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Wedding Planning: Including Pets in Wedding Ceremonies

Posted on April 10, 2018 under Dog Articles

We’ve all heard the wedding tradition for a happy marriage: something old, something new, something borrowed, something furry. That’s right, furry. A wedding is an important event for family and friends to celebrate, including four-legged family. Weddings are stressful, but with a little bit of planning including your best four-legged friend in the nuptials is easy with these ideas.

The Engagement

Before the big day, many couples include their pets in their engagement photos in fun and creative ways. Your engagement photos, engagement announcement and save the date cards will be that much more special and personal if your pet is included. The hardest part will be preventing your pet from stealing the spotlight. See how these pets did just that in this Pet Weddings” gallery by theknot.com. Your pet is probably used to posing for your camera, but make sure that the setting for the photo shoot is safe for your pet. This includes indoor and outdoor settings.

The Ceremony

As the big day approaches, decide what role the pet will play. Some pets play a large role in the ceremony and serve as best canine or best feline. Other pets are honored to be the ring bearer or walk the bride down the aisle. Be creative and make sure your pet’s collar or leash match the colors of your wedding. Bridesmaids shouldn’t have all the fun dressing up, so get a color coordinated satin bow tie for your cat or dog. Remember to be careful and ensure any accessories are safe and do not pose a choking hazard.

Keep Your Guests Comfortable

Keep in mind that not all animals will be suited to participate in the ceremony, so consider how your pet reacts to strangers and unfamiliar situations. Read these couples’ stories on how they accomplished including their dogs in their weddings. Also, consider whether your human guests will be comfortable around your pet. Regardless of the role in the ceremony, make sure that you include your pet in the rehearsal. This will help ensure everything goes smoothly. Also, don’t forget to check with the venue to make sure pets are allowed.

If your pet is not part of the ceremony, your furry friend can still be in the audience or make a special appearance for photos. Either way, make sure to have someone to handle your pet before, during and after the ceremony. That also includes making sure your pet has food and water. It’s best to have someone who is familiar with your pet to keep them comfortable. Consider asking a guest that your pet already knows or a favorite pet sitter to help on your special day.

Including your pet in your wedding can be fun and special but remember that every animal is different. You should decide whether your pet is sufficiently trained to be in attendance. Positive reinforcement training can help significantly in training your pup for the big day. Getting married is a special event and its only natural that you would want to include your dog or cat, but make sure that it is the right decision based on what’s best for your pet.

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Pets Best Pet Health Insurance is available to residents of Virginia. For more information, visit www.petsbest.com or pick up a Pets Best brochure on your next visit to Little Creek Veterinary Clinic

 

 

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     We can’t say it enough:  pet insurance can be a lifesaver when a medical crisis and financial hardship intersect.  For Virginians, the good news is, there are at least 6 pet insurance companies registered to provide coverage in this state.  The flip side to such a large offering is that it is up to pet owners to research the companies and their available plans, in order to make the best choice.

(Pets Best Insurance reveals its Top 5 Costliest Pet Insurance Claims)

     Veterinarian Frances Wilkerson has dedicated her website, Pet Insurance University, to sorting through the pet insurance providers for you.  (Find a list of reviewed companies under the Research Library heading in the left margin.)

     Make no mistake:  You still have to read the information provided, as well as contact the companies for premium quotes, but many questions have been researched for you.  Dr. Wilkerson recommends looking for these components when choosing pet insurance:

  • Coverage for cancer
  • Coverage for chronic disease
  • Continual coverage for chronic diseases
  • Coverage for hereditary and congenital diseases
  • Coverage for medical conditions common to your pet’s breed and species¹

Dr. Wilkerson also provides links to organizations which can provide financial assistance to pet owners, based on specific guidelines.  Emergency financial assistance may be your best option if you are unable to purchase pet insurance.

     Don’t wait for an emergency to arise – check out your insurance options today.  ~~  Jen

¹Practice Insights, Vol.1, No.1; Pet Insurance 411

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This article was originally posted on May 17, 2011. 

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A cat that dials 911.  A pig that won’t budge until its owner gets help.   A Dachshund that prevents an explosion.

We never get tired of reading about the heroic actions of our favorite companions.  Studies indicate that pet owners live longer and may be healthier than people who don’t own pets.  But some animals provide more than simple companionship:  they demonstrate near-human intelligence to warn, guide, defend, and bring help to their owners.

You can read about these stories at Readers’ Digest online, at Pets Best Insurance online, and over at PawNation.com.

 

Do you know of a heroic pet or one that showed uncommonly good sense?  Tell us about it!  ~~  Jen

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