Pedro and Poppy, two retired racing greyhounds waiting for their forever homes, were guests of honour at a wedding.

Dog loving couple Alice and Phil Sutcliffe tied the knot at Parklands, Quendon Hall, with the two surprise attendees on their guest list.

Alice and Phil wanted to celebrate their vows a little differently by inviting two retired racing greyhounds from the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) to be part of their special day.

“Greyhounds have been part of my family’s life for over 20 years”, said Alice, who grew up with the breed.

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“We wanted our guests will see what wonderful and gentle dogs they are.

“We also wanted to use the wedding to promote the work of the Retired Greyhound Trust, to raise awareness of the charity and the dogs who need homes.”

The RGT is a national charity dedicated to finding loving homes for greyhounds when their racing days are over.

Pedro and Poppy, two homeless hounds from the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire branch – the Greyhoundhomer kennels in Start Hill, Bishop’s Stortford – were the lucky ones chosen to attend the ceremony on August 26.

The dogs were the made to feel very welcome at the nuptials, and were even provided with bow ties especially for the occasion.

They attracted a lot of attention at Parklands and, as well as raising a toast to the happy couple, guests also managed to raise more than £150 for the RGT with donations and a “Guess the Length of the Speeches” sweep.

Elaine Shephard, lead volunteer from the Herts and Beds branch of the RGT, made sure that Pedro and Poppy were on their best behaviour.

“It’s not every day you get invited to bring some dogs to a wedding,” she said.

“Pedro and Poppy were good as gold and proved to be popular guests at the party.

“It was a pleasure to be part of Alice and Phil’s special day and I was delighted to see so many people interacting with the dogs and learning more about the charity.

“But, although Alice and Phil, who come from Nottingham, now have their happy ever after, Pedro and Poppy are still waiting for theirs…

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