There’s a ‘howl’ lot of love as rescue hound steals the show at wedding


A rescue dog who found herself without a home as a puppy, has had a starring role in her new owner’s wedding, becoming the ring-bearer for their big day.

Bev and Mick Walters of Shipley said they knew the moment they started planning their wedding that Golden Retriever, Honey, would be there. As ring bearer, she almost halted proceedings as she very slowly made her way down the aisle, stopping to say hello to all the guests and lapping up all the love!

Honey said hello to guests as she carried the rings down the aisle to her owners, Bev and Mick. (Credit Ruth Mitchell Photography)

Bev says, “There was no way she wasn’t going to be part of our big day as she is absolutely part of our family! It was so funny waiting for her to get to us but we didn’t mind at all. She is beautiful and deserved to get lots of attention!”

Honey arrived at Dogs Trust Leeds with a broken leg as a young puppy and had spent most of her life indoors. As a result Bev and Mick had to slowly introduce her to all the fun the big wide world had to offer her by their side. Three years later she is a happy, confident dog who was more than comfortable stealing the limelight from her doting owners.

After the special day was over Bev and Mick took Honey to visit the team at Dogs Trust Leeds and to also donate a cheque for £500 that had been raised by the guests at the wedding.

Ring bearer Honey (Credit Ruth Mitchell photography)

Bev says, “We asked people to make a donation to Dogs Trust rather than buy us gifts and it was lovely taking Honey to see the staff. They were really pleased to see her and we just wanted to say thank you for looking after her and enabling us to welcome her into our family.” 

Amanda Sands, Dogs Trust Leeds Manager, says, “It was fantastic to see Honey. It is so wonderful when families bring ex-residents to visit us and it was lovely to hear how she had played such an important role in Bev and Mick’s wedding day. She had a tough start in life and to see her as such a happy, confident dog is wonderful.” 

Bev and Mick took Honey back to Dogs Trust Leeds to see her two-legged friends.

To find out about the dogs currently waiting for their special someone at Dogs Trust Leeds, please visit the rehoming centre at Woodlands Farm, York Road, Leeds, LS15 4NL, call them on 0300 303 0292 or find out more at


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