58: A Wedding Gone to the Dogs

58: A Wedding Gone to the Dogs

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride

A Wedding Gone to the Dogs

I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren’t certain we knew better.

~George Bird Evans, Troubles with Bird Dogs

My brother-in-law and his fiancée were getting married in a beautiful park in upstate New York. Their wedding plans were a little different from most couples, to say the least. They arranged to have their two dogs, Sadie and Clarence, attired in wedding garb. Our daughters, then six and eight, were asked to escort the dogs down a narrow walkway covered in rose petals to the waiting bride and groom, who would be standing inside a pristine gazebo.

The wedding day arrived, and things seemed to be off to a good start as Sadie, draped in a gown of flowers, sauntered down the aisle led by our younger daughter. She took a seat in the front row as Sadie, her tongue hanging out of the side of her mouth, obediently situated herself beside the radiant bride. Impressed guests nodded happily.

Next came our older daughter leading a tuxedo-clad Clarence down the aisle. As Clarence got closer and closer to his master, his eyes focused on Sadie as she sat staring in his direction. Before our daughter knew what was happening, Clarence broke free, charging toward his canine bride-to-be faster than a bull released from a bullpen. Reaching Sadie, Clarence tenderly pressed his nose against Sadie’s. The wedding guests gasped in unison. The bride and groom exchanged anxious glances while the minister attempted to take control.

“Friends, originally we were all invited here today to witness the union of two special human beings in Holy Matrimony. But as we all know, life is full of unexpected surprises. Surprise can be a good thing. Marriage should be filled with unexpected surprises, as Sadie and Clarence have shown us today. So, let’s admit that this wedding has gone to the dogs… and have a doggone good time!”

The air filled with joyful laughter as my brother-in-law and his fiancée exchanged wedding vows and kisses. At their feet, Sadie and Clarence looked on.

~Mary Z. Smith

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