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August 21st, 2006 9:47 pm by Kelly Garbato

I saw the following story on Yahoo – it was posted on an anti-AR mailing list, of all places! – and just thought I’d share. The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is fast approaching. Please take a moment to “think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight,” and consider making a donation to Best Friends, BETA, or another animal rescue group to help the (non-human) animal victims of natural (and man-made) disasters.

Jazz Funeral for Pets Lost to Katrina
New Orleans holds jazz funeral, memorial service for pets lost to Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 21, 2006

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press Writer

Katrina Pet Memorial

Some came to the jazz funeral memorial march with photographs of pets lost in Hurricane Katrina’s floods or aftermath. Others came with just their memories.

Earl Madona and his fiancee, Maggie Smith, brought a giant dog mask and two stuffed animals to symbolize their three dogs, two of them lost in the floodwaters.

They were among about 100 people who gathered Sunday night on the Esplanade Street median for a 10-block walk to a memorial service at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church. Some marched with their dogs.

“It’s just a nice way to pay tribute to all those that were lost so horribly, you know, all those that suffered,” said Gail Langos, who was walking with her dachshunds, Merlin and Muffin. […]

Before the march began Sunday, the Rev. Bill Terry of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church spoke briefly with members of the Treme Brass Band. “You know what to do,” he told them. “You’ve done it a million times before.”

Later, he told the crowd: “We’re New Orleans. This is how we mourn.”

Jazz funeral marches traditionally start with a dirge for the mourners’ sorrow, then move into an uptempo celebration of the loved one’s life and salvation.

This time, the march stepped off to a slow rendition of “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.”

There was a bit of silence. The drums rattled briskly, and the band swung into “Just a Little While to Stay Here.”

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