Today I want to talk to you about my fur baby. WARNING: EXTREME PUPPYNESS AHEAD.
I had wanted a dog for literally as long as I can remember, and my parents finally caved and agreed to get one when I became old enough to take care of him.
This is the day we met—he was a few weeks old.
Well, my parents weren’t wrong: raising my fur baby for the last eight years has been a lot like raising a human baby. I had to feed him, bathe him, and care for him (and clean up a lot of poop).
But it comes with its perks! For one, a dog is the PERFECT snuggle companion for watching TV. Case in point:
Simba and Papi Waterfall
Before I got engaged, my family always joked that Simba (yes, we named him after the Lion King) should be the ring bearer. And although it was initially meant as a joke, it made perfect sense to want to have such an important member of the family in the wedding. I mean, just because he’s not human, doesn’t mean he’s any less family! After all, he’s been with me almost as long as Mr. Waterfall has!
The web is filled with adorable inspiration pics like these:
But the reality of it is that, although he is eight, Simba is still very much a puppy in his mind; he loves to play and gets really excited around people, maybe too excited. I think it would be too overwhelming for him to have him there with the amount of guests that we are expecting. And even though he is well trained, I can’t picture him being able to make it down the aisle by himself without getting distracted by something (or someone) along the way…I don’t want a child to walk him on a leash, because he’s so strong that he would end up walking them, not the other way around.
At any rate, I doubt my church would even allow him on the premises. Maybe things would be different if we were having an outdoor wedding, or at the very least a more rustic setting. So we’ll be having a real live boy as a ring bearer instead. But don’t you worry, Simba will definitely be involved in the wedding somehow! At the very least I plan on getting him a snazzy suit or bow tie and having a bit of a photo shoot with him. I love looking at pictures of brides and their pooches—look how sweet!
Image via Zoom Theory Photography / Photo by Zoom Theory
Image via Parallel57 Photographers / Photo by Parallel57
Image via Rebekah J. Murray Photography / Photo by Rekekah J. Murray
I may even DIY an adorable sign like this one:
Image via Lucky Pictures Photography / Photo by Lucky Pictures
The only question remains: who would be lion tamer for the day? I might entrust a family friend with the task of transporting Simba to and from the bridal suite or whatever place we’re taking pictures, but I don’t want to burden our guests. I may also copy Mrs. Mink and hire a doggie babysitter.
I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes at the crazy dog lady. And that’s fine. If you’ve never had a dog, you probably don’t get it; our day wouldn’t feel complete without our baby.
For all the doggie parents out there, how are you including your babies in the wedding?