Can Bulldogs fly? Well, if they could The Pooky Professor will get them their Wings!

1. My fiance and I can’t wait to have our wedding and include Sparky and Rocco.  How can you help  us?
I have unique wedding services for Dogs. I am a dog trainer in northern New Jersey, and I teach dogs whatever it takes to have them be included in weddings. I train your dogs to walk nicely (on or off leash ) down the aisle.  I will transport your best friend to and from the wedding, as well as provide pet sitting services after the ceremony. I can help you design outfits and/or costumes for Sparky for the wedding, and I can also help the photographer get that perfect shot, and much, much more!! 
 
The Pooky Professor 
Dog & Puppy Training Services
Lynne M. Petermann
163 E. Main St. Suite 109
Little Falls, NJ 07424
(973) 444-5880
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Mojo and Jocomo leading the Pack, witnesses to Beautiful Dogs being included in Beautiful Weddings!

Vow-wow-wow is very pleased to introduce the newest addition to our roster of amazing Wedding Pro’s. Lois Heckman is a Celebrant, based in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennslyvania, and we very pleased to have her with us!  

 From Lois’s website:  

Becoming a celebrant has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I honor all philosophies, beliefs and traditions – secular, spiritual, religious and interfaith. I will create a wonderful and unique ceremony that respects and reflects your values, your style, and your life.”

 

1. My fiance and I can’t wait to have our wedding and include Sparky and Rocco. How can you help us? 

I will work with you to find the perfect fit for your pups! The most popular idea is having the dogs as ring bearers and/or flower-dogs, and I’ve done this successfully many times. But we might come up with other ideas based on your interests, ideas and personalities. Perhaps you’d like to give them a treat during the ceremony to show your marriage will not diminish your support and love of them, but only increase it! Maybe they have a trick that could be featured. The possibilities are endless! Let’s talk.

2. Tell us about your business. 

I have been a very active celebrant, and a graduate of the Celebrant Foundation, since 2005, and have officiated hundreds of unique weddings for today’s diverse couples here in the Pocono Mountains of PA. In 2010 my husband built me a gorgeous ceremony site on our large property in Saylorsburg, PA that we call Harmony Gardens. Since we love dogs there was never any doubt – it would of course be a dog-friendly wedding site.

3. How do you accommodate dogs and their owners?

You’re welcome to bring your dogs for your ceremony whether they are involved or not in the actual ceremony. We don’t offer any special accommodations, but our property is set back from any roads and is quite safe. Our own dogs are dog friendly, too!

4. Do you have a great dog/wedding story?

I loved the interracial couple who had one black and one white dog, had them dressed in contrasting tuxedos for their ceremony, and featured them so beautifully. They played up the black and white theme with love and good humor!  It was fun and a great photo op!

5. Tell us about YOUR dogs!

We have two English Springer Spaniels, Mojo and Jocomo. Mojo is an active guy, he’s so smart and tuned into everything. Jocomo would rather lay in a bed all day, he’s just a big old love dog. They are not only our best friends, but best friends to one another.

Great Picture of Mojo & Jocomo!!

Lois Heckman Celebrant

Saylorsburg, PA

in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains – 1 ½ hours from New York City and 1 ½ hours from Philadelphia, 45 minutes from Allentown and Scranton

www.LoisHeckman.com

blog: http://blogs.thepoconos.com/weddings/

570-992-5316

email:  ceremony@ptd.net

 

P.S. Lois and her husband have created a beautiful, intimate outdoor ceremony site, Harmony Gardens, at their home. Check it out, this could be just perfect for you!  Read about this here:

http://www.loisheckman.com/harmony-gardens

http://www.loisheckman.com/the-story-of-harmony-gardens

A Dog, A Dog! My Kingdom for A Dog! (with apologies to Wm.Shakespeare and Richard III) … Kingdom Wedding Photographers turns your Wedding into amazing visual Memories!

 Vow-wow-wow is very excited to introduce you to our newest Wedding Professional, Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat. 

Take a look at the fabulous pictures Kat that has shared with us here, and please go visit her website and blog to see more of her beautiful work.

I thought I’d let Kat speak for herself, in describing her style of Wedding photography:

From Kat’s Blog:

“Want really, really gorgeous wedding photos? Here’s how: My style is highly photojournalistic. I am not the kind of wedding photographer who asks the wedding party to “stop and smile” during the processional. When a couple chooses me to shoot their wedding, they do so because they’re excited that I’ll be there to capture their wedding day with all its emotions and all the gorgeous details they picked…I don’t direct. I don’t interrupt. I don’t pose. I capture moments. Real moments of happiness, joy and fun. So please, tell your family to just ignore me.” 

The  Interview 

1. Tell us about your business.

After living and working in Los Angeles and Boston for years, we moved to Vermont some 5 years ago and I started focusing on fun, relaxed and modern wedding and portrait photography with a big focus on outdoor weddings. Dogs and cats (and the occasional horse)

play a huge part in my couple’s lives ,and I incorporate them in our sessions whenever possible. I’m incredibly lucky to be working with couples who are so cool and so much fun to be around. 

2. How do you accommodate dogs and their owners?

All Engagement & Portrait sessions are done on location so your critters are on their home turf. I bring plenty of time so there is no rush, we can play around and create images that are truly you. No stress, no pressure, just pure fun.  

3. How do I go about including Sparky & Rocco in our wedding photos?

It completely depends on Sparky & Rocco. Some dogs are just so obedient that they make the rest of us jealous. They are perfectly fine posing with the wedding party and your parents. Other dogs, my own included, have more of a mind of their own and (depending on your dog(s)’ obedience level), would be happiest waiting with a designated handler until we finish the more formal portraits. Afterwards, we can grab Sparky & Rocco and take them for a more casual photo session where you can be yourselves, taking him/her for a walk, playing with them, kissing, snuggling, and hugging them, and, of course, taking great photos in the process! 

4. Do you have a great dog/wedding story?

There are so many, it’s hard to pick just one. My favorite dog of all time is probably Duke (the black lab you see in the photos). He was the ring bearer during the ceremony, posed patiently for all the portraits and didn’t even chase after the chickens at the reception site. I was so impressed. Come to think of it, all my couple’s dogs or cats have been as relaxed as the couples themselves. 

5. Tell us about YOUR dogs!

Daisy & Jake. I love them to pieces and we’re pretty much inseparable. Daisy is my opinioned lady with more love & loyalty than humanly possible – every time I come back from a wedding, she’ll be sitting right by the door waiting … now if you knew how attached she is to her TempurPedic, you’d be tremendously impressed. 😉 Jake is the best boy there is. An absolute morning person. If he could talk, the first words out of his mouth each and every morning would be “Hello there and what a wonderful morning this is – it is so awesome to wake up next to you.” All while wagging his tail a million miles an hour. We also have two cats, Marvin & Grover, who couldn’t be any more different if they tried. One is a very vocal cuddle bug, whereas the other one is a daring stunt-kitten.

 

 

 Kat

Kingdom Wedding Photography
Albany, Vermont
phone: (802) 755-6366

www.kingdomweddingphotography.com www.kingdomweddingphotography.com/blog www.facebook.com/KingdomWeddingPhotography

The Canine Constitutional – While you’re getting married, who’s walking the pooch? (A variation on a theme)

The Canine Constitutional

While you’re at work, who’s walking the pooch?

reprinted from:

Sep 17, 2009 |

Unless you’re extraordinarily abstracted or unobservant, you’ve probably noticed that our Hudson River communities are packed with dogs. Mutts or Westminsters, they’re tagged and leashed and walking with their “handlers.”

That’s right. That attentive human petting and scolding, talking doggie talk and dispensing treats could very well be a pro.

If a dog walker is doing a good job, you probably won’t see anything like the picture on this page. We set it up with All Wagging Tails owners Heather Gaida and Rebecca Alison because we thought it would be a cute shot. But any reputable dog walker will tell you that eight is too many.

Photo by Rebecca Alison

Heather started the Hoboken company in the spring of 2007. While working in corporate America and going to school to study elementary education, someone else was walking Heather’s dog. “I wanted to do her job,” Heather says, “out in the fresh air, working with animals, being able to walk my dog all day.” Heather’s dog is a Kerry blue terrier named Blue.

Rebecca was one of Heather’s first customers—she has a 90-pound lab/shepherd mix named Cooper—and soon became a partner, for many of the same reasons Heather went into the business.

ON A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY we meet at the ferry slip in North Hoboken for the shoot. Rebecca is the photographer, Heather the dog walker, and they bring a helper. While we’re unloading the dogs from Heather’s SUV, one fairly large one back flips out the door, while a very tiny one makes a break for it. I commit one of the cardinal sins of human behavior—running after it.

Heather says that’s a sure way the dog will keep running. Better to stand your ground. “We know that dog, and he will follow us anywhere.”

Dogs are increasingly seen as family members. “The pet used to be chained outside in the dog house in the freezing cold,” says Heather. “Over time the family realized what a dog has to offer to your life. As this was happening, more services became available. The average person works 15 hours a day in the city and couldn’t have a dog, but now they know someone good is caring for the animal, and they can come home to the pet they love.”

If you own a dog, you know that the most important traits in a dog walker are trust and integrity. You wouldn’t leave your kid with a dodgy individual, and the same goes for the dog. “People trust us to go into their homes,” Heather says. “We feel we provide an honest service.”

“BOTH HEATHER AND I ARE ANIMAL LOVERS,” Rebecca says. “I volunteer for the Liberty Humane Society, and have two cats, and I used to have an iguana, bearded dragon, and birds, and Heather had a bird. Through having animals you instinctively learn what to do and anticipate how they will react. Both of us wanted to be vets. I shadowed a vet during a neutering surgery and volunteered for a groomer, and Heather used to bathe some of our clients. When you see and deal with so many different types of dogs, each one has a different personality.”

“I like them all,” Rebecca says. “Every dog has its own quirks. I have a passion for terriers. They’re very curious. They stick their nose into everything. They’re different from labs, which are eager to please. A terrier will test you. You’ll tell it to do something, and it will go ‘hmm. Do I want to do that?’”

The company has built up quite a caseload of human clients. “We screen their dogs to see how they interact with other dogs,” Rebecca says. “It’s important for dogs to live healthy in society in a city environment. You have to be really careful about a dog’s temperament.”

The women say there are two types of dog walkers—those who belong to pet sitting associations, and independents. Those who belong to associations are creditable and in it for the long haul, Rebecca says. With independents you may or may not get high-quality service. “There are some individuals who want to make a quick buck when they have three or four months between jobs,” Heather says.

All Wagging Tails strives for consistency and longevity. “Dogs get attached,” Heather says. “We want the pet and the owner to be comfortable.”

Kate Rounds

All Wagging Tails   (201) 446-1559

www.waggingtailsofhoboken.com

Check out our NEW Tail Waggin’ Links Page!!

 Tail Waggin’ Links  (Click Here!)

We’ve decided that there are so many worthwhile and heartfelt projects out there, that we wanted to share some of them with you! Please take a few minutes out of your very busy days, and see how some very creative, committed, and caring people spend their time and energy.

The causes they feature are ” just right”,  and need our support. If you can help with your $, please do! If you can pass the links along to your friends, or post it on Facebook or Twitter, that helps in a BIG way too!!

Thanks so much…

Your dedicated “PACK” from Vow-wow-wow

Celia, Michael, and Gary  …. oh yeah and Sophie too! (Sorry Soph, don’t bite me again k? lol)

P.S. If you know of any worthwhile links, that we should feature on our Tail Waggin’ Links Page.. please write us at Gary@vow-wow-wow.com, with all the needed info.. we will be happy to add them to our links 🙂  – Gary

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Daylight Savings Time at last! More sunlight and warmth to have your Dog at your Wedding Ceremony, your way !!

Reposted from Wedaholic.com
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Pets At Weddings – Tips For Getting Your Dog, Cat or Even Horse Involved!

Date: July 14, 2006   Author: Emily

It’s all very well having butterflies or doves released at your wedding to symbolize the love, fidelity and union of your relationship, but is it really wise to include your own pets in your wedding day? Are you just asking for trouble by choosing to include your pet in such a momentous occasion?

The Popular Trend

Dogs in particular are becoming the new untraditional participants in wedding ceremonies. They are either being entrusted with roles such as ring bearers, bridesmaids, and groomsmen or are simply present during the ceremony to bear witness to their owner’s nuptials. This is probably because dogs are the most socially acceptable pet to be seen out and about with in public and also because they can be trained quite easily to perform at your wedding.

When Jane McBride walks down the aisle in Chicago this September she has handed the role of ring bearer to her Mufasa, an 85-pound Akita-shepherd mix. She has already chosen Mufasa’s wedding attire – a multicolored bow tie that will hold the wedding rings. Jane admitted to the Chicago Tribune that she would never consider leaving Mufasa at home on her wedding day.

One of the family!

According to Palmspringslife.com  Mindy Weiss, a wedding planner based in Los Angeles, who has coordinated the happy occasion for numerous celebrities, says that “I find that about 30 percent of my weddings involve pets.” Many couples consider their pets to be part of their family or their best friends so it is only right that their pet should be given a starring role in their wedding day.

For their Californian wedding Myra and John Pugh had their 75-pound Akita-German shepherd mix dog Joy accompany a groomsman down the aisle sporting a collar of red roses and greenery. Palmspringslife.com reports that Joy wagged her tail in approval as the couple made their wedding vows. Myra said “She is a huge part of our life. During the wedding, she didn’t bark once. I think she knew that this was serious stuff.” If you are an animal lover then including your pet in your wedding day is no different to inviting your family and friends.

Alice Moon-Fanelli, a certified applied animal behaviorist and assistant professor at Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass. says “Including pets is a statement of solidarity by the couple who mutually agree that the pet plays a major role in both of their lives.”

An increasing number of modern couples are treating their pets as children. Sheila Spitza, co-owner of Wet Nose Pet Spa in Geneva, Illinois says “Couples don’t have children, but they do have a dog, so it only makes sense that they would stand up in their wedding”.

According to Cleveland.com Laura and Bob Mutsko who tied the knot at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Mentor in 1999, had a traditional wedding ceremony but had their “only child” their 4 year old dog Murphy walk up the aisle with them and present their rings and sat amongst the congregation. “Several of the guests came just to see Murphy” Laura says.

Personally, I wanted to have photos taken with my dog on my wedding day and to spend some time with him on the morning of the wedding. This worked out perfectly and he looked very dapper in his tartan bow! Whilst everyone else rushed aroun d me in a mad panic on the morning of my wedding I chilled out in the sunshine outside with my dog – he totally kept me calm. It was the perfect way to start my wedding day!

You’re in good company!

Although it is not the norm for couples to include their dogs in their weddings, be assured that it is not just wacky dog lovers who are doing it. Celebrities are indulging in this new trend too!

♥ When Premiership footballer Ashley Cole and singer Cheryl Tweedy get married tomorrow at Highclere Castle in Berkshire their pet chihuahua Buster will be playing a part in their wedding. Cheryl’s Girls Aloud bridesmaids have bought Buster a wedding outfit with “Cheryl & Ashley” written on it in diamante.

♥ For her London wedding to Gavin Rossdale, singer Gwen Stefani was escorted down the aisle by her sheepdog Winston, who was decked out in a rose-covered collar and lead.

♥ Tori Spelling wanted her beloved pug Mimi Larue to look her best as she served as flower girl and ring bearer at Tori’s wedding, so she hired a special fashion designer to create her wedding outfit.

♥ Comedian and Hollywood star Adam Sandler had his dogs Matzoball (pulled down the aisle in a wagon) and Meatball at his Malibu wedding. Meatball was his “best dog” and was dressed in a tux with a yarmulke on his head.

Advantages of having your pet participate in your wedding day:

♥ I think it’s a lovely way to personalize your wedding day and to bring a smile to everyone’s faces. You don’t have to dress your pet in a tuxedo to raise a smile from your guests – the novelty of a pet being present at your wedding will be enough to make them smile.

♥  It makes your wedding less of a formal occasion and can lighten up the mood which is always a good thing. Weddings are not supposed to be somber affairs!

♥ If you do not have nieces, nephews or little ones to act as flower girls or page boys then a pet is a perfect alternative! In the same way they love to see a cute flower girl or page boy walking up the aisle, on the whole wedding guests do enjoy seeing a dog walk down the aisle – it brings a fun element to the wedding.

Get permission!

♥ The first thing to do if you plan to include your dog in your wedding party is to check with the officiant. Make it clear to them what your dog’s role in the wedding will be. Ensure that they are comfortable with this idea.

♥ You should also check with your ceremony and/or reception venue whether dogs are allowed. This is really important and you should not leave something like this to chance on the day – refusal to allow your dog entry to the venue because you have not received permission prior to the wedding would cause unnecessary upset on your special day. Ask in advance so that you can either plan to include your dog in the wedding or make alternative arrangements for his care on your wedding day.

Are they up to the job?

You must ask yourself if your dog is well-behaved enough to participate in your wedding. Be honest with yourself. Just as a cute dog will always be remembered on your wedding day, so too will a naughty unruly dog. You don’t want your wedding day to be spoiled by a ‘doggie disaster!’

Here are some points to consider:

♥ First and foremost think of your dog’s comfort. Will he be comfortable attending your wedding? Will he have to travel a long distance to get there? If the answer is he would be more comfortable at home, and if this is an option, then you should do what is best for your dog.

♥ You should assess how your dog reacts to large crowds and to noisy situations. Does it bother your dog? Do you think he would rather not be there? You know your dog so use your own judgment on this one.

♥ Does your dog have unpredictable behavior? Of course, like children, you cannot predict exactly how they are going to behave on the day of the wedding but if you have any doubts that the dog might get over-excited or aggressive it is best not to include them in your wedding ceremony.

♥ Is your dog well-trained? What is his obedience level? Does he respond to commands? A dog that has yet to master simple commands such as “sit” and “stay” might not be suitable to be included in your wedding. This is very important if you intend on giving them a role in the wedding where they are expected to follow orders (e.g. walk down aisle and wait patiently whilst you untie the rings from around his neck). Unless you are absolutely certain that your pet can be counted on to behave during your wedding ceremony then it might be better to have them participate in the wedding photos and leave it at that.

Wedding roles for your pet:

You should choose a role for your pet in your wedding which is appropriate to their temperament and behavior. A dog who is highly energetic will need to be kept on a leash throughout the wedding ceremony whereas a lapdog might be quite happy to be held by one of the wedding attendants/guests during the ceremony.

Here are some ideas for roles in your wedding for your pet:

♥ The popular choice is to have your dog bring the rings down the aisle on a satin pillow or in a small bag tied to his collar. Bridalpeople.com have a really cute ring pillow which attaches to the collar with 2 Velcro fasteners. The pillow shown here is suitable for medium and large breed dogs but there are lots of smaller pillows available on the dog clothing stores listed below or on eBay. You could even make a pillow yourself.

♥ If your dog is really well trained he could carry the rings down the aisle in a pouch using his mouth – this is guaranteed to get gasps of delight from your wedding guests!

♥ How about having your pet accompany you to the altar. This might be a popular choice if the alternative for you or your partner is walking down the aisle alone.

♥ You could have your dog act as flower dog and carry flowers in his mouth or a basket of flowers if at all possible. Do make sure beforehand that they are not toxic to your dog and will not present a choking hazard to him.

♥ It is becoming popular nowadays for dogs to stand as maid-of-honor and best man. Have one of the other wedding attendants walk your dog down the aisle so that they can stand proudly next to you during the ceremony.

♥ Rather than carring a bouquet of flowers you could carry your dog (if he is small enough) down the aisle. Make sure that someone is willing to hold your dog during the ceremony though – you can’t exchange rings holding your pup!

♥ If your venue does not allow your pet to participate in your wedding then why not just have them included in your wedding photos. That is what I did as our wedding venue did not allow dogs. I had the best of both worlds as my dog got to have some fun meeting and greeting all the wedding guests in the gardens of the venue whilst the photos were being taken and then my bridesmaid’s mother kindly collected him and took care of him for the rest of the day, so I was able to relax knowing that he was being well taken care of!

♥ Do you own a pet which is small and quite patient? Would it be willing to sit in the arms of one of your wedding guests? If you think it would be safer and the pet would be more comfortable then keep them secured in their carrier during the ceremony.

♥ As mentioned, dogs are the traditional choice of pets at weddings but if you have a smaller, less social pets such as a hamster, lizard, guinea pig or even snake which you desperately want to bear witness to your nuptials perhaps you could place its cage nearby as you exchange vows or have one of the (willing) wedding guests hold it during the ceremony!

Tips for getting the best out of your pet on your wedding day:

♥ If it is paramount to you that your dog plays a key role in your wedding then, for his comfort, perhaps you could choose a dog-friendly venue for the ceremony and/or reception. The ideal venue would be outdoor such as a park, arboretum, beach or somebody’s garden in their backyard!

♥ A lot of dogs can’t handle the heat so if it is a hot day either reconsider having your dog in your wedding party or ensure that they are able to sit in the shade or (even better) an air-conditioned room during the ceremony or reception until the sun has gone down. Do make sure that your dog has access to fresh water if it is a hot day.♥

♥ Sometimes it is best to draft in professional help to look after your dog. After all which member of your bridal party is going to want to scoop your dog’s mess of the lawn during your wedding reception! Delegating the pet-handling task to a professional will alleviate unnecessary stress on you, your partner and your wedding guests. You should definitely consider hiring a pet coordinator or pet-sitter who will be responsible for dressing your dog on the morning of the wedding, transporting him to and from the reception, ensuring he gets fed, watered and takes toilet breaks and deals with any antisocial doggie behavior. The hire cost depends on how long you need the dog handler for.

♥ If possible make sure your dog is familiar with the ceremony and reception spaces so that they know how to sit comfortably there. It is a good idea to include your dog in the rehearsal so that your dog can get to know strangers he will encounter during the wedding as well as his new surroundings. This is also a great way of checking out, from your dog’s point of view, what possible hazards there could be for your dog on the wedding day, including toxic plants, swimming pools or other animals which might distract him during the wedding ceremony.

♥ If you intend on having your dog sit in the receiving line then practice beforehand so that he gets used this. The earlier you start this sort of training the better.

♥ If you are getting married out of town remember to make sure that you book accommodation for your dog at a pet-welcoming hotel.

♥ It is important that whoever is handling your dog on the day of the wedding (whether it is a professional or one of your bridal party) is aware of the timings of key events in the wedding ceremony and reception. They need to have time to walk your dog and make sure that he is well exercised and has used up some of his energy so that he can walk calmly down the aisle or sit patiently during the ceremony.

♥ Avoid giving your dog too much food or water immediately prior to and during the ceremony. This will help to prevent unwanted toileting accidents!

♥ It is important to ensure that whoever is walking the dog down the aisle is strong enough to control the dog. The last thing you want is your bridesmaid being dragged down the aisle on the end of a dog leash Indiana Jones-style!

♥ Make sure that your dog is not permitted to run around unsupervised, especially if there are children present at your wedding that your dog is unused to. Your dog might behave like an angel usually but if he is provoked by a child wielding a stick up his bottom you don’t know how he might react!

♥ Have a plan in place that if your dog becomes tired or antisocial he can be discreetly taken away from the wedding ceremony or reception and cared for – this is a good reason to employ a professional dog-sitter as your attendance is not going to want to miss out on the wedding because of your dog!

♥ You must be flexible if you are including your dog in your wedding ceremony. Anything can happen and you have to be prepared for that, to have measures put in place to deal with dog emergencies and be able to laugh it off!

♥ Never cause your dog any unnecessary stress. If you feel it is necessary bring their cage with them so that they can be locked up safely and comfortably if your wedding proves to be a bit too much for them.

♥ If you have a totally unpredictable dog but you really want them to participate in your wedding, have a parent or friend lead to the alter to deliver your wedding rings during the ceremony and then they can lead the dog away immediately before he has a chance to do anything mischievous!

Wedding attire for your pet:

To help your dog look the part for your wedding, outfit them for the occasion. Some ideas for doggie wedding attire are:

♥ A simple bow tie, bandana or ribbon around your pet’s neck to match the color theme of your wedding (my dog wore a tartan ribbon for my wedding photos – very simple but incredibly cute!).

♥ A new collar and leash that match your wedding colors.

♥ A dog tuxedo, formal dress or t-shirt with printed words on it. According to the owner of a dog wedding apparel store the bridesmaid’s gowns and ring-bearer tuxes are increasingly the best-selling items.

Personally I think that just the fact that your pet is attending your wedding will be cute enough for your guests so there is really nor a great need to dress them up in formal wedding attire. It is you decision though – do what you think is best for you and your beloved pet!

Unless you are absolutely certain that your pet can be counted on to behave during your wedding then it might be better to have them participate in the wedding photos and leave it at that.

Of course some dogs at weddings probably turn out to be better behaved than the human wedding guests! My opinion is that if your pet is important to you and your fiancé,  and you don’t mind sharing your spotlight with a four legged friend, then embrace the new trend and include them in your wedding – it is your special day and you don’t want to have any regrets!

Woof! How to include your dog in your Wedding Ceremony!

Posted by Kelly from  From Tucson Bride and Groom ….

Originally posted Feb. 3, 2011

Many topics divide people when it comes to weddings…assigned or open seating, buffet or plated dinner, open or cash bar, in a place of worship or outside, you get the idea, but one topic that really seems to get under people’s skin is dogs at weddings.

Some think a wedding is no place for an animal (unless it’s the best man dancing up a storm) and some feel that dogs are family members who shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun.

Now that I have dogs and see how unruly they can be, I personally would not have dogs at my wedding, but only because they are just another piece of the wedding puzzle that needs to be coordinated. (Editor’s Note: Kelly’s objection, while certainly understandable, is exactly why we started Vow-wow-wow – to provide the information and Wedding Pro’s to make inviting Sparky a walk in the park..no pun intended) 

Regardless, many couples are increasingly incorporating their furry babies into their special day, and that’s OK (hear my group therapy style acceptance?).

Dog lover and animal expert Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow, offers some insight for those of you planning to include your pooches on your wedding day. Camp Bow Wow® is a premier doggy daycare and overnight camp that has grown to include over 100 Camps across North America so I am thinking she knows her stuff!

 Heidi weighs the pros and cons: The image of Fido walking down the aisle as a ring bearer is a memorable occasion for pet lovers. Before proceeding, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of having your pet at your wedding. Unfortunately, very few religious and indoor venues will allow dogs on location other than service animals. If you are open to an outdoor wedding, including your pet is more realistic.

Additionally, it is important to consider your pet’s personality. If you have a free-spirited animal, he may not abide to walk down the aisle on his own. Also, be cautious of guests with pet allergies; warn them in advance that your dog will be attending. However, the benefits are endless. Since proud pet owners consider their dog as part of the family, Fido’s attendance will add a special touch to your day.

How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding Ceremony:

1. Training Day: Weeks, then days, before the wedding, take your pup to the location so that he is well acquainted with the area. Have him practice walking down the aisle and reward him with a treat.

 2. A Doggy Makeover: A fresh bath and a trip to the groomer is necessary the day before the wedding.

3. Dress Up Your Pup: Everyone in your wedding party will be dressed up and so should Fido! Consider buying a dog collar and leash that matches your bridesmaid dresses or a cute little bowtie to go with the groomsmen. This will make your wedding party more uniform.

4. Energizer Puppy: To avoid having an overly hyper dog at the wedding, take them to Camp Bow Wow to run, play and gets lots of energy out the days leading up to the wedding, or take your pet for a long walk or run before the ceremony, or hire Home Buddies by Camp BowWow to walk the dog and care for them before and after the wedding so you don’t have to stress about it.

5. Stage Fright: If your pet is nervous around strangers, limit his role and have him leave after the ceremony. If you have a friendly dog, then let him stay for the reception.

 6. Doggy Chaperone: Don’t leave your pet unattended. Designate someone as the dog’s sitter to make sure that he is taken out for bathroom breaks, or hire Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow to take the responsibility on.

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7. Doggy Buffet: Make sure your pet doesn’t sample human food and have dog food handy at the reception to ensure that he is well fed. Don’t forgot to have a bowl with fresh water!

8. Let Them Eat Cake: Since the wedding cake is strictly off limits, consider investing in a special cake from a dog bakery.

Brides, if you are going to include your dog in your wedding, just follow Heidi’s advice… for everyone’s sake!

Chatting Soon~Kelly

Puppy love: More pets partake in even formal Weddings!

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    By Sharon L. Peters   Special for USA TODAY Updated 6/26/2009

Wedding attendants are going to the dogs.

Pet-loving couples are increasingly including their dogs (and other pets, to a much lesser degree) in the wedding parties of some very formal weddings — decking them out in silk and satin and including them in the receiving line, on the program and in the portraits.

“Many people think of their pets as family members, and they wouldn’t think of having a special day like this without that member,” says Celina Bojorquez, co-owner of Beverly Hills Mutt Club, purveyor of upscale accessories like doggie tuxedos ($70 and up) and couture dresses ($170 to $500).

The shop has outfitted canines for scores of  weddings in the last couple of years. Not all have been done up in full-dress regalia; some have merely donned accessories for a little special-day
elegance. Bojorquez has sold dog-besotted soon-to-weds silk ties and bow ties for their four-legged pals, satin bandanas, crystal leads and collars, and, in one case, a gold harness and leash to match the bride’s gold dress.

Though pets have long been part of casual weddings in  meadows, on mountaintops and at the seashore, their participation in chichi affairs at the most ornate churches and refined locales is a more recent phenomenon.

Increased numbers not withstanding, not everyone is completely enchanted with the notion of animals in the aisles or at the altar. Many locales prohibit them; many families and wedding planners discourage their participation.

Lynda Barness of I Do Wedding Consulting in Philadelphia always warns couples of the potential
perils — “animals are animals, and they can do animal things,” she says — and so far all her clients
have concluded that including pets in the wedding party isn’t necessary. “But as part of the portraits, that’s just fine.”

Her concerns range from potty issues to a dog acting up because it’s not used to being in a room with 300 people to the fact that “the bride and the room and others in the wedding party have
enough to tend to that day.” Also, “if a dog isn’t used to wearing a top hat, there may be issues.”

Beth Anstandig of Los Gatos, Calif., acknowledges there may be matters to work out but says having her own two border collies involved made her wedding day even more special. “The guests loved it,” she says. And she and her husband cherish the photos featuring the dogs — especially because both have since died. “We are so happy to be able to look back and remember them as they were on that day.”

He’s a loved one, too

“The family was a little skeptical,” Kaycee English says with a chuckle about the moment last year
when she announced that Bowser, the Australian shepherd pup she and John English had fallen for on Petfinder.com, would be part of her fancy wedding. “Bowser had instantly become a family member.” They adopted him from Purrs and Pups Animal Rescue in Riverdale, N.J., weeks before their wedding day.

“The people I loved would be there, and there was no way Bowser wouldn’t be,” says English, of Freehold, N.J., who works for the Make-A-Wish  Foundation. So she bought Bowser a canine ring-bearer outfit, and he pulled off his wedding-day role without incident (dissolving a worried dad’s concern about crazy-dog potential and lost rings).

No pets? ‘Unimaginable’

Los Gatos, Calif., psychotherapist Beth Anstandig was something of a trendsetter when, five years ago, she informed her stunned parents that her beloved border collies, Levi, 11, and blue-eyed Frank, 9, would be attending her very fancy, very formal wedding.

The dogs had joined her on road trips, seen her through grad school, accompanied her to classes
when she was a teacher and “helped me grow up,” she says. It would have been “unimaginable” to have such an important day without them.

Her fiancé, Eric Killough, had grown to love the dogs, too. He joked that he intended to have an
“adoption ceremony” to formalize his relationship with them.

On the wedding day, a groomsman walked Levi and Frank down the aisle to the altar, and there they remained quietly throughout the vows. “They weren’t there because it was cute to have them there,” Anstandig says. “They were there because they belonged there. It would have felt incomplete without them.”

Speak now or forever hold your pooch

Jessica Sempek of Skokie, Ill., encountered some “naysayers who thought it was strange” when the topic of Emmie and Lady Bug being part of the ceremony arose during the planning of her elegant wedding to Scott Stewart last summer. But those voices were quickly silenced.

“We have two of the most amazing girls,” Sempek says. The couple adopted the two mixed-breed Kentucky-born rescues months apart from Heavenly Hearts Rescue of Southeastern Wisconsin.

When the couple — she works for the American Medical Association, he’s a hospice nurse —
exchanged vows, the two dogs were at the altar.  They were walked down the aisle on rhinestone leashes by the groom’s nephew.

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Happy New Year from Vow-wow-wow!

2011 looks to be an exciting year for all of us ‘rescue dogs’ at Vow-wow-wow. We thought we would take this opportunity to wish you, and all of your loved ones, a very happy New Year.

If this is the year that you are going to get married, Congratulations! (English..lol)  Mazel Tov! (Hebrew)  ¡Enhorabuena! (Spanish)  Onnittelut! (Finnish)  Congratulazioni! (Italian)  Félicitations! (French) and Pongezi! (Swahili).

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We invite you come spend some time with us and learn how to include your best friend (canine variety) in your Wedding Ceremony, in your Wedding Celebration, or both. We plan on having all sorts of extremely valuable information about Dogs & Weddings!

Along the way, we hope to introduce you to some of the finest vendors in the Wedding Business – Dog Friendly Wedding Venues, Dog Friendly Destination Venues, and Photographers, Florists, Make Up Artists, Dog Groomers, Dog Trainers, Dog Handlers, and Veterinarians – All Dog Friendly! Of course!

 

We have some very exciting plans for this next year, and when the time is right, we promise you that you will be the first to know about them!

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of our overall blog health ..we’re alive and kicking! !!

Healthy blog!

 
 
 

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on FIRE!

Crunchy numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

Is this the cutest puppy yet? I so want one!

In 2010, there were 11 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 318 pictures uploaded, taking up a total

of 59mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 2nd with 206 views. The most popular post that day was About Us.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, weddingwire.com, mail.yahoo.com, wedding.ebonito.com, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vowwowwow.wordpress.com, vow wow wow, vowwowwow, vowwowwow@wordpress.com, and vowwowwow wordpress.

Attractions in 2010

 

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Slideshow November 2010

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Thank you for helping to launch Vow-wow-wow in 2010, just wait to see what we have in store for you in our dog house for 2011!

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