King Tchoupitoulas or “Tchoup” for short, is a 4 year old English Bulldog. He came to Resurge Veterinary Surgical Specialists & Rehabilitation after fracturing his front and back left legs. After surgery with Dr. Lodato he was surrendered due to extensive post-op needs. That’s when Jordan (a neurology technician at Resurge) took over. Over the next couple of months, King Tchoup received many sessions of physical therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments to get back on his feet (literally).
At home, King Tchoup spends most of his days sleeping and cuddling with his brother, “Goose” and his sister, “Nori”. The king sleeps so much we are often only graced by his presence a few hours throughout the day. You will always find him around Resurge, either hanging out with his favorite ladies at the front desk, begging for chicken in rehab, relaxing during acupuncture with Dr.Loga, or even snoozing away with our Neurologist, Dr.Boogie. In his free time, the king likes to make his own CPAP machine with any object he can find to hold his mouth open, swimming (with his life jacket of course), and eating anything and everything that mom has. In between his naps, he also finds time to stay update to date on his social media, whether it’s a new TikTok for Resurge or through his own Instagram @thetchoupshop. Tchoup is honored to serve as the King of Krewe Du Pooch 2024!
Queen Presleigh, a delightful French bulldog, was born on May 29th, 2022, making her almost 2 years old and a true Gemini girl. Despite her birthstone being the green emerald, her favorite color happens to be pink. Presleigh possesses an abundance of energy and an outgoing personality that never fails to captivate those around her.
As a country girl at heart, Presleigh enjoys the luxury of 30 enchanting acres of land to frolic and explore. Her playful nature sparks joy as she engages with baby cows and engages in lively chases with the barn cats. Mischievous antics also find their place in her life, often with her older brother Cooper, an equally charming 2.5-year-old Frenchie. Cuddling holds a special place in Presleigh's heart, and she adores snuggling up beneath a warm blanket, particularly on chilly days. A heated blanket holds particular appeal for her. On any given day, you're likely to find her nestled cozily on the couch, wrapped securely in her favorite blanket.
Presleigh eagerly partakes in a variety of activities and finds great happiness in them. Going camping is a cherished pastime, allowing her to bask in the wonders of nature. Additionally, she has a soft spot for Sunday breakfast, a glorious occasion when she indulges in a scrambled egg, her personal favorite.
Presleigh is ablaze with excitement and feels truly honored to be selected as your 2024 Queen of the Krew Du Pooch. Her enthusiasm and charm will undoubtedly light up the world of canine royalty.
She was born to serve… Willa was a stray dog in Washington Parish until she was found in an animal shelter and selected to participate in “Doggone Express,” a local non-profit that trains shelter dogs to be service dogs. Willa was brought straight to the Rayburn Correctional Facility, where she entered the “prison-dog” service program. After training for a solid year, she was gifted to Deputy Mary Mayo of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Willa served as a dedicated service dog for Mary after she suffered a tragic accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down. Willa went EVERYWHERE with Mary and became an incredible service dog.
After Mary passed away in September 2023 as a result of the injuries she sustained 16 years earlier in the line of duty, Melissa Seal of Metairie knew she needed to be Willa’s “new mom.” Melissa has been involved in rescue for 20+ years and she wanted to provide Willa the retirement life she deserved.
“For me…it was a no brainer. Willa was mine until she joins Mary again one day, but I wanted to make sure she would be comfortable,” Melissa said. Willa immediately bonded with Melissa’s St. Bernard, Gumbo. “He helped her acclimate a little easier,” Melissa said. Sadly…Gumbo recently crossed the rainbow bridge, and Willa had to deal with another loss., but she continues to be resilient. Willa is honored to serve as Grand Marshal in this year’s parade. According to Mary’s mother, “Mary would have LOVED this.”
Krewe Du Pooch
Krewe Du Pooch, now in its fifth year, has recently received its full non-profit status and our parade is cohosted by the City of Mandeville. Our main goal is to not only support local animal rescue organizations, but also local businesses. Our 2024 walking parade and costume contest will take place on the Mandeville Lakefront on Saturday, February 24th. Vendors & food trucks open at 11 am with the parade rolling at noon. The after party continues until 4:30 pm.
Dog owners can now register below to participate in the parade and costume contest! The event will also feature pet adoptions, vendors, food, drinks and fun activities for the whole family.
Please support our local rescue organizations by registering to participate in our parade, or by visiting them on site at the event! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for event updates and additional information!
Thank you to our celebrity judges for the 2024 Krewe Du Pooch Costume Contest!
Terrance Osborne is a celebrated artist born, raised, and based in New Orleans. His vibrant works of art are inspired by his upbringing within the rich culture and history of his home city. He often incorporates local themes and motifs into his work, such as the second lines, New Orleans houses and Mardi Gras culture. Terrance attended the prestigious NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) and later graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from NOLA’s Xavier University. Osborne's work is sought out by art collectors and enthusiasts around the world and some of his most collected art includes the six (and counting...) NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival posters he’s produced. As you may know these prestigious posters are the highest grossing festival posters in the world. He’s proud of his city as he continues to be a prominent figure in New Orleans.
Desi Vega is a renowned New Orleans restaurateur with over three decades of experience in the industry. Born and raised in Louisiana, Desi got his start in the restaurant business working for his father, who owned a local steakhouse. He went on to hone his craft at some of the city's most prestigious restaurants before opening his own eponymous steakhouse, Desi Vega's Steakhouse, in the Warehouse District. Known for its top-quality cuts of meat, impeccable service, and elegant ambiance, Desi Vega's quickly became a must-visit destination for both locals and visitors alike. Desi has since expanded his restaurant empire to include multiple locations throughout the GNO area including his newest concept, Mandeville’s own, Desi Vega’s Smokehouse. He is a respected figure in the city's culinary scene and has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the industry.
TV Personality and Actress
Trishelle Cannatella is a Louisiana-born reality television personality and actress, best known for her appearance on MTV's "The Real World: Las Vegas" in 2002. Trishelle attended the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Following her time on "The Real World," she went on to participate in several other reality shows, including "The Challenge" and "Fear Factor." In addition, she has worked as a host, model, and spokesperson for various brands. Trishelle, a fan favorite in the reality television world, is easily recognizable for her outgoing personality. She is currently starring in the second season of the Traitors, a reality competition show on Peacock.
JOIN THE KREWE!
This year's costume contest will take place during the parade; all participants will be judged from a viewing stand along the parade route. Be creative and dress according to the theme. Handlers can get dressed up in theme too!
Join Krewe Du Pooch as we parade down the Mandeville Lakefront beginning at 12PM! Please note that this is a walking parade. There is a $35 online registration fee per dog, and each registered dog is allowed up to 5 human escorts. On-site registration will also be available.
We are currently accepting sponsors for this amazing event! If you are looking for a way to promote your business and connect with local pet owners, all while helping animals in need, this is your chance. Check out our available sponsorship opportunities!