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TRIBUTES
Mardi Paws wants to pay tribute to our beloved krewe members and supporters that have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. ​Please feel free to E-mail us your beloved pet’s photo and anything you’d like to share about them. It can be just a name & photo, or story.
The Legend of the Rainbow Bridge

Somewhere between Earth and Paradise,

stands the Rainbow Bridge…
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth, made of rainbows. You know you’re getting close when you reach a land of hills and valleys and meadows with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. Those who were old and frail are young again. Those who were sick or maimed are made whole. They play all day with each other in the perpetual Spring sunshine. Delicious food and clean, clear water are always available. But there is one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. Each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly looks up, alert, expectant. You have arrived at last, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting friend. You cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be parted.

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GINGER   ​​

When Stacy met Ginger, both mom and dog were overcoming past traumas. With patience, understanding and a lot of love, they stepped into a very happy new beginning, hand in paw.

Ginger was a pit bull rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation in 2007.

READ Touching Story from Ginger's Mom that recently won 3rd place and a $5000 Petco Foundation Grant for The SPCA of Monterey County.
MURPHY  
4-24-06 to 11-13-19
My beloved Murphy.   

He came into our family the spring after Katrina because my son said we “needed something normal”.  I started looking for a non-shedding dog and found Goldendoodles. (Our 14 yr old Brittany died right before Katrina and I had gotten used to not having all that hair) My only expectation was that he come when I call him.

When I got him he fit in my son’s shoe.   All six pounds of him.  We convinced Madisonville Animal Hospital to let him “visit” during the day while I was at work. He began to grow. A lot. We did puppy classes. Then advanced puppy classes. Then we tried agility. To be honest, at 100lbs, he was about as agile as a 747 but he was very enthusiastic. It was hard on me being Mom to the class clown but he taught me the joy of having fun and not being perfect.​​

He later got his CGC and was a founding member of Love on a Leash. He was a regular at the Mandeville Trailhead on Saturday mornings. And Home Depot. No one knew my name, I was simply “Murphy’s Mom”. It was a pretty good thing to be.

Linda Rogers

MAGGIE MAY​​​
3-26-06 to 12-17-19
Maggie May Nazar was one precious pug! Her extraordinary personality started developing early.  Even before she was 6 months old, she was a seasoned fashionista and very comfortable in front of a camera lens.  She never once complained about all the costumes her Mom made her don, nor the photo shoots or the parades she participated in! Maggie May was Mardi Paws royalty reigning as a Maid in the 2009 canine court - READ her touching tribute.​​​​​​

Epifanio “Fanny” Joseph Castagna
2.4.16 to 10.17.18

Fanny has had a celebrated life!  Always the paw-fect model, Fanny graced the covers of news outlets all around the area!

In 2017, Mardi Paws selected Fanny to reign as the “King of the Throne” .

Then, in 2018, he was “Epifanio the ‘UniBOXERcorn’”. The pup-arazzi loved taking pictures of him! Since his photos were always pawfection, Fanny turned into a su-paw-star and every year he appeared in both The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com. And they always recirculate his photos whenever an article about Mardi Paws comes out.  Hail Fanny!    Read his Mom's beautiful story HERE.