Animals

Yappily Ever After: Dog "Wedding" Helps Homeless Pets

Friends use doggy nuptials to raise funds for their local animal shelter.


When Linda Mulzet met her neighbors Dillon and Tyler out dog-walking, it started a great friendship, and not just among the humans. It also apparently kindled a love affair between their pets.

Zelda Fitzgerald (Linda's 2 year old Morkie) and Cooper Dillingham Wilson (Dillon & Tyler's 2 year old Yorkie) are getting married June 28!

The dogs will become "pawfully wedded" at the apartment complex where both families live in Wexford, outside of Pittsburgh. That pun and the event hashtag #YappliyEverAfter were Linda's brainstorms and are just the start of the fun that's planned.

"Zelda and Cooper are sooo much alike. They have been friends for about 6 months," wrote Linda. "We walk them together almost every day and they have play dates." The three pet parents started joking about the dogs getting married, and the idea grew into a wedding fundraiser to benefit the nearby no-kill animal shelter, Animal Friends . That's Zelda, above, and Cooper below.

The actual "ceremony" will take place at the apartment complex's new dog park, and the "reception" will be outside in the complex's courtyard. There will be vows. Cooper has a tux. Zelda has a wedding gown and veil, and the four-legged maid of honor and bridesmaids will have dresses too.

Everyone is getting into the spirit, knowing that the monetary "gifts" for the newly married couple will benefit homeless animals. The property management company, Management at Village Green , is donating the tents, tables and chairs for the reception. The complex's trash service, Valet Living is donating the food and drinks. Bradford Hills Veterinary Hospital is donating a cookie table (if you're not familiar, this is a Pittsburgh tradition) and free vaccination cards.

"We are looking forward to a very fun time. It's a great community!" Linda Mulzet

Despite the invitation at the top of this post, the guest list must be limited to residents of the apartment complex and friends and family. But "You're Invited" to join them in supporting Animal Friends (click here ).

Stay tuned - Linda has promised us pictures from the wedding and reception!

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