Post # 1
So I wrote a post about this on my site [see it for the full details]] , but I wanted to ask a few other bride to bes what you think.
I really want to include my puppy in my wedding. He’s super laid back and really behaved, but has a knack for…urinating on everything. So even though he would be so laid back, i worry he might actually pee on the guests! But we don’t have a ring bearer and he’s such a big part of our lives. Should we spend some more time and money training him?
I know, not a huge, serious, life changing dilemma, but i’m sort of torn!
Post # 3
We made the decision to not include our dogs. Even though our location allows pets and we would have loved to have them there, it was really better that they were not. The biggest reasoning behind it is that the dogs don’t really care that it is our wedding. The ammount of people and confusion would just terrorize our dogs and having to appoint someone to watch them would be a huge task in itself. We want everyone to have fun at the wedding.
It is your choice but remember the choice needs to be what is the best choice for your furbaby.
Post # 4
Well, do you know for sure that none of your guests have a pet allergy? That is the first thing I’d consider. Obviously you don’t want to cause a problem for anyone there. If that’s not an issue, then maybe include him in the ceremony and see about having someone bring him home afterward. That would eliminate the chances that he may pee on someone. And that way you will still have included him, and gotten cute pictures with him. I just wouldn’t want my puppy to pee on anyone, some people have no patience for that, and some guests will be wearing expensive shoes/clothes, that could be bad.
Post # 5
Hi there! 🙂 I’m glad you are on the boards now… I hope its not because I was all presumptuous about it! 😉
About your dog – I honestly think it might be too much stress for you and your dog. Have you thought about doing an engagement shoot with him, or even some photos with him at the wedding? kjpugs has some precious wedding pictures of her with her dogs! That way you don’t have to worry so much about him acting up or bothering your guests.
Post # 6
We had our dogs in our wedding…as ring bearers. They dont have peeing problems, but all we did was, when it was time, have them walk down the aisle, say hello to Darling Husband at the altar, then get escorted out of the church ot an AC’d waiting room until the ceremony was over. Then someone drove them home for us. They were included, but not overwhelmed. If you are worried about him peeing on someone, designate someone special to walk them down the aisle on his leash!
Also keep in mind-our dogs are VERY comfortable around groups of people, children, etc, and dont mind being the center of attention. They ATE IT UP. But some dogs might panic and get stressed out over it. We didnt give them the opportunity to mingle with the guests, so we didnt worry about allergies or anything. Here they are 🙂
Post # 7
You could always go ahead and spend the time training them. If things get better and as it gets closer to the wedding then maybe you could included them. However, if you think its going to be a burden you should just go without a ring bearer.
Post # 8
I was the “dog walker” at my sister’s wedding.I was in charage of making sure he was not jumpming on everyone or peeing. ( yikes) It was a great idea having him there, and I do love the dog, but he did get a little crazy. He knocked over my sister’s dad and started barking before the ceremony. So I walked the dog up the aisle then out the door for the ceremony. They waited for me to get back with out the dog to start. I would suggested having a “dog walker” if you want your pups there for your big day. 🙂
Post # 9
I would love to have our dogs at our wedding, but we’re getting married on the beach, so I think it might be too hot because we’re getting married on the beach in Florida. (Especially after I had to take care of one of them getting overheated last week). I’m still considering it maybe, just having 1 there (the first one we got) and not all 3.
As far as the stress of the situation, it depends on the dog. My dogs are used to crowds (I do agility and conformation with them), so it wouldn’t phase them. But it could be overwhelming for some dogs.
And for the peeing situation, there’s always belly-bands!