Thursday, August 20, 2009

Love Your Pet? Marry It!


There's someone for everyone they say, and for some, that special partner may not be a human one. Many people are more attached to their pets than they are to the humans in their lives, and for them there's an option. Marry Your Pet.com.

The website is the brain child of Dominique Lesbirel, an English freelance writer based in the Netherlands and Marco de Boer, a graphic designer with a gender-confused, female cat named Thomas.

It's altogether possible that they might not be just about validating the feelings of people who love their pets more than they do people - the site sells wedding packages for those who want to marry their pets. Go for the economical wedding and you will receive a marriage certificate, choose the big wedding and get a matching Tee-shirt and embroidered plaque.

Well, people have been known to name pets in their wills and even leave vast fortunes to them. Might as well spend some money on them now. But marrying your pet isn't any less complicated it seems than marrying anyone else. The site lists the rules and responsibilities of pet marriage in its disclaimer.


Please note that by marrying your pet he/she may be entitled to half your house and all your income. You are not allowed to mistreat your pet in any way. You cannot make him pick up your pants, put up with your nostril hair or use him as a general dogsbody - even if he is indeed a dog. You may not get excessively fat. You may not embarrass your pet at any time. Marriage is for life or until your contract expires.


There's no indication that they have any way of policing adherence to such rules as "you may not get excessively fat" but thankfully, they do indicate that the marriage certificate does not confer conjugal rights. It's important to say it, even if you don't mean it or can't enforce it.

If you've been looking for a way to show your love for a furry companion and throw away some money at the same time, then MarryYourPet.com is made just for you.


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