Wanted: A dog to marry Lucky and help others in need

Fri May 18, 2012 6:49pm EDT
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By Sabrina Ford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a midtown Manhattan hotel, a very special bride-to-be named Lucky, decked out in a frilly pink dress, recently celebrated her impending nuptials with friends over champagne, sandwiches, cupcakes and tea.

Like many brides, Lucky is in a rush to walk down the aisle, but she is no ordinary spouse-in-waiting and her shower was anything but typical. Lucky, like many of her 32 guests, is a dog - the most-photographed dog in the world with celebrities.

But there's more, a lot more.

She and her "parent," Wendy Diamond, have dedicated their lives to help the plight of rescue animals, yet that will soon end. The energetic but aging Maltese was diagnosed with spleen cancer in February and given three months to a year to live.

"Lucky's entire life has been about bringing awareness to rescue," said Diamond, who has made Lucky an ambassador for shelter dogs. "We're looking for someone to take over."

Diamond has plans for an elaborate July 12 wedding at the Jumeirah Essex House hotel in Manhattan. The author and animal rescue advocate is looking to pair Lucky with a spouse that will carry on her legacy of supporting animal welfare and rescue.

Diamond said that when she adopted Lucky in 1999, the Maltese suffered from separation anxiety, forcing her to carry the 8 lbs. pooch to all the dates on her social calendar - dinner parties, TV show tapings and charity events.

One night, she was a guest at a dinner party attended by Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, and an idea struck her.   Continued...

Wendy Diamond, owner of Lucky, a Maltese dog, adjusts Lucky's hat before her bridal shower in New York, May 14, 2012. Like many brides, she's in a rush to walk down the aisle but this was not your typical bridal shower. The bride, Lucky, like 12 of the 32 guests, is a dog. An energetic but aging Maltese, Lucky was diagnosed with spleen cancer in February and given 3 months to a year to live. She's still looking for her groom but moving ahead with plans for a July 12 wedding at the Jumeirah Essex House hotel. Picture taken May 14, 2012. REUTERS/Allison Joyce