June 2nd 2005 2:28 pm
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A doggie wedding day such an oddity.
Being a long time pit bull advocate I wanted to come up with an idea to get some positive pit bull press as well as raise money for the animals at the shelter located in my hometown of West Warwick RI Can I do both? Impossible? NO, not at all!
I decided to hold a Dog Day Wedding!
I thought what a better way to show off my pit bull girl but to have her get married with a large crowd and a huge reception.
Who can my dog Ginger marry? What about the handsome young German shepherd that my family fostered last year named Harry??
Ginger really had a thing for him!!
Now, I was on to something!
So, after making a few phone calls, I had the wheels in motion!
So many great volunteers from the entire community helped out to make this day perfect.
Doggie Nuptials were held at the Cranston Country Club, Cranston, RI on Sunday May 29th 2005 at 2:30pm. The reverend Gail Singster was presiding.
The happy couple had a full wedding party including both canine and human species. The bride’s parents Harry and Susan Parker gave her away and the groom’s mom Trish Nelson gave him away. Wedding party attendants included:
Maid of honor: Mrs. Ann Corvin (from the Warwick Animal Shelter RI)
Best Man: Mr. Anthony Totilo (walking Oden the great Dane dog)
Ring Bearer: Anthony Rivard
Miss Becky Parker (walking) Bailey the golden retriever/lab mix dog ( Becky is also the human sister of the bride)
Miss Katie Burton
Miss Mary-Lou Beaudry
Ms. Patricia Maxwell (From the Cranston Animal Shelter RI) (walking Mary the Chihuahua dog)
Usher: Mr. Joseph Gladding
Junior brides maids:
Miss Gianna Soprano & Miss Shyanna Clifford.
A beautiful wedding cake was donated as well as edible doggie centerpieces that were "gingerly" placed on the guest tables.
News channel 6 was on hand to tape the ceremony and Ginger said, "I do" ruff ruff style on cue!
A good time was had by all.
Although the DJ distastefully kept announcing that the dogs were “Now home doing it doggie style” they actually did not consummate their vows and each dog slept in their own bed on their wedding night.
Written by Susan Parker
May 30th 2005 9:54 am
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On Sunday, May 29th 2005,
We were blessed to have nice weather for the wedding of Ginger and Harry.
There were around 90 guests at the Cranston Country Club.
The ceremony went off great without a hitch. Ginger my dog (the bride) said "I Do" on request right at the perfect time. She looked sooooo darn cute!!!
We had a minister who did a fantastic job and a full wedding party that looked AWSOME!
Raffle prizes were donated and even a beautiful wedding cake!! There were flower decorations that were donated that had dog treats attached with metal wire (very good idea)
The wedding party itself included: A Chihuahua, a great Dane, a golden retriever/lab mix, the bride a pit bull X and the groom a German shepherd. We were going to take two teacup poodles but at the last minute decided against it because they are really not socialized with people or other dogs. When the wedding party showed up at the poodle’s house with the other dogs (I am pet sitting them for the week) they were not behaving well and we thought it was best to leave them behind. Too bad because they really are very cute. But better safe than sorry considering they are not my dogs. (I did have permission from their owner to have them in the wedding)
The full wedding party included: Myself, my husband, the mother of the groom, the maid of honor, the best man, a ring bearer, 4 brides maids, an usher, and two junior brides maids.
We even had two animal control officers from different towns/cities in the wedding party to show their support! (One was the maid of honor and the other was a bride’s maid).
We did have a little problem, but was solved quickly, Harry the German shepherd (the groom) did not seem to like my daughter's dog "Bailey" who is a male 7-month-old golden retriever/lab mix. Harry got a little fresh with Baily and snipped at him, Bailey yelped LOUD I think more in shock than anything else. Figures when this happened, the media was there Channel 6 news and a local newspaper LOL Hey, at least it wasn't the pit bull that bit the other dog LOL
The dogs ended up being fine. I just think there was a lot of tension and the dogs as well as the people's (Especially me) were anxious. The dogs all acted sooo well. Considering the amount of people and other dogs together in one room it was remarkable.
Everything went well with the exception of the DJ who absolutely SUCKED!!!
He screwed up all the songs, he introduced people wrong, and he introduced myself and my husband walking but took about a 30 second delay to introduce the main event "The bride"? He also screwed up announcing the groom and his owner.
The DJ seemed more interested in promoting his DJ service and his pictures or whatever else he did than getting the wedding party and the wedding service itself correct.
He played only his own selection of dance music (Mainly disco), which would have been all right, but most people were not dancing. He should have mixed it up some. He also kept on repeating on his microphone that the dogs "Were home doing it doggie style” Which many of us regarded as rude and obnoxious behavior from someone considered a professional.
But, all in all, I believe that I accomplished my mission: To promote pit bulls in a positive image!
As soon as I get pics from the photographer I hired, I shall post them to share!
May 26th 2005 2:56 pm
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