Tag Archives: Pets

Pawfect Pups

Who says dogs are only man’s best friends?  These days a loyal canine can be a bride’s best friend, as well.  The trend of including pups in a wedding ceremony has been on the rise.  Embraced by celebrities such as Gisele Bundchen, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson, puppy participation has created a whole new market for both the bridal and pet industries.

Carrie chose a pink tux for her Min Pin, Ace.

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz included Pete's bulldog in their celebration.

A bow tie collar gets Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell's puppy pal ready for their wedding.

Whether you want your pup to be a bridesmaid, a groomsman, or simply an honored guest, there are plenty of wedding wardrobe options to get your canine companion dressed for the occasion.

 

Priced at $19.95, Saratoga Springs pet boutique, Sloppy Kisses, offers an affordable option for your puppy princess --- img courtesy of sloppykissesofsaratoga.com

 

A fun choice for the humorous couple -- courtesy of zazzle.com

Canine couture -- courtesy of myuptownpooch.com

Your dog will look dapper in a tuxedo style -- courtesy of Posh Pet Glamour Boutique

Keep it simple and affordable with a cute bow tie --courtesy of doggieclothesline.com

A sweet scarf for your ring bearing pooch -- courtesy of doggieclothesline.com

Rest in Peace Toby…meet Miss Penny…

First of all, I realize that I haven’t updated this in quite some time.  Things have just been a little hectic and I hadn’t gotten around to posting anything.  Luckily, as a commuter student with relatively large gaps between classes, I have plenty of time to sit in FIT’s Gladys Marcus Library and pen something for posting.  So, here I go.

Last week, my dog, Toby, passed away.  It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through.  Toby had been with me for eight years and was, and always will be, my best friend.

RIP Toby: 2002-2010

My mom and I decided that we’d wait to get a new dog until after Thanksgiving time.  But, without Toby, the house was just too lonely.  After an exploratory search at the North Shore Animal League‘s shelter in Port Washington, my boyfriend, Joey, and I found a tiny Toby lookalike named Perry.  Perry was sweet and affectionate, albeit slightly nervous, and I decided he was meant for me.  I pledged to come back with my mother so she could approve of the choice.

Little Perry...hope he went to a good home!

Unfortunately, by the time we got back to North Shore Animal League America, Perry had already been adopted.  No other dogs seemed to fit the bill.  Then, as we were walking out, Joey caught sight of one of the associates carrying a tiny dog.  She had been shipped up from Mississippi, where larger dogs are preferred, and was just being brought out to a cage for the first time after North Shore’s vets had spayed her.  Long story short, the little Min Pin mix came home with us that day.  Her name is Penny and she’s 10 weeks old and only 3 pounds!  Toby would’ve loved her.

Penny!

Pretty in Pink, Pt. I – Carrie & Mike Get Married

Celebrity Wedding Profile:  Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher

Who:  Carrie Underwood, darling songstress of the country music scene, and Mike Fisher, center for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators

What:  A wedding celebration tickled with pink

When: July 10, 2010

Where: Georgia’s Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation Resort – ceremony in a white tent on the lawn, reception in the ballroom

Why:  “We could not feel more blessed to have found each other.” – Carrie & Mike, as told to People Magazine

 

The Newlyweds -- photo courtesy of People Magazine

Ever since she found success on American Idol’s stage, I have been a big Carrie Underwood fan.  From her catchy music to her trademark rhinestone-studded microphone, everything about her screams sheer femininity and Southern charm.  Carrie is the kind of celebrity everyone roots for, so, when it was announced that she and Canadian hockey star, Mike Fisher, were to wed, I immediately looked forward to the celebration!  After checking out the recap of the event, which was held on the tenth of July, I was not disappointed.   This has been one of my favorite celebrity weddings of late!

For such a high-profile celebrity as Carrie, the wedding itself had a humble charm despite the reported 5,000 crystals that were present in the decor.  While surely expensive, the ceremony and following reception were stunning and elegant without being over-the-top and tacky as many celeb weddings so often are.  The affair was dotted with a number of personal details that illustrated the love between Carrie and Mike – things like painted hockey pucks that served as name cards with table assignments and the reading of favorite biblical passages during the ceremony itself.

Escort cards accompanied by painted hockey pucks -- image courtesy of People Magazine

Carrie wore a Monique Lhuillier gown for the ceremony that most definitely suited her soft, girlie style.  While the dress was a little too frilly and reminiscent of a cupcake for my tastes, Carrie most definitely wore it well and it reflected her personality quite accordingly.  Despite my lack of excitement about the gown itself, I love, love, loved the party dress which was another Monique Lhuillier confection.  This number was flirty, feminine, and perfect for dancing the night away.  To complement Carrie’s wedding wardrobe, bridesmaids were clad in floor length blush colored gowns.

Carrie's Ceremony Dress -- courtesy of People Magazine

Carrie's Party Dress -- courtesy of People Magazine

Carrie's sisters, Shanna & Stephanie, in their bridesmaid dresses -- courtesy of People Magazine

Other details of the wedding reception included a beautiful tiara that Mike gave Carrie as a wedding present, a ballroom swathed in crystals and the color pink, a cupcake tower as opposed to a traditional cake, and my favorite detail of all: Ace, Carrie’s Miniature Pinscher, who walked down the aisle clad in a pink tux adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Carrie's tiara -- courtesy of People Magazine

Cupcakes furnished by IveyCake Bakery in Tennessee -- courtesy of People Magazine

Ace all dressed up for the wedding -- courtesy of People Magazine