Wedding trend: Here comes the bride (and her dog)

Dr. Egon Spengler, a pug, was in a 2012 wedding for owners Robert Leonard and Erica Poff. (Courtesy Robert Leonard)

WASHINGTON — Of course you want your best friends at your wedding – so what if they bark?

“Whatever the plans were going to be, Egon — he had to be involved.”

Robert Leonard of Alexandria is referring to his pug, Dr. Egon Spengler. Named for Harold Ramis’ character in Ghostbusters, he was first set to be the ring bearer.

“But he’s not stable enough for that, ” laughed Leonard. “He would just run around and climb on someone’s leg.”

So, Egon became the head usher.

More and more couples are having their pets participate in their weddings.

“We have thousands of wedding postings on our site and we see pets in weddings all the time,” says Jamie Miles, editor of the wedding website The Knot. “So I can definitely speak to you of it being a trend and on the rise.”

Virginia Lawyer Joe Shannon says he and his fianc


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