I learned of a new phenomenon this past weekend. Well, not really a phenomenon in the truest sense of the word, but it was still a pretty remarkable and happy surprise. I learned that dogs can be in weddings!

My human’s friend, the lovely Maris, got married last Saturday. It was a beautiful day, a beautiful wedding, and the bride and groom looked so happy. It was an outside wedding, on a bluff that overlooked the sea. The guests were all seated, the flowers were placed with the care, and the groom stood expectantly at the altar. Maris was escorted down the aisle by her father and looked beautiful. But the most important part as far as I was concerned, was that all three of her rescue dogs followed behind her! Yes, they were involved in the ceremony too! They stood next to the bride and groom during the vows and helped to give her away.

How fantastic is that? They were an important part of the wedding party and dressed for the occasion in bow ties and vests. They fit right in at the elegant affair and helped to make the wonderful occasion even more special.

I was so thrilled to hear about this and see the pictures. We dogs live to be included in things with our humans. I never knew that dogs could be in weddings too and now that I do, it’s on my bucket list. I told my human that if she ever gets married again, that she will have to have me involved from the very start. From the beginning so that I can make sure to give my approval to the fellow whom she chooses.

It is wonderful when people treat us dogs like family, since we really are. We love our humans with all our heart. We constantly try to communicate this with every tail wag and every protective bark. We don’t care if you’re tired and cranky, if you’re sad, or if you’re ecstatic. If you’re sick, or healthy, slovenly or dressed up. We love you no matter what! And if that isn’t what family is supposed to be and do, then I don’t know what is. My human always says that “love is love” and I agree. So, when I am treated like family by my human’s friends, it is the greatest thing. Sometimes I get invited to join her when she goes to a dinner party. Sometimes I even get to tag along when she visits someone ill. And once when she took a night class, since the professor said I was welcome. I always know to be a good boy and sit quietly and that way I would be invited back.

Wouldn’t it be great if we dogs were welcome to other places too? Like in restaurants and at the gym and in the library? In stores and in shopping centers and in church? I’m aware that some people think dogs aren’t clean enough but gosh, that’s where our human comes in. If they were to train us to be good clean pups, we would surely oblige. What a wonderful world that would be, if we could go with our humans just like the rest of the family can. If we were viewed primarily as important family members, and not only as dogs.

In love, celebration, and hope,
Benny H.

Benny H. is an 8-year-old mixed-breed dog who enjoys writing, meeting new people, and providing companionship to his loving adopter, Liz Hoffmann. They live in Connecticut. Liz has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and opening her heart to shelter animals.

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