Melbourne, Mar 26 (ANI): A Brisbane couple has decided that their pooches will be replacing the flower girls on their wedding.
When Julia Steffens and Justin Taylor get married in November, their two golden retrievers will trot down the aisle just ahead of the bride.
In fact, the pampered pooches will even be included in some of the wedding photos.
"They're a part of our family. I just can't see them not being there with us (on our wedding day)," the Courier Mail quoted Steffens as saying.
But the couple say there's nothing unusual about their devotion to their pets, with a new survey revealing most dog owners spend more quality time with their animals than their friends.
The Galaxy poll of more than 1000 dog owners found they spend an average of 10.4 hours of quality time a week with their pets.
On the other hand, dog owners spend an average 6.5 hours a week enjoying the company of friends.
The survey, commissioned by Purina Petcare Australia, also found four out of every five dog owners regard their animals as more than just pets, while two-thirds treat their pooches as part of the family. (ANI)
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