In a move worthy of Pongo and Perdita, Bullseye Blue and Lucy play Cupid well for their skin. It’s a typical love story: boy meets girl, takes on girl snoring girl, and they both live happily ever after.
Lucy and I were on our way home from our usual walk after work one night and bumped into Anthony and Blue. The dogs started playing, and we ended up chatting for about an hour. Neither one of us could believe we’d only lived two blocks away (for years!), and it was the first time we’d met! We kept meeting up for regular Sunday morning trips to Central Park…then walking around the neighborhood…then eating meals together…then spending weekends together…then Anthony and Prue moved in, and we were looking for a place to pack up and live together!
As invited by Betty and her proud rescuers, Jenny and Anthony ditched the traditional, time-honored Jordan Almond to make a donation to the New York Poly team.
Choose the right place. We were lucky enough to have an amazing wedding coordinator in our place, who worked with us so our dogs could be present. We had ample outdoor space as well as a place where the dogs could run amok until our dog arrived and a walker to take them home.
Think about the comfort of the dogs if you choose to dress them. We wanted our dogs to wear something festive, but also want to be comfortable. For the blues, it was a simple velcro collar with attached tie and matching velcro sleeves. Lucy, it was a homemade tutu with a strap that matched mine. And they thanked us for not having her in a full gown, full wedding dress, and veil as originally planned!
Choose the right person to “handle” your dogs. The wedding day will be busier than you think, and you won’t be able to get your dogs attention as much as you’d like. Choose a reliable person who is comfortable with your dogs and who will make sure they are taken care of. We picked one of Anthony’s perfume buddies, who has two rescue planes of his own. Blue and Lucy successfully walked down the aisle without running to meet Anthony at the altar or chasing any squirrels along the way!
Maintain a sense of humor. Even the best-behaved and most photogenic dogs might not listen—especially to your photographer…don’t expect your wedding photos to look exactly the same if your dogs are in them. Also, don’t expect your dress/suit to be perfectly clean if your dogs are part of your big day.
After waiting for a rain shower, Anthony and I had a “first look” at the (very wet) lawn. We took some pictures and realized dogs were watching us from the deck in the distance. They saw our reaction to seeing them and came towards me at full speed. Lucy was especially happy to see me, and bestowed me with an embroidered print down the middle of my dress. We laughed at her and realized she represented our lives… As parents, we’re proud to wear paw prints, bunnies, and hair!
bring pleasure. Bribery works on your wedding day too!
Featured image via Fueza Reis Studios