How to have a Pawfect Wedding!
You’ve chosen your date, selected flowers and said yes to the dress! Now you’re ready to say your vows in front of your loved ones and that includes your PUP!
Having your pet participate in one of the most important events of your life is a wonderful idea. Why your pup is part of the family! It’s only natural he or she should walk you down the aisle and give you away or be your ring bearer. It is a very exciting time!
However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure your venue allows pets. Some venues only accept them before cocktail hour or dinner is served. Talk to the venue manager ahead of time. Remember, while you may be experiencing wedding jitters on your big day, your pup too can feel nervous. After all, it is a new environment, new scents, new people and noises. Pups are sensitive beings and will also feel your emotion, which means, if you’re nervous, your pooch may be too. How do you help your pooch adjust to the new environment better and take steps to prevent unwanted accidents? Make sure your pooch has a nice long walk in the morning, as exercise will help calm both your nerves! Make sure he is fed and watered at least an hour before the ceremony and again right before. Bring a portable food and water bowl and dry shampoo for great presentation. Who doesn’t want their pooch to look catwalk worthy?
You might even want to hire a professional dog walker to care for your dog before and after the ceremony while you take care of your hair & make-up. This will give you peace of mind so that that you can concentrate on your timeline. A professional dog walker will be relaxed, handle your pooch in a calm manner, taking close attention to exercise, feeding, watering, grooming and attention. Some services even include car service. They bring your loved one to and from the ceremony. Have your pooch indulge in special pampering while you do too!
Make sure to interview your dog walker and make sure they are members of a professional dog walking association. A few associations include, Pet Sitters International (PSI), National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) and Association of Pet Sitting Excellence (ASPE). They should also be bonded and insured.
For more tips on what questions to ask your dog walker read “Hiring a Pet Sitter”. Have a Pawfect Wedding!