While dog owners around the world probably can't agree on everything doggie-related, there is one thing that's inherently true and undisputed about owning a pup: They're family. This belief is seen in family Christmas cards where German Shepherds don Santa hats next to kiddos decked out in red and green, or on your friend's Instagram posts that claim their dog is "their baby." Mansi Khanna, a New Delhi resident and recent bride, is definitely part of this loyal dog club. So much so, in fact, that she couldn't think of having a wedding without her faithful pooch.
Khanna adopted Sultan, a gorgeous golden retriever, about eight years ago near New Delhi, and he has been a huge part of her life ever since, The Dodo reports. It was only natural that when it came time to plan her wedding, Sultan would be an integral part of it.
"For us, it wasn't even a big deal or a matter of deliberation or contention to have him be there as a part of our special day," she told The Dodo. Khanna even went so far as to make a traditional sherwani for her pup, so that he could fit in with the other guests' colorful garb during the ceremony. "I handpicked the material and had it stitched specially for him. All of us were getting new clothes done, so he had to have his special outfit as well!"
And the inclusion didn't stop there. Sultan even joined the bride and groom in an Indian wedding ritual called the pheras, in which the newlyweds "walk around a holy fire together to symbolize their union."
"Sultan not only took the pheras, he also happily lapped up the leftover yogurt that I had fed Kunal as a part of the ceremony," Khanna told the website. "Basically, at all significant moments, he made his presence and participation felt."
These newlyweds are hoping that their story will inspire more couples to include their pets in the big events that happen in their lives. Because, after all, dogs are family!