A member of the wedding: When Fido or Tigger gets an invite

August 7, 2018

Every dog has his day. The question is, will that be your wedding day—and will your pet participate as a member of your wedding party?  Based on findings of a poll of about 3,100 adults nationwide, conducted by Veterinary Pet Insurance, fully 42% of Americans  either say that their pets already have played a part in their nuptials (15%); or that, when the marry in the future, they plan to take their canine or feline family members down the aisle with them (27%) Nearly an equal number (47%) said “no way” would their much-beloved beast receive an invite to the ceremony.

While dogs make the most common of the four-legged wedding attendees because they tend to be more sociable animals and can be trained to walk down the aisle more easily, other pets are making special appearances—including cats, ferrets and horses—according to a report by Petcha.

Indeed, many dogs have been called upon to be the ring bearer, flower girl or welcome host, according to Christa Vagnozzi, senior editor of WeddingChannel.com. To make sure the dog wears the proper wedding attire, she suggests owners place a faux ring around the dog’s collar or a collar of flowers for the walk down the aisle.

“Brides and grooms who can’t foresee getting through their wedding day without all family members represented are finding ways to incorporate their pets into their ceremony,” Vagnozzi says. “Not only is it a great way to have your four-legged friend with you on your big day, it’s a great way for you to personalize your wedding.”

To avoid any wedding-day disasters and help ensure pets will be as well-behaved as possible on the big day, she says people should take their pets to the wedding venue before the ceremony. This will help the pet become more familiarized and comfortable with the wedding location, she says, and it’s a great opportunity to have them practice walking down the aisle.

It’s possible that Angie Blumberg and Jayce Conway, a couple from Illinois who married in Big Sky, Montana, should have done just that. When they were planning their wedding, they wanted their dog to be a part of the celebration, the Huffington Post reported on August 6. Little did they know that he would steal the show, making their wedding photo an Internet sensation

The dog, a Labrador retriever named Boone, was just supposed to be the best man at the wedding, Conway told the “Today. show on NBC-TV. “He’s a really well-trained dog,” Conway said. “I planned for him to stand between me and my brother.”

He says that Boone stuck with the plan until he saw Blumberg walking down the aisle. Then the six-year-old “puppy” walked over to the bride to say hello.

“Somewhere during the opening prayer,” Conway told St. Louis TV station KSDK, “Boone got a little bored and decided to roll around in front of everyone.”

The moment was captured by photographer Chris Davis and after it was posted on social media, the image went viral.

Asked how Boone would respond if he knew he was famous, Conway said: “He’d be fine with it. He’s always been the life of the party

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