The 55-year old Claiborne Avenue Bridge links the poverty-stricken upper and lower Ninth Wards of New Orleans, which has seen its share of hardship ever since the bridge opened in 1957. A floating barge struck it in 1993 causing two cars to spill into the water – killing one and injuring two others. And in 2008 a New Orleans police officer was killed when his car plunged into the canal after the Claiborne Bridge malfunctioned and was left in a raised position.
Many families travel for the holidays, and the beloved family pets have to get left behind; causing boarding kennels to get extremely busy, many of them even have waiting lists. Mindy Williford works at a local boarding kennel, and she says their facility can hold up to 80 dogs and during the holidays their all booked up. Boarding kennels are a lot more lavish these days, dogs can have suites with their own beds and TV.