[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 13 July 2007, 12:58 GMT 13:58 UK
Farm offers 'weddings' for pets
Collie Freida in last year's ceremony
Collie Freida "married" Oscar, the father of her puppies, last year
A farm in the Staffordshire Moorlands is offering pet "weddings" for people who want their dog, cat or farmyard animal to get married to its mate.

Endon-based Fine Feathers started offering the service after it hosted a ceremony for two of its own dogs.

Freida, a Collie, and the father of her puppies Oscar held their wedding in August 2006. It was attended by the farm's goats, sheep and horses.

The ceremonies, which include a cake and a minister, cost from 100.

Celebrate unions

It is thought to be one of the first services of its kind in the country.

The farm's owners said they had already booked in seven animal weddings at the venue.

Sarie Goldstraw, who runs the farm, said: "One of the things that I've found is that if people are getting married and they both have a dog then if they are all going to have to live together, which includes the dogs.

"We therefore have a service to celebrate those people's unions and that of the pets also in the home."

Vicar defends animals' 'wedding'
19 Aug 04 |  Gloucestershire


Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific