It was a case of puppy love when two pampered pooches went walkies down the aisle for their canine wedding ceremony.
Some may think it’s barking, but three-year-old Lhasa Apso cross Rufus and Lady, a two-year-old Cavachon, were ‘married’ by unofficial animal registrar Ann Clark.
Rufus’ proud owner Beccy Haywood and George Michael and Graham Riley, who have Lady as a pet, attended the service at Brindleyplace - a ceremony organised by Birmingham’s Free Radio.
Both mutts were dressed like dogs’ dinners. Rufus sported a suit and top hat, and Lady a wedding dress with diamond collar and veil.
George, a flight attendant from Sutton Coldfield, said: “Lady looked absolutely beautiful, the groomers did a fantastic job.”
The pair of pooches found each other at a dog speed dating event. They’ve even had a couple of dates together, first to a restaurant, then the cinema to watch - what else - Lady and the Tramp, before the big day.
“It was just a bit of fun at the beginning,” added George. “She’s quite an outgoing dog. She loves fuss and dressing up, she’s got a whole array of dresses.
“We couldn’t have picked a better partner for Lady, Rufus is adorable.
“He’s quiet and gentle, she’s a typical Lady, a diva - they balance each other out.” With a tail like that, ‘wag’ would’ve been a better description.
The pair seemed a tad miffed, however, that they didn’t get to exchange bones. Mum-of-two Beccy, from Great Barr, admitted the wedding was “a bit mad” but said Rufus and the whole family enjoyed the process.
She added: “It’s just a bit of fun for Rufus who’s been spoiled and fussed, and it’s good for the children.”
After the emotion service, the couple shared a tender moment at a nearby lamppost.
Becki Dorman veterinary nurse and practice manager of event sponsors, Your Vets Solihull, said: “It was really good fun and I thought all the dogs were very well behaved.
“If pets don’t want to wear the outfits, they will pull it off.
“All the dogs were wagging their tails at each other. I think clients nowadays, particularly with smaller breeds, treat them more like they are their children.
“We get a lot of clients who buy them posh shampoos, and the nail varnishes and hair bits.
“It’s just a fad that’s going round.”
Now the big day is over, the owners have pledged keep the newly weds in regular contact with each other.
And could there soon be the pitter patter of tiny paws?
“Unfortunately there will be no puppies as both were neutered before they met,” explained George,
“But they can always adopt!”