In 2006, my husband and I adopted a tiny five pound nine ounce beagle puppy, and named her Daisy. She was the first dog either of us had since leaving our families homes, which of course meant she was spoiled right away. Throughout her life with us she was a part of everything we did, so when it came time for our wedding it only made sense for her to be a part of that too. Planning a wedding is stressful, and adding your dog to the wedding party only adds to that stress. Here are three things I did to ensure my dog was safe and happy during our wedding.
Appoint someone to care for the dog during and after the ceremony
Daisy was not only at our wedding, she was in it. We fitted her with a black patent leather leash and collar that were adorned with rhinestones, and allowed her to walk to the altar with the groom. Once they reached the altar the father of the groom took charge to keep her in line for the ceremony. During the reception our ring bearers were in charge of her, but they weren’t alone. Everyone pitched in to watch over her, and I was grateful for that.
Don’t forget food and water
I’ll admit in the days leading up to my wedding I forgot to eat more than once. In fact, the day before my wedding I didn’t eat a single thing or have a sip to drink before 8pm. During the wedding I didn’t have a lot to drink or eat either, but I made sure Daisy ate. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite wedding photos is of me sitting at the head table with a can of dog food in my hand. Making sure the food make it on site is only half the battle, you have to make sure someone gives it to your dog.
Give your dog a place to retreat
Daisy usually does really good around people, but to be honest I think the music, dancing, children running around, and all the people talking was just too much for her to handle. I remember at one point seeing her sitting on the stage with her tail tucked, and when I called out to her, she refused to come to me. I felt so bad for her because I could tell she was clearly overwhelmed. I went straight to my dad and had him take her to my dressing room for a much needed break.
Having Daisy with us on our special day was important to us, but it was important that it was done with her comfort in mind. If you want to include your dog, you have to make sure you put his/her needs at the top of your priority list.
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