Queen Book of Barkus 2001 was adopted from the LA/SPCA and was given the name “Angel,” a perfect description of her loving and sweet disposition. Book arrived at the shelter abused with cigarette burns on her body, and suffering from malnutrition which arrested the development of her teeth and bones. But through all that pain this precious animal still gazed at you with her beautiful hazel eyes longing for someone who would take her home and care for her permanently. Her adopted father, Peter Petitfils, and godmother, Charlotte Lilly, could not resist this sad, sweet creature. Their contact with Book was through volunteer activities at the LA/SPCA.
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus was envisioned and created in November 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr (WDSU-TV Weather Anchor) Fan Club held at Good Friends Bar. Thomas Wood brought his dog Jo Jo McWood to the meeting, where people complained about her neurotic ways. To get back at them all, Wood decided to make Jo Jo McWood queen of her own parade and captain-for-life. Thus, the Krewe of Barkus was born.