Meeting a Shelter Cat: Behavior FAQs
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Our pets play significant roles in our lives—they are roommates, running buddies, hiking partners, companions, and, above all, best friends. Throughout the time that we are blessed to have our pets, chances are, they will be with us through some major milestones.
Even before you are married, pets can already play a role in this happy occasion by being involved with your engagement. However, if you think your four-legged friend may be a little too energetic or unpredictable to be a part of the big ask itself, they could always join in later for engagement photos.
Talk with your photographer about including your pet, and they can help brainstorm some fun and creative ideas. To help your photoshoot go off without a hitch, invite a friend who can take your pet off your hands whenever they are not needed for photos.
You can also consider including your pet in your engagement announcement—a pet engagement announcement, if you will. This can be a fun way to get them involved from the get-go, and it’s a nice compromise if you would like your pet involved but don’t think they are quite ready to be a part of the actual wedding ceremony. If you include your pet in your engagement photos, those could be used for your big announcement. Some pet parents have also done photos with their engagement ring on their pet’s paw.
Having your dog(s) be a part of your big day is a no-brainer for some pet parents. Though that decision may be easy to make, you and your to-be spouse will need to brainstorm which role you’d like your dog to have during your ceremony.
If you previously had your dog before you even began your relationship, then you could consider having them be one of the bridesmaids or groomsmen. They can be dressed up with a little bow tie or ribbon on their collar and walk down the aisle with the other wedding party members.
However, if you and your partner adopted your dog together, you may want them to have a more mutual role. An option could include being the ring bearer. That said, before trusting the safe transport of your wedding bands with your four-legged pal, consider whether your dog is up for this role. Though they may only have the rings on them for a short while, not every canine is quite ready for the responsibility.
Another option is that your best pal can accompany the flower girl(s). You can accessorize them with a floral collar and leash. This is also a great choice if you don’t want your pup to stay at the front for the whole ceremony. After their turn walking down the aisle, they can sit with a trusted friend in the audience.
Suppose your canine is a little too rambunctious to be a part of the wedding party but too nervous around groups of people to sit through the ceremony. In that case there’s another wonderful option to consider—wedding photos. Who doesn’t love dogs in wedding pictures?
Before inviting your dog to be a member of the wedding party, you may want to ask each of your bridesmaids and groomsmen if anyone has a dog allergy. You don’t want a bunch of sneezing attendants during your ceremony!
If having your dog present at your ceremony is not the best option for you and your pup, there are still many ways to have a dog-themed wedding, or at least include dog elements. For instance, you can have dog-themed centerpieces on your reception tables or a cake topper with a dog.
You can even include customized items with your dog’s face. These can be anything your imagination could think of, including cookies with an edible photo, chocolates with specialized wrappings, or party favors that can have a sticker with your pup’s face.
Try including dog paw decorations or naming a cocktail at the reception after your canine friend if you’d prefer more subtle elements. For the bride, you can have custom jewelry with your pup’s name or face etched into it, and for the groom, you can have your socks or pocket square customized with your dog’s face.
It’s no secret that your wedding day can be rather busy and hectic, but your dog will still want to stick to their schedule. While you and your partner will most likely not have time to watch after your dog on your wedding day, there are a few options of what you can do with your pal on your big day.
When you are busy planning your wedding, making plans for your dog may not be at the top of your to-do list, but don’t wait too long to create a plan for your pup.
Since your cat may not be able to be physically present at your wedding ceremony, there are many other fun ways to include them, even if it’s just in spirit. One great way to keep your cat with you throughout your wedding day is to get customized jewelry, socks, or pocket squares with your cat’s face on them. If you are wearing sneakers instead of heels or dress shoes, you can even get those customized as well.
Another fun but subtle item is to include your cat’s photo on the seating chart, guest book, or somewhere on the table centerpieces. Depending upon your feline friend’s personality, you may also find it fitting to draw inspiration from your cat for custom cocktails or specialty desserts.
Apart from the wedding day, one of the other most important life events for couples is having a baby. Adding another member to your family is major news, so it only makes sense that you’d want your four-legged family member to be a part of the big announcement.
Here are three fun ways to include your fur baby in the big announcement that you’ll be welcoming a baby baby.
It can be an amazing experience watching your dog grow up with your baby. Why not begin capturing those memories as early as possible?
If you happen to have a feline family member, it can be fun to include them in your pregnancy announcement too. Three options to consider:
You know your cat best, so if you’d like them included in your pregnancy announcement, first consider their personality and temperament and which option may work best.
Besides weddings and pregnancy announcements, your pet can be a part of many other significant milestones throughout your life. Other life events include:
With pets being such an important part of our lives, it’s nearly a no-brainer for pet parents to want to include their best buds in all their major life events. Keep in mind, though. You don’t need a milestone to have a reason to celebrate life with your pet.
The information presented in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute or substitute for the advice of your veterinarian.