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21 dog couples tie the knot in Beijing wedding ceremony

The wedding of 21 dog couples in Beijing was organized by the makers of the Smack Talk smartphone app.

By Ben Hooper
21 dog couples tie the knot in Beijing wedding ceremony
The 21 dogs and their owners from the "collective pet wedding" in Beijing. Photo courtesy of Smack Talk

BEIJING, April 13 (UPI) -- A cavalcade of canines dressed in their formal finest gathered in Beijing for an event billed as the city's first-ever 'collective pet wedding.'

The Sunday event, presided over by Shi Kangning, secretary-general of the Committee of Wedding Service Industries, featured 21 dog couples -- many clad in canine-size dresses and tuxedos -- trotting down the aisle to receive their marriage licenses.

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Several of the happy couples and their owners arrived at the ceremony in lavish vehicles, including a BMW convertible and a stretch Hummer limousine.

"I have attended many weddings before, but this is the first time I've ever been to such a large-scale collective pet wedding. Looking at these lovely pets getting married and listening to their stories, I was really moved," said a pet owner and wedding guest identified as Ms. Li.

The wedding was organized by the makers of the Smack Talk app, a social networking platform for pets and their owners.

"The idea of a collective wedding came about from our previous communication and research with users," Smack Talk chief executive officer Zhang Zhongshan said. "This is our first try, and we want to take the opportunity to continually promote the development of the pet industry, improve the social lives of our pets and allow them to enjoy egalitarian treatment."

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