My America: We Love Our Pets
My America: We Love Our Pets
November 16, 2019
This week in our My America series, we are reflecting on that love between humans and animals, and how some people are getting very creative in finding new homes for pets.
For example, a couple in Florida decided that bridesmaids carrying puppies would be much better than carrying flower bouquets. Um, YES. I will gladly carry a puppy down an aisle the next time I am a bridesmaid instead of a bouquet.
The Florida newlyweds plan to adopt one of the puppies that took part in the weddinghttps://t.co/kgdtimxOk4
— People Pets (@PEOPLEPets) November 15, 2019
All of the puppies involved were from a single litter at a local shelter.
When Andee and Tina Krasinski got married in Plant City, Florida, on Nov. 11, instead of bouquets, the couple’s bridal party carried rescue puppies down the aisle. The lifelong dog lovers said they wanted their wedding to send a message of support to local dog shelters and rescues.”
“Our animals are our kids … That’s how we look at them,” Tina Krasinksi told “Good Morning America.”
Both Tina and Andee share a love of humans’ best friend. Tina has adopted dogs her whole life, and Andee currently works as the general manager at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota after years of working at dog shelters across the country.”
She contacted Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, a shelter in their area that takes in about 2,000 rescues every year.”
What the shelter offered her was exactly what she was looking for and more.”
“It was very serendipitous … me contacting them and them just so happening to have 10 puppies from the same litter,” Andee said.”
The litter had been born just five weeks prior with the “bluest eyes” Andee had ever seen on baby dogs. The couple emphasized that, for the most part, the puppies were well-behaved during the ceremony.”
“Only one bridesmaid got peed on,” Andee laughed, “and it was just her hand.”
Why not let this become a trend in weddings? Maybe not everyone will opt for puppies instead of bouquets, but everyone has to admit that a pet-cuddling session would definitely be a plus at a wedding reception.
— Priscilla Aguirre (@CillaAguirre) November 15, 2019
Animal shelters are working very hard at reaching out via social media to promote their pets who are available for adoption. And sometimes, pets go viral.
"Perfectly healthy" rescue puppy named Narwhal has a surprising physical feature that makes him extra special.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 13, 2019
The best example of pets going viral in recent memory is the story of Quilty the cat. Quilty is an escape artist, and was living at Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption, located at a in Houston, whose Facebook post about his antics made news.
Quilty’s shenanigans turned into viral gold, resulting in the animal shelter creating t-shirts (by demand of the public) and hundreds of adoption applications for one cat. Quilty has found a new home, but the organization is capitalizing on his notoriety and hoping to find more homes for other pets.
Anyone still hoping to adopt Quilty? (The answer is yes, because we've heard it from LITERALLY ALL OF YOU…)
In America, we love our pets. They become part of our homes and lives, with their personalities and their antics, and even though they live much shorter lives than humans do – and break our hearts when they leave us – we continue to be devoted to them. One of the unique qualities of America is how we treat pets. Unlike other cultures, we actively try to rescue strays, we take them into our homes, and we don’t eat certain animals. Americans recognize that some pets need to work or have specific active needs, and some just need to be cuddled. And given the multitude of services now devoted to pet care in this country, we have decided it is worth the cost. So, go hug a puppy, pet a good dog, or be ignored by a cat. It’s the American thing to do.
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