It’s a dog’s wife: Glad wags for new bride

IT MUST be puppy love.

Two rescue dogs will exchange bow-wow vows next week in a wedding ceremony that’s sure to set tongues, and quite a few tails, wagging.

It may sound barking mad, but best friends Sophie and George will go ‘walkies’ on all fours up the red carpet in Co Cork on Tuesday, before yelping “I do”.

Sophie is a six-year-old Bull Mastiff, while husband-to-be George is a two-year-old French Mastiff with a touch of arthritis. Sophie will wear a white dog coat with lace frills and a simple bow, while George will wear a fitted cream waistcoat and dickie bow.

It is not known yet if the groom will be invited to kiss the slobbering bride after the ceremony, or simply lick her wrinkled face.

The Cork Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG) — the charity organising the event — hopes the stunt will raise much-needed funds as it prepares to move from Doneraile to new premises in mid-Cork.

DAWG volunteer Trish Gravina, who fostered Sophie and George eight weeks ago, says the ceremony will be stress-free to ensure their welfare.

“This will not be a circus. It will be a very short and simple event. It’s about raising money for the charity,” she said, adding that the dogs are great friends, having lived together before marriage. They just hang out together. They are very relaxed and love people,” she said.

They will tie the knot in The Pantry restaurant’s courtyard in Midleton between 11am and noon on Tuesday. Guests have been asked not to bring their dogs to the ceremony.

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