As the Huffington Post reports, “Nine pairs of police sniffer dogs dressed in shawls, hats and socks were placed on a decorated platform like those used in traditional Buddhist weddings in the ceremony Monday in the central town of Kandy.” Dog weddings aren’t just for crazy old rich ladies anymore!
The ceremony attracted massive publicity, probably because the last time someone saw a wedding this adorable, it was because a kitten married a hamster. Police even had the dogs carried away in decorated vehicles to their “honeymoons” — where we can only speculate that went to a fancy pet palace full of unlimited kibbles, brand-new chew toys and plenty of places to poop.
But the wedding ceremony also courted serious criticism from many Sri Lankans who thought it undermined traditional wedding rituals. Apparently, it’s not a Sri Lankan wedding tradition for the bride and groom to sniff each others’ butts during the service.
The reason for the marriages went far beyond the fact that the masses thought it would be cute to play dress up with puppies. The police are aiming to breed drug sniffing dogs locally in Sri Lanka rather than having to continue to import them from the Netherlands at a hefty price.
We wish the dogs long, happy marriages because if there’s one thing that could be more blasphemous to the sanctity of marriage than a doggy wedding, it’s a doggy divorce.