‘Best dog’ may just steal spotlight at weddings

 Most of us agree the bride is the major attraction at a wedding. Of course some of us may have some additional thoughts about that statement.  Attending a recent wedding we listened to comments from guests about the beauty of the bride, the beauty of her dress and the colors she had chosen for the ceremony.
Maybe it was just a male thing, but my ears picked up some other comments and in my mind seemed to agree with my thoughts about  “just the bride.” Several other members of the wedding party appeared to capture near-equal attention as the bride. For example, the little flower girls dressed in adult-like finery and perfect hair styles capture a lot of smiles and commentary from nearly every attendee. The same holds true for the young bow-tied and suit-jacketed ring bearer as he nervously shuttled down the aisle after his mother earlier had given him a confidence-building word of encouragement. And of course, that sigh of relief from both of them when after the “job was completed” he was able to go sit with his parents.
Now don’t interpret this as being disrespectful, but all (including the bride and groom) had smiles on their faces as the next member of the wedding party made his appearance. The final member of the wedding party -- a dog belonging to the bride and groom -- came down the aisle. The dog was on a leash of pearls and sported a colorful scarf around his neck proclaiming him “Best Dog.”
It’s going to be difficult for us to report on this wedding when “Best Dog” seemed to capture our biggest smile.
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An old timer gave us a word of advice when the Betterhalf and I were hitched. He said: “When a man and woman become one, the trouble starts when they try to decide which one!”
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Many legitimately are beginning to claim the United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Two million federal employees take orders from 4,000 political appointees. Dysfunction is baked into the structure of the thing: the subordinates know their bosses will be replaced every four or eight years and that the direction of their enterprises might change overnight with an election, or a war or some other political event.
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A few girls would like to remain single, but most of them would rather knot.

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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