The ultimate pooch party: Bridal shower held for a dog dying of cancerOwner arranges wedding for her beloved pooch – despite not having a suitor
19:55 GMT, 22 May 2012
Champagne, sandwiches, cupcakes, tea – and a table piled high with gift-wrapped boxes.
It sounds like your average bridal shower in New York City.
But there's something different about this bride-to-be and her very hairy guests. For this bridal shower, in midtown Manhattan, is in honour of a dog.
Looking forward to her big day: Lucky's headpiece is adjusted by owner Wendy Diamond ahead of her bridal shower in New York
Bachelorette party: Wendy with Lucky (left) and Lauren Vitale with her Teacup Pomeranian Ginger (middle) stand with another guest holding a Humane Society dog
The fact that this dog has yet to find a suitor has not stopped owner Wendy Diamond from organising a bridal shower – or a wedding, for that matter.
Aging Maltese Lucky will be enjoying her big day on July 12, with an elaborate canine wedding at the Jumeirah Essex House hotel in Manhattan.
However, there is another reason why Diamond is keen to see her pet tie the knot – poor Lucky was diagnosed with spleen cancer in February and has been given between three and 12 months left to live.
Diamond and Lucky are well-known in New York. They campaign on the plight of rescue dogs and Lucky is arguably the dog most photographed with celebrities.
Diamond said: 'Lucky's entire life has been about bringing awareness to rescue. We're looking for someone to take over.'
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 8lbs 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.
Making an entrance: Lucky was diagnosed with spleen cancer in February and was given between three and 12 months to live
Hottest ticket in town: The bash was attended by a number of dogs and their owners
Diamond said: 'I said, “Hey Hugh, my dog is your biggest fan, would you mind taking a picture with her” That's how it all started.'
Since then, Lucky has posed with hundreds of stars including Kristen Stewart, President Bill Clinton, billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and of course, Snoop Dogg. She will appear in the 2013 Guinness World Records as the most-photographed animal with celebrities.
Lucky also is the 'face' of Animal Fair, a charitable group Diamond founded in 1999 to raise money and help rescue animals in shelters.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates five to seven million animals enter shelters every year and most are put down.
Anne-Marie Karash, Associate Director of the Humane Society New York, was a guest at Lucky's bridal shower.
She added: 'This is an important event because we need to raise awareness about shelter dogs but, it's also special to get together and just to be silly and enjoy your dogs.'
Looking for love: Lucky is still looking for a canine partner, but her owner is hopeful a suitable candidate can be found before the wedding
Gifts and cakes: The event also served to raise awareness about shelter dogs as well as allow the dogs to have a get together
The ideal partner for Lucky should be friendly and not camera shy, but Diamond is otherwise keeping an open mind.
'It doesn't have to be male,' said Diamond. 'In New York State, two lady dogs are allowed to get married.'
She's also open to other animals, including cats. She added: 'The best thing about this marriage is they don't have to live together or sleep together.'
Dylan Lauren, chief executive of retailer Dylan's Candy Bar and daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, also attended Lucky's shower.
Lauren, who brought along her recently-adopted mixed-breed Jersey, said: 'I love the work Lucky's done. She's one of the most beautiful dogs and will make a beautiful bride.'
Potential spouses can apply at Diamond and Lucky's facebook page, here, or at animalfair.com. Diamond will select Lucky's spouse on June 28, two weeks before the wedding.