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Cats and Dogs in your Wedding Ceremony
Many couples already have kids. Many couples have human children and others have animal children. If you didn't already know, they are equally important to their parents! We have unity ceremonies for families and then we have some options for pet parents. Taylor Mali's Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog is perfect for dog lovers. No one performs it like Taylor Mali himself but many have done the poem justice.
I met a couple who loves cats. The groom had a habit of rescuing cats. So, I decided to write something about cats for their wedding. We've use it more than one. Here it is:
I have a few closing words for you about love. In my quest to bring these pearls of wisdom into your everyday lives I thought comparing love to Cats and quotes about them would be appropriate.
First, “There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.”
That could also be said about love.
“With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?”
Keeping this in mind, as a married couple, your home will not always be clean, patience can run thin, affection may wane and dignity can sometimes be stepped on. Good thing you aren’t asked to be cats - you are simply asked to be human, trying your best, putting love first and forgiving and moving on.
“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
That’s a great lesson to learn from a cat!
“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."
Take time to remember when you first fell in love you also worshiped each other - it may come in handy!
“A meow massages the heart “
And lastly, "No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." -Abraham Lincoln
How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog
by Taylor Mali
First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Somethimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!
Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block
and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions
at once, or wind itself around and around you
until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.
Mali. Taylor. “How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog.” What Learning Leaves. Write Bloody Books.
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