Did you have your dog in your wedding party? (Cute puppy pic included)

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

chrayray :  i wanted to, but she crossed the rainbow bridge two months before our wedding ):she was 13 and beyond the age of needing a handler, so no advice for you there logistically. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper

catskillsinjune :  

Sorry, so  sorry . Losing  them is SO hard  . I mourn my dear  little white dog every day and it is well over over two years now…. 

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Have your pup there. I didn’t and I regret it. Just have someone in charge of the dog who will take him out if he miss behaves (and expect maybe a little mischief – but that’s why we love them right?)

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

It really depends on the dog, and where they’re specifically at in development. I have an almost 10 year old golden retriever. She was high energy and insane at that age. It would have been a disaster. Now she’s an old girl who expects her payment of pets from every single person. She would slowly amble her way along demanding her due from each person in her pets, then would intentionally try to give my FH a hug and rub his pants with her back because she knows it drives him nuts.

Here’s my gorgeous girl Sally:

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Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

chrayray :  Thank you! Also I would have really regretted it if she wasn’t there, she’s our baby. Lots of people laughed at us when we told them we were having her at the wedding. She is quite an anxious dog but we trusted our friend to handle it, so whether you have a friend or hire someone just make sure they understand your baby’s needs 🙂

Post # 22
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Blushing bee

You have to know your dog. I adore dogs and would love to mingle with them at a wedding BUT – for many of them, having to sit and wait around amongst a crowd of strangers would be a boring experience at best and distressing at worst. I think it’s only a select few dogs that enjoy it.

Post # 23
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Helper bee

I think there are things you can do to help prep the pup for your big day. Waiters running around? Introduce her to men in shirts and ties. Lots of guests and noise? Bring her to the neighbourhood block party. Unfamiliar place? Make it familiar, bring her there every weekend or so if you can…

Expose her early and often to things that are likely to startle a dog, you can bombproof a lot of dogs with enough exposure.

My pup used to be terrified of balloons after one blew in the strong wind hard enough to bop him in the head. So, we walked by the realtors’ office every weekend after their open house hours and got the balloons they tied outside to repeatedly bop him. 2 weeks later, balloon proof dog.

Post # 24
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Busy bee

We had our dog there, but he wasn’t at the actual wedding, we kept him in the room. (He’s still young and absolutely LOVES people, he would have been a bull in a china shop)

 

We took pictures with him though. 🙂

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our pup is too rambunctious to have been in the wedding but since we got married at a vacation all rental house she was there with us and in pictures. And I did find her hanging out with my friends later in the night (they snuck her out of her crate!)

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

chrayray :  how cute! You simply must incorporate this puppy into your wedding. Give him a chew toy or a kong stuffed with peanut butter to keep him content for 20 minutes. 

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