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One week ago today, I beamed – #likeahalogen – watching two therapy dogs take their “bow wow vows” on the most romantic day of the year…

Therapy dogs Jazz and Murph take center stage as their “muttramony pawty” surrounds them in St. Luke’s Chapel at MUSC in Charleston, SC. (Photos by Sarah Pack)

Months ago I started planning a prelude to our Annual Pet Therapy Valentine’s Day Parade. Before I knew it a canine wedding ceremony in a chapel, complete with a bridal pawty, live music and a fund raiser for a local shelter was born.

It evolved beyond my wildest dreams. For weeks medical personnel talked about coming. The I.T. staff made it possible for patients to watch, via live stream capability. University medical students were gathering in the library and study halls to view it together.

Enjoy excerpts from a creative article written by Helen Adams (editorial staff at MUSC)…


The gentle jokes were as plentiful as the wagging tails at the “Bow Wow Vows,” a Valentine’s Day fundraiser for Charleston Animal Society.

Jazz and Murph, pet therapy dogs who visit patients at MUSC Health to cheer them up, were “tying the leash for a cause,” the program proclaimed. The bride and groom made their way to the altar in St. Luke’s Chapel on the MUSC campus after a “muttramony pawty” of seven other dogs led the way.

Wedding guests looked delighted throughout the ceremony, snapping phone pics and beaming as the chaplain asked if the dogs took each other as their “fur-ever furry beloved.” Dogs, in wedding attire, seemed to enjoy it too – although the bride and groom looked ready for a nap at times, lying down as the chaplain spoke.

Here’s a look at some highlights from the event put together by Cathy Bennett, Therapy Dog Program coordinator at MUSC Health, and her team.

Packed pews: As many people turned out to see the dog wedding as you’d see at a human wedding – if not more…

The bride wears a veil and a heart symbolizing her bond to fellow therapy dog Murph...

Jazz and Murph with their humans, Pam Diehl and Kitty Sanderson, pose for wedding photos after the Valentine’s Day ceremony at MUSC. …


It was love at first sniff ❤️

  • Tails Around the Ranch
    February 21, 2020

    That’s one of the coolest events I’ve ever seen to benefit a animal society and a clever take on Valentine’s Day. Bravo, Cathy! You did a pawsome job! It looked like effurry-one had a great time.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 21, 2020

      Super fun girlfriend, watching everyone get so excited as the day got closer was the real high for me. Get moral booster for the medical staff.