For months now, we’ve been going back and forth about whether to include our beloved dogs in the ceremony. From the moment we were engaged, we were gung-ho on the idea of them being our ring bearers. I mean, we got them when we moved to New Mexico together two years ago as teacup-sized, two-month-old puppies. Okay, they were never teacup-sized, but 17-pounds is pretty small compared to their current state.
Meet Odin (below), our year-and-a-half Pit Bull–Lab mix. Or Odiferus, Wilbur, Yoda (check out his ears) or PequeÃ±o Toro. Yep, those are all of his nicknames, all of which happen to be longer than his real name. We got him from the pound as a sick little puppy, and he’s grown into a handsome young chap. It would be a mistake not to include him in the wedding. I mean, he already has his tuxedo on! But, because he was a stray for the first two months of his life, he has his quirks, which include quite a bit of anxiety in crowds of strangers, horrible leash-pulling habits, and an obsession with licking any visible skin. Hmmm…
Just a few months older than Odin is Rio (below). Two in April, Rio is a Saluki–Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. She hasn’t taken on as many nicknames as Odin (Riolicious usually does the trick) but she does have a few idiosyncrasies that he doesn’t. First, talking. She is probably the most vocal dog I’ve ever met. And it starts up if she gets bored—which is often, because she’s a high-energy hound mix. (Think Whippet, Greyhound, or anything that could run for twelve hours straight and still want more). Second, she is light as a feather, but she often gets the inkling to jump on people when she’s excited. I see our wedding as one of those times. Taffeta + nails = disaster.
Thus, we’re stuck with the question: To pooch or not to pooch? We really want them to be a part of our day. They’re practically our kids. (Wow, I sound like Angela from The Office. I promise we don’t lick them clean like she does her cats). But is it worth all the worry? Take a look at this picture. Then tell me how you can turn that down.
Are you including any unexpected guests in your ceremony?