
“KREWE OF BARKUS AND MEOUX” PARADE
    

The Galveston Island Humane Society has chosen to recognize the hard work of the K-9’s serving on the Galveston Police force along with their handlers. Qui is a Belgian Malinois handled by Officer Chad Powers. He has 6 years of service with the department. Bosco, also a Malinois, and is handled by Officer Destin Sims and has served 5 years. Both work in the Patrol and Narcotics division. Tracker Jack, a Bloodhound, has served on the force for 3 years as a tracker and is handled by Officer Ryan Stevens
 
They will be Parade Grand Marshals and lead the parade for the 10th annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Mardi Gras Parade, this Sunday, February 3, at 1:00p.m. This event is sponsored by, and benefits the operations of the Galveston Island Humane Society. Check in and on-site registration will begin at 12 noon at the corner of 25th Street (Rosenberg) and Avenue M. The parade will travel north from 25th and Avenue M to Santa Fe Place. On site registration is $20.00 per pet and includes a T-Shirt (as long as they are available). All pets must have proof of current rabies vaccination to participate and all animals walking must be on a leash no longer than six feet, with no retractable leashes allowed. Pets are encouraged to limit their humans to two per pet if possible.
 
All pet entries and their owners are encouraged to dress in their Mardi Gras finest. Judges will award ribbons to those “best-costumed” and winners will be asked to walk at the front of the parade following the carriage carrying the Queen. This year’s queen is Queen Daisy Doodle, owned by Lawren Hall. She earned her title as top contributor to the annual Paws Gala last September.
 
A Microchip clinic will be offered and staffed by several local veterinarians to microchip (a permanent form of identification) pets during the on-site registration prior to the parade. For $30, owners can have their pet “chipped” as time permits. The HomeAgain chip will be used and were donated for this event by Schering Plough. For more information about the parade registration, microchip service, or other questions about the Galveston Island Humane Society, call 409-740-1919, or visit on line at www.GalvestonHumane.org.






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