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Beth poses with the new doggie bride, Fiona, and groom, Chico.

Beth poses with the new doggie bride, Fiona, and groom, Chico. (View larger version)

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  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive wedding for pets was valued at $158,187.26 between a Coton de Tulear named Baby Hope Diamond and a Virginia poodle named Chilly Pasternak. The wedding took place in New York City's Central Park on July 12, 2012.

  • The study of purebred dogs is called cynology, and the study of mutts is called, appropriately, mixology.

  • When identifying the breed of a dog, certain breeds have distinctive physical traits, or bred giveaways. The American Kennel Club call these "hallmarks".

  • Spaniel mixes, like Chico the dog, are friendly, outgoing and wonderful family pets. Behavior problems common in purebred spaniels, such as possession-aggression, are often tempered in or absent from spaniel mixes, depending on the other breeds it's mixed with.

  • The temperaments of a hound mix like Fiona the dog depend in part on whether the dog is a scent hound mix or a sight hound mix. A scent hound mix picks up smells and scents easily and can become extremely single-minded in the efforts to track that scent, while a sight hound mix has the propensity to chase small prey and the ability to sprint.

  • Potbellied pigs, like Franklin, are a type of miniature pig. Miniature pigs can weigh between 60 to 175 pounds, which seems big to us, but is actually pretty small compared to ordinary pigs. Ordinary farm pigs can weigh 1,000 pounds!

  • Even if a pig has clean, well-oiled skin, it will wallow and scratch its skin to make it feel even better. Besides rolling in mud, pigs love wallowing in chewed up hay, dry soil, and blankets.

  • Potbellied pigs can live a long time, if they are happy and well cared for. Most live 12 to 15 years as pets.

  • Because pigs don't sweat very much, they actually get hot quickly in the sun and get sunburned easily.

  • Potbellied pigs are friendly, smart and most of all, curious. They like to root or dig around with their snouts.

  • There was a craze for potbellied pigs in the 1960s and 1970s, so much that people bought them for thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, many were later given away to pig sanctuaries when they grew too big.

  • A ferret is a tame European polecat, which is a type of weasel. In the wild, polecats chase rats, mice and rabbits. They even attack animals larger than themselves!

  • Ferrets need to explore and play. They should be let out for 2 to 3 hours each day, but watch out! Ferrets will hunt down all kinds of things, such as socks and keys, and hide them!

  • Ferrets require exercise and intellectual stimulation on a daily basis. Toys as simple as an empty box or a dangling towel will give them much enjoyment. Keeping them intellectually amused will prevent possible destructive behavior that comes from stress and boredom.

  • Ferrets are excellent hunters and love chasing through tunnels. Drawings survive from the 11th century showing women using ferrets to help them chase rabbits out of their burrows and into waiting nets. In some parts of the world, ferrets are still used to hunt rabbits.

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