Video of rescue dog running late for his owners' wedding helps raise money for charity
We speak to the newly-weds whose rescue dog, Elvis, played a huge part in their wedding day...
"We came up with the idea (aided by wine – I must admit) not long after we got engaged. We wanted our ceremony to both be serious and fun at the same time, and we knew we wanted Elvis (our six-year-old Boxer-Labrador cross) to play a lead role as ringbearer. Neither of us wanted to make a 'grand entrance', so we decided Elvis should have that honour, and that's pretty much where it all started.
We shot everything on an iPhone during the two weekends before the wedding itself. Luckily, it all went pretty much to plan. And as one of our friends, who is also Elvis's dog walker, couldn't make it to the wedding because of a family holiday, we invited her to make a cameo appearance at the end.
Once we'd shot the video, we realised we could probably use it to raise a bit of money for Elvis's old rescue shelter – Brysons, in Gateshead, where we adopted him five years ago, when he was an 18-month 'teenager'. Because they're are a small independent shelter, they don't have the fundraising resources of the likes of the bigger animal charities. We're always grateful to them for bringing Elvis into our lives, so we like to try and help out where we can. Plus, it helps to get the word out about the great work they do in matching the right animals to the right people.
The wedding itself was held at Summerhill Bowling Club in Newcastle upon Tyne. We had about 75 guests, plus Elvis, who was there socialising and running around like a loon all day and all evening. Pretty sure he just presumed the whole day was for him!
Since we put the video on Elvis's Facebook page three weeks ago, it's had over 66,000 views, and has raised just over £1,000 for Brysons."
Click below to watch the full video.
If you'd like to donate, simply text Elvi77 £2 (or however much you'd like to donate) to 70070 if you're in the UK, or online by going to Elvis' Just Giving page.