A woman’s desire to marry her dog … was this another article that made fun of “crazy dog people”? A closer look at a current one New York Times Feature (in the Weddings section no less) revealed a lot more. The setup: Lilly Smartelli always wanted a “big Italian wedding”, but with no prospects and a health prognosis of “a good year or two”, she decided to symbolically marry Bernie, her dog.
An excerpt from the New York Times Article by Vincent M. Mallozzi:
Lilly Smartelli dreams of marrying her best friend on Valentine’s Day.
“Bernie and I were looking for the right wedding location to host our big Italian wedding,” said Ms. Smartelli, 55, who lives in Phoenix.
Ms. Smartelli marks February 14th on her calendar, not as a romantic holiday, but as a day marked by comfort, happiness and a different kind of true love.
She found all of these things in Bernie, who happens to be one of the main characters in a book she published herself in October last year called “The $ 5 Dog Wedding”.
He’s a dog too.
“By symbolically marrying Bernie, I was able to draw attention to organ donor groups and local animal shelters that are under-funded,” Ms. Smartelli said between labored breaths.
So, your potential big day will serve as a moment to raise awareness about the two causes that are close to your heart. “It’s all fun,” she said.
“I know I will never be married, but I would still love to experience the kind of wedding, even if it is a fake wedding that I have dreamed of since childhood.”
“I can’t think of anyone in the world who loves me more than Bernie …” said Ms. Smartelli.
The article celebrates the essence of Valentine’s Day – the importance of love, sharing life with those who matter most to you, and following your heart. It’s also a tribute to good deeds as Smartelli wants to raise awareness about organ donation and emergency shelter support. We wish her and Bernie the best of luck.